Our moms didn't push vegetables on us for nothing. They knew that not only are veggies like carrots, Brussels sprouts, and sweet potatoes full of vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber, but they're also low in calories and fat. These days, rather than avoiding them, I crave veggies because I realize how much better I feel after a meal of salad versus a huge bowl of fettuccine alfredo. If you're having a hard time embracing veggies in your diet, here are some tips for all you veggie haters.
- Eat them raw. If veggies are overcooked, they can be mushy and flavorless, so you may actually prefer raw versions of cooked veggies you hated as a kid such as broccoli, spinach, or peas.
- If raw isn't your thing, grill your veggies. They'll have a slightly softer consistency and a charred or smoky flavor. Grill corn on the cob, asparagus spears, portobello mushrooms, and slices of peppers. Brush them with a little olive oil or Italian dressing to add flavor.
What else is a veggie hater to do? If you're curious,
- Cut veggies into small pieces so their flavor and presence is less prominent. Add shredded raw veggies to your sandwiches and wraps to add a crunchy texture, or chop up bits of carrots and peppers and add them to soups or omelets.
- Find a salad dressing or dip you love. Sometimes eating raw veggies on their own is way too boring, so find something you can pour over your salad or dip raw veggie sticks in, to make them more appealing. Just be sure whatever you choose is low in fat and calories. I'm a fan of Annie's Gingerly Vinaigrette.
- Add veggies to dishes you already love. If you're a fan of pizza, lasagna, or mac and cheese, begin slipping some veggies into those dishes. Since you're already a fan of the food, it will make eating veggies easier.
If you have any other tips for veggie haters, share them in the comment section below.