We all know we need to eat more vegetables. They are good for us, and if we are trying to lose weight, they can help. But a lot of us don’t like them. How can we change this?
Tip #1: Choose baby vegetables. The flavor of baby ones is less intense and often they are sweeter.
Tip #2: Drizzle a little ‘extra virgin’ olive oil on your veggies.
Tip #3: Blanch your vegetables to prevent over-strong flavors from developing. Steam them for 30 to 60 seconds, then take them off the heat and plunge them into cold water.
Tip #4 Buy fresh from farmers’ markets – or grow your own
Tip #5 Disguise them in breads, quiches, even cakes.
Tip #6: Think about veggies doing you good. It becomes easier for people to tolerate foods that are good for them but whose flavour they don’t like, if they understand why the foods are good for them. For best results, this should be combined with repeated, regular exposure to those foods. [Source: Leslie J. Stein, PhD, Science Communications, Monell Chemical Senses Center, Philadelphia.]
Tip #7: Stir-frying vegetables preserves their fresh flavors and crispy textures.
Check out our book “Is Food Making You Sick?” for low-histamine vegetable recipes.