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Smoothies!
I was SO afraid to try them at first.
Now they make a huge difference in my day.
And I disguise them with fun flavors!

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Have you tried to roast potatoes, carrots, and onions in a pot roast or something like that. The meat will flavor the veggies and they taste really good that way. Smoothies are a great way to get veggies in as well. Refried beans are be tucked into tacos and the likes.

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I am one who does not like vegetables at all I tried to eat them but I gag, so what can I do



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Make juice. You won't believe you are having vegetables! emoticon



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Nobody likes everything. We figure things out on the way.



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You don't really NEED to eat vegetables to survive. Eat what you can and do not stress about eating what you do not like. I do just fine on mostly meat, onions, mushrooms and the occasional root vegetable and squash.
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Green smoothies you can knock out 5-6 veggies at a time.



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I hope you like skinless chicken breast it has been a staple in my diet at 80 calories from protein to 22 calories from fat it is kind of a dieters super food you can eat a whole pound of it and it will only help your ratios. I also like to use m y blender on vegetables and put them into Greek yogurt a little sour cream and cottage cheese fresh squeezed lemon juice to make a healthy salad dressing. My salad dressing now has more protein than fat and sugar.
I will admit that my salad dressing is not as good as Kraft Ranch when it comes to taste but for some one that is looking for a healthy alternative it is like water in the desert.



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"sweet potatoes" (actually they are yams, I've found out) are delicious. When I was feeding pureed baby food to my firstborn my mom was incredulous because "You would not eat them."
I replied "But she loves them." They were definitely not on the grown-up menu.
One Christmas a pot- luck side dish of roasted fries seasoned with cayenne pepper turned my family on to yams. We made them for ourselves as soon as we could get to the grocery store. Mmmm, I have to make yam fries tonight!

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There are a lot of drinks like v8 and smoothies. However the best thing you can do is to find recipes to help you learn to like them. I love veggies and fruit and eat a lot of them. I find I have a lot of energy and feel great. I know it is hard to get started but just try adding different seasonings to them and things until you can get used to them. You may even love them.




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Hi guys!
I swear by smoothies for many reasons, most importantly because you can have a really big intake of vegetables and greens without cooking out the nutrients from them or having to chew them raw for a long while. I try to avoid chewing them for two reasons: I have problems with my teeth and strong veggies need to be chewed hard, and also I don't like the taste of some veggies and if you chew them you can't avoid the taste.

So my tricks are:

- I have Vegan Pulsin Pea Protein Powder and it has a distinct taste that changes the taste of my smoothie.
- I sweeten ALL my smoothies with stevia (but I guess other sweeteners are good too, it's just that I'm trying to avoid both regular sugars and artificial sweeteners, I think stevia is the best sweetener out of ALL the sweeteners out there, from every possible aspect).
- And lastly, I never have a vegetables-and-green-only smoothie, I always put some fruit in it, which also makes it taste better.

These three things - protein powder, stevia (or other sweeteners), and some (not too much) fruit - change the taste of the smoothie so much that you won't really feel like you're eating greens and veggies.

And you can play around with quantities until you find the perfect combo that tastes good FOR YOU.

And lastly, I find that eating a smoothie like a soup (eating from a bowl spoon by spoon) works better for me than drinking it from a bottle, because when I drank it the taste was more powerful and intense in my mouth and I didn't like that.

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I love the Green Smoothie with the 2c.spinach. I had no idea that it would taste sooooo Good! I too have trouble with the Veggies. Great suggestions here.

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I cook them in recipes in the crockpot with some lean meat. Veggies seasoned the right way with some protein, tastes very good and filling. Don't even realize how many veggies are in there.



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mmm... sounds yummy...

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I am with LynetteMom - roasting vegetables improves the taste -- quite amazing. I like roast carrots, broccoli, tomatoes and parmesan zuchinni. I also grill asparagus with parmesan.



