How To Start Eating Your Veggies : Vegetable Haters

Posted on 17-May-2016 by Kripa Jalan

How To Start Eating Your Veggies : Vegetable Haters

Right from being teething toddlers through adulthood, it’s been drilled into our skulls. Vegetables are healthy. As of today, the terms health and vegetables are almost synonymous. Rightly so. While some diets suggest the elimination of some or the other food group, you’ll notice one thing common to all. Vegetables. They’re omnipresent, be it a diet or an eating pattern. I won’t harp on about vegetables being the healthiest things out there. We all know that to be true. You want to get fitter or healthier, but you don’t want to eat your vegetables, just like our mothers and doctors have always advised us to. Truth is most of us loath the very idea of eating these plant based foods on a daily basis. Whether it’s the taste, the texture or just our preconceived notions about them, they pose to be a major obstacle while trying to “eat clean”. Getting in a portion here and there almost seems like an achievement in itself. Maybe you’re not eating the right stuff, maybe you don’t know how to buy them, cut them or make them. But there’s a way around everything. Baby steps.

Why?

  1. They’ll keep you satiated: The fibre and complex carb structure ensures you stay fuller longer. Your body works that much harder to digest them. Also, quite obviously it’s kind of hard to over eat when it comes to vegetables. Take a 4″ brownie for example. It’s at about 250 calories. In vegetable terms that’s over a bag full of broccoli florets.
  2. They’re nutrition dense: Packed with vital nutrients; both macro and micro they’re sure to help you achieve more than just optimal health. The different colors factor in different nutrients. Vegetables form the back-bone of any solid diet.
  3. They’ll help you achieve max performance: You know the science. However, on not such an unrelated topic. Remember Popeye and how he chugged cans full of spinach down and turned into a beast? Well, that could be you.

So how do you get over your aversion?

Moving on from pizzas and burgers to plants is almost a ridiculous thought, right? Well, college life is over and it’s time to be an adult and suck it up. There are hundreds of varieties of vegetables available out there. It’s impossible for you to hate each and every one of them. Maybe you just haven’t found the ones you like yet. I hated eating vegetables until a few years ago. However, I started small. Tried a bite, which turned into a few bites and eventually more than just a bowl full. Go out order some vegetables or try it off a friend’s plate. If you like it try preparing it in a similar fashion at home. You’ll never know unless you try. Try going in with a positive mindset rather than immediately thinking “Hey, that’s gross”.

Okay no, they’re healthy and all but you still hate them!

Prepare them differently. We all have to start somewhere, but the key is to START.

You may or may not know that the method in which you prepare your vegetables greatly impacts the flavour and texture.

  1. Steam eg. Broccoli
  2. Roast eg. Bell Peppers
  3. Grill eg. Asparagus
  4. Sautee eg. Mushrooms
  5. Stir Fry eg. Practically anything!
  6. Mash eg. Cauliflower
  7. Wraps eg. Lettuce
  8. Buns eg. Portobello Mushrooms
  9. Noodles eg. Zucchini
  10. Chips eg. Beetroot

If that still doesn’t work for you, hide your veggies!

  1. Make an omelette: Veggie omelette FTW! That’s not just limited to breakfast, it can make for a great lunch or dinner too.
  2. Whip up a smoothie: Blend up your greens. Try going with baby spinach, it won’t leave a gritty aftertaste.
  3. Add them to something you like: Say a bite of chicken and a piece of vegetable? Mix them up as a stir fry.
  4. Bacon wrapped veggies: Protein, fat and fibre…YES!
  5. Make a sandwich: Great way to get in some raw goodness!

 


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