. WIAW … blogging made me do it .

by Amanda @ .running with spoons. on September 4, 2013

Alternatively titled “Under the Influence,” but I decided to go with something a little less risqué ;)

… and before your mind runs away with you, not that kind of influence. Rest assured that I’m serfectly pober perfectly sober as we speak. I’m talking about the blogging influence. We spend a lot of time browsing various food blogs, so it’s inevitable that some of what we see rubs off on us. This can be both a good and bad thing, but for this week’s edition of What I Ate Wednesday, I wanted to focus on the good. So, let’s take a look at some of the blogging influence that can be found in my meals…

WIAW

Breakfast… [Eggy oats with toppings galore]

Perfect Oats
Step 5

I’ve been eating oatmeal for pretty much as long as I can remember, but my current bowls definitely look a lot different from my bowls of breakfasts past. Back then I would have never thought to add egg whites to my oats, and I kept my toppings pretty basic with things like brown sugar, cinnamon, and a splash of milk. These days? Bring on the eggy bananafied oats and load ‘em up with plenty of plain Greek yogurt, blueberry jam (or honey/maple syrup/pudding/etc), and roasted almond butter.

ABJ Oats

Morning snack… [Chia seeds]

Chia Bag
Chia Seeds

I can’t even believe I’m saying this considering how much I’ve ragged on them in the past, but this is just another example of why it’s a good idea to never say never – you may end up eating your words. I’ve been wanting to get these little buggers out of my pantry for a while now, and I think I may have found a way that I actually enjoy eating them – sprinkled on top of vanilla infused Greek yogurt that’s been mixed with fruit; sliced banana and homemade applesauce in this case.

Chia Yogurt Mess

I’m still not a huge fan of them when they get all gelled up and goopy, but they add the most delightful little crunch to things before getting to that point. Sure I end up having to spend a minute picking them out of my teeth afterwards, but I’m willing to overlook that… for now.

Lunch… [Almond butter]

Nut Butter Collection
Brand New AB

Wanna hear something crazy? I didn’t have my first taste of almond butter until the ripe age of 25. Since I’m allergic to peanuts, peanut butter was obviously out of the question for me as a kid, and I didn’t even know that something like almond butter existed until I came across it on the pages of various blogs. Let’s just say I pretty much owe blogging for life for that one, because I don’t think a day has gone by without AB in it since my first faithful taste. I love it on ALL things, and especially when it’s paired with bread and [blueberry] jam…

ABJ Sandwich

Afternoon snack… [Creating my own recipes]

Cinnamon Raisin Bran Muffins
Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

Before I started blogging, my creativity in the kitchen was basically non-existant. In fact, I’m pretty sure that one of the only things I could make was mac ‘n’ cheese, and I’m not talking about the fancy ones from scratch. I was a lot better with baking, but even then I was always following a recipe. It wasn’t until I got into blogs that I became more adventurous in the kitchen and eventually started coming up with recipes of my own, like these no-bake almond fudge protein bars.

Almond Fudge Protein Bars

Dinner… [Kabocha squash]

Kabocha Squash
Scary Squash

Before blogging, I thought that pumpkin and squashes were just for decoration; I never imaged that people actually ate them. But in my defense, they do look a little intimidating, and they are dangerous. I can’t even tell you how many close calls I’ve had with knives – the fact that I still have all my digits is a miracle in itself. But I digress. The point is, I love squash, even if my stomach doesn’t always share that love (helloooo, squash belly!). Thankfully, the small kabocha I picked up at the store the other day didn’t cause any problems, and it was delicious roasted and eaten alongside almond butter and a baked chicken salad.

Kabocha Salad Dinner

Evening snack… [Eating before bed]

Cereal Rotation
Cereal Breakfast

Okay, so cereal definitely isn’t a new thing in my life, but eating before bed is. Even before my ED hit, I went through a phase where I bought into all the talk of not eating past 7 o’clock and usually ended up going to sleep hungry. It wasn’t until I saw plenty of bloggers who looked great and ate late that I started doing the same. Thank goodness, because waking up due to hunger pangs is misery, while a bowl of Kashi Cinnamon Harvest with a sliced banana, almond butter, cinnamon, and almond milk is just pure bliss.

Cereal Before Bed

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I could probably go on and on about the foods that blogging has introduced me to (Greek yogurt, coconut, kombucha, hummus, pumpkin, avocado, dark chocolate, sweet potatoes), but I’ve already rambled on for long enough so it’s probably best that I end it here. But before I go, I wanted to mention that I just realized I had almond butter in 5 out of my 6 meals… Apparently I’m making up for lost time :lol:

Happy Wednesday, beautiful people!