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fiber is key in a diet, and veggies especially fresh veggies, can keep you regular. I also like pysilium husk. and yes baby spinach is great on sandwiches



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I was always a "fussy" eater but as an adult, I eat more veggies than I did as a child.
Some of my faves now are things we never had and others are prepared differently.
I find roasting to improve the taste of almost everything. Try roasted radishes; I will eat more at one sitting than I would eat in a year!
On the other hand, I can't eat a blob of cooked spinach but I love it raw, stacked instead of lettuce on my sandwiches.
Sometimes a mix works. I don't care for tomatoes but when I finally tried a BLT sandwich, I discovered that those tastes are wonderful together.
Experiment! It's actually fun.

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Green Smoothies are a good option. Also, looking up good recipes, like Butternut Squash "fries", etc. I have never really been into veggies, but I eat 3-4 a day now and the same amount in fruit.

I've learned to be honest with myself. Just because a lot of people like raw carrots doesn't mean I have to ignore the fact that they don't appeal to me. But I will enjoy them cooked. They remind me of potatoes when I have them with Chicken. Or I will dip the raw ones in a little bit of peanut butter. I love the White Chocolate peanut butter from Peanut Butter and Co.







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This is a very good topic that does affect a lot of people. Thanks for bringing it up.
I also don't like many vegetables, but have discovered over the years my tastes have changed and I start liking things I didn't before (spinach).
Also, I discovered that I like more veggies grilled than anything. And I am not going to force myself to eat things I genuinely don't like (broccoli).
I read a lot of people on here who hide veggies in other dishes. For me, I have found this is one way to get me to NOT eat something. My mother used to do that and I ate as little as possible growing up (and was thin, then). I can deal with veggies more on their own as a side dish. Not sure why it doesn't work for me and it helps so many others. My points is: There are several ways to eat a vegetable and many to choose from. If you continue trying, you might find something that works for you.

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If you don't like veggies, blend them into foods you do like. If you really like spaghetti, spaghetti squash is actually super yummy and less calories. If you like meat balls, blend up a bunch of spinach and carrots and onion and mushrooms in a food processor and mix it up with the meat you are going to use (lately I've been using venison because our friends are hunters!). You can do the same thing with meatloaf Find ways of getting in veggies that are easy and work for you. Smoothies are a great option too. If you blend them up pretty fine, you'll be less likely to notice them or even care about them. :)

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I have a similar problem--I am not fond of many veggies, while my hubby would go out in the backyard and graze if I would let him. emoticon I do like spinach, lettuces and greens, onions, tomatoes and squash, but don't come near ,me with a stalk of broccoli and we'll have war.

I load up on salad--and buy fresh tomatoes even when they are not in season. I figure I'm worth it. If you find veggies you like, YOU ARE WORTH IT. Do what works for you and makes you healthier.

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Just eat whatever you like, nobody says you have to eat every single kind of produce. There are a lot of fruits and veg I don't like so I eat more of what I do like. As long as you are not getting super tired of eating the same things and you are staying in your calorie range you are fine. :)



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Everyone has such good ideas here. I am so sad for the veges you don't like, I love almost all of them! in some form or another. Try to incorporate all the ideas here, you may find with time that you'll come to like some of them. Good luck with your journey.

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Try coking them in different ways:
roasted
steamed
sautéed
grilled
etc...
Sometimes hiding them in other dishes, e.g. eggplant parmesan, zucchini in lasagna, etc... Also adding spices and seasonings will help too.



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Too much sugar and artificial sweeteners effects your taste buds greatly. Which may be responsible why many people do not like vegetables as much or taste bland.

These past 8 weeks I noticed a huge change myself not having artificial sweeteners and no sugar in the diet except from whole fruits and vegetables. My taste buds change from not craving sugar to craving vegetables. It's critical to get all artificial sweeteners out of my diet including natural ones like Stevia. Power of the sweetness in just a little bit any artificial sweetener can effect your taste buds to not vegetables as much

Most of my life I always thought vegetables were bland, did not taste all that well, and usually did not include enough of them as a result. I would almost choose anything with more sugar over any type of vegetables. Now that the sugar and artificial sweeteners are out of the diet, I crave vegetable just as much I once craved sugar. Best part of all, no more cravings for sugar and no hunger issues the sugar and artificial sweeteners would cause.

