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    24 Foods You Hated As A Kid But Love Now

    Oh, young you! If only you knew.

    1. Brussels Sprouts

    Then: Everyone else hates it. You should hate it too.

    Now: You're an independent thinker—even if everyone else loves BS too?

    Eat it like a grown up: Hot & Sour Roasted Brussels Sprouts. Get the recipe.

    2. Whole Wheat Bread

    Then: "This doesn't taste right, mom."

    Now: You proudly choose 9-Grain Wheat at Subway and think you deserve a medal. Every time.

    Eat it like a grown up: Grilled Cheese with Chicken, Cheddar & Grapes. Get the recipe.

    3. Spinach

    Then: Prejudice against anything green.

    Now: All about green smoothies, kale salads, and leafy produce in general.

    Eat it like a grown up: Hot Spinach Salad with Pine Nuts & Cranberries. Get the recipe.

    4. Grapefruit

    Then: Sour, too much work, and can't dip in peanut butter.

    Now: Bright, juicy, and healthy.

    Eat it like a grown up: Broiled Grapefruit. Get the recipe.

    5. Pesto

    Then: Moldy spaghetti.

    Now: Intriguing.

    Eat it like a grown up: Arugula Pesto Pasta. Get the recipe.

    6. Asparagus

    Then: Made your pee smell.

    Now: (Who's smelling your pee anyway?)

    Eat it like a grown up: Rosemary-Lemon Roast Asparagus. Get the Recipe.

    7. Coffee

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    Then: Beg and beg until you can have a cup too. Add six lumps of sugar and don't admit; still tastes horrible.

    Now: Need it for survival.

    Drink it like a grown up: Black. (Not there yet.)

    8. Dark Chocolate

    Then: The consolation prize when all the milk chocolate's gone.

    Now: Anything over 70% cocoa makes you feel like a real, bill-paying adult.

    Eat it like a grown up: Chocolate Espresso Bundt Cake with Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Glaze. Get the recipe.

    9. Fish (That Isn't Fish Sticks)

    Then: Chicken, please.

    Now: Flaky, light, and the classiest thing on the menu.

    Eat it like a grown up: Oven-Baked Salmon with Clementines & Fennel. Get the recipe.

    10. Eggplant

    Then: Too weird. Too weird. Won't try. Won't try.

    Now: Meaty vegetable, whoa.

    Eat it like a grown up: Eggplant Caprese Salad. Get the recipe.

    11. Smelly Cheese

    Then: Knew nothing about life.


    Eat it like a grown up: Oven-Baked Camembert with Honey Roasted Figs. Get the recipe.

    12. Runny Eggs

    Then: Slimy, slippery, and sometimes goopy,

    Now: So, so lucky that Sunny-side-up forgave you.

    Eat it like a grown up: Fried Egg and Mango Salsa Waffle. Get the recipe.

    13. Cottage Cheese

    Then: Lumpy, spoiled milk.

    Now: Cheese + Caramelized Fruit = Lesson learned.

    Eat it like a grown up: Honey Walnut Broiled Peaches with Cottage Cheese. Get the recipe.

    14. Avocados

    Then: Mushy and green.

    Now: Guac! Guac! Guac!

    Eat it like a grown up: Spiced Black Bead, Grilled Avocado, and Goat Cheese Tacos. Get the recipe.

    15. Tomatoes

    Then: Squishy, seedy, and thrown at poor Fozzie Bear.

    Now: Delicate, light, and loyally magical with basil.

    Eat it like a grown up: Tomato, Feta & Honey Toasts. Get the recipe.

    16. Oatmeal

    Then: Sugary cereal only. With a toy in the box? Even better.

    Now: Full and energetic? Oh, this is what it feels like to be a functional person in the morning.

    Eat it like a grown up: Apple Pie Oatmeal. Get the recipe.

    17. Olives (Or Any Veggies) on Your Pizza

    Then: Black eyeballs. This isn't your pizza. Close box.

    Now: Still hate it. But you keep thinking you'll change your mind.

    Eat it like a grown up: Sausage and Olives Pizza. Get the recipe.

    18. Salads

    Then: This CAN'T be something humans are supposed to enjoy.

    Now: Who wants to go to Chop't?

    Eat it like a grown up: Butternut Squash Salad. Get the recipe.

    19. Mushrooms

    Then: Fungus.

    Now: Valuable in Super Mario; valuable in life.

    Eat it like a grown up: Garlic Butter Mushroom & Provolone Melt. Get the recipe.

    20. Spicy Food

    Then: Why would you eat something that hurts?

    Now: Even when it burns, you keep going for more.

    Eat it like a grown up: Thai Tom Yum Goong Soup. Get the recipe.

    21. Okra

    Then: Slime's reserved for Nickelodeon.

    Now: Anything roasted goes through divine transformation.

    Eat it like a grown up: Roasted Okra With Chili Oil. Get the recipe.

    22. Onions

    Then: Tears.

    Now: Tears of joy.

    Eat it like a grown up: Savory Onion Galette. Get the recipe.

    23. Anchovies

    Then: Fish in a can.

    Now: You understand the power of umami.

    Eat it like a grown up: Mussels with Leek, Anchovies and Sherry Cream Sauce. Get the recipe.

    24. Broccoli

    Then: Cute little trees! Fun to play with! But still yucky.

    Now: You're SO sorry—should've had more respect.

    Eat it like a grown up: Garlic Roasted Broccoli with Balsamic Vinaigrette. Get the recipe.