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Don’t love veggies? Want to eat more of them? Read on.

by Yes Health

Welcome to the first installment of our new “Ask the Coaches” series, where we feature questions from Yes Health subscribers answered by our expert coaching team. With summer farmer’s markets bursting at the seams and a flurry of recent articles touting the health benefits of eating more veggies, we thought this was the perfect place to start.

Q. I don’t like many vegetables. How can I get more in my diet?

A. Many of us have a residual distrust or dislike of veggies—especially the green, leafy variety—left over from our childhood. Maybe they didn’t get served much at home. Or if they did, they were soggy and bland. (Sorry mom.)  Sound familiar? If so, ask yourself the following: 

  • What vegetables did I eat as a kid?

  • Did we eat vegetables that were in season? Or were frozen de rigueur?

  • Did I have to finish them to get dessert or leave the table?

  • Do I have a negative association with certain vegetables? Which ones and why?

  • When was the last time I ate these vegetables as an adult?

Once you escape the bad-memoryland of veggies past, you might be surprised (delighted?) to discover your palate has changed. Take a trip to your local farmer’s market with a more open mind and give them another try. 

Do you always gravitate towards the same two or three veggies? Bust that rut with a delicious-sounding recipe featuring a new-to-you veggie star. (Hint: choose a dish with a healthy source of fat, like olive or avocado oil, and plenty of herbs and spices to give yourself the best shot at liking it.) Pick a weekend night when you have a little extra time in the kitchen, and then go for it! We’re all life-long learners and sometimes just need a new veggie trick. Experimentation is NEVER a bad idea.

How else can you learn to love veggies?

  • Toss fresh squash, broccoli, sweet potato, asparagus or green beans with a bit of coconut oil and seasoning and roast them in the oven to make a super tasty side.
  • Sneak them into smoothies—spinach is great because it blends easily and doesn’t have an overpowering taste.
  • Make healthy curries, sauces, dips and soups to enhance (or hide) their flavor.

Check out the Yes Health recipe of the week for some cool veggie inspiration from Coach Chloe. 

 

 

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