I’m clearly a big fan of blogging, using social media like Instagram and trying out different recipes- my own or of fellow bloggers. It always baffles me when I see certain posts on blogs or pictures on instagram of a certain food with the most ridiculous hashtags or captions. This is a further discussion from my post from last Thursday regarding recipe authenticity…out loud.
Here are some examples of the food product on the left and the associated caption to the right.
Non fat Greek Yogurt with 2 chocolate chips = Cookie Dough ice cream
Protein powder mixed with water = chocolate pudding
Cocoa powder mixed with water = chocolate frosting
Mashed chickpeas with chocolate chips and microwaved = chocolate chip cookie
Protein powder blended with sugar free syrup and ice = Wendy’s frosty
I’m sorry- I’m not sure what cookie dough, chocolate pudding, chocolate frosting or chocolate chip cookies they have come across before but their examples are anything but.
The scary thing? Here are their responses to the above 5 captions.
‘This tastes just like cookie dough ice cream- if not even better!’
‘Who needs chocolate pudding when you can have this carb free version which is just as good!’
‘This is my go to frosting recipe for pancakes and oatmeal!’
Fiber and chocolate chips- so sinful!’
‘A Frosty for 100 calories!’
There could be several reasons for this, but there is one main reason for this- an increasingly restrictive diet. When you follow such a restrictive diet or have a limited scope of ‘safe foods’- consciously or subconsciously you’d be convincing yourself that said examples are ‘treats’ or ‘decadent’- when in reality- it’s a very poor substitution.
The scary thing here is- the other food pictures on their accounts or blog posts actually don’t surprise me when they come up with such combinations and claim it to be something which it clearly isn’t. A breakfast of egg whites and veggies, a protein shake for a snack and dessert encompassing protein powder, ice and air?
‘This tastes just like cookie dough ice cream- if not even better!’- Tart yogurt with 2 chocolate chips- yep, that completely screams cookie dough. The texture itself just gives it away…..
‘Who needs chocolate pudding when you can have this carb free version which is just as good!’- The 2 key macronutrients in a ‘pudding’ is typically a fat (like cream) and a carbohydrate (like flour). This lacks both.
‘This is my go to frosting recipe for pancakes and oatmeal!’- that is frosting in punishment form.
‘Fiber and chocolate chips- so sinful!’- Sinful because it is a stomach disaster.
‘A frosty for 100 calories’- Screw giving you the stink eye- I’m giving you a frosty look.
Should my definition of those desserts ever replicate that…
Yes, mum. You have permission to chase me with a wooden spoon. Again.
Mere, this one is for you.
What is your definition of ‘dessert’?
Have you ever come across the aforementioned ‘desserts’?
General thoughts on this?
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