Tricky Tastebuds

May 11, 2012

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Want to know something strange? Oats in a jar isn’t as good to me as it used to be. It’s more when I get to the bottom with the nut butter – even though it’s only about 1-2 tbsp there, it’s just too much. I even left some in the jar this morning. I’ve found also that even though I’m back to eating vegetables much like I used to, they just don’t taste as delicious as they once did. Certain ones I still find just a wee bit unappealing. Surprisingly grilled asparagus is one of my current favorites! Salad lettuce and carrots are lower on the list.

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The top half is good though…strange!

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This morning’s mix was hot whipped banana oatmeal with cottage cheese, raspberries and Strawberry Jam on top. I am going through my Jam According to Daniel so fast! Note when I make hot OIAJ I always let it cool for a few minutes before pouring into a plastic jar.

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Hot tea on the side.

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Dayplanner: Friday, 2 evening events, sun!

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1 Caroline @ After Dinner Dance May 11, 2012 at 8:01 am

I must be the opposite – I’m not a PB fan, but sometimes I make my oats in a Nutella jar and I always want more Nutella!

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2 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope May 11, 2012 at 8:04 am

I haven’t had oats in a jar in a long time. I really need to change that because it’s always a good change from my usual breakfast. :)

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3 Catalina @ Cake with Love May 11, 2012 at 8:13 am

LOL taste buds are very tricky, before moving to US 5 years ago, I hated cheese, I would even order pizza without the cheese, now I like it, not all cheese, but still sometimes I found myself craving it and have grilled cheese sandviches, this is huge for me!

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4 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat May 11, 2012 at 8:17 am

I don’t go through jars quickly enough to ever tire of this breakfast. Have a great Friday!

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5 Cait's Plate May 11, 2012 at 8:18 am

I can actually see how salad could be hard to get down when you were feeling a little queasy. Sometimes it’s a lot even when I’m not feeling queasy!

And it’s so funny you said that about overnight oats because I was at the end of my Sunflower Butter jar yesterday and contemplated overnight oats in it but felt a little turned off and went with hot oats instead as well. Ya can’t beat that melted nut butter :)

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6 Cait @ Beyond Bananas May 11, 2012 at 8:21 am

I don’t do OIAJ, but when I put nut butters in my oats, I usually eat around the nut butter and save that for last!!

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7 Liz May 11, 2012 at 8:22 am

Congrats on the 6 months today!
Weird how your feelings for food have changed. But hopefully they come back soon! You eat delicious!

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8 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table May 11, 2012 at 8:22 am

I’ve never had cooked oats in a jar – I always go overnight. Whipped banana at the end of a PB jar sounds like perfection though… I have big plans for my next empty jar. :)

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9 Sana May 11, 2012 at 8:23 am

I think I need a SuperSana muggg.

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10 KathEats May 11, 2012 at 8:29 am

You do!

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11 Lindzjane115 May 11, 2012 at 8:24 am

I haven’t tried HOT oats in a jar! I have a Sunbutter jar nearing its end… oh the anticipation! Happy Friday!

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12 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats May 11, 2012 at 8:26 am

hopefully you’ll find other things that are completely delicious with your new taste buds!

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13 KathEats May 11, 2012 at 8:28 am

Interestingly there hasn’t really been any food that I was lukewarm on and then started to like. Maybe caesar dressing during the first trimester, but now it’s back on my “eh” list

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14 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 11, 2012 at 8:27 am

My tastebuds have changed a ton since I was little. I used to be all about the sweet ‘kid’ cereals (Corn Pops, Froot Loops.. oh my) and Eggos (the more margarine and Aunt Jemima the better), but now I often have more savoury breakfasts like omelettes or eggy scrambles of some sort (aka failed omelettes). I agree with you – asparagus is pretty fantastic! :)

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15 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) May 11, 2012 at 8:29 am

Pregnancy taste buds are so strange. Sometimes you never get the tastes for your favorites back!

