Does everything that goes in your mouth have to TASTE good?

It finally snowed here in Utah! In fact, it dumped a foot in the valley, in 24 hours. I shoveled my walks 3 times in one day. One day after Christmas, my kids Emma and Tennyson and I went skiing at Brighton with friends of mine, a pediatric dentist and a plastic surgeon.

These friends know next-to-nothing about what I do. On the ski lift, the dentist was griping to the surgeon about how he got “the runs” for 3 days from a pint of green smoothie I’d fed him. (He then wanted nothing to do with the green smoothie habit, and continued his diet of Muscle Milk and lots of packaged foods, the usual bachelor diet.) The dentist then asked the surgeon, “Have you ever had a green smoothie?”

Who replied, “Oh, there’s one in my freezer at work. I took two sips, and it was disgusting, so that was that.”

The conversation moved onto other topics. But in my head, I thought of something I say to Baby Boy, now 14, who is my “pickiest eater.”

(I always tell people, there weren’t any picky eaters until we gave the kids the option to eat fake, addictive foods.)

I often tell Tennyson, “Some foods we eat because they taste good. Some we eat because they’re good for us. This one is in the latter category. So, just eat it!”

It’s probably one of those quotes they’ll pull out in the eulogy at my funeral.

I’m not trying to say that food shouldn’t taste good. In fact, my whole mission is to help people realize that whole foods can be easy, affordable, and delicious!

However, if you walk into your first green smoothie from a lifetime of eating processed sugar, well, you might not like it at first. Not if that green smoothie is really green, like mine are!

But my point is, if we all had a goal to recognize food as fuel, serving an important function, then maybe HOW IT TASTES wouldn’t be the #1 consideration for absolutely everything we eat.

Very frankly, sometimes my green smoothies don’t taste that good. I drink them anyway.

Think of it as a badge of honor. You just did something really cool for your health.

I have a treat once a day. It’s almost always a pretty healthy treat, compared to what most people have. But the majority of what I eat is selected because I count the consequences. I want to have crazy awesome good health, and I know that the fuel I choose is possibly the #1 predictor of whether I achieve it on a regular basis.

It would be a great New Year’s Resolution. Eat food for the health advantages first, taste second!

(p.s. Congrats to nearly 5,000 GreenSmoothieGirl readers who just took the “Fitter Not Fatter” 31-Day Green Smoothie Challenge in December, to drink a quart of green smoothie a day in December!)

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5 thoughts on “Does everything that goes in your mouth have to TASTE good?

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  1. Finally! Someone with the guts to say what everyone needs to hear, but doesn’t want to hear. I call it “tyranny of the taste buds.” People equate taste with health, not stopping to realize how our taste receptors have been perverted, altered, and bludgeoned by high fat, high sugar, lo-nutrient “foods.” What most call hunger is habit and addiction. Its why most people will never be healthy, because the toughest part is the phase where old Dorito habits are calling to you, while you’re drinking your tasteless, or even bitter Kale smoothie. The Kale will eventually taste good on a different level of enjoyment but most won’t stick out the transition. Yes, I occasionally still like my junk, but I don’t kid myself into thinking its good for me.



  2. I have experienced the same thing as Dale – the runs for three days (twice) during the holidays. What am I doing wrong? I want to continue but find it very hard due to my stomach’s reaction. Please help <3 Love from Stockholm, Sweden.

  3. I would love to know where you got the pictures for this article, (the running girl with insides full of vegetables & gas spigot). I would like to print them off bigger & put them up in our workout area or maybe the kitchen.

  4. Hi! I love green smoothies! I have been on and off of them for a few years now. My problem is spinach gives me kidney stones. As well as too much kale. I should be on a low oxalate acid diet. Any suggestions of how I can keep the health benefits of green smoothies but stay away from spinach?

  5. I use food functionality as my first consideration and taste second. I don’t think of it as whether it tastes ‘good’ as my taste buds are accustomed to healthy, low-sugar tastes. However, I remind myself that not everything tastes like an ice cream sundae. Americans tend to think that everything has to be an amped-up flavor explosion. It doesn’t. Life is complicated. Food should be simple.

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