What are some foods you love that blogging has introduced you to?
What about some that you’re not so fond of?

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1 Sarah @ Feeeding the Brain and Body September 4, 2013 at 5:50 am

Blogging has introduced me to so many foods that I love and never would have tried: like seed butters, spaghetti squash, and greek yogurt. Beyond that I have learned so many new methods of preparing/cooking my foods. Before I started blogging I was so uncreative in the kitchen. I have definitely spent my fair share on protein bars that I have not been happy with though. As a general rule of thumb I haven’t been happy with many of the bars I have been influenced to try through the blogging world.
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2 Amanda @ .running with spoons. September 4, 2013 at 10:32 am

That makes me feel a little bit better about the fact that I can’t eat most of them because of my allergies :P

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3 Sarah @PickyRunner September 4, 2013 at 5:55 am

I wouldn’t say blogging has introduced me to new foods, although I have given a few a shot. I’m not big on trying things, but I started eating breakfast as a result of blogging, I began eating more seeds, I tried quinoa and cauliflower bread last year, and overall I have a more open view on some foods, like oatmeal, which i just can’t get on board with. I think for people who are more adventurous with eating than me, though, blogging is really great for that. The recipes people come up with amaze me and the combinations they put together are things I’d never think to try. It’s definitely one of the great things about blogging, no doubt.
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4 Eating 4 Balance September 4, 2013 at 6:02 am

I had no idea before blogs that there was anything else other than peanut butter either! Or that you could make your own at home. I guess that’s one thing that blogging has taught me- you can make ANYTHING at home. Literally. Sandwich bread, epic cakes, ice cream, almond butter, applesauce, etc. And the homemade versions are pretty darn good.

I’m still not quite fond of savory oatmeal. Um, just no. Mushrooms and cheese on my oats? No thanks.

Blogging also opened up the door to give me a clue as to what was going on with my stomach. I had no idea that food allergies can cause things other than rashes/hives/swelling!
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5 Amanda @ .running with spoons. September 4, 2013 at 10:35 am

In regards to the whole “making your own at home” thing, blogging has definitely made me feel more lazy for not making my own hummus, nut butter, and bread :lol: I’m sure it tastes amazing when it’s homemade, but I just can’t find the motivation to try it!

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6 Lisa September 4, 2013 at 6:07 am

It’s so true that blogging can play a part in our choice of eats. I’ve definitely tried my share of interesting eats all for the sake that it’s been trendy.
Sometimes it’s a hit, sometimes it’s a very big miss.
I think for the most part all of it has been quite good, but some things I was just not a fan of were things like portobello burgers. Ick, I just hate mushrooms. Or those chickpea blondies. To be fair I haven’t tried them, but for some reason it seems too weird to try out.

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7 Davida @ The Healthy Maven September 4, 2013 at 6:08 am

I have literally stalked all of Toronto find Kabocha and I can’t!!!!! I’m going to console myself by making your almond protein fudge. Seriously girl I’ve seen so many people make the recipe and LOVE it! You are a foodie genius I tell ya!
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8 Kim@hungryhealthygirl September 4, 2013 at 6:09 am

You definitely owe blogging BIG time for the almond butter introduction! Kabocha squash is a food, for me too, that I never would have known about without blogging and I feel you on the squash belly!
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9 sara @ fitcupcaker September 4, 2013 at 6:09 am

I always have an evening snack, Im glad Im not the only one! I love eggy oats too, I always add two or three egg whites and it makes them so fluffy and adds so much more to the breakfast! melted almond butter is key on top too :) I just started liking almond butter at the age of 27!! What the heck was I thinking all my life!
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10 Jo @ Living Mint Green September 4, 2013 at 6:16 am

Oats in a jar/eating oatmeal in general. I started eating it because I thought it was healthy/I was supposed to but I didn’t even like it.

Putting spinach or a runny egg in everything also comes to mind, along with all kinds of crazy nut butter. I didn’t know about almond butter until a few years ago, either!

Not so fond of Quest bars or stevia!
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11 Amanda @ .running with spoons. September 4, 2013 at 10:37 am

You know my feelings on OIAJ ;) And its always nice to come across someone who doesn’t like Quest bars… probably because I’m bitter over the fact that allergies keep me from trying what everyone seems to be gaga over :lol:

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12 Khushboo September 4, 2013 at 6:18 am

