How to Increase Your Vegetable Intake Even If You Don’t Enjoy Them

It’s not uncommon for adults and children to dislike vegetables– this typical complaint can make it difficult when trying to achieve optimal nutrition. We all know that vegetables are good for you, but how do we get past the taste if we don’t enjoy them? It’s time to transform the way you look at vegetables and start effectively incorporating them into your diet!

Simple Tricks for Eating More Vegetables

Here are some simple ways to incorporate your vegetables into your daily diet:

  • Adding chopped veggies to your egg white omelet for breakfast
  • Adding extra lettuce on your sandwich
  • Having prepared crunchy vegetables in your fridge ready for snacking
  • Adding roasted vegetables or small salad as a side
  • Adding diced or riced vegetables to your favorite grain

Common Questions Regarding Vegetables and Health

1. Can you still be healthy without having vegetables in your diet?

Unfortunately, the answer is no to this question. Consistent vegetable intake has been linked to a lower risk of cancer, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. Research has shown that individuals who eat more leafy greens also have a lower risk of stroke. Cruciferous vegetables, like brussel sprouts and broccoli, contain glucosinolates which are known anti-cancer phytochemicals. Additionally, eating vegetables and fruit can help with weight loss. If your trying to reach your goal weight, your diet should be primarily composed of veggies.

2. What do I eat if I don’t like vegetables?

While vegetables are a crucial part of any diet, there are some varieties that taste better than others. Cruciferous vegetables are commonly the most disliked– these can include kale, turnips, cauliflower, broccoli, and brussel sprouts. Try roasting cruciferous vegetables to rid their bitterness– simply wash and chop them and place on a baking sheet in the oven at 350 degrees. For many, trying the sweeter vegetables may resonate better with you. Carrots, snap peas, bell peppers, and squash are usually well-tolerated based on taste.

The more you eat vegetables, the more your palate will adapt and get used to these flavors. Start introducing one more serving of vegetables to your diet each day. These small steps can become viable habits, leading to a healthy lifestyle. In a study, parents who gave their children the same vegetable they disliked every day for two weeks inevitably began reporting that those vegetables had become the child’s new favorite. It’s possible for anyone to learn to love vegetables.

3. What if I hate vegetables?

If you have a negative association with the word “vegetable”, then maybe it’s time to think of vegetables in a different way. Thinking about carrots and turnips as roots and tomatoes and eggplants as fruit may help re-categorize these items in your mind. Eliminating the word “vegetable” may help your picky kids disassociate the two. Having a positive mindset is crucial to any healthy lifestyle.

4. What are the best vegetables to eat?

Eating vegetables can seriously save lives– a recent study reported that dietary risks are responsible for 22% of deaths. The study suggests that the best vegetables to eat are cruciferous vegetables, green leafy vegetables, and salad. Eating vegetables consistently has been linked to lowered risk for cardiovascular disease and death. The same study also suggests that a person should be eating about eight to 10 cups of vegetables and fruits each day.

Fitness and Nutrition for Optimal Health

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Article Credit:

Dr. Mylene Buttross Professional Credentials

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