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Tips For Veggie Haters

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.


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OhMyDragonflys OhMyDragonflys 8 years
I absolutely love my veggies now, portabello mushrooms are love. Pure love!
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
I love veggies!!! I hate overcooked veggies, but who in their right mind likes them!? :shrug:
karina2244 karina2244 8 years
LOVE veggies - Put spinach, tomatoes and mushrooms on a homemade pizza. Throw a bunch of veggies (already cooked in olive oil) like zucchini, etc into soup. A good way to get veggies in if you don't have a lot of time: I throw some frozen spinach/broccoli in with a frozen meal (like Smart Ones or Lean Cuisine), especially ones with lasagna or pasta.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Yeah, I totally do not get people who hate veggies. I LOVE them! But my husband doesn't, so I have to be creative when I prepare them for him. Lots of times, I'll just cut them up very fine and put them in my chili, in soups, and in spaghetti sauce. Also, if you're a veggie hater, stick with milder-flavored veggies like cucumbers, mushrooms, red/yellow sweet peppers, lettuces, carrots, and cauliflower. Chances are, if you don't love veggies already, you're probably not going to like collard greens or Brussels sprouts right away.
GratefulOne GratefulOne 8 years
Veggies are no problem, its fruit I have to talk myself into eating!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Great tips Fit!!!
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 8 years
I have to say that I too am not a huge fan of veggies. I do try and eat them often (not often enough) but I do the sneak them into food seems to always work. I think that you can get burnt out from them which usually happens with me. Also our fridge is so stupid it freezes the veggies and fruits I buy in a day so keeping them on hand unless they're frozen is tough to do.
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
I usually find find that if I don't like a veggie, Roasting/caramelzing them with some EVOO, seasoning and just a sprinkle of parmasean cheese or a few bits of pancetta and I'll devour them all myself. Yum!
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
Good tips, but I already love my veggies :)
urban-chic-101 urban-chic-101 8 years
That picture totally made me laugh
alliep627 alliep627 8 years
Used to love veggies! now ummm not so much. It's like I totally burned out on vegetables. And now I literally go a few days without eating much of them. The only ones I really like a lot are tomatos, onions, mushrooms. Spinach a little, broccoli is ok. I keep hoping Green Giant or Birdseye is going to come out with some new fantastic tantalizing and tasty vegetable or a combination that I like so I'll eat more. I don't know why this happened to me when I used to like them so much. Weird.
NdHebert NdHebert 8 years
Martha Stewarts Vegetable Tian Recipe is great! Sliced Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Eggplant, Tomato, Red Onion. Sprinkle Salt, Pepper, EVOO and put sprigs of Thyme and Rosemary on top. Bake covered for 20 min and uncovered for 20 min. This with a side of grilled asparagus is my all time favorite way to eat veggies.
becoming-brina becoming-brina 8 years
Ooooh, i'm with julie-roast veggies are great!!! My favorites are roast cauliflower, broccoli & carrots: toss in olive oil, salt & pepper and roast until golden brown and delicious at 400 degrees. My 3 year old niece won't eat it if she sees it on her plate, but if we toss some pieces of roast cauliflower into her spaghetti she'll actually pick those pieces out and eat them first. Grilled veggies are great too; i have to fight my omnivore family for the zucchini, asperagus and portobellos whenever we grill out :-)
pioneers pioneers 8 years
I admit, I am a total veggie hater. It's taken me years and years to eat any, and it's still rare where I'll actually look forward to vegetables on anything, unless it's a salad.
juliefischer juliefischer 8 years
I think roasting should also be in this list. Roasted vegetables are amazing!
genniboo genniboo 8 years
i completely agree with marie-lee! I love veggies and prefer them to potatoes, pasta and rice any day! I love that they have such a variety of delicious tastes and i love the mushy structure :D my favorites must be broccoli and eggplant - but really, i have yet to taste a veggie i didn't like :)
marie-lee marie-lee 8 years
I don't understand how people can hate vegetables. If they're good quality to begin with and well prepared you can't go wrong. In fact if I don't eat enough vegetables I start craving!
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