Vegetables. We all know how important it is to eat fruit and veg regularly – the health benefits are numerous. But many people, myself included, aren’t particularly big fans of vegetables. And most parents will say how difficult is to get their children to eat their greens. What is it about veg that people don’t like? The taste? Texture? Look? Or the fact that we know they are good for us and that makes them boring? Regardless of the reason, people know they should eat more vegetables.
So how do we make vegetables more appealing – enough to encourage people to eat more? I have never really liked vegetables and therefore not eaten enough of them. But after making an effort to become healthier, I have found ways to enjoy the taste of vegetables more. Some of these ideas will make even the fussiest of eaters happy.
Here are a few ways to make your veg a little more exciting (and even ways to hide them completely!).
-Roast vegetables with a little olive oil and garlic.
- Use herbs and spices. They are the healthiest way to change the taste of things. You can even make your own sauces and dips and pour them over the vegetables if you need to (just be careful of the ingredients in the sauces).
- When making mashed potato, mash some carrots, parsnip or swede in to it too.
- Cook them in a curry.
- Cut into ribbons to replace pasta.
- Buy the best quality you can. It really does make a difference.
- Buy seasonal vegetables. If you don’t like vegetables because they are bland, that could have a lot to do with them being out of season.
- Add spinach to a smoothie (it makes it a great bright green colour too). And you can’t even taste it.
- Blend them in to a tomato pasta sauce, you can’t even tell it is in there.
- Layer courgette (zuchinni) into lasagne and mix some spinach into the lasagne meat sauce too.
- Finely dice peppers and mushrooms and add them to a tomato sauce for pizza. Once the cheese and other toppings are on top, you wouldn’t know.
- Add cauliflower to macaroni and cheese. Dannii made this for me and I didn’t even know it was in there
- Learn how to cook vegetables. You might think that it is not something you can get wrong, but it is. If you overcook them they loose their taste, and nutritional value.
- When all else fails, add a little cheese. I love garlic roasted broccoli sprinkled with a little parmesan cheese.
Just because you or someone in your family doesn’t like vegetables now, doesn’t mean that it is always going to be that way. Our taste buds change every few years and the cleaner you eat, you will begin to appreciate healthier foods. Just start with eating the vegetables you do like and take it from there.
- Dave (Mr HHH)
What are your tips for eating more vegetables? Leave them in the comment box below.
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