Say so long to feeling guilty over not enjoying fresh vegetables and experiment with new varieties, recipes, and cooking methods. You might just find that your taste buds rise to the occasion.
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.