10 Ways to Love Your Veggies and Eat Them Too

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Deep down, everybody knows that vegetables are healthy, and we should eat them. But many people just don’t like veggies, or eat them much. That’s often as true for vegetarians as for meat eaters.

Why? We’ve thought about it a lot, and here’s how we see it:

7 Reasons Why People Don’t Eat Their Veggies

1. People grow up eating overcooked, tasteless, frozen or canned vegetables – mostly potatoes, onions, carrots, cabbage, maybe an anemic salad once in a while, or just lettuce & tomato on burgers with a side of fries. It’s not surprising that they don’t love their veggies!

2. People often don’t know how to prepare or cook vegetables so that they look and taste delicious. They haven’t ever eaten a majority of vegetables in the grocery store, and often don’t even know the names.

3. We aren’t taught nutrition in school, and very few of us know exactly how nutritious vegetables are, how essential they are to every bodily function, and how much they contribute to glowing good health.

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4. Vegetable nutrition has declined dramatically, because of industrial agriculture, and shipping food 2000 miles or more to market. Veggies often don’t look or taste very appealing – unless they’re organic and even better, local and in season. It’s hard to imagine, but less than 100 years ago, all vegetables in the US were local & grown organically by default.

5. Veggies are expensive, especially organic veggies. The government heavily subsidizes industrialized commodity crops like corn and soy for animal feeds and the production of cheap junk food. The most nutritious foods – fruit and vegetables – aren’t subsidized and we pay full price for them. If veggies were subsidized instead of meat, a lot more people would eat vegetables!

6. If you have a tight food budget, you tend to go for calories first and nutrition last, even though it’s a false economy in the long run. Fortunately there are ways around that problem, especially if you go vegetarian. Bottom line – you get a lot more nutrition for your buck from veggies, grains and beans – and they fill you up nicely.

7. We’ve been brainwashed into believing that meat and dairy are the most nutritionally essential foods. Even after going vegetarian, we still want to believe that. We feel nervous about our protein intake on a vegetarian diet, and want to focus on eating high protein foods like tofu, and other forms of soy protein.

10 Ways to Love Your Veggies and Eat Them Too:

Clever Moms have lots of tricks to get kids to eat their veggies. Amazingly, most of those tricks work just as well for grown-ups! Pretend you’re a kid and try these tips from super-veggie-moms Cathe Olsen and Sarah Kingsbury:

1. Start with familiar vegetables you know you like, and work up to those you rejected forever in childhood – like Brussels sprouts and parsnips.

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2. Dip or Top Your Veggies: Which would you rather eat? Plain steamed broccoli or broccoli covered with melted cheese? Plain raw cauliflower or cauliflower dipped in ranch dressing? Use hummus, salad dressing, cream cheese, peanut or almond butter, tahini, yogurt, mayonnaise, or ricotta cheese, for dipping veggies.

3. Can’t face chunks of vegetables in your soup? Puree it in a blender or food processor. Try blending your favorite vegetable or bean soups. Try some of Savvy Vegetarian’s easy cream of vegetable soups – delicious, comforting, and you can drink them from a cup!

4. Camouflage Them: Add veggies to breads, cakes, muffins, lasagna, rice, pizza, quiche, scrambled egg or tofu.

5. Vegetables in Smoothies? You won’t even taste them. Try this combination – I call it the Everything Smoothie: Place 1 1/2 cups apple juice, 1/2 apple (cored and sliced), 1/2 orange (peeled), 1/2 raw sweet potato or 1 carrot (sliced), 1/4 cup chopped kale or cabbage, 1 banana. Puree together. Makes 2 to 3 servings.

6. Salad Them: A good way to get leafy greens into your diet is to add the milder baby versions of spinach, kale, or chard to a salad. Experiment with shredded carrots, beets, green and purple cabbage, chopped cucumbers, avocados, radish, tomatoes, basil, parsley. Add olives, feta cheese, raisins, dried cranberries, apples, walnuts, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, or toasted sesame seeds for extra crunch & taste sensations.

7. Juice Your Veggies. Ever had carrot juice? Yummo! Add a little cucumber, celery, apple, pear, ginger, or kale for a taste twist. Sky’s the limit on juicing!

8. Buy a good sharp chef’s knife, learn to use it. Chopping veggies is only a chore when you take all day to do it using a dull paring knife. With a chef’s knife, chopping veggies is fun, fast, and sure to impress your friends and family.

9. Buy frozen veggies and add them to anything. Not 100% ideal, but far preferable to NOT eating your veggies. Beside, veggies are frozen fresh from the fields at their nutritional peak, so often they are more nutritious than week old veggies shipped 2000+ miles. Be sure not to overcook – frozen veg take 2 – 5 minutes to cook.

10. Go on a Veggie Adventure: Once a week, or once a month, whatever works for you – buy a vegetable you’ve never eaten, and maybe don’t even know the name, look for recipes you’ve never made, which include that veggie, and try it out. Farmers markets are a great place to encounter new vegetables, and the vendors often can give you cooking tips.

Find Out What Veggies Can Do For Your Body – Get Your Vegetable Nutrition Facts

Check out Savvy Vegetarian’s vegetable recipes, veggie rich soup recipes, grain recipes, and salad recipes for delicious, easy ways to eat your veggies

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One Response to “10 Ways to Love Your Veggies and Eat Them Too”

  1. Lelia says:

    I ate a lot of boiled vegetables growing up (see #1), and I can tell you, they did nothing to endear veggies to me! Now, however, I have fully embraced the veggie adventure concept; I even started a blog about it. As a result, I’m eating veggies that weren’t on my radar as of a year ago. (Celeriac, anyone?)

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