Try It, You’ll Like It!

“Oh, just try it, it’s not bad!  Go on, try it, you’ll like it!”

How often did we hear those words growing up?!  I hated when I had to eat something new because my parents made me!  There were no special dishes in our house for those who didn’t want to eat what mom made.  It was that way or the no-supper-go-to-bed-hungry highway!  They wouldn’t make us clean our plates if we hated something, but we had to try it.

I will admit I was a picky eater as a kid, but not nearly as picky as my sister!  To this day she is still the pickiest eater out of us 4 kids.  I am happy to say that my tastes buds have changed (and improved!) over the years and I now enjoy foods that I hated as a kid.  What made me think of this is all the squash we grew in our garden this year.

As a kid, I didn’t eat squash or sweet potatoes or any veggie like that.  I never tried squash because I didn’t like sweet potatoes which my  mom makes for every holiday.  I could never figure out why everyone liked them so much!  She mashes them then bakes them in the oven with butter and marshmallows on top.  Not appealing to a 10 year old!  I tried squash for the first time last year and fell in love!  Why did I never try it before?  Why did I waste all my years missing out?!!!  Butter and brown sugar sprinkled over the top…hmmm….it was so good!

It made me think of all the other foods I use to dislike but now enjoy.   Steak is a big one.  I was never a huge fan of steak and I hated the way my parents cooked it to a crisp!  If my mom was grilling watch out!  You’d be picking the char off!  In fact, a lot of what she made was always well done.  Roast, steak, hamburgers.  Maybe she did that because that’s the way my dad liked it, but in either case I didn’t like it!  I never liked goulash either.  My FIL changed that!  He makes THE BEST goulash!  I hated porcupines too.  Does anyone outside of MN know what those are?!  I still don’t care for them, but can now eat meatballs without gagging!  I never ate gravy either!  I can’t believe I admitted that one, but it’s true!  I didn’t like gravy.  Now though, hmmm, how do you not have gravy on your potatoes?!  This one is Toby’s fault.  He makes really good gravy 🙂

All of my changes in heart of food came about because of my husband and his family now that I think about it!  They ate the same things just in different (and better!) ways which made me realize what I had been missing.  What are some foods that you didn’t eat as a kid that you do now or vice versa?  Do you think it’s because we get older and our taste buds change/mature or do you think it’s all in your head?  Next time you’re faced with a new food try it!  You might like it!

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29 Responses to Try It, You’ll Like It!

  1. pammywammy says:

    I was a picky eater as a child.But I believe it was in my head most of the time.If I was told to eat it,stubborn me would refuse.And even if I did like it,I never said.
    Now I will try almost anything.But I will never,never,never eat a banana or drink milk.Many moons ago I did try and I gagged 😦

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  3. Vicki says:

    one thing that comes to mind is spinach.. wouldnt eat that before but now i love it “in” things.

  4. SKL says:

    I think it’s a combination of changing taste buds and psychology/bias.

    I mean, I would not have wanted to eat squash as a kid because it was called “squash.” I never had the opportunity to try it, but it was just as well. I couldn’t eat rigatoni for decades because the first time I tried it I had the stomach flu and . . . .

    I had a very hard time eating carrots, peas, mushrooms, and probably some other things that I can now enjoy. Other foods like lima beans, beats, and onions, I still don’t enjoy but at least I can eat them, which I really couldn’t do as a kid.

    But then, there are foods I enjoyed as a kid (or younger adult) that I can’t stand now. Like carbonated beverages, syrupy-sweet flavored coffee, cheese sauce, large servings of red meat, etc.

  5. Tasneem R says:

    Well I don’t remember and I don’t think if I were a picky eater as a child but yeah I would like to share one thing which happened just yesterday! I happened to taste this baby food and I simply love it ! Lactogen is a brand which sells milk power for babies . I just love that milk powder .I can eat spoonfuls of it ! lol!
    Immature Adult- Is a child living inside your adult body?

  6. Laura (LS) says:

    I would NEVER eat mashed potatoes as a kid. HATED them so much, I’d gag. But my parents were adamant, at least for a while… they thought I was joking. Come college, I realized that it wasn’t the potatoes that did it, it was the gravy!

    To this day, I don’t like pork (and I live in Iowa. Not eating pork is like not taking Communion in church!!) I’ll eat ham and bacon – to me those aren’t “pork”. I will eat pork to be polite, and do often, b/c my in-laws serve it all the time when we go there – but I don’t like it, and don’t choose it for myself.

    I can’t eat pot roast anymore because of an unfortunate incident involving pregnancy, re-heated pot roast, and morning sickness that lasted all day for nine months…. ’nuff said.

    I get the whole “way it’s cooked” thing, though. My mom, and I’m told, my mother in law, both cooked pork to shoe leather when Steve and I were growing up. In-laws still do that with all their meat. It goes back to the days of “cook the germs out”. To this day, my mother in law is absolutely paranoid about the meat getting “too thawed”, and will cook stuff to death. When we’re visiting, and steaks are on the menu, we’ll put our steaks on the grill when they turn theirs, cooking ours for HALF the time! And even then, they sometimes turn out well done.