Unfortunately most people may view giving up all sugar and artificial sweeteners too difficult to do believe it effects them way I suggest they may. I was that way most all my life until I made the choice to see how it effects me. Turns out its the best choice I ever made. The transition was much easier than I imagined with no cravings or hunger issues I always had experienced. Craving vegetables has been a large part of my transformed eating habits to a level I have not experienced. Impacted me greatly, with the realization I can now get this weight off and keep it off forever.

I'm not suggesting you need to give up sugar or artificial sweeteners provided you eat healthy and maintain a reasonable weight range. But if you have a considerable amount of weight to loose or have struggled with weight or hunger issues all your life. This is a great way to naturally like vegetables more.



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This thread has great responses! With new foods and veggies, I have had success with my own "5-times" rule. As a younger person, I was famous for saying "I don't like that" before I would even TRY something new. Here's the way I "try" now:

If you don't like a veggie the first time, try it prepared 3 different ways on three different occasions playing with food pairings, time of day, etc. If your body is like mine, it will begin to crave the nutrients in that food that I can't decide if I like. If, after 4 times, you're still not feeling it, try it once more in the most delicious way you can find. If you're not hooked after that, it's ok to decide you don't like it and move on to replacing nutrients with other foods.

The key is understanding how the body reacts after consuming a food, not nessarily how it tastes when you're eating it. Our taste buds are also influenced by our sense of well-being, so be careful of deciding on a new veg when you're having an otherwise bad or trying day.



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Jerry Seinfeld's wife wrote a cookbook about hiding vegetables in other things. A lot of it is pureed and added to meatloaf and sauces but there were a lot more ways in the book. I cannot remember the name of the book. Maybe someone else here will know it. I put finely grated zucchini into meat loaf or meatballs, or pureed carrots in gravy or sauce. I just puree a ton of stuff and freeze it in one cup muffin tins then wrap them individually and put back in freezer.

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I answered earlier, but have been following this thread and wanted to say something else. Yes, it's better to eat whole foods than to get your nutrients in pill form, however, other than that, your body doesn't really know where your nutrients are coming from, so rather than get hung up on eating a lot of different veggies, maybe what would work for you is to figure out what you do like that supplies the nutrients you need and just eat them more often. You can get your vitamin A from broccoli or butternut squash, or from cantaloupe; your body doesn't care. Don't make yourself crazy, just figure out what you do like (or can tolerate) and eat it.

Below is a link to a website I like that has nutrient charts for fruits, veggies, nuts, etc, I went through and looked at what fruits and veggies I eat on a regular basis, and made sure that my bases were covered with what I was likely to eat over the course of a week. Every day might not be perfect, but in general, I eat what I need to keep my body healthy without eating stuff I really don't like.

www.health-alternatives.com/vegetables-nut
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I don't like most veggies. I've learned to hide them in foods in most cases. Pasta sauce, chili and tacos are the easiest for me because of the strong seasonings in the sauces. I can hide just about anything in there to get the stuff I wouldn't touch normally :-)

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Didn't read all replies, but maybe:

Decide each week you will try a vegetable you haven't tried before, either in another dish like a casserole, stir fry, roasted, baked, sauteed in low sodium broth, with a healthy dip, on a sandwich, etc.,

Or choose a veg that you're not fond of, but that you'll prepare in a different way, such as a stir-fry or roasting the vegetable, or one of the ways above. Experiment with different toppings such as a tablespoon of grated cheese (if your eating plan allows it), different herb/spices, or spice combos like Mrs. Dash.





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We have been adding lots of a variety of veggies to our meals. For example: beef noodle casserole we add extra beans and peas. It makes the meal colorful and extra fiber so you don't eat as much. Smoothies are a great way to add veggies to your diet. So we have been very creative to get the colorful veggies in the diet.

