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Eat Your Vegetables

Don’t care for veggies? You can learn to love them with these tricks.

You mom was right when she told you to eat your vegetables as a child. They are good for you. And you maybe have hated the taste of broccoli, but you had to eat at least three bites before you could be dismissed.

Smart move, Mom. Because while some kids don’t like them, vegetables are filled with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants to keep you healthy and help your body function at its best. Naturally low in calories, vegetables are also an important part of a weight loss diet plan. Current recommendations advise three to five servings of vegetables a day. Skimping on vegetables can lead to nutritional deficiencies and poor health.

So what should you do if your distaste for vegetables has carried over into adulthood but you want to do something about it? Read on to find out.

Mix Things Up

Many vegetables have a bitter taste when eaten plain. The good news is you don’t have to force yourself to eat vegetables by themselves. Mix them in with the other foods on your plate. Add them to soups, casseroles, rice dishes, egg dishes, and pasta dishes. The flavors of the other foods may mask the taste of the vegetables so you don’t even know you’re eating them. But your body does!

Add Flavor

There’s a good chance your problem with a vegetable isn’t the vegetable itself, but the way it’s flavored. Raw, plain veggies can be hard to palate for some, so experiment with different recipes or ask your friends for recipe suggestions. Keep trying and you may find you were wrong about zucchini all along. Spices, oils, dips, herbs, sauces, and dressings go a long way in improving the taste of vegetables.

Prepare Differently

Not many people care for the taste of plain, steamed Brussels sprouts, but cooked the right way they may be your new favorite food. Whether you try roasted, steamed, sautéed, grilled, pureed, or stir-fried, each method has a different effect on veggies. Try different ways of preparing your veggies until you find the one you like best. Just be careful. Over-cooking your vegetables can ruin the taste, so cook them until they’re slightly crisp rather than overly mushy.

Try and Try Again

They say it takes kids 8 to 15 exposures to a new food before they start to like it. When your child refuses to eat his beans, you don’t give up after the first try. The same goes for you. Just because you don’t like tomatoes doesn’t mean you should never eat them. Prepare them different ways or add them to other dishes. As you taste them again and again, you may go from hating them to tolerating them to liking them.

Add to Smoothies

Vegetables make a great addition to smoothies. Whether for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a snack, add baby spinach leaves, kale, beets, carrots, cabbage, or pumpkin to your base ingredients. You’ll feel fit and healthy when sipping on a green smoothie and your body will too.

Eat In-Season

Produce may be available out-of-season at the grocery store, but it’s likely not fresh. Plan to eat vegetables in-season for the best quality, the most nutrients, and the best prices.

Spring veggies include asparagus, avocados, broccoli, carrots, celery, leafy greens, onions, and radishes. In the summer, bell peppers, corn, cucumbers, green beans, okra, summer squash, zucchini, and tomatoes taste best. With the fall harvest come beets, leafy greens, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and winter squash. In the winter, you’ll find avocados, beets, Brussels sprouts, carrots, leafy greens, celery, leeks, onions, potatoes, turnips, and winter squash.

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