It’s hard getting the required amount of vegetables in during the day if you don’t enjoy eating them. The recommended number of servings is about 6 – 7, and this can be a hard requirement to fulfil. Here are some tips to help you try out new ways of getting veggies into your diet, even if you typically don’t prefer them.
This is probably the most important one. Green juices are an acquired taste, but start out with a higher proportion of fruits vs vegetables. Most vegetables have a milder taste, so are easily overpowered by the sweet and sour fruits. Once you start getting used to the taste, gradually decrease that proportion, so you are adding more vegetables and less fruit. Lemon is a great thing to add. It has a very strong sour taste which when diluted in a juice tastes amazing!
There are lots of recipes on-line, but you can add whatever you want to your juice. Here are a few things I like to add:
- Bottle gourd
This one is similar to juicing and making smoothies in the sense that you are blending the vegetables together. Soups can be made cooked or raw, but if you don’t like the natural taste of vegetables, I would recommend roasting or boiling them first. Tomato soup is a great example, since the taste of tomatoes easily overpowers some of the other vegetable tastes you may not be as fond of. Be sure to check out which vegetables release more nutrients though cooking (tomatoes and carrots are a great example). You can also blend cooked cauliflower. Adding something like chicken stock to this will give flavour to the otherwise bland vegetable.
Hiding Vegetables in Your Meals
You can also chop your vegetables and hide them in your meals, your stews or fried rice. Enchiladas and pasta are also great alternatives. I wouldn’t recommend this method for children however, since you aren’t teaching your children to eat their vegetables if they don’t know about them. If you are cooking the meal for yourself, vegetables chopped up in tiny pieces hide easily in other foods, and absorb the flavours of your meal. I’ve always found that I’m able to eat a larger quantity of vegetables this way, rather than large chunks of broccoli on my plate.
I hope this list has given you a few ideas, and if you try anything from this list at all, try juicing. I cannot emphasize the benefits it has – higher energy levels, less drowsiness, better skin and hair, better mood, and so on. Good luck.