Not everyone likes to eat vegetables, even as adults. While some people enjoy these crunchy and healthy goodies, others avoid them like the plague! Vegetables are very important in your diet for many vitamins and for fiber or roughage. Here are some ways to make your veggies taste better so you can improve your health by consuming more of this food group.
Step 1: Purchase the baby versions. The flavors of some vegetables get stronger as the plants mature. Sometimes, these flavors are too strong for the most sensitive taste buds. In addition, the textures of the baby versions are tenderer, requiring less cooking. Choose baby carrots, squash, turnips, and artichokes. These can be found at farmer’s markets, specialty grocery stores, and large supermarkets.
Step 2: Mix olive oil and other heart-healthy oils with the veggies. Even if some extra calories or fat are added, these can be justified by reducing the risk of developing certain kinds of cancers.
Step 3: For a tasty raw vegetable snack, add hummus or low-fat salad dressing or dip. Take veggies and dip to work to eat instead of chips or cookies. Try eating them at home while watching television because sometimes the environment can add to their appeal.
Step 4: Add small amounts of cheese sauce or cheese bits to broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, or green beans.
Step 5: Though tomatoes are popular in the U.S., some people do not like the taste, especially of the variety available during the winter. Purchase vine-ripened tomatoes instead because these contain nearly none of the bitter flavor.
Step 6: When storing vegetables, keep them away from fruit. When fruit is stored nearby, the flavor of vegetables like carrots can suffer. Other vegetables like cabbage and broccoli can become limp and turn yellow more quickly if they are stored near fruit.
Step 7: Blanch the vegetables, steaming them for 30 to 60 seconds. Remove them from heat and drop them into cold water. This keeps strong flavors from being created.