How to Learn to Love Your Veggies

vegVeggies should be a star in most of your meals. After all, they’re good for you and packed full of vitamins and minerals your body needs. But what should you do if you don’t really like veggies? There are people out there that for some reason just do not want to eat their vegetables. If you are one of these people, here are a few tips you can use to try to learn to fall in love with veggies and include them in your balanced diet!

Spice It Up

Plain vegetables belong in no man’s land. In fact, if you were served plain veggies as a child that’s probably one of the reasons you just don’t like them. Maybe in your adult life you’ve not branched out much and experimented with the different vegetable preparations out there. Well, you don’t have to hold your nose and choke down plain veggies! Try to mix veggies in with the things you already like, like cauliflower into your macaroni and cheese or carrots with rice. Throw some frozen spinach in your soup – get creative! Once you start eating more veggies in things you already eat, you’ll probably be surprised how much you like them and how much they can add to a dish.

Get Cookin’!

Not everyone can be Bobby Flay. Many people have to learn through trial and error how to cook as adults. If you don’t know how to cook, there’s no better way than to pick some simple recipes and get cooking. You may just find that it’s something you actually enjoy and have a flair for. As you gain knowledge you can learn different preparations for vegetables and how to incorporate them into things. You don’t have to be perfect; you just have to learn to cook things you actually want to eat, including veggies.

Keep Going

It’s well known that children can be picky eaters, but there are some strategies that you can employ on yourself that work on picky little ones too. For example, many children have to try a food more than once before they like it. So, if you try a new vegetable and you’re just not feeling it, try it again later. You might want to season it differently or prepare it a different way, but don’t get up on something just because you tried it once and hated it.

Go Seasonal

Veggies are at their best when they’re in season. Do a little detective work and find out what veggies are in season in your area and then buy a few of them to try! You may be surprised at the bounty the season has to offer you!

So, what new veggies will you try today?

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