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1/4/13 9:26 P

Have you thought about juicing? I eat lots of fruits and veggies but to keep my nutrient intake up, I make a juice once a day. I put spinach, kale, celery, an apple or pear, a cucumber, a few carrots, and a lemon or a lime in the juicer. All I can taste is the citrus. It looks gross but it tastes good and is good for me!

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1/4/13 9:10 P

taste, texture, smell, sight, all of it. The weird thing is there are a very few that are what I would call tolerable - but they cost a bit more. Can't stand any from a can - don't care for the frozen - and as I said very few fresh.

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1/3/13 9:45 A

I am a veggie hater as well...all I can suggest is to just keep trying. I started to make peanut butter smoothies with spinach in them and I actually liked then I started to do berry smoothies...gets some servings in. Another suggestion, although you can't fully rely on this is to drink v8 juice once a day. Little steps...

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1/3/13 9:42 A

I used to hate vegetables, until I learned that my mother served ones that were not fresh (not her fault!) and overcooked them (definitely her fault!)

I married a farmer and inherited a garden. I wanted nothing to do with the garden for the first 10 years of marriage. It was like a thorn in my side that represented WORK! It took time from my favorite hobbies and interests.

After 28 years of gardening and having to learn how to cook the abundance of food it produces, I have learned to love most (not all) vegetables. My favorite vegetable cookbook is, "What to cook when your garden Explodes: Too many tomatoes, beans, etc." What does one do with 50 cabbage or 2000 peas or 1500 beans (we count them to pass time while picking them!), or apples from 10 apple trees! We get around 600 beets and then there are carrots, potatoes, assorted squash!

Now, you don't have to go out and plant a 4000 square foot garden. (But you might like tomatoes from a large pot on your patio in summer.) But you could purchase a few things at a farmer's market with a plan ahead of what to do with them.

When starting out, I discovered I enjoyed vegetables either plain, raw, and fresh, or else cooked with something sweet or else smothered in cheese. Cabbage, pineapple, apples, craisins, and carrots make a wonderful salad with mayonnaise and fruit juice dressing.

Beets are my favorite when cooked with orange juice and oranges (see cookbook referenced above). Otherwise I don't like them at all. I hate them cooked with vinegar!

Cauliflower can be mashed with butter, salt, and garlic like potatoes (see Chef Robert Irvine's "Restaurant Impossible" shows for a few tips).

I also got ideas from other cooking shows on TV, but mostly I use cookbooks. (I now have over 500 and use them every day!)

Try stir-fry (see Panda restaurants for ideas). It is quick, easy, and tasty- there are assorted sauces you can have with the veggies and meats.

I had to learn. It took many years and many experiments. Most trials were good, but I still don't like brussel sprouts.

Try, then try again. Work at new recipes. Push yourself through the struggles of trying. Share with friends. Find what you like in restaurants and others homes. For someone like me, it took many years and determination. But now, I realized what I had missed in the days I hated vegetables.

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1/3/13 5:42 A

I'm with you, OP. I hate hate HATE most vegetables. I've found that no matter how they are seasoned, I simply cannot stand the taste of most of them. What's worse is that they often make me feel kind of sick. Raw veggies do not go down my throat well, but even cooked vegetables end up making me feel nauseous- not entirely sure why.

But, even for an avid veggie-loathers like myself, I still find some I can stomach sometimes. Like (raw) spinach, water chestnuts, or cucumber. The key is to try out everything and see how it works for you.

One way I've been able to get the nutrients of veggies when I can't stand the smell or look of them is to put them in a smoothie. When blended with fruits, tastes of carrots, or spinach, or broccoli doesn't overwhelm, and I think it helps me digest them better too. Another way I can stand veggies is in mock-fried rice. Basically, I'll make regular rice, and then just toast it in an oven so it gets kinda crispy, and then throw that in with some scrambled egg white and some cooked peas and diced carrots. It's even better if you cook the rice with some spices so the taste of the veggies aren't as prominent.

The thing is, veggies are often a nutritional power house without loads of calories. So they are a good thing to try to sneak in. But, fruit can be just as nutritional. The issue with fruit is the amount of sugar and extra calories.

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1/3/13 12:36 A

What about veggies do you hate? The taste, the texture? Once you figure out what you don't like about them, we can figure out how to fix it :) For example, all I ever had growing up was canned vegetables like green beans. I hated them then, and I still hate them... the texture, the flavor, everything. BUT, I LOVE fresh green beans that are just sauteed with some olive oil and onions or shallots and salt & pepper. They retain their crispiness that way, and don't have that weird salty/vinegary taste that canned ones have. I realized what I hated about a lot of vegetables was the texture of them, since I grew up on canned versions. I found the fresh versions, cooked properly, are mostly super delicious.

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1/2/13 11:23 P

I think you need to try different veggies! I didn't really care for veggies for a long time ,but it's because I had learned to cook the heck out of them. Now I like a good roasted vegetable. Beets are something I would have gagged at before but a nice roasted beet tastes pretty sweet to the point where I have to balance it with something else not as sweet.

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1/2/13 9:54 P

I suggest you look at some vegan websites to get ideas. No one knows how to make veggies more delicious than vegans!, vegan coach and fat-free vegan are great sites.

I used to hate vegetables, too. But I went vegan and learned how to cook them more bland, gross veggies for me. My veggie (and fruit) intake now makes up 80% of my diet and I love it. Most of the vegan websites don't call for anything special to buy, but just how to cook and season properly in delicious combinations.

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1/2/13 9:10 P

I truly hate most veggies. How can I ever really eat nutritiously if I really struggle with this.

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