Haha love this – blogging has definitely opened up a world of food options to me that I otherwise probably would never have tried. A few that come to mind are sweet potato with cinnamon, overnight oats, peanut butter & banana combo..and using a near empty jar in place of a bowl! A few products that come to mind are KIND bars, Luna bars, Kashi cereal, natural peanut butter, and chia seeds. I remember reading one of Tina’s (Carrots ‘n’ Cakes) posts back in 2010 and that was enough to spur a craving for peanut butter after years of not having it. I went and bought a jar that same day. I will admit that I bought Skippy Reduced Fat then. While I haven’t looked back since, fortunately I am now buying Skippy Natural instead :)!
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13 Lucie September 4, 2013 at 6:20 am

Well, let me tell you, my first spoon of AB found its way into my mouth at the REALLY ripe age of 34. Gosh, how did I live all these years without it?? My food life was really boring.
Also the eggy oats are a big blogging influence as well as the pumpkin obsession. But I am so glad I was influenced by all this good stuff!
I also started to eat a lot of protein bars when I saw them around the blogger world and stopped it because I felt it just got out of hand. As much as I love bars , their taste and convenience, I prefer real food.
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14 Julie @ Health Nut Julie September 4, 2013 at 6:22 am

All your meals look SO good! I’m addicted to almond butter so I can completely fend for ya, girl. Chia seeds are the bomb also ;-) They’re something I was introduced to as a blogger as well.
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15 Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness September 4, 2013 at 6:24 am

gluten free baked goods! i never tried them before i started blogging, and now i LOVE them. also just sort of a different attitude toward food in general. i think thats only natural though, after reading about different perspectives its bound to change your own. which is a good thing :) yay for WIAW- your eats always look amazing, especially when you decide to bake! YUM!
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16 Shahsi @ http://runninsrilankan.com September 4, 2013 at 6:26 am

You’ve killing me with those pictures of those no bake almond protein fudge bars! I made some this weekend and demolished the WHOLE batch – in one sitting!
Reading other blogs has introduced me to Almond butter (I have been a peanut butter addict- not yet in recovery mode); and the joys of roasting squash! I used to always bake squash (spaghetti, acorn) in foil and mush it up – but it’s so much better roasted!
There aren’t any foods that I can think of that I don’t like – but, even though I have a huge sweet tooth and adore desserts, I would rather my desserts be not too sweet – does that make sense?
Happy Wednesday to you too lovely lady!
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17 Amanda @ .running with spoons. September 4, 2013 at 10:47 am

I did say they were kind of dangerous ;) And what you said about desserts definitely makes sense – I feel the same way! I love my sweets, but can only handle a certain concentration of sugar before it stops being enjoyable. Maybe it’s part of getting older.

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18 Ashley @ Life and Fitness September 4, 2013 at 6:29 am

Before blogging I had no idea so many sunbutters existed! I’m a true fan of the regular pb, so no other kinds of butters for me. Also, I never liked plain hot oatmeal. Then I saw all these bloggers raving about overnight oats. I gave it a try thinking I wouldn’t be a fan, but wow I was wrong. Now I eat it everyday!
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19 Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers September 4, 2013 at 6:39 am

I have yet to try kabocha squash, but due to blogger influence, I’ve really been wanting to give it a shot.
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20 Amanda @ .running with spoons. September 4, 2013 at 10:47 am

Do it, do it, do it. Peer pressure ;)

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21 Laura September 4, 2013 at 6:44 am

Greek yogurt, avocado (mainly it made me overcome the fear of them), and Kombucha (the drink!). And Stovetop oatmeal. Actually, I think blogging made me overcome FEARS of food more than they introduced me to food. Hell, I used to be terrified of peanut butter which is one of my, if not THE, favorite foods.
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22 Alysia @ Slim Sanity September 4, 2013 at 6:47 am

Spaghetti squash! I was never a huge fan of squash but I saw it everywhere, so I gave it a try. And now I love it!
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23 Natalie @ Lift,Sleep, Eat September 4, 2013 at 6:51 am

Yum, I love adding loads of different toppings to my oatmeal too – I think that I’m so used to being like this that I don’t realise outside of the blogging community its not really “normal”. My friend was absolutely ecstatic the other day when she’d had the idea of putting peanut butter on her oats and it made me realise that generally people’s food habits definitely aren’t the same as the blogging world!
I was introduced to kabocha squash ..yumm, through blogs and I never looked back haha. I was also introduced to the prospect of using gram flour to make things with..yack…I now have a huge bag of it still sitting in the cupboard.
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24 Amanda @ .running with spoons. September 4, 2013 at 10:51 am

:lol: I tend to forget that not everyone gets so creative with their meals out in the “real world” too. Probably why some of my lunches end up getting the “stretched neck” look from co-workers ;)

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25 Kat September 4, 2013 at 6:52 am

