Maybe you could try some good dips. At HEB, they have a good selection of hummus in the deli department. They also have a good selection of clean salad dressings that would also work. I would try raw first. It's easier to start that way. Veggies are not easy to cook properly.
Once you learn to like them raw, I would move on to steaming and roasting. What I like best about veggies, is how good healthy it makes me feel when I consistently eat a lot of them.
I haven't tried juicing, but I do make green smoothies:
1 c. water 1 banana (fresh or frozen) 1 c frozen berries 1 c greens (such as spinach, kale, etc)
You can make lots of variations for your taste. Maybe use apple juice instead of water if you need it sweeter. You can add yogurt to make it smoother. Other ideas: protein powder, wheat germ, ground flax, bee pollen, etc.
Melissa, from Texas
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Oh! Debra Sue! I TOO am an EX veggie hater! Now, I eat so many veggies I surprise myself!
One way to get those veggies into you is to start juicing. I have just recently started juicing. Do you know that if you juice a few apples and throw in some carrots you can't even taste the carrots? You can put oranges and mangoes and some spinach. Add a little lemon juice and you can't taste the spinach. I actually love spinach, but you see what I mean? Anyhow, start small. add a little veggie here and there. Start with your COMFORT foods. Add some mashed cauliflower to mac n cheese... I also put pureed spinach in my brownies. My 6 year old has NO CLUE!!!
I sympathize with your veggie-hating ways because my hubby was in your boat. He grew up on freakishly overcooked, pureed and 'creamed' - sometimes even spoiled - vegetables and just couldn't stomach them when we met. Broccoli and brussels sprouts literally made him run for the porcelain throne.
It took time, and we're still working on him, but little by little I've exposed him to new veggies and gradually he's learning to accept and like them. One key is to eat them raw as much as possible. I've also found that it helps to start with very small portions so as not to be overwhelmed.
They say you have to try a food at least 10 times before you'll accept it, so be patient. I'll bet as your body gets used to the good stuff you'll start to enjoy it more.
One caveat to this, make sure you're not allergic to them. Turns out my dh IS allergic to lots of different kinds of fruits.
Kirsten Peterborough, Ontario
RESOLUTELY RENEGADE against ennui and instant gratification. Working to be fit, strong and healthy so I can ditch the forever tired feeling, free myself from chronic pain and have the energy to go out and LIVE life as exuberantly as I possibly can.
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Hi, I am not new to SparkPeople - but I just joined this team tonight. I am a 40yr old happily married mother of four, living in Houston, TX.
I have been slowly getting rid of the junk in my house and diet. Nowhere near where I should be - but working on it. The first thing was just trying to get rid of high fructose corn syrup - good grief that's in everything.
Also - I really hate vegetables. I know this is a huge hurdle for me, so many of them literally make me gag or make me sick to my stomach. I have GOT to find ways to get veggies into my diet. I need help. I am hoping this is the place to catapult me to the next level in my efforts to eat clean, and get my family on board with eating clean.
I have become obsessed with reading nutrition labels. That's a huge first step I guess.
Wish me luck in my journey. If there are any veggie hating clean eaters out there - I'd love to know you.
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