Most times, it’s kids who share that sentiment; but there even some ADULTS who do too! And I’m assuming since you’re here, that is the case with YOU, right?
I know how you feel because I, too, hated (most) vegetables even into my adult years.
But now there are vegetables that, at one time, I wouldn’t even look at, that I have grown to love. There are still some that I won’t eat because I just don’t like them no matter what (the various squashes are a good example); but I sure eat more vegetables than I used to.
And with this article, I want to try and help you do the same.
How To Eat Vegetables When You Hate Them…
(Prefer to watch/listen to the video? Click “Play” on the video below. FYI: Video is NOT as detailed as the article!)
Make a list of any and all vegetables you DO like.
I don’t care if you like them ONLY a “certain way” or “in certain things”. Even if it’s a small list, even if it’s what you deem not all that significant (e.g. iceberg lettuce); write down any and all vegetables you like, as well as the stipulations you have for eating them. (Ex: must be on a pizza, only on a burger, etc)
Make a list of the vegetables you’ve actually TRIED, but hate.
Some folks will say they hate “xyz”, but have never even tasted it. Those don’t count… only the ones you’ve actually tasted before. Once you’ve made that list, think back to when you tried it.
Close your eyes if you have to, but really take yourself to that time and place when you tried the vegetable(s).
-What didn’t you like about it?
-Who prepared it?
–How it was prepared?
Try the vegetables prepared differently.
If you find that when you tried broccoli or spinach that they were too mushy, try lightly steaming, roasting or even eating raw. I, personally, have found that I like broccoli (something I HATED as a kid) when it’s NOT boiled, but rather either sautéed in a pan with butter, garlic powder, a little soy sauce, sea salt, and pepper… or tossed with the same things I just listed, but roasted in the oven on a baking sheet. Mmmm! So, try a different method of preparation and you may find one you like or even… *gulp*… love!
Try them fresh.
As a kid, my mom made me a lot of canned veggies. Some were fine, like the green beans, but spinach out of a can was GROSS! But I do like it fresh or even frozen. In fact, I never buy canned veggies, as I feel they lack any or most nutritional value. Frozen is better than canned… but FRESH is best of all, even if you do end up cooking them some sort of way!
Try them with a dip or sauce.
I know… I know. Some folks have probably told you, “Don’t drown your vegetables in that! It makes them less healthy.” Listen, if ranch dressing, cheese sauce, hot sauce, or whatever will get you to eat the darn veggies; then do whatcha gotta do to eat the darn veggies! Your body can and will still benefit from them.
Now what you CAN do is try to make whatever you’re dipping or covering them in as healthy as possible OR… try weaning off of the dips, sauces or dressings by using less and less each time you eat them.
Eat them in stuff.
I’m not a huge fan of bell peppers. I will NOT eat them raw, as I would carrots or celery. I will NOT eat them stuffed, nor on the side of any dish.
But I WILL eat them chopped and whipped up into an omelet, in spaghetti or chili, or on a pizza.
So you may find that, while you don’t like them alone, you may like them IN or ON something.
I’ve heard some folks say that the flavor of organic tastes better than conventional. I do recall getting two bunches of bananas – one organic and one conventional – and yes, it did seem that the organic ones were richer in flavor. So, the same may be possible with vegetables, so try it and see if it makes a difference to you!
Blend into smoothies.
Now, let me forewarn you – carrots, IMO, do NOT taste good in fruit smoothies! I’ve tried multiple times and it always ends up making my smoothie taste “meaty”, as in meat-flavored. Don’t ask me how or why, it just does… even my eldest son said the same.
But more so vegetables such as greens (spinach, kale, parley, etc.) can be blended with fruit and whatever else you like in your smoothies. Start with small amounts and overtime, work your way up to adding more.
If you don’t want a savory, “V-8 type” juice, be sure to juice the veggies along with fruit such as apples, pears, etc. to sweeten and make more palatable.
You may also want to add some lemon juice as that will cut some of the strong flavors that some vegetables produce.
And speaking of juicing, if all else fails…
Reset your palette.
Sometimes you just need a “reboot“. Have you ever seen the documentary, “Fat, Sick, And Nearly Dead” where the guy reversed an autoimmune disease he had AND lost a ton of weight by going on a juice fast?
I know that when my family and I were raw fooders, I found myself (as a result of eating mainly fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds) beginning to like vegetables that I hated as a kid! It was like my tastebuds changed and were more accepting of the flavors they once loathed.
So, consider doing something like a green smoothie or juice cleanse for about 7 days or more and see if that helps you appreciate vegetables a bit more!
Well, those are some ways to possibly get yourself to eat vegetables even when you hate them! Hopefully one or more of them will help you to begin eating more veggies!
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