    Happy to say, I’ve gotten over my aversion to mashed potatoes. Still won’t eat the gravy though. Although I’m told that my gravy is really good, by those who WILL eat it… go figure.

    • SKL says:

      My mom also thinks nothing is cooked enough unless it’s burnt. She also pours a ton of salt on everything. I’m not sure why but I ended up closer to the other extreme. (Though I don’t eat “raw” meat.)

      My dad also won’t eat pork, so I avoid it too. I don’t like meat anyway, and the thought of pig (thanks, dad) is enough to exclude it from my already short list of enjoyable non-vegetarian meals. I can eat it to be polite but it’s a sacrifice.

    • Joy says:

      It’s funny how people used to be about pork. Chicken too. Cooking it to death seems to be the way it was. My MIL was the best cook in the world but her chicken was just the worst.

  7. javajunkee says:

    ooh who mentioned beets? Something just not right about those…hated them as a kid and wont’ touch them with a 10 foot pole now!

  8. Lucy says:

    I was a REALLY picky eater as a child.. and am still a little picky now. However, I’ve definitely become more open to trying new things…. and often end up liking them(Asparagus) . Some things I will try over and over.. but have never started liking (Brussel Sprouts).

  9. SKL says:

    I always thought that with a few exceptions, if you give a kid no other alternative, she’ll eventually eat what you serve. But my kid is trying very hard to prove me wrong. And she’s one of those skinny ones where you actually start wondering if she’s going to make herself sick. On Thanksgiving the only things she would try were the cranberry sauce and a roll. She loves sweet potatoes and loves butter, but could not force herself to try the smallest taste of yams mashed with butter. Wouldn’t touch the Thanksgiving turkey, yet two days later, she scarfed down a ton of differently-cooked turkey. Whatever. I hope she does grow out of this pickiness before the wind blows her away.

  10. Gary says:

    It is funny how are taste buds change as we grow older. I REALLY didn’t like tomatoes or cucumbers when I was a kid and love them now. I am all about trying new foods now and foods that I may not have liked when I was a kid. Some I really like now and other I still don’t but at least I’m trying right?

    I think as a kid we have a lot of foods we don’t like just because of the way it looks or smells. I KNOW my kids are like that for sure!

  11. Just a Mom says:

    I was told that your taste buds change every 7 years, I’m not sure if it’s true or not but that’s what I was told!
    I was never a picky eater and I always at least tried something once. I will not eat spinach, squash or peanut butter.

  12. Joy says:

    I’ll eat or try almost anything. I didn’t dislike very many things as a kid. We ate well rounded stuff and a big variety. My grandparents were farmers so we ate a lot more things than “city” people. They just never wasted anything.

    We weren’t forced to eat but like Sue said, we had to do our best to eat what we put on our plate. I never forced my kids to eat and I had one picky one and one not. I didn’t make a special meal for Jason but he could make something else if he hated what we were having.

    I hated mayonnaise and salad dressing so I wouldn’t eat any salads such as potato, tuna or any of those. I love them now but still won’t eat mayo or salad dressing on anything else like sandwich’s. I was allergic to strawberries and peanut butter as a kid and I still don’t eat either one but I feel that’s because I just never really acquired a taste for them.

    I think our taste buds have to change. Otherwise why would we like something now that we used to hate?

  13. nikki says:

    I have never been picky. I wasn’t allowed to be. I had to eat what was on my plate or go to my room. The only dressing we ever got was what my mom made (mayo & ketchup mixed) it really was gross but that’s what she made. I love most everything now and will try just about everything. Bailey is the same way, I had him trying things very early and now he’ll eat just about anything too!

  14. Karen Joy says:

    I didnt like mushrooms but I love them now.Liver and turnips I didnt like either and every few years I make myself try liver….NOPE..still cant swallow it!EW!Oh,Im ruining my morning coffee just thinking of it!

    • pammy wammy says:

      I forgot that one.I HATE liver and pumpkin pie

    • Joy says:

      Ya, liver is an acquired taste that’s for sure. I have to say I never make it. I “can” eat it if I cook it. It can’t be overdone and it’s got to be smothered with onions and bacon.

      • Sue says:

        No way, there’s no way I can eat liver! I had to as a kid and it was awful!!!! I remember gagging at the table but we had to “try” it. Oh man, I think my tummy just threw up thinking of it!

  15. Era says:

    I was a very picky eater as well. I didn’t like gravy either! I have some friends who go out of their way to make something else when their toddlers don’t like what they cook. I, on the other hand, am more into the take it or leave it attitude.

  16. megan says:

    I try to try things I didn’t like as a child at least once a year, just to make sure I still don’t like them. Like Brussel sprouts. They still taste like old feet to me. But over the last few years I’ve discovered that I like tomatoes, Vidalia onions, spinach, carrots, pomegranates, and asparagus.

  17. Tosha says:

    There are alot of things I eat now that I wouldn’t eat as a child. There are more things that I ate as achild that I don’t like now.. Lets see.. sweets being one.. I’m not big on sweets at all. And I used to eat ketchup on everything. I don’t eat ketchup nearly as much now days. I still cant eat squash, zucchini, or anything like that. I have a big problem with textures..

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