OMG your on the chia seed train now?! Say whaaaaat?(in my best minion voice) I agree with you that they ARE a bit weird and freaky, but dang those little buggers pack a nutritional punch, and I do kind of enjoy freaking everyone out when they see me eat it. Plus, I like to say that Im eating the hair growing plant seeds ;)
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26 Tessa @ Amazing Asset September 4, 2013 at 6:58 am

I had a post very similar to this about two years ago when I had my first OIAJ and tried both almond butter and almond milk for the first time! All of these things were definitely due to blogging and never would have known about any of them without it. Some of the trends out there are rather nartsty, but there are others that are fantastic, as you show here with your delicious and might I add, pretty looking dishes!
That breakfast is an ideal one for me, it would keep me full for hours which is definitely the goal for work!
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27 Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves September 4, 2013 at 7:02 am

Ohh I could totally relate to many of these! I always liked peanut butter, but not to the extent that I’m OBSESSED with it now (along with other nut/seed butters). Overnight oats is also now one of my favorite breakfasts thanks to blogs. Oh, eggs and avocados. All the time now…all the time.
I also used to avoid eating before bed and would go to bed hungry more often than not. Now I love late night snacks, and my belly really appreciates them too :)
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28 Miss Polkadot September 4, 2013 at 7:14 am

Great. Amanda, great … Now you made me get out the cereal [nothing fancy, still, though – just plain honey-sweetened puffed wheat] right before lunch ;).
After years of blog-reading and now blogging myself it’s hard to list all foods I hadn’t know before. In fact, I’d go so far to say the largest part of my diet is made up from foods I was introduced to through blogs. To name only a few of my now favourites: all nut butters other than PB [how did I go through life before then ;)?], coconut flour, oat bran and peanut flour.
As a fun fact: Kabocha is a huge favourite of mine but it was only semi-itroduced to me by blogs. My mum had accidentially ordered the wrong pumpkin seeds to plant in her garden so we got ‘green hokkaido’ instead of red kuris. Only after hearing some bloggers talk about that magical squash I noticed I’d been happily eating just that all of the time :).
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29 Natasha September 4, 2013 at 7:25 am

I definitely have fallen victim to buying things because I saw them on other blogs…
some of my favorite discoveries –
coconut butter, nut butters in general, snack bars, overnight oats, PB2, “healthified/modified” dessert recipes (chocolate covered katie for example…)

some of my not so favorite discoveries…
coconut flour, chia seeds (although I bought some to add to baking, don’t like the goopy stuff), ANYTHING walden farms, STEVIA (i get major stomach aches), all of the “low carb” substitutions….

I definitely think sometimes I fall into the trap of having things just because other people do (*cough* low carb everything), so now I DON’T do that and focus on products/recipes/food that others post that are wholesome, delicious, and nutritious :) yay rhyming!

love this post :)
Have a great day!
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30 Amanda @ .running with spoons. September 4, 2013 at 10:55 am

Ditto on the stevia – I can only handle it in small doses and won’t add it to things like coffee, tea, or oatmeal. But you’re right about having to filter what’s just a crazy diet fad vs. what’s wholesome and nourishing… there’s a lot of goofy stuff out there.

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31 Carly @ Snack Therapy September 4, 2013 at 7:27 am

My entire foodie life has changed because of blogging. Chia seeds, flax seeds, plain Greek yogurt, kale… I never would have touched those things pre-blogging! We definitely aren’t good at standing up to the food blog peer pressure. Be above the influence, Amanda! ABOVE!
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32 Ashley @ Eat Run Live Happy September 4, 2013 at 7:32 am

I’m in love with spaghetti squash now. I could eat it every night… okay for about a week but still. I learned about it from another blog.
I like chia seeds for certain things. I really like baking with them.
Something I don’t like…. Canned coconut milk. EWWWWW I’ll stick to my so delicious.
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33 Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat September 4, 2013 at 7:34 am

I have yet to try adding egg whites into my oats. Yours always look so good that I really should give it a try! Chia seeds happen to be a favorite thing of mine. I like adding them to my oatmeal, smoothies and I even sprinkle them on toast.