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I really enjoyed reading this thread. When I first realized I had a weight problem, I started eating a lot of vegetables because I knew they were low cal, full of fiber and nutrition. I could fill myself up on veggies and still lose weight. I actually developed a taste for them, and in return, lost my taste for sweets.

If you make yourself eat small portions of veggies you don't like, you may eventually learn to like them. It may surprise you.

Another good suggestion I saw in the thread was adding shredded veggies, like carrots, celery, onion etc to things like chili, and sauces like in chicken cacciatore. Simmering the sauce will make the veggies "disappear" and blend into the sauce, but they will add nutrients and fiber. They will also add flavor, but it won't taste the way they taste when you are eating the individual vegetable. Be creative.

This might sound gross, but the pulp from a juicer would make a great thickening agent for soups and stews. That's where the fiber is. We need that!



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I noticed the best way for me personally is to oven-roast them. I love my veggies that way. Sometimes I eat them raw or steamed, but most of the time I prefer to have oven roasted. Gives it a lot more flavor in my opinion.

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I don't mind vegetables, but I get tired of them easily. I like a lot of spice and flavor and if they aren't spicy, I won't eat them. I also hate it when they are overcooked. Most people tend to overcook peas and green beans so that they are mushy with no taste. Try leaving a little crisp in them when you prepare them and see if they don't taste better.

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if I do eat veggies, I do like them steamed....

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I love vegetables. Suggest you could mix vegetables you don't like into meat what you like.



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I don't mind most vegetables and find that if I can cook them in some kind of appealing way then I eat them. The ones I don't like are squashes, I'm not big into carrots or spinach and I don't know what to do with oddity vegetables like an artichoke or all the different leafy vegetables. It may take time, trial and error plus a botched dish or more to figure out what you like. I tend to get others input and opinions on veggies than look up a similar recipe for what sounds most appealing and least appealing. Include least appealing because what may look weird or not so good has ended up being my favorite way to cook something.



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I despise most vegetables...that being said I also like a lot more than I ever thought I would. Try cooking them all kinds of different ways, using different herbs and seasonings on them. I hide cauliflower in mashed potatoes so my kids eat it, you'd never know it was there. I have also found that if I get a smoothie and have them add spinach to it I can't even tell its there, I loathe spinach but I know it is super good for you. You can put just about any veggie into a blender or food processor and mush it into nothing and mix it into things like chili, spaghetti sauce, soups, you can even mix them into burger patties. Just eat the veggies you do like and experiment with the others, you might be surprised as to how many you can sneak into your diet. :)



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If you're eating a lot of salad's you're probably doing better than most, if you really want to try to get more in and you don't like them plain try mixing them in with other things, Baked potato with broc and a bit of melted cheese, chop up some carrots or zucchini real fine and mix them in with your rice. A lot of people like "green smoothies" it may be worth a try if you really want to up your intake. Also considering trying veggies you haven't tried before maybe one a week it will give you a chance to expand your known foods...

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I drink them and enjoy them in soup..Otherwise, I'm not big on vegetables. Greens are fantastic in smoothies and soup makes anything taste better. I think it's a texture thing. Smoothies, they are blended and in soup, they are diced fine.

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I'm not very keen on plain, boiled veg. But I do like veg cooked in a slow cooker- garlic, can of chopped tomatoes, a bit of marinara sauce, celery, zucchini- lots of flavour and seems to get even better if it sits in the fridge for a bit once cooked. Great with couscous or a baked potato and some protein on the side.

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There was a book out by sinefield's wife a few years back that has recipes for those who so not like veggies. not sure if it is worth looking into but it might help! good luck!


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Drink them. I have a fruit/veg meal smoothie every morning. I take a cup of spinach, 10 baby carrots, celery stalk, apple &/or pear, grapes, cup of blue/straw & or blackberries, with Weight packet of Watchers vanilla smoothie, unsweetened vanilla almond milk- 5 ice cubes - put all in the Vitamix - 35 seconds done - delicious


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You can absolutely eat vegetables more cooked if you don't like them crunchy or raw. While it probably will leech SOME water-soluble vitamins out, it won't be so much that they won't be healthy anymore--plus, they're still full of fiber, which is beneficial too. (People talk about killing the plant enzymes.. but in truth? enzymes are not what we need from plants. So don't even worry about it.)

