AS AN ADULT: Need it for survival. Coffee has become your drug. While studies have linked coffee to protecting the brain and lowering risk of death, we also know it gives us that much-needed energy boost in the AM. (And also should not be consumed by children.)
These days, avocado is an essential component of my daily diet. I feel incomplete without it in at least one of my meals, and for good reason. It's not only delicious, but it’s one of the healthiest fruits out there.
Tomatoes were not allowed on my plate. I found them slimy and tart. Many kids don’t like tomatoes unless they are really sweet or turned into something more appetizing like ketchup. Even as an adult, I picked tomatoes off my salad.
Mushrooms were also on my “don’t even think about it” list. I didn’t like how they looked, smelled or tasted. My mother would make mushroom gravy and I would carefully spoon the gravy onto my food trying to avoid any pieces of mushroom. Who wants to eat a fungus anyway?