Since I got into blogging, I’ve definitely been buying/trying some new foods. For example, I’ve been using a lot more almond and coconut flour and a new fav of mine is almond butter (thanks to you!).
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34 Amanda @ .running with spoons. September 4, 2013 at 10:56 am

Seeing people loving on AB makes my heart do all sorts of happy dances <3

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35 Amy @ The Little Honey Bee September 4, 2013 at 7:40 am

Love this post! I totally agree that blogging has opened my eyes to a whole bunch of new and delicious foods. To name a few: beets, sunflower butter, anything Ezekiel and butternut squash. I love stepping out of my comfort zone and trying/sharing new things in the hopes that others will try them to.
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36 Rachel @ Undercover Diva: A Sitcom September 4, 2013 at 7:41 am

Coconut oil was introduced to me through blogs and I love it!! I’ve had problems with squash too. I almost always cut myself when I’m cutting spaghetti squash. It’s difficult. I actually wrote a post called “Spaghetti squash blood wars” on my blog when I shared a spaghetti squash recipe a while back.
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37 meredith September 4, 2013 at 7:56 am

Following blogs introduced me to chia seeds and overnight oats and I am sure a ton of other things that I am not thinking of off hand – wait, yes – here: You told me to try a tea bag in my coffee and I did it this morning! Great idea, I have to get sugar cookie and those other teas I enjoy to add to my morning mix now! Thank you. Oh, and also, after telling you I never crave chocolate in the morning, I ended up making cocoa oats yesterday and loved it. Reminded me of my Cocoa Pebbles. I am not sure what sparked the craving but it was good.
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38 Amanda @ .running with spoons. September 4, 2013 at 11:00 am

Woo! What kind of tea did you use? In addition ot SCSR, I’ve found that licorice teas work really well because of their natural sweetness. I recently found a chocolate spice one that kind of blew me away.

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39 Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health September 4, 2013 at 8:16 am

Yay for giving chia seeds another chance! They’re o good for you but I can see why people are a little turned off, they do get a little slimy.
I didn’t know what almond butter was either until was 26 and that was through blogging. Did it even exist before that? I don’t know but I can’t imagine life without it now!

Actually, I was introduced to both of those foods through blogging. I would say the only thing I haven’t liked was Nuttzo. SO expensive and not that great, in my humble opinion.
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40 Beth @ Mangoes and Miles September 4, 2013 at 8:17 am

I’m the opposite with chia seeds–they’re fine (but not great) crunchy, but I love when they get gelled up. I usually stick some in a cup of Greek yogurt and let it sit in the fridge for a half an hour or so, and then I have a nice little cup of protein-packed pudding…ish thing. :P I ate a lot of “healthy living blog” things (Greek yogurt, almond butter, etc.) before I started blogging, but I didn’t discover kabocha until I did. I’ve only had it a few times since, but it’s definitely one of my favorites! Now, about that cupboard of things I bought as a result of the blogging community that I still don’t really know what to do with… (ahem, flaxseeds, I’m looking at you…)
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41 Amanda @ .running with spoons. September 4, 2013 at 11:01 am

:lol: Oh the seeds. If you grind them, you can use them in baking. OR… grind them and sprinkle them on top of plain yogurt with some kind of liquid sweetener like honey or maple syrup. Ah.maze.ing.

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42 Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome September 4, 2013 at 8:22 am

I’m with you on Chia Seeds, Kabocha Squash, and egg whites in oatmeal for sure! I’d have to add hemp seeds, kale chips, protein frosting (and all other things “proteinfied”), and overnight oats.
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43 Deb@ItsAllAboutMeFitness September 4, 2013 at 8:28 am

I cannot say that blogging has introduced me to new foods (I’m not a picky eater so I try everything), but it definitely has introduced me to NEW ways to cook them. Bloggers have such a unique way of changing up a meals that it really challenges me in the kitchen. Your NO Bake fudge bars looks divine :)
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44 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles September 4, 2013 at 8:46 am

I went hunting for kabocha on Sunday but I couldn’t find any! I did find a buttercup squash though, so that’ll have to do…I’ll be roasting that up tonight. And wow, blogging influences when it comes to food…I don’t even know where to start. Oatmeal that doesn’t come in a flavour packet (I never thought to actually make my own base, so i was all about peaches n cream, maple and brown sugar and the ones with dino eggs), any nut butter besides peanut butter, chia seeds, Greek yogurt, protein powder (I always assumed it was only for super-muscle-y people), pumpkin (I never thought to put it in anything besides pie), squash, almond milk, dark chocolate, avocado….the list goes on. Pretty safe to say that blogging basically introduced me to about half of what I eat on a regular basis now.
And as for foods I’m not fond of: eggplant, kale, green olives, blue cheese, raw onions…I think that’s pretty much it. I basically eat anything/everything.
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45 Amanda @ .running with spoons. September 4, 2013 at 11:03 am

Is there a difference between kabocha and buttercup? Because mine was labelled as kabocha/buttercup… squash identity confusion! And you know I”m not a fan of kale either, but watch me find a way to enjoy THAT as well :roll:

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46 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles September 4, 2013 at 3:44 pm

I’m actually not sure if there’s a difference or not. I thought they were the same, but Wikipedia seems to think otherwise.
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47 Becky @ Olives n Wine September 4, 2013 at 8:50 am

