By Joe Crowe
We know eating vegetables is good for us. But for many of us, it’s difficult to get started, especially if there are doughnuts somewhere in the house.
Here are 5 ways to learn to love vegetables, thanks to Daniel J. Green at NBC News https://www.nbcnews.com/better/health/how-i-learned-love-or-least-tolerate-vegetables-ncna860066and chef and author Sally Cameron at A Food-Centric Life. https://www.nbcnews.com/better/health/how-i-learned-love-or-least-tolerate-vegetables-ncna860066
Make a plan.Make a chart, breaking down your goals, such as eating a certain amount of veggies each day, Green says.
Try new vegetables. Keep trying new vegetables and don’t give up on them after the first time, Cameron said. She pointed out that it takes kids numerous exposures until they like a new food. “So why should it be any different with adults?” Cameron says.
Mix it up. Try cooking two vegetables together, such as broccoli florets and cauliflower florets, or different colors of bell pepper, Cameron says.
Don’t overcook. Soggy or limp veggies are no fun for anybody—cook them until they are “al dente” like pasta, Cameron says.
Season them up. There are healthful ways to season veggies that do not involve butter or salt, Green said. “Steaming, adding herbs, or roasting in a small amount of heart-healthy oil can bring out flavors,” Green said. Cameron agrees: “Plain, undressed, naked vegetables? Unless you are hard core, you are just inviting disappointment.”
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