- Step 1: Make a commitment Make a commitment to try a vegetable you've never eaten or liked once a week, and keep an open mind.
- Step 2: Lean to cook Learn to cook vegetables properly to maximize flavor. Cook them in new ways, such as grilled alongside your favorite cut of meat and baked potato.
- TIP: Grilled vegetables taste sweeter and have a smoky flavor that masks bitterness.
- Step 3: Drink vegetables Drink vegetable juice or vegetable and fruit combination juices to get your daily servings. Or create your own blends by mixing a vegetable juice with a fruit juice you like.
- TIP: Elevate the role of vegetables by making them the main attraction with dishes like veggie pita pockets, vegetable kabobs, and mushroom burgers.
- Step 4: Give vegetables the slip Slip a small amount of frozen vegetables into canned or homemade soup to introduce new vegetables into your diet.
- Step 5: Add vegetables Add chopped celery, sliced onion, a scallion, or grated cabbage to foods you already like to nurture your fondness for this essential food group.
- Step 6: Smother in cheese Smother cooked vegetables in sauce or sprinkle them with cheese. Sooner or later, you may find you have a promising new relationship with those Brussels sprouts, turnips, and broccoli.
- FACT: Vegetable proteins provide glutamic acid, an amino acid experts link to lower blood pressure.
You Will Need
- Variety of fresh vegetables
- Frozen vegetables
- Vegetable entree recipes (optional)