nutrition

Don’t eat weird stuff

Saturday, 14 January 2017
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My first matcha latte. A little bit traumatising.

 

Every new year brings us a list of new ‘superfoods’. Apparently the next big thing is cockroach milk. Yup. Humanity has lost the plot.

Let me tell you now – you do not need to pay money for and eat cockroach milk (or would you drink it? the milk of a million cockroaches?) to be healthy.

You don’t even have to eat all the other ‘superfoods’ that are still going strong, you can be a perfectly healthy person if you just eat normal food – normal fruit, normal vegetables, normal meat, normal grains, normal eggs, normal dairy products.

If you do enjoy the taste of a ‘superfood’ and can spend money on it, go ahead, knock yourself out, it won’t do you any harm. But – if you don’t enjoy a particular ‘superfood’, there is no need to spend stupid amount of money on it and jam it down your throat just because you think your body needs it.

I personally love the taste of quite a few foods that have been or still are in some ‘superfood’ list: hemp seeds, maca powder, avocado, kombucha, coconut oil, bone broth (aka broth), sauerkraut.

There are quite a few ‘superfoods’ though that I’ve decided I don’t like the taste of and I’m not going to try to ‘learn’ to love them.

Chia seeds

Milled chia seeds I can live with if I chuck them into baked goods, but I don’t know if it’s a good way to spend my money. I’d rather get my omegas from salmon. Whole chia seeds though annoy the sh*t out of me – those little buggers turn gelatinous as soon as they enter your mouth and that gelatin coating they develop attaches those little black seeds to your teeth. Solidly. Totally not worth the stress, so no more chia seeds for me.

Spirulina

This one’s hard because spirulina is supposed to be extremely good for you but why does it taste like a stagnant pond? If you put it into a smoothie that also has something sour like pineapple, the taste is actually masked but I don’t make fruity smoothies often enough to have a tub of spirulina sitting in my cupboard. Actually – at the moment I do have a tub of it sitting in my cupboard, I need to check if that pond scum expires or not. I suspect not. It tastes like it would survive for centuries.

Kale (and kale chips)

I’ve eaten kale plenty of times but I’ve decided it’s not worth the hassle. Cleaning it is a hassle and boiling/steaming it is a hassle and it doesn’t taste amazing. I’d rather eat raw salad veg or steam broccoli, green beans or spinach.

And kale chips – c’mon – so pointless.

Cauliflower rice

I don’t like cauliflower in general so cauliflower rice is really unpleasant for me. I’d rather just skip the carbs than add that ‘pretend rice’ to my meals. And no – adding spices does not make it better.

Smoothie bowls

This is not a specific food as such but the idea of EATING a liquid. What IS with that? Why can’t people just put drinks into glasses and drink them? Or maybe it’s just me who finds that method just way easier for consuming smoothies?

Macha lattes

They say these are an ‘acquired taste’ but after quite a few attempts at acquiring this taste I give up. Macha is almost as gross as spirulina and combined with milk is even grosser.

I think it’s so easy to get carried away with ‘superfoods’, their promises are big and bold – but if you don’t enjoy them – are you actually improving your health?  Food is fuel and medicine and all that, but I think you can get all the nutrients you need from normal food. Normal, fresh, old-school food you’re used to and enjoy.

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  • Anna @AnnaTheApple Monday, 16 January 2017 at 13:34

    Yeah what happened to just eating normal food? Just eat lots of variety of regular stuff you can buy in a supermarket and you’ll be fine. That said, I do add protein powder to my porridge so who am I to judge? Not exactly a superfood but a supplement to “boost” a regular food I guess.
    I do quite like cauliflower rice and courgette spaghetti – it adds a bit of bulk to dinners which I quite like as I like BIG portion sizes and like the extra veggies.

    • MrsB Thursday, 19 January 2017 at 15:50

      I need to pimp up my porridge with protein more often. Sometimes I whisk in an egg or two while cooking porridge and that’s nice too – creamy and yellow :)

  • Lucy Edwards Sunday, 15 January 2017 at 17:54

    How do you even get milk from cockroaches? I guess they are blended into a fine powder and mixed with water- sounds horrible. Sod that!

    • MrsB Thursday, 19 January 2017 at 15:48

      I think the cockroaches actually get milked :| Beautiful visual, right? ;)

  • Noel Sunday, 15 January 2017 at 08:11

    Eat the rainbow and you’ll be good (I’m not talking about Skittles)

    • MrsB Thursday, 19 January 2017 at 15:48

      M&Ms? :D Peanut ones. For protein.

  • Scallywag Saturday, 14 January 2017 at 18:24

    100% with you. If humans really needed to eat these amazing weird and wonderful things we’d have died out aeons ago. It’s just not that hard to keep us living, which means it’s only a little complex to keep us healthy.

    Also, Kale chips are not a crisps alternative. Crisps are delicious. Kale chips are gross. And have an aftertaste that is shockingly similar to Spirulina actually…

  • Emma Saturday, 14 January 2017 at 18:01

    Cockroach milk?! That sounds utterly disgusting. Having said that I do need to improve my diet. Unfortunately, I’ve started 2017 the same way I ended 2016. I’m eating far too much processed food and I need to focus on eating ‘normal’ healthy home-made meals. I thought about taking the tespigs matcha challenge but decided that I’d rather save my money. Having seen your description of macha lattes, I’m really pleased I didn’t waste my money.

    • MrsB Thursday, 19 January 2017 at 15:49

      I have some tea that is macha and lemon and the lemon actually masks the taste of macha so it’s ok. With milk though the macha taste is not nice.