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7/3/12 12:52 P
I didn't like vegetables as a kid, but I started eating healthier as a young adult, and I found that you really just have to be open to trying new things and trying to fix things in a way that's more appealing to you. I figured out I'm not a big fan of raw carrots, so I drink carrot juice instead.
I imagine there's probably many vegetables that you're not sure if you like because you haven't even had them before. For example, turnips taste an awful lot like potatoes, have you ever tried roasting them and giving them a try? I put them in a roast vegetable stew recipe I make and honestly they taste just like potatoes to me, only slightly sweeter. Swiss chard, once cooked, can be quite similar to spinach. I'd try sauteeing it with a little olive oil, garlic, and onion.
I "sneak" cooked greens into a sandwich instead of lettuce by steaming a cup, draining it, and sticking it in with things that have more of a dominant flavor.
Oh, another one is mashing cauliflower in with your potato. Start with a small ratio and work more in as you get used to it.
7/3/12 12:45 A
I used to use this supplement called GNC Maximum Greens™ Complete and mix it in with mashed bananas & peanut butter, a cup of yogurt, or by mixing a fruit shake (berries, ice, citrus fruits, sometimes especially in summer, frozen low-fat yogurt). It also comes in capsule form. Unfortunately it became too expensive ($50 for 30 servings) & I realized that although you get the nutrients from veggies, you don't really benefit from your body breaking down the veggies themselves.
Also, buying veggies for 2 weeks is cheaper than buying Maximum Greens Complete. I'm sure nowadays there's many alternatives to the product above but the cost is still high.
At least you know there is an alternative in the event that you just cannot stand any kind of vegetable. Initially I got the idea from Jamba Juice (they tend to charge extra for various protein powders, veggie powders, etc) but I make my own smoothies now.
No magic formula, unfortunately. Eatingwell has some good recipes where you use shredded veggies or small amounts as filler - the mini turkey meatloafs come to mind. You may also try recipes that pair things that you like with veggies - like bacon and brussel sprouts, cheese and broccoli, etc. I love texmex flavors so one of my new favs combines zucchini, onion, green chilis and a bit of rf sharp cheddar.
Also try veggies different ways. I'm not a fan of raw tomatoes, but I love sundried tomatoes (not the ones in oil, of course). Not a big fan of asparagus steamed, but it's pretty tasty grilled. Herbs de Provence is a good herb blend (cheapest I've found is at Whole Foods, believe it or not) which I enjoy roasting veggies with.
7/2/12 8:34 P
It takes a while to get used to a new way of eating. Try lots of different veggies, multiple times, and keep a positive attitude.
I still hide veggies from myself, even though I do like a good variety of them. I grate zucchini and carrot into ground meat. Once the sauce goes on, you can't taste the veggies. I add 1/2C of spinach to my smoothies, and I promise you can't taste it. Other than that, just bite the bullet and start trying them different ways. I am from a household where a vegetable is not fully cooked until it is grey and mushy. No wonder I 'hated' veggies!! Now I love to throw together a stir fry and just lightly cook the veggies in a yummy sauce. Last night it was broccoli, kale (my first time eating it!), broccolini and silverbeet with lean beef in a sesame ginger sauce. YUMMO!
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7/2/12 6:25 P
What about trying to put them in a soup? I feel like some veggie just take on the flavor of the broth of soup, like zucchini, squash, celery. What about cucumbers, do you like those. They taste good when you add a splash of lemon juice to them and some mexican pico de gallo (its a chili powder) that kicks up anything you put it on with a little spice
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9,692 7/2/12 6:12 P
So, have you tried every vegetable in existence? What ways have you had them cooked?
People who say they don't like vegetables don't really mean they don't like all vegetables... there are simply too many, with too many different flavors and ways of preparing them, to ever say that. Are you used to canned vegetables? What ones do you not like, and why?
If you take something you haven't enjoyed in the past, and prepare it a different way, you may find you like it. Some people hate tomatoes, for example, but love spagetti sauce. Don't like raw broccoli? Try it covered with cheese.
If you don't like something the first time, you have to keep trying. With babies, you often have to introduce a new food as much as ten times before the baby will take it... that is what you need to do. :) Keep trying new things.
Fitness Minutes: (1,498)
7/2/12 5:57 P
I hate veggies, too. I mix them in rice and meat and I cover it in a raspberry vinaigrette. I try out different sauces and that helps me eat them.
I am not the biggest fan of veggies either. There are, however, about 12-18 that I enjoy or at least don't find distasteful that I'm willing to eat (an in some cases eager to eat) regularly. These are the strategies I've pursued to get more of them into my diet:
1) I take a "library" (or Netflix, if you prefer) approach to vegetables. Think of it as authors (or actors) and genres. I take a vegetable (author, actor) I like (e.g., raw baby spinach in a salad) and experiment with preparing it a different way (genre) e.g., lightly sauteed with nutmeg and included in a pasta sauce. Or I take a cooking style (genre) I like (e.g., roasted vegetables) and try adding some veggies that I traditionally haven't eaten (e.g., in addition to carrots, peppers and potatoes, I added eggplant and squash). Once I developed a taste for a new genre (sauteed green veggies), I expanded my repertoire with a new kind of veggie (e.g., baby bok choy).
2) There are some veggies I like raw or cooked (carrots, peppers), there are some that I only like raw (actually, used to be spinach, now I don't mind it lightly cooked), and there are some that I only like cooked (mushrooms, onions). Experiment to see what works for you.
3) Never under-estimate the power of sauce. I make a fabulous, creamy-style (but low fat) pasta sauce that makes my tastebuds sit up and beg for spinach. I've also cooked spinach (small quantities) into a lasagne with tomato sauce. It's amazing what you can add (in small quantities) to a tomato sauce: I make mine with grated carrots, mushrooms, onions, peppers (of course, I love them) and often some zucchini, eggplant or squash (which I don't like so much on their own).
4) Likewise, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, nutmeg and other condiments and herbs can improve the taste of veggies. Toss large chunks of veggies with a bit of olive oil and balsamic vinegar and roast them covered for 40 minutes and uncovered for 5. The balsamic vinegar adds sweetness. Likewise, nutmeg dusted on dark green veggies as they're sauteed can cut the bitterness.
5) Juice them with something sweet. Get some dark greens blended in a juice with carrots, pineapple and ginger. Start with a fairly small quantity of greens to start until your palate adapts, and then increase the greens. Or try V8 juice.
6) If you're managing to eat your colours, don't sweat the fact that you're not eating every vegetable out there. I will never like cauliflower, broccoli or fiddleheads. I hate raw onions and chives. I check every year or so, just to see if my taste buds have changed. They haven't. I still gag. Whatever. I don't care that my husband or vegetarian sister makes fun of me. I eat a sufficient variety and quantity of bright colours (dark green, red, yellow and purple), so that's good enough for me.
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7/2/12 5:19 P
I'm trying to change my eating habits and I absolutely detest vegetables, but I know they're good for me. I only eat spinach, and the starchy veggies (i.e. potatoes, onions,corn). Does anybody know a way I can get my daily dose of veggies by either sneaking them in or anything? Please help!
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