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Eat Those Vegetables, Even if You Don't Want To

By Donna Stark

You're not a child anymore and you shouldn't be making those faces when it comes time to eat your vegetables. But it's hard not to if you have never developed a taste for them, right? It's been said that if you were a picky eater as a child, that pickiness can persist well into adulthood, and if you have a heightened sensitivity for certain flavors? Well then, it's game over. Clearly, we all know that vegetables are great for the body, and that if we want to improve both our diet and health, we need to eat more.

Tips to Make Vegetables More Appealing

The reason why vegetables are so good for the body is that they are packed with many of the vitamins, nutrients, and fiber our bodies need to function at an optimal level. But that's not all. They are also relatively low in calories ... and you can't get much better than that! Here are some helpful suggestions on how to incorporate more vegetables into your diet if you have trouble putting them on your plate in the first place.

  • Add flavor - A little butter, salt, pepper, and seasoning can go a long way for those vegetables you have a hard time swallowing. Just watch the amount you add though. Keep it to a sprinkle of salt, a slick of butter, and a dash of anything else to maintain all the healthy attributes of what you are cooking.
  • Don't generalize - Just because you were forced to eat mushy lima beans when you were a child doesn't mean all vegetables are bad. Vegetables come in a wide variety of flavors and textures. And with all the different ways they can be prepared, there is sure to be some out there that you like. So get back in the kitchen and experiment. Try different cooking techniques and be open to new flavors. 
  • Blend them up - If you really can't stand the taste of your vegetables but know that you need to consume them, try blending them into something you like. Toss an avocado and some greens into your morning berry smoothie. Add some pureed or chopped vegetables into your favorite sauces. It's the best way to grab those nutrients while saving your face from all those faces you used to make.

A Healthier You

So, what do you say? Are you ready and willing to add more vegetables to your daily diet? You know it's important and now, with the tips above, you have more options to look forward to. Reduce the risk of serious medical conditions, minimize your chances of getting sick, and improve your overall health and wellness in one fell swoop. Vegetables are where it's at!

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