For many adults the thought of eating a Brussels sprout sends them reeling back to the years in which mommy and daddy shoveled slimy vegetables onto their dinner plates by the spoonful and refused them dessert if they didn’t eat up. I was one of those very people until I learned some clever ways to trick myself into eating green stuff. So far the best way that I have found is to sneak it into foods that I really do like. I find that the addition of some broccoli or cauliflower to a casserole helps me to get vegetables in my diet without necessarily seeing them. Adding little bits of healthy veggies here and there to recipes that you already know you love is an easy way to try new things. I usually try bland vegetables if I’m going to add them to something that has a distinct taste so that it doesn’t change the flavor all that much.
For the most part I will try just about anything if I don’t know what it is, this is another helpful thing. I can try several dishes and if I don’t know there are vegetables in it, there isn’t time for my mind to convince me that I won’t like it. A good way to practice this is to let one of your friends or family members that know you well and know what you like choose the dish for you. I wouldn’t put this in the hands of anyone that I may have offended or that likes to see me gag, but usually there is someone at the table that knows what flavors I like. This isn’t always a great first step in trying to like vegetables but it certainly isn’t all that bad.
Another helpful hint is to try everything. Sample each and every vegetable, even those that you hated as a kid. Odds are that as the years pass your tastes will change and that broccoli floret that looked so disgusting as a child is nowhere near as bad as you remembered it. By trying different vegetables you can find out what it is about each one that you like and dislike. Also don’t shy away from a vegetable completely just because it was nasty that one time that you ate it, try eating vegetables in all sorts of different combinations and preparations.
I know that some of this stuff is common knowledge and that some people still won’t eat vegetables even if they’ve tried all these tricks. Even though most of us think that vegetables are horrible and that we just have to force ourselves to eat them, this isn’t always the best solution. If you force yourself to eat vegetables that you don’t like you aren’t doing yourself any favors. By forcing yourself to eat things instead of finding healthy choices that you actually enjoy, you make it easier to slip back into unhealthy eating which defeats the purpose of eating healthy all together. If all else fails and you still can’t stand vegetables, there are tons of great juices that have both fruit and vegetables that should make your healthy eating easier.