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16 KhushbOo May 11, 2012 at 8:30 am

I love oiaj but actually prefer my oats in a bowl with pb mixed in!

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17 Morgan May 11, 2012 at 8:33 am

Hopefully your love for asparagus continues after pregnancy – It’s a great galactagogue!

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18 Jen May 11, 2012 at 8:38 am

I usually wait to use my jars for oats until there is hardly any nut butter left. Or else it’s just too “gaggy” for me. I had never put oatmeal in nut butter jars until starting to read your blog 3 years ago. My husband now knows to leave empty jars alone and not throw them away! ;)

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19 Kristin May 11, 2012 at 8:48 am

Question for you: the Whole Foods brand peanut butter – once opened/stirred/refrigerated, do you find that it hardens up SO much that it is nearly impossible to (for example) spread on a sandwich?

If you are spooning out a chunk to melt on something it works, but otherwise, completely unspreadable.

That was my last experience with the brand, at least, but I haven’t tried since they came out with the jar with the label you have shown up there. New looks mean new product right?! ;) Our favorite natural PB is the Trader Joe’s organic – the consistency stays great even in the fridge!

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20 KathEats May 11, 2012 at 8:51 am

I think it means you aren’t stirring it well enough when you first buy it. The oils need to be totally incorporated and the hardness on the bottom means the oils were all consumed in the top half. I put jars upsidedown on my counter for an hour and let the oils sink before my initial stir – and once you think stirring is complete, stir another minute!

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21 Elisabeth May 11, 2012 at 10:06 am

The upside down trick works really well for me with the natural nut butters! When I buy a new jar, I put it upside down in the pantry & then stir it well the first time I open it & I never get the hardness when refrigerated :)

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22 Maria@Sinfully Nutritious May 11, 2012 at 1:58 pm

I a
Ways find upside down helps.

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23 Tracy May 11, 2012 at 12:31 pm

365 PB is our favorite and I find if you set it out on the counter a while before you use it, it softens up pretty quickly. This takes a little foresight, but I’m usually anticipating PB craving before it hits! ;)

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24 Becca May 11, 2012 at 8:50 am

Mmm… Peanut Butter and Jam… what a fantastic combo to start the day!

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25 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles May 11, 2012 at 9:06 am

Still waiting to get to the end of my jar of Peabutter to try this out! It always looks so good!

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26 Angel7 May 11, 2012 at 9:15 am

Thankfully, my tastebuds have gotten better! When I was nauseas the first two months or so, nothing tasted the best to me. But now I am so happy to be over that hump, and feeling myself again–I am not getting over my hump (belly), though, because it is getting so big :) My belly looks like Mt. Everest (LOL)

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27 Juliet Grossman May 11, 2012 at 9:27 am

Pregnancy taste buds definitely change. For me it happened with both kids and differently both times. Then my tastes went totally back to normal. It’s an interesting journey!

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28 Leah May 11, 2012 at 9:28 am

Quick question–where do you get your chai seeds, or is there a specific brand you recommend? I think I’m finally ready to take the plunge and try them! I know you’ve mentioned before, but I can’t seem to find the information anywhere! Thanks!

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29 KathEats May 11, 2012 at 10:58 am

I buy them from Chiaseedsdirect.com – best price and free shipping. I bought a bag ages ago and am still using them up! Places like Whole Foods now carry them too in smaller portoins

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30 Leah May 11, 2012 at 11:07 am

Thank you! I will look at WF before ordering online. How do you store them? And when you add to your yogurt/oatmeal, do you use 2 tbsp (looks like that is a serving)? I’m excited to try them!

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31 KathEats May 11, 2012 at 11:12 am

I keep the bulk in the freezer and then about 1/2 a cup on my countertop at a time for easy access. I put about 2 tsp in my oats everyday

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32 Sarah May 11, 2012 at 9:44 am

I remember my dear husband made me an egg sandwich with pesto and tomato (my favorite) in my first tri and I gagged so badly I had to leave the house and have him spray air freshener before I could come back in the room. Still can hardly stand the taste of pesto just thinking about it and my baby is almost a year old! Pregnancy is so weird.

