I don’t know anyone who just loves coming home from a hard day at the office, and tucking into a huge bowl of plain, steamed vegetables.
And if there’s someone out there who does — congratulations. You win!
So what do the rest of us do when we want to eat more vegetables, but don’t really like them that much?
First, know that you’re not alone. In fact, you’re in the majority.
Here’s the problem: our fast-paced, sleep-less, get-more-done culture has driven us to rely more and more on processed foods. As a result, vegetables have become somewhat mysterious — and even unknown — to most people.
First, there’s the question of buying them — organic or conventional? Then, we worry about how to prepare them — how to wash, what to trim off, whether to steam or roast or boil — or just eat raw. Finally, we wonder: how do we make them taste good when all of the other (processed) foods taste so much more better?
Transitioning to a diet that includes more vegetables can be a bit of a process, especially if you’re not used to eating them. At first, the flavors and textures may seem strange or even off-putting, but try to be patient. Over time, you palate will adjust and believe it or not, you may soon grow to crave kale salad and other veggie wonders.
If you’re an aspiring veggie-liker, here are a few of my top tips to get you started…