Eating plenty of vegetables— they're loaded with nutrients and though they have few calories, they're highly satisfying. But wait — you say you simply hate vegetables? Here are some ideas to help you get a few more into your diet:
Be sneaky. Sneaking vegetables into foods you already like is a good option. Stir some canned pumpkin into your oatmeal, add finely grated carrot to your pasta sauce, sneak peas into the macaroni and cheese, or add extra vegetables to your chicken noodle soup.
Focus on favorites. The next time you go to the store, pick up any vegetable that you even remotely like — or that you haven't ever tried. Even the most ardent vegetable haters can find two or three vegetables they enjoy. Once you find them, make sure you always have them on hand.
Season spectacularly. Forget the bland vegetables of your childhood — be bold with your favorite seasonings and you may be surprised at how good your vegetables can taste! Try a shake of hot pepper, a splash of soy sauce, or a grating of cheese.
Try something new. Make an effort to try one new veggie each week, or a new way of cooking or preparing it. You may find that although you detest cooked spinach, you actually enjoy a spinach salad. And veggies like carrots can be prepared and eaten in many ways: raw, with a low-fat dip or dressing, cooked with a little brown sugar, or blended into soup.
Also, keep in mind that tastes can change over time — give yourself a chance to find out if yours have. For example, you may not have liked broccoli as a child, but taste it again now and you just may find that you love it.
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Use it well.
This is the responsibility of thought - to choose wisely.
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