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33 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings May 11, 2012 at 9:54 am

Now that’s a dayplanner worth getting going for ;)

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34 Annette @FitnessPerks May 11, 2012 at 10:13 am

I love jam!! No PB for me though–AB all the way, baby ;)

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35 Averie @ Averie Cooks May 11, 2012 at 10:45 am

Pregnancy effects our tastebuds so much..things just taste…differently. Glad that grilled asparagus is a current fave. I love it, too!

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36 mary @ minutespermile May 11, 2012 at 10:47 am

that’s the same PB I buy! though i notice by the time i reach the bottom of the jar, it’s extremely salty.

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37 KathEats May 11, 2012 at 10:53 am

Agreed!

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38 Roxanne May 11, 2012 at 11:01 am

Why do you have to refrigerate the peanut butter? I never do… unless because it’s natural (the oil will go rancid?) not the Skippy or Kraft kind…

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39 KathEats May 11, 2012 at 11:03 am

I don’t either

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40 KathEats May 11, 2012 at 11:04 am

But I think the biggest reason is to prevent oil separation

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41 Tracy May 11, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Do you deal with a lot of oil separation when you use it daily? Do you need to give it a good stir every time?

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42 KathEats May 11, 2012 at 1:00 pm

No, I just re-stir with my spoon before taking some more out.

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43 Jasper {crunchylittlebites} May 11, 2012 at 11:10 am

Have fun with your day, Kath! And OIAJ aren’t the worst thing to lose a taste for, I suppose :)

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44 Alyssa (pb and oatmeal) May 11, 2012 at 11:51 am

I finally tried OIAJ for the first time a couple weeks ago and I loved it! I can’t wait until I finish my current jar of PB

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45 Dawn @ Blonde on a Mission May 11, 2012 at 11:55 am

Do you ever worry about consuming the BPA from the plastic jars directly from putting hot (or warm oats) inside them?

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46 KathEats May 11, 2012 at 12:38 pm

No, because I let it cool first

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47 Angela @ Health Happiness & Harmony May 11, 2012 at 12:09 pm

I’ve never tried hot OIAJ! I just started a new jar of pb too! I’ll have to wait in anticipation. :(

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48 Molly @ RDexposed May 11, 2012 at 12:28 pm

I know of someone that became allergic to dairy after a pregnancy. Now that would be a downer!

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49 KathEats May 11, 2012 at 12:38 pm

That would be awful! I’m such a dairy girl

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50 Brie May 11, 2012 at 12:45 pm

I am obsessed with peanut butter for the last few weeks. Like, spoonfuls of it straight out of the jar.

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51 Jen May 11, 2012 at 1:40 pm

I think your tastes will naturally change anyways after a while – pregnant or not! Part of life’s evolution :)

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52 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count May 11, 2012 at 2:40 pm

I’ve been sick all week and things just don’t taste right. Not sure if it’s quite the same as being pregnant, but an unsettled stomach is similar.

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53 Melissa May 11, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Don’t know if you are planning to nurse your baby boy, but if you do – plan on your appetite coming back with a vengence then! :)

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54 donna May 11, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Chia seeds…..I’ve never bought them or eaten them, but I did see them online marketed to help ease constipation. Do you find that they have a laxative effect on you? (Sorry if that’s too personal a question, but inquiring minds want to know!)

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55 KathEats May 11, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Nope, they don’t seem to bother me either way

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56 Katie @ Pop Culture Cuisine May 12, 2012 at 5:58 am

It’s so funny that you had that reaction to the OIAJ…I had the same one during my pregnancy. Certain dishes that I used to eat daily I could hardly stomach…the biggest offenders for me were oats with too much PB, yogurt and granola bowls (which were a pre-preggo morning staple), and spinach.

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