Is it weird that I don’t really love almond butter? I’ll eat it but it is definitely not my favorite form of nut butter! The protein craze was definitely introduced to me via blogging. Holy protein powders everywhere in the blog world!
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48 Jill September 4, 2013 at 9:03 am

Blogs introduced me to almond butter, too! Well, I knew about it, but I never thought of it in so many applications. I was never one to put my PB in oatmeal or anything more than on toast, on a banana, or in a cookie but now I’ve been introduced to so many AB recipes! My boyfriend is allergic to peanuts as well and he loves that I’m now using AB in everything.
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49 Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl September 4, 2013 at 9:26 am

Lucky you!!! I haven’t been able to find kabocha for awhile now :(.
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50 Ashley {Whole Foods New Body} September 4, 2013 at 9:31 am

New to your blog and I have to say….I LOVE IT!!! I can’t wait to read more! I am not a huge hot oatmeal fan but I am definitely trying out your recipe! Looks delish!

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51 Amanda @ .running with spoons. September 4, 2013 at 11:12 am

Thanks for saying hi, Ashley! I’m not a fan of hot watery oats either… I make them and let them cool off completely so that they firm up a bit before I eat them – they’re more cakey that way :mrgreen:

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52 Christine@ Apple of My Eye September 4, 2013 at 9:53 am

That almond butter and blueberry jam sandwich… PERFECTION! I’ve never tried almond butter before (OMG healthy living blogger blasphemy right there ;)), so I might pick some up when I go to Whole Food today!

Hahaha I feel ya on how dangerous it is to cut kabocha! My mom actually called me when I said I had picked one up to tell me to be careful and not stab myself. I work up a sweat trying to break those things open!

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53 Brittany September 4, 2013 at 10:16 am

I LOVE LOVE love discovering new foods through blogging!! I am soo glad you were able to find AB because a nut butter sandwich is like a little slice of heaven. One blogging trend I just can’t hang with is the oats in a jar, I tried it once and it was so awful I think it was ruined for me forever.
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54 Lauren September 4, 2013 at 10:34 am

I definitely adapted a different way of eating since discovering blogs! There were some bad habits, but I have learned to distinguish the bad from the good. All with time <3 My favorite foods blogging introduced me to are nut butters, oats, pumpkin everything, pancakes, and waffles. I guess I love breakfast foods :D I am NOT a fan of overnight oats. I tried them once in college and it just didn't do it for me. Just… no. And I'm not a fan of foods which try to taste like other foods (ie. Cookie dough made from coconut flour and banana). Just call it something else and it would be fine. Lol.

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55 Amanda @ .running with spoons. September 4, 2013 at 11:15 am

:lol: I feel you on the mock recipes, but sometimes it’s just so inconvenient to call them what they are! “Cookie dough” is a lot quicker to say than “coconut flour mixed with almond butter until a cookie dough consistency is reached,” ya know? ;)

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56 Shel@PeachyPalate September 4, 2013 at 10:36 am

All of the above! The pumpkin one is so funny but so true! I also thought oats were only for porridge or making granola!
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57 Rebecca September 4, 2013 at 10:43 am

I’ve definitely become more creative in the kitchen since I started cooking. I used to be all about baking, because it’s a science. There’s a recipe to follow – no improvisation is necessary. But when I moved out on my own and had to start cooking for myself, that’s when the magic began. haha. I love cooking now, it’s fun experimenting with different spices in my salad dressing, or new marinades for my chicken. I don’t get tooo crazy, but I do get creative so as to cater to my own tastes.
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58 Ellie September 4, 2013 at 11:00 am

Yesss without bloggers out there I would have never imagined to eat all these amazing things!
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59 Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine September 4, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Pumpkin, plantains, various nut butters, overnight oats, hemp seeds…so many great foods! Not to mention the recipes and prep ideas that come with them!
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60 Amanda @ .running with spoons. September 4, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Oh gosh, the recipes… far too many, not enough time.

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61 De @ De-Lightful September 4, 2013 at 1:40 pm

I actually didn’t start with almond butter or pumpkin until late(r) in life as well. :)

No matter how many recipes get posted, I still can’t bring myself to eat:

+ eggplant
+ mushrooms
+ artichokes

Eek.
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62 Alex @ Kenzie Life September 4, 2013 at 1:55 pm

Chia seeds are a blog influenced food for me for sure! Same with kale chips!
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63 Molly@This Life Is Sparkling September 4, 2013 at 2:41 pm

No shame in all the almond butter. It is delicious! I probably have that or peanut butter in most of my meals as well. Just so tasty. Now and I really want some roasted squash to go with dinner. I need to pick one up next time I grocery shop!
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64 Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite September 4, 2013 at 2:46 pm

I looooooove learning new foods and crazy recipes from the blogging world! And thank GOD you found love in almond butter. Without it, life would be very sad ;)
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65 Amanda @ .running with spoons. September 4, 2013 at 4:24 pm

It was so bad, I think I blocked it from my memory ;) Honestly hard to imagine life without it now!