And if you like plain salad, totally eat it plain. Sticking to a healthy eating plan, I think, is really all about what you can do that works with your lifestyle and your eating habits. Plus, you might find your tastes changing after awhile and you might like other vegetables, or you might find new preparations that you like, so you can always expand later.



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This recipe is packed with vegetables but you don't even notice! It's also packed with lean protein and there is a spicy Greek yogurt "sour cream" topping.

Turkey and Red Beans ... And if you weren't the one making it, you would never realize that there were six different kinds of vegetables in it it!!

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Healthy sauces, and a variety of spices usually help me to eat more veggies. Then I eat the veggies first before I get to my yummier foods. Even healthy salad dressings can be used. I also use nutritional yeast, or hemp hearts and sometimes a small amount of real butter or coconut oil. They can be blended into fruit smoothies as well.

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My hubby used to hate broccoli and asparagus. I showed him how to grill them with a little EVOO and garlic powder. Did the trick.

Also I have been trying to increase my own veg intake and have found two great recipes, one uses zucchini as noodles for lasagna (using low fat cheese and ricotta) and the other uses spaghetti squash in chicken spaghetti squash scampi (recipes on sparkpeople and food.com)

And my all time standby is artichoke spinach dip, using no fat greek yogurt, low fat cream cheese and parmesan. Don't have to use a lot of parmesan to get a lot of flavor!!

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Soup! I can pack a lot of different veggies into soup and I actually like it. Even my kids will eat them that way too.



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Lots of great ideas! I agree about roasting; I'll even eat brussel sprouts if they're roasted! Asparagus and green beans are really easy and tasty. I learned to roast veggies from "The Veganomicon". It is a fun read, and provides suggested temperatures and times for many different veggies as well as great recipes to use them in.

I make a low-carb zucchini hummus and enjoy far more of raw veggies than I would otherwise. It makes a tasty dip for red peppers, green beans, and, oddly enough, zucchini. (I found the 4 cloves of garlic to be way too much, I just put in one).

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You can try also sneaking little bits of other veggies in with the salads you already enjoy - zucchini, red onion, green onion, sprouts, jicama, mushrooms, kale, and herbs.

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Pick up a copy of Vegetarian Times magazine at your local newsstand. I'm a former omnivore, and I've been a vegetarian for four years... and let me tell you, there are so many inventive and healthy ways to make vegetables delicious! In a lot of ways, veggies are far more versatile and variable in meals than meats and starches are.



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- Roast the veggies. Except for leafy veggies, in my experience, all other veggies are delicious when roasted (add a little olive oil, salt and red peppers to improve the experience).
- Look for veggie recipes. It is not trivial to make them palatable, but that does not mean you can't cook delicious vegetable dishes.
- Lastly, consider mixing medium to low nutrition food with vegetables (which are high nutrition food). For example, cheese and veggies, eggs and veggies, pasta and veggies etc. That way, vegetables become much more palatable.

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those smoothies sound great thevow :)




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My kids are not so much into vegetables. So what I do is to cut the veges in really small pieces then add them to their foods.



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My father used to tell this story:

He used to hate veggies and refused to eat them. When his children were young (me!) they would follow suit and refuse to eat veggies. So one day he looked in the mirror and said to himself: Are you a man or toddler? Grow up and eat your vegetables!

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Have you tried different methods of cooking them? I don't understand how anyone could not like fresh veggies. If all you've tried are canned or overcooked then no wonder you don't like them. Try lightly saute in a tiny bit of olive oil, add a pinch of salt and yum. Any kind of veg is delicious this way and it's fast and easy. Roasting is great too, just takes longer. Give veggies another try and see if like them now.




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I love fruits and veg.

