Some people really don't like vegetables.
Other people only love a select few vegetables.
We often talk about enjoying what you eat.
But what if you don't enjoy vegetables or very few of them?
A strategy that we've found works well for a lot of people over the years is finding recipes that you enjoy which incorporate vegetables into that dish.
For example, mixing some vegetables into a pasta dish.
I highly suggest keeping an open mind. Think about it as an experiment to learn what works for you and what doesn’t.
For example, I'm very limited with what vegetables I can eat because so many do not work with my digestive tract.
One of the vegetables that works well with my body is sweet potatoes. The only problem is that I really don't enjoy eating them.
However, I found a sweet potato pancake recipe and I really love that.
So I've found a way to integrate in a vegetable I don't enjoy that much into my diet in a way that I actually enjoy eating it.
What do I do if I don't Like Vegetables?
- Hide vegetables into smoothies or shakes. This is an easy one that won’t impact the taste if done properly. You can easily throw in a handful of spinach or kale into a shake with fruit, protein, and fat and you actually won’t really taste it. Another one that some people find helpful is putting some cooked butternut squash into shakes (makes them a little sweeter).
- Add veggies to your eggs and egg whites in the morning. Throw in some onion, peppers, mushrooms or other vegetables into your omelets.
- Mix your protein, fats, and carbs in with the vegetables. You can use protein, carbs or fats you enjoy to change the taste of the vegetables. For example, if you make a stir-fry with lots of veggies you can mix in your meat and rice so that each bite has other flavours you enjoy along with the vegetables.
- Be prepared and have sauces or condiments that aren’t calorie dense in your fridge or pantry. You can use sauces to help make stir-fry or salads taste better. Just be very aware of how calorie dense they are. Here are the calorie totals in some different condiments and sauces.
- Strategically use your fat servings at meals to make veggies more enjoyable. Melt some cheese or butter onto your veggies to make them more enjoyable (just make sure you’re not getting too much because calories can add up quickly with fat dense foods).
- Look for creative recipes that will get more vegetables into your diet. For example, here is a recipe for carrot French fries. https://elanaspantry.com/carrot-french-fries/
- Casseroles are a great option for hiding veggies. Just make sure they’re not too high in carbs or fat and they have a proper serving size of lean protein. Here is a link to a bunch of casserole recipes that might give you some ideas.
- Get creative with dips. For example, here is a kale guacamole recipe that's pretty low in calories. Again, make sure to factor the dips into your serving sizes.
- Hide vegetables in your meat when you’re preparing them. For example, you can grind up onions, kale, spinach or others and put them into your extra lean ground beef before you cook them. They will add enjoyable taste and help you get more vegetables into your diet.
- Mix veggies into sauces such as tomato sauces.
- Use soups, chills, tacos, healthy pizza recipes, or other similar foods that you enjoy eating and find ones that integrate in a lot of vegetables and you still love the way they taste. Here is a link with a pizza recipe near the bottom that is healthy because it has lean protein and vegetables.
These are just a few ideas. You can use all sorts of methods to get more veggies.
This habit is incredibly important because vegetables help you to stay full longer, get fiber to help your digestive tract, and get plenty of vitamins and minerals to make sure your energy stays up.
You have to learn how to make your food enjoyable. If you don’t like what you’re eating it will be hard to make the changes and results last long-term.