Thursday, November 7, 2013

3 Tips for Learning to LOVE vegetables

Can’t see yourself ever liking vegetables? Neither can a lot of Americans, honestly. The SAD (Standard American Diet) diet consists of doughnuts, sweet rolls, and refined grains along with high fat (dairy, meat, fried) foods. Then of course, a lot of times it's washed down with liquid candy (sweet tea, soda, kool-aid, etc)

Not surprisingly, American's average weight has ballooned from this type of diet. If you've tried to lose weight, only to gain more back, look at your vegetable intake. 

It might not be rainbow bridges and flying ponies at first...vegtables might taste bland, boring, or incredibly terrible to you. It's because you've been consuming SO much sugar/fat/salt and your body needs to adjust to foods that have more acceptable levels. So, if you're desperate to improve your health, stick with the non-starchy vegetables. 

Here's how...

Learning to love vegetables:

1. Keep eating them. 

          Like people, we become more comfortable once we get to know them. It takes time for our bodies (and our minds) to accept change. Be patient with the process and be reassured you're doing something healthy for yourself.

2. Add them to something you already like. 

          If you love soup or casseroles, experiment by adding different vegetables to the mix. This method allows you small bites melded into the flavor of the other ingredients. So, if you don't love a side of steamed broccoli, there's a good chance by adding it into spaghetti sauce it could bring new life to the stagnant sauce without worrying about the stench of overcooked cruciferous. 
3. Do research. 

          Google the vegetable and you can find sooo many ideas on how to prepare it to what recipe to try it in. This is my first stop if I pick up a funky vegetable for the first time, like the first time I bought Japanese eggplant.

Beautiful Japanese Eggplants!

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