How to Love Vegetables

Written by Charmaine Manango

Vegetables - we either love them or hate them. Haters may have been traumatized by parents who used to force-feed them broccoli and peas, while lovers only remember to eat them when dieting.

Vegetables are important part of our daily diet. The national nutrition guidelines suggest eating 2-3 servings everyday to ensure we are getting the right amount of vitamins, minerals and fiber. Vegetables should be for lovers and haters alike. Here are a few tips on how to get a hater to like their leafy greens:

1. Mix in vegetables with well-loved dishes

It takes baby steps to develop a taste for vegetables. If you are someone who doesn't like its bitter taste and crunchy texture, you might not like to eat them raw. An effective way to appreciate veggies is to 'sneak' them in some of your favorite dishes. You can put cauliflower florets in your macaroni and cheese. Or you can try adding Chinese cabbage bits, carrots, and green peas to your fried rice. You might even like your favorite dishes better.

2. Use dips and condiments

Make appetizers or snacks more interesting by having cucumber and carrot sticks with hummus or blue cheese dip. Dips and condiments do wonders to most bland vegetables. Plus, these kinds of snacks are healthier too!

3. Reinvent soups

Soups are one of the best ways to include vegetables. Make a creamy macaroni soup with lots of cabbage, carrots and celery. You can also try making vegetable purees like pumpkin and carrot.

4. Eat at gourmet vegetarian/vegan restaurants

This is a great way to experience vegetables in a new light. These restaurants make vegetables the star of every meal. For someone who is totally clueless on how to make vegetables taste amazing, trying out gourmet vegetarian/vegan food will make you think out of the box.

5. Be adventurous

Never be afraid to experience something you've never experience before. Always try something new, like grill your vegetables or be a vegetarian one day a week. With a little extra push, you might even turn a hater into a veggie lover!


Dr. Jean-Michel Cohen
is the founder of The Parisian Diet, which is about the pleasure of eating and being able to eat all types of food.

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