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66 kris September 4, 2013 at 2:46 pm

Chia seeds have taught me a lesson: Always look in the mirror after eating them. Otherwise things might get a little embarrassing later in the day. You know…when you finally realize you’ve been grinning all afternoon (and to strangers) with about 2 or 3 chia seeds between your teeth. Yeah…

Coconut butter is definitely something I was introduced to thru reading blogs. And I absolutely love it. Something that seems to be mighty popular around the blogosphere (especially around the fall) that I’m not exactly a big fan of is canned pumpkin. I just don’t find it tasty and the only thing that I really ever use it for is subbing butter in recipes. But even so, it’s pretty rare. But like you said…never say never! haha
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67 Amanda @ .running with spoons. September 4, 2013 at 4:24 pm

:lol: I’ve had that happen to me with chia seeds as well… That’s actually one of the reasons I started hating on them ;)

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68 Liz @ I Heart Vegetables September 4, 2013 at 2:57 pm

I didn’t have almond butter until I was like 21, so I was kind of late to the party, too. But I’m totally jealous of that massive collection you’ve got!
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69 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table September 4, 2013 at 3:32 pm

I’ve been under the influence for so long… I don’t know how much of my weirdness was before blogging or after. LOL! Definitely have blogs to thank for chia seeds and peanut flour!
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70 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! September 4, 2013 at 4:12 pm

I can relate to this so much! In fact I’m pretty sure I could write a whole post on it! I feel like most of the foods I eat were inspired by blogs in some way and I am totally okay with that…I’ve been introduced to some amazing stuff! Things that I would never have known to try or even that they existed. Kabocha is definitely a top one! :)
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71 Maria September 4, 2013 at 5:52 pm

Looks amazing! How do you make your kabocha?
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72 Amanda @ .running with spoons. September 4, 2013 at 9:35 pm

I just cut it in half, scooped out the seeds, cut it into smaller chunks, peeled off the skin, rubbed it with a little bit of coconut oil, plopped it on a baking sheet, and cooked it in a 425 oven for about 40 minutes.

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73 Arman @ thebigmansworld September 4, 2013 at 6:06 pm

Its crazy how blogging introduces us to a whole new concept of recipes, eating, cooking, everything- it can be overwhelming but at the same time, you can find newfound skills and tastes.

For me, I’m a huge fan of eggwhites in oats too, heck oatmeal in itself- I used to think it was prison food. Pumpkin NOT eaten in a sweet way, the versatility of coconut and peanut flours, and of course, how nut butters should be their own food group.

Something I’m not a huge fan of- eating oats out of a jar and kombucha. Especially Kombucha. It makes medicine taste like juice.
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74 Sunnie@ModernGirlNutrition September 4, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Bahahaha the serfectly pober made me laugh out loud. You’re the best :) PS let me know if you ever go to Vegas again- can’t believe I missed that!
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75 Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen September 4, 2013 at 7:17 pm

I pretty much agree with everything you listed here – blogging has definitely changed the way I eat. It has introduced me to so many foods like banana egg white oatmeal, chia seeds, almond butter, Greek yogurt, tempeh, winter squash, pumpkin in oatmeal, kale, kale chips… the list goes on and on! The blogging trends that I’m not so fond of are OIAJ (way too hard to eat!) and protein powder in baked goods.
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76 Amanda @ .running with spoons. September 4, 2013 at 9:37 pm

I haven’t had the best luck baking with protein powder either… but it works alright in non-baked goodies. And it’s always nice to come across another OIAJ hater ;)

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77 Liz @ The Girl on Fire Now September 4, 2013 at 7:54 pm

I actually am really happy that I read your blog – especially since I just ate cereal with almonds, PB, and honey. I used to go to bed hungry, but after a 1 hr workout, I was a bit hungry. Do you ever have trouble eating in the morning? I wake up and the thought of food makes me nauseous.
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78 Amanda @ .running with spoons. September 4, 2013 at 9:38 pm

I don’t usually have any problems in the morning, no. But I don’t usually eat right when I wake up either… I’ll have some water, then black tea, and wait for hunger to kick in. How about things like fruit and yogurt? Does that cause you grief too?

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79 Sarah Pie September 4, 2013 at 8:41 pm

Keep making up for it! Almond butter is too good to go a day without (just saying!) I love all the different things that blogging has helped you expand into, getting a look into other people’s lives (and their eats) has been one of my favorite parts about joining the healthy living community!