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Okay, I love veggies and fruit, but could never consume enough by eating them to satisfy my nutritional needs so I make smoothies with them.
Now, I like....love a MILKSHAKE so no matter the season I freeze my berries, banana, kale, spinach and I love love chocolate and sugar free syrups like caramel.
So here's a smoothie:
Natural Peanut Butter, 1 tbsp, milk of your choosing 8 ounces, spinach, frozen banana, and fat free chocolate syrup 2 tbsp oh and serving of silken tofu (protein packed veggie fruit smoothie)

Caffeine Anyone: Caramel sugar free syrup 2 tsp, 3-4 ounces low fat chocolate milk of your choosing, 2 frozen bananas, 4 ounces of the coffee of your choosing so delish, soft tofu

Berry blast: soft tofu, berries of your choice , 1/2 cup seedless orange slices, frozen banana,5 ounces of milk of your choice, yum add spinach or kale if you want to get your greens in

Try one I love the variety and sweetness of it all in my kitchen oh and I add flax seed meal 2 tbsp to get in my omegas....I hate taking supplement pills so this is my medicine fruits, veggies flaxseed, soybeans i.e. tofu and I strictly drink almond milk;)

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Cook them and whizz them up in a blender to thicken soups, pasta sauces and stews.

Not keen on zucchini, cook them with garlic, onions and tomatoes. I cook marrows and other squashes that way too.

Add turnips, carrots or cauliflower to mashed potato.

Experiment with herbs and spices.

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GREEN SMOOTHIES. They're amazing.

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When I started I did not like yogurt and I mean I hated the taste the smell.
But one week I thought I would give it a try, yuck still did not like it but I kept going and now a year later I still don't really like it but I eat it.


You can do the same with any food, just keep at it.


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I have a son who is much like you and doesn't like his vegetables much. So I find ways to hide them in what he's eating.

Do you like marinara sauce? Add shredded or grated carrots to it. You won't even taste them but they are still there. Does marinara give you heart burn? Cut your sauce 50/50 with carrot soup. Again, it tastes the same but you've got better nutrition and the soup cuts the acid so the heartburn factor is way down.

You like peppers, so make some stuffed peppers. When you make your "stuffing" mix, shred or grate some zucchini into it. The taste is very minimal-doesn't really change the flavor of the stuffing but you've got your veggies.

Puree your vegetables and add to soups or rice. For example, puree your butternut squash to add to a soup or liquify/juice carrots to go into a risotto. The pureed vegetables are a great way to thicken stews and sauces, too. Can't get your sauce to reduce or thicken quite right? Add some pureed tomato or tomato paste in a tube.

Look through all your recipes and see where you can grate some of your veggies into them. Sauces are easiest to manage typically, but casseroles make great targets, too. and Google "hidden veggie recipes" for more ideas.

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You've gotten a lot of great advice here. Roasting really does transform the flavor, so do try it. If you like starchy veggies like potatoes, I would cook and puree some cauliflower with your mashed potatoes. It's very mild, so it's barely noticeable...and the more you do it, the less potato you will need (I love just pureed cauliflower). Also, work with "cousins" of things you already like. You like spinach, so you might try cooking up some Swiss chard, which has a similar taste. Good luck!



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Wow! What great ideas- I can't wait to try them. I'm a "beginning veggie lover," and one thing I've done, is to be part of a produce co-op. I pay $15, and every Saturday I pick up a basket of about half fruits, half veggies, of things the co-op members pool their money to buy in bulk. I never know what's coming, so it's kind of a fun mystery. Once I get the basket, my goal is to try everything in it that week, which may include googling how to cook asparagus, or an artichoke. I can't wait to try pickling and roasting!



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Try cooking veggies in different ways. My favorite way to cook veggies is to roast them in the oven. Here's how you do it:
preheat oven to 450 degrees
clean fresh green beans (or other fresh veggies)
dry with paper towel
Add 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil into a large Ziploc bag
Add a pinch of salt and a teaspoon of garlic powder
Add the clean dry green beans
Shake until the green beans are coated with the olive oil and spices
Pour unto a cookie sheet in single layer and pop it in the oven
Roast for about 15 minute or until the green beans turn a little brown

My granddaughter, who does not like veggies, eats veggies when I cook them this way. Roasting changes the taste of the veggies. I use this recipe for onion, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, green and red bell peppers, etc. I also change up the spices I use.

