Do Not Give Up on Veggies

 Often, I hear people say, “I just do not like vegetables”.  My question for them is, “have you tried every vegetable on earth prepared in every different way?”

Usually those people have not tried a variety of vegetables or they have tried vegetables, but they were forced to eat poorly prepared vegetables.  Vegetables can be delicious.  Do not swear off vegetables yet.   Here are some tips and points to keep in mind:  

1.Keep Retrying Vegetables
      •    Your tastes change as you age.  Children have ~10,000 taste buds and older adults have ~3,000 taste buds. Often foods that tasted too bitter when you were a child, now have a subtle flavor.
       •    It can take up to 20 times to acquire taste for a new food.  Many people do not like beer or wine when they first try it either.  However, social pressures and the “coolness” factor often force individuals to continue tasting it.  Unfortunately, vegetables often have an uncool factor, because parents growing up may have isolated vegetables as the punishment food.
2.Try the Vegetable at Different Temperatures
       •    It is more difficult to distinguish the taste of foods below 68°F or above 86°F. 
3.Do Not Overcook Vegetables
       •    Vegetables turn a grey unappealing color and the texture is poor when overcooked.
4.Sneak in Vegetables with Other Foods
       •    Add zucchini, mushrooms, and onions to pasta sauce
       •    Add cucumbers or shaved zucchini to your sandwiches
       •    Top cheese and crackers with red bell pepper or radish slices
       •    Add bok choy, kale, spinach, or collard greens to a soup or chili
       •    Add chopped up bell peppers or yellow squash to your salsa or bean dip
 5.Change the Texture of the Vegetable
        •   Blend or purée cucumbers, broccoli, spinach, or cauliflower
        •   Try roasting vegetables such as beets, asparagus brussel sprouts, kale, bell peppers, or zucchini instead of boiling them.  They will taste less bitter and even have a hint of sweetness.

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