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17 Foods You Should Avoid on a Date

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Going on a date is nerve racking enough without having to worry about what you look like while you are eating, what food particles may or may not have gotten stuck between your teeth and exactly how bad your breath is now that the meal is over. Here are 17 foods to avoid eating on a date in order to alleviate some of the stress.

1. Onions or any foods with onions in them such as onion rings

The number one reason to avoid oniony foods is for the sake of your breath.

Onions make your breath stinky

Onions make your breath stinky

2. Garlic or any foods with garlic in or on them such as garlic bread

Again, for the sake of your breath. Of course if your date is also eating onions and garlic then you will cancel each other out.

Garlic is another bad breath maker

Garlic is another bad breath maker

3. Ribs

Let’s face it, there is just no graceful or polite way to eat ribs. They take us back to the days of the cave people where meat was hunted, cooked over fire and then devoured right off the bone. Add barbecue sauce and you end up looking like a wild animal ripping apart its prey.

Think Fred Flintstone

Think Fred Flintstone

4. Chicken wings

Same as ribs. Any foods where sauce will paint a canvas on your face and drip in between every finger crevasse is a no no for a date. Besides, wet naps are for babies.

Stripping meat from the bone with your teeth is not attractive

Stripping meat from the bone with your teeth is not attractive

5. Spaghetti

Despite the romantic image of spaghetti consumption depicted in Lady and The Tramp, that is not what happens in real life. Those who have mastered the art of tightly spinning the noodles around their fork with the aide of a spoon may be able to get away with eating spaghetti on a date. That is if they don’t mind politely wiping the red sauce from the corners of their mouth after each and every mouthful.

It won't turn out like it did for Lady and the Tramp

It won’t turn out like it did for Lady and the Tramp

6. Whole lobster or crab

Ripping apart the shelled body of a sea creature may not be that attractive to a potential partner. Sucking the meat from its tinier body parts is likely not all that attractive either. And let’s not even talk about what your breath will smell like when you are finished eating.

 

Cracking open the body of a lobster may not be that attractive

Cracking open the body of a lobster may not be that attractive

7. Seafood

Seafood stinks and it makes your breath stink.

PU!

PU!

8. Spinach, salad or other leafy greens

If you want your pearly whites to be accented with little bits of green then go ahead and order green, leafy foods. If not, skip any of these food types.

Check between your teeth!

Check between your teeth!

9. Broccoli

Broccoli not only provides beautiful green bits between your teeth but it might provide some musical accompaniment (see number 14) later in the evening that your date (and your stomach) will not appreciate.

Green and gassy

Green and gassy

10. Eggs, cheese or other dairy products

All of these foods will provide you with unkissable foul breath.

Sulfur breath

Sulfur breath

11. Burgers

Besides the fact that you would have to avoid the lettuce and onions, the sauces that top the beef (ketchup, mustard, barbecue sauce, mayonnaise, etc) make for a drippy mess. And who can eat a hamburger without opening their mouth so wide their date would be able to see their uvula? No one wants to see an uvula on a first date.

Open wide!

Open wide!

12. Corn on the cob

The dripping butter, looking like a rodent gnawing on his meal and the corn stuck between your teeth are all reasons corn on the cob made this list.

Rodent food

Rodent food

13. Chili

Spicy foods that make you sweat are ideal foods to avoid. And chili has beans. See number 14 on the list.

Spices and beans, not a good combo for the after the meal part of the date

Spices and beans, not a good combo for the after the meal part of the date

14. Beans

Beans, beans good for your heart, the more you eat the more you fart. Or beans, beans the musical fruit, the more you eat the more you toot. No matter what rhyme you know, farting is best done in established relationships. And even then the parameters of gas passing are best established between the people involved.

Beans, beans good for your heart...

Beans, beans good for your heart…

15. Tacos

Tacos are spicy but most of all messy! As soon as you take a bite, the hard shell breaks and its contents spill out over your plate or your lap if you are not careful. Soft shells don’t break but the contents spill out any opening in the shell.

 

A mess in a shell

A mess in a shell

16. Subs

Subs are like burgers. You need to avoid certain toppings like lettuce, onions and olives and the sauces make for a drippy mess. And remember no one wants to see your uvula until they know you better. And even then not seeing it is better.

Open wide

Open wide

17. Delicacies

Frog legs, fish eggs and other animals or parts of the animal not typically consumed by the masses are best to avoid until you are both more comfortable with each other.

Fear of the unknown

Fear of the unknown

Some people say that it should not matter what you eat on a first date. They argue that the person should want to be with you for you. It shouldn’t matter what you eat, what you look like while you eat or after you eat, how gassy you are or how smelly your breath. If you agree, then you needn’t worry about anything you just read on this list. Good luck to you!

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