I hope you'll try this and tell me what you think.


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I am still to like snails!!!

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Really, there is very little that we really do not like!

Taste is not innate, we are not born with it, it is what we get used to. It is not that taste buds of chinese people like chinese food, indian people like indian etc. if you make yourself have something five times within a short timeframe, you will eventually not dislike it, and you may actually start to like it.



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Make it into fruit shake. And one more thing is to stop thinking that you don't like vege. Start is always the hard but when you really want it and perseverance to have a healthy diet then start to say to yourself that eating vege is just like eating daily food you like.

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Add them a smoothie. I also like them raw with a low fat dip. They can also be blended into soups.

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I totatlly agree with panfried trout (which I love by the way- if done well)

Growing up, my mother cooked vegetables until they were mush - YUCK. It's no surprise that I only liked a few vegetables.. However, when I went away to school and started trying a few here and there I found I actually liked broccoli and cauliflower. Since that time, I've experimented with all sorts of veggies and now have at least one way of preparing each that I actually love (yes even brussel sprouts). So just like when you were little - try a bite - if you don't like it don't write off that vegetable - try it fixed another way.

BTW PANFRIED TROUT - I also taught myself to eat eggs (but only in omelets with lots of veggies mixed in) - had to do this because a low carb diet doesn't leave you many options if you don't like eggs :)



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many people don't like veggies because they've been improperly prepared .... I *thought* I hated broccoli and cauliflower until someone prepared them GENTLY steamed & thus, their texture was preserved

I also learned to enjoy them raw in salads.

Then there's just plain "old school" .... eat them until you do like them. I did that with eggs and yogurt.

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Sneak them in! Use spinach in sandwiches, or chop them finely in rice and pasta dishes. Try using strong flavors - like vinegar, mustard, garlic, or spices - with vegetables that have neutral flavors such as zucchini or cauliflower.

I even stuff bell peppers into turkey burgers. Try this recipe: findingyourfitplace.com/2014/01/30/recipe-
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I love vegetables but also enjoys juicing/liquifying them so that I can get at least a days supply in one serving at breakfast. It gives me a lot of energy.

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I am a spreadsheet kind of person and I think I might tackle my own vegetable-meh by making a challenge out of it. In the first column, a list of every vegetable I can think of. Across the top, my main methods of preparation: raw, pickled (good suggestion), roasted, steamed, blended raw (smoothie), blended cooked (soup/sauce), other. I'll try at least one veggie+method each day and enter the results: disliked, OK, enjoyed. Even if every single item ends up being "disliked" I will have about 3 months of vegetable intake taken care of... but I suspect I'll find out there's a lot more I like than I think I do :)



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I am one of the people that HATE veggies, well, honestly, I've made great strides in the past few months, but....kicking and screaming as I have :)

What I have started doing is to juice. I won't sit down and eat a carrot, but I will drink carrot/grapefruit juice. I won't eat spinach, but put spinach in a blender with water, an apple, and a banana --YUMMY!





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Well the easy answer is...If you like them in soups, that's the way to go.
Try different ways of preparing veggies, you've got a bunch of helpful suggestions here.

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I just skimmed the replies so sorry if this was already said.

Have you tried making homemade salsas? Especially if you like tomatoes! I make cooked salsa and add it to most of my meals. I also sneak veggies that my daughter doesn't like in spaghetti sauce since spaghetti is her favorite meal. If you have a potent sauce, you can sneak cooked, minced veggies in it and not notice.

Grilling, sauteing and smoothies are good ideas as well.



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como no me gustan muchos vegetales, me aburro de comer los mismos. trato de variar a la hora de cocinarlos. espero mejorar en mi consumo de vegetales.



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Hi,
I totally understand where you are coming from. I think I eat even less veggies then you do!..lol I have made up for it by drinking a V-8. They count for 1 serving of veggie, and if you are watching salt, they have low sodium v-8 as well.

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