Also I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for a “sunshine Award” because I always feel good after reading your posts and you continually inspire me to push myself to be better! The nomination post and award information is in the link :) http://slicesofsarahpie.blogspot.com/2013/09/sunshine-award.html
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80 Kaitlin September 4, 2013 at 9:16 pm

I’ve actually eaten more kale, sweet potato, and chia seeds since I started blogging :) Also I tried kombucha (eh) and loved green juices. Interesting to see what others are eating!
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81 Ashley @ AlmostVegGirlie September 4, 2013 at 9:47 pm

There are lots of foods I tried because of the blogging influence, namely coconut products. I’ve had a deathly fear of coconut since my ED because it’s so high in saturated fats, but now that I focus more on whole foods and nutrients rather than calories, I LOVE coconut oil (also as a face wash) and coconut flour. I still am not a huge fan of squash, ketchup or oats but at least I’ve given them a try and found what I really like.
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82 Kierston @candyfit September 5, 2013 at 4:39 am

Most recently, Kombucha :)
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83 Megan @ runningonjava September 5, 2013 at 6:36 am

Blogging has definitely introduced me to new foods and funky meal combinations. It’s funny, I was actually recently talking about this with one of my friends when she asked me for my overnight oats recipe. She had never heard of them before, but knew I eat them a lot. When she asked me where I got the recipe, I said “blogging” thinking hmm….I suppose that sounds a bit odd. I think I used to be somewhat embarrassed of the food combinations I came up with, but now I’m proud of them – especially since people are always asking me for recipes now!
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84 Amanda @ .running with spoons. September 5, 2013 at 3:20 pm

:lol: Sometimes I forget that most people out in the “real” world aren’t as creative with their food as we are, and what seems completely normal and old news to us is actually pretty interesting to them.

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85 Brittany @ Delights and Delectables September 5, 2013 at 7:38 am

Blogging has introduced me so so many good foods! I just want to come over and eat everything you just had! :)
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86 Olivia @ Liv Lives Life September 5, 2013 at 3:05 pm

GOSH your food always looks so good!
One thing that blogging introduced me to was spaghetti squash. I never even thought to try it before I saw people blogging about it. Really, though, WIAW posts are so hard to look through because everything looks so good! I always want to run out and recreate others’ foods.
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87 Alex @ therunwithin September 5, 2013 at 3:38 pm

why is everything you eat so pretty? teach me your ways, because I currently eat out of tinfoil haha
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88 Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli September 6, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Oh my gosh, if it weren’t for blogging, I too would never had known the deliciousness of any nut butter other than peanut (and even then, our relationship was pretty unexciting), kabocha (and putting pumpkin into practically anything), nutritional yeast, tempeh, hummus, peanut flour, coconut, and Greek yogurt. Actually, I knew of Greek yogurt before blogging, but I definitely wasn’t a fan until my tastes for it changed. I used to get the Fage that came with the jam and add MORE jam…and now I love it plain! So crazy! But seriously, sometimes I sit and wonder how in the world I survived before blogging…WHAT did I eat?! Oh yeah…pizza rolls and poptarts! Lol

I keep trying to give chia the benefit of the doubt, but honestly, besides using it as an egg substitution, I never touch them! That’s pretty much the only blog food I can’t seem to get behind!
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89 Amanda @ .running with spoons. September 6, 2013 at 6:15 pm

Pizza rolls and Poptarts sound pretty familiar ;) And I was the same way with yogurt – I wouldn’t touch the plain stuff before, but now I prefer it over the flavoured varieties.

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90 Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets September 7, 2013 at 6:58 pm

I still think your squash picture might be one of the prettiest I’ve seen.
I’m not sure what foods I actually get from bloggers. I certainly try different recipes, and I find bloggers to be great inspirations, but I usually make things according to the produce I get in my CSA share.
I did try cocnut flour and wasn’t a fan. Same thing for almond butter (sorry, don’t hate me), athough I’ve done a few things with coconut oil and been pleasantly surprised. Typically I still with my traditional EVOO though. I do take bits and pieces of things from other blogs though, but nothing too crazy or fad centric I guess.
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91 Beth October 3, 2013 at 5:40 pm

what kind of greens do you use for your salads?

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92 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 3, 2013 at 6:12 pm

Usually just mixed baby greens. I like that I don’t have to worry about washing them ;)

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93 Beth October 3, 2013 at 6:19 pm

you mean spring mix? Not sure what mixed greens would entail. I’m new at this!

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94 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 3, 2013 at 6:29 pm

Yes, spring mix.

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