10 Food Blog Trends That Should Stop

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Healthifying the Unhealthful

Healthy Blooming Onion
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You know what a Bloomin Onion is, right? It's an appetizer from Outback Steakhouse, a whole onion that has been sliced and spread open to look like a flower, then battered and deep-fried, and served with a creamy dressing. It is not health food. Not long ago I stumbled across a vein of blog posts of folks trying to health it up by baking instead of frying. Invariably the end result was a sad, droopy flower with scabby crust that flaked off. It's sure to help you lose weight, because there is no way any reasonable person would eat it. Similarly, there are folks claiming healthified cookies with whole-wheat flour, or cupcakes with protein. I have a different philosophy. Just eat the stupid Bloomin Onion once in a while. Have the occasional cupcake. Not everything has to be healthy, or pretend to be. Personally, I like my treats to be just that: a treat. (Also: "Healthifying" is not a word. Stop.)

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