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Monday, May 14, 2012

It's funny how sometimes things we say come back to bite us in the fanny:

A Sparker whose blog I follow wrote an entry about trying the McDonald's Filet of Fish after making major changes in her life, and finding that she didn't like it at all anymore. I replied that my DH and I still considered the FoF to be one of our favorite treats, but that we did practice moderation by a) purchasing only when we had a $1 coupon, b) bringing FoF home and eating with a salad and tomato soup, to make a reaonably healthy dinner. (If it matters, DH eats his with the tartar sauce, and I use ketchup).

Well, just the other week, we had a couple of those FoF coupons. We were tired and didn't feel like soup or salad, so we went over to McD and ordered 2 FoFs and something (diet) to drink. We didn't have fries or any other sides - just the FoF. Well, it turns out that we didn't enjoy them at all! We both agreed that they had a fake, almost metallic taste, and that they weren't worth even a dollar each! I think we had been enjoying our FoF at home because we would have a spoonful of soup, a bite of salad, and a bite of FoF, so the other flavors masked the not-so-great flavor of the sandwich.

The amazing thing is how our tastes really DO change once we start eating healthier, fresher foods. A lot of the old stuff really doesn't hold much appeal any more, or if it does, it's for a truly occassional treat instead of a regular event.

Some of the things I used to love which I rarely have anymore:

Cap'n Crunch (regular and PB): This is now WAY too sweet. There IS a new Peanut Butter Cheerios which gives me the same PB taste fix and is a lot less sweet.

Commercial yogurt with Fruit: Also WAY too sweet. I now eat plain greek yogurt with fresh fruit almost every day (I do add a little sweetener depending on the fruit I'm using).

Full-Fat Sausage: This is now WAY too rich/fatty. We now enjoy turkey sausages on occasion.

Full-Fat Cheese: Too rich - I really enjoy the 2% cheese more.

I'm sure there are more, but I just can't think of them now.

So, one of our planned culinary experiments will be to come up with a decent FoF at home. We've got a box of frozen fried fish filets from Costco which were pretty good when we tasted them last. So, we plan to make our own FoFs with those, nice whole wheat buns, and real Colby or Cheddar cheese. I'll have mine with lettuce and Cocktail sauce, and DH will probably have tartar. I'll report back when we've completed the experiment.
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    Good observations in the blog and in the comments. I find most restaurant food way too salty these days, and my taste for sweets has tanked. Fruit is my preferred sweet, as most candy and baked goods are too sweet.
    2530 days ago
    Great blog! It is amazing how our tastes change.
    2530 days ago
    I totally agree! So many things I used to look forward to don't interest me any longer.
    2530 days ago
  • LINDAK25
    I know what you mean. I used to love diet ginger ale. I gave up drinking soda, but the one day I was queasy and decided to have some. Wow, it was horrible. It was overly sweet and had a funny flavor, too. I find that I have lost my taste for salty things, too. I cut back on salt. Sauces, soups, salad dressings and gravies are too salty unless I make them myself.

    I look at it this way: This is good news. It means that we are eating healthier foods.
    2530 days ago
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