Try this when food tastes different

Do you find that foods do not taste as they used to? Here are a few ideas for you to try.

  • Marinate red meat and poultry, using:
    -Soy sauce.
    -Yogurt marinade: Mix ½ cup plain Greek yogurt (2% M.F.), 1 tbsp lemon juice, 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley, ½ tbsp minced garlic, ½ tsp salt, ½ tsp dried oregano, and ¼ tsp ground cloves.


  • Brine meat: Dissolve ½ cup salt in 2 litres water. Optional: add minced garlic, honey and/or brown sugar. Leave meat in the brine for roughly 1 hour per pound of meat.


  • Top meat with mango chutney, apple sauce, cranberry sauce, red pepper jelly.


  • If you have a problem with meat, try other sources of protein, e.g., poultry, fish/seafood, eggs, legumes, tofu, beefless, ground nuts/seeds, cheese, Greek yogurt, dairy products, higher protein milk, milk alternatives (e.g., soy milk), protein powder.


  • Replace ground beef in recipes with meat/beefless alternatives, lentils, or tofu, to make your favourite spaghetti sauce or shepherd’s pie.


  • If everything tastes salty, try adding maple syrup or honey.


  • Eat ingredients cold to soften strong tastes.


  • Choose very soft foods or blended foods that require less chewing to reduce the amount of time the food is in contact with the taste buds.


  • Try foods which you used to love in the past, which bring back memories of happy occasions.


  • Eat bland foods to reduce expectations.


  • Eat meals while distracted through social interactions, TV, playing games, etc.