10 Foods We Hated as a Kid But Love as an Adult

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Whole Wheat Bread

Whole wheat bread is a leading food hated as a kid. The texture of whole wheat bread is a bit dryer, which was probably why you did not care for it. As an adult, you may have tried whole wheat as an alternative to chemically bleached breads or as part of a sandwich option and found out that you enjoy the flavor and the texture when prepared properly. It is one of the most common foods that you change your mind about over your lifetime.

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Spinach is a green vegetable that is often mixed in with salads or served as a hot side dish. The simple fact that it is green and a vegetable turns many children away. As an adult, your flavor profiles begin to expand, and you start tasting spinach in salads, on sandwiches, and as a side dish. Many women change their view of this highly nutritious vegetable during pregnancy. You may have also changed your view when you began juicing or turned to organic foods as part of your daily diet.

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It is sour, has an odd texture, and seems to only get better when sugar is added. The sour taste turns most children away immediately. Dieting, changing eating habits, and expanding your citrus palate to include other fruits likely changed your mind regarding grapefruit. Adding sugar or a form of natural sweetener will also cut the sour taste and help you to enjoy this fruit as part of your daily fruit intake.

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Coffee is a staple in many households. You may remember waking up to the smell of your parents or grandparents drinking coffee. You may also remember trying it as a child and disliking the taste or not being allowed to drink coffee at all. As an adult, you may have found that coffee is a necessary evil to your day. With the hundreds of coffee mixes on the market, there is bound to be one that you have tried and loved.

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Eggplant simply looks odd to some children. They see it and immediately know it is a vegetable. If you choose to fry eggplant or bread and bake the vegetable, you may find that children will eat it. However, this is usually a vegetable you develop into your diet over time.

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Cottage Cheese

Children may love this dairy product and not even realize what they are eating. Cottage cheese is found in lasagna and other Italian dishes, but on its own, it may look disturbing to some children. It is a dish that children tend to avoid. As an adult you may have added fruit, eaten it during pregnancy, or you may have had it as a melted cheese in various dishes. This introduction to cottage cheese is probably what led you to liking it and adding it to your eating plan.

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The Daily Meal suggests children who do not like avocado, actually love the taste but dislike the texture. As you get older, avocado is introduced as a dip for chips or as an alternative to mayonnaise on restaurant quality sandwiches. This introduction allows you to expand your palate and enjoy a food that, as a child, looked green and felt far to mushy to eat on its own.

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With different additives such as brown sugar and strawberries, many children are starting to turn to a love of oatmeal in the mornings. However, most children tend to stay away from it due to a bland flavor. As an adult, you probably recognized the many benefits oatmeal has. Not only can you use it in baking, you also can have oatmeal as a quick breakfast, in an energy bar, or as a snack during the day.

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Salads are full of the many things children hate. They are stacked high with vegetables, dressings, and additional foods that most children tend to stay away from. This is due to the texture of the salad and the many flavors children are exposed to in the first bite. As children begin to realize they can add on meats, cheeses, and even fruit to their salad, they will begin to develop their own salad palate. This travels through to adulthood when salads become an addition to many meals.

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Children usually see only one way to have mushrooms. They tend to forget mushrooms are added to pasta sauces, casseroles, and even in some of their favorite dinners. As they grow up, they are introduced to new flavor combinations and ways that mushrooms are served including fried mushrooms and as a topping to steaks and other meat. This leads to the knowledge of mushrooms having different texture profiles depending on the cooking style, which in turn allows children to develop a love for the vegetable over time.

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