Don’t Like Vegetables?

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Vegetables are such an important part of a healthy diet. They are essential and provide the body with, among other things, vitamins and provitamins, minerals, protein, and healthy carbohydrates.

I used to think I only liked a few: Corn, peas, white potatoes. Raw carrots, celery, and cauliflower. For the most part, that was what I ate for vegetables. Let’s face it, not all of it was truly even healthy.

Truth?

I just don’t like a lot of things cooked.

Yup. I prefer most of my vegetables raw. I kept trying all these cooked vegetables, and was not impressed. Cooking changes the taste too much for me. It took me years to realize that I just prefer to consume a lot of things without them being cooked.

For instance?

Carrots, broccoli, pickled beets.

There are others.

How did I find this out?

In an effort to eat healthier, I decided I must start trying new foods. This took place about five or six years back and, each year, I try a few new things. It’s not always easy, but it’s working well for me.

I have learned:

  • I do not like many things cooked, but will eat them raw.
  • If you mix half white potato and half sweet potato you will get used to the latter two more easily. Then start using 1/3 white to 2/3 sweet. Eventually, that sweet potato will taste fine on its own. I do eat them cooked, and will also eat white potatoes raw. I do not, however, indulge in white potatoes all that often any more. Mainly when I’m very strapped for cash.
  • I don’t liked cooked carrots, unless I make a mash of them with white or sweet potato, or squash. The tactic above has not brought me any closer to liking cooked carrots on their own.
  • Raw baby spinach tastes wonderful. I despise canned spinach, and have not tried fresh cooked (yet).
  • I love tomatoes, cooked or raw, but they do not love me. Sadly, I can only consume a little each week, or I end up with horrible heartburn. Cooked, they mess with my stomach.
  • Raw peas and green beans in pods are delicious!
  • I like salad mixes. The kind that include chard and kale, even. If I don’t care for a green or two, I know I can add it to a healthy smoothie to derive nutritional value from it. Interestingly enough, if I don’t pack in too much, I will not notice the greens in a smoothie at all.
  • Beans are good, and not just the navy ones! However, I only really eat these once in a great while. Maybe two or three times a year. They are a bit of a no-no.
  • I used to only eat iceberg lettuce, but now I eat a variety of different types. They are delicious!
  • Sometimes it will take a few, or a few more, tries of something to realize you do really like it. If you aren’t sure how you feel about it, try it another way. I have to do this with Brussels sprouts. I have had them once. Steamed, I think, with butter. They did not work for me, but were not horrible tasting. Just not real pleasing. I’ll be trying them another way.
  • I love cabbage raw. Hate it cooked. This is why I don’t like boiled dinners.
  • I do like zucchini and yellow squash, raw.
  • I love celery raw.
  • Cucumbers are delicious, and I like them pickled.

So, I have learned a lot. And there are still vegetables I have yet to try.

What about you? How do you like your vegetables?

Shannon

 

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7 Comments on “Don’t Like Vegetables?”

  1. syb376
    Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 11:37 am #

    I plan on trying new vegetables this year. I like corn, green beans, broccoli (but only cooked with cheese and rice), asparagus, kohlrabi, peppers, onions, cucumbers, and cauliflower,

    I want to try raw broccoli to see if i like it. I do not like cauliflower cooked only raw. I like zucchini, but only in breads and stuff. I would like to find a way that I like it that is more healthy.

    I am going to have a few garden boxes this year to see if I can grow some of my own vegetables.

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    • Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 1:21 pm #

      Corn, and peas (unless they are in the pods), may not be the best choices, but you have a good variety going on there. I do not like broccoli cooked, but raw it is delicious. Leafy greens are important, such as baby spinach, kale, chard, etc. If you try them and don’t like them, add a couple of handfuls to an otherwise healthy (non dairy) smoothie. I have been doing this and they are so good!

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      • syb376
        Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 4:39 pm #

        Non dairy smoothie???? Mine always have milk and yogurt lol 🙂 How do you make non dairy smoothies? Did I miss an article somewhere?

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      • Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 4:52 pm #

        I use almond or coconut milk.

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      • syb376
        Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 5:28 pm #

        Oh, alright 🙂 I have never had those. I use to make them with soy milk back when I lost all of that weight before,

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      • Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 5:40 pm #

        I used to as well, but I am trying to stay away from products made from the biggest gmo crops. Maybe they have soy options that are not gmo?

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  2. Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 1:24 pm #

    I am working on a smoothie challenge for this blog. Maybe featuring it during the early spring, maybe before. I am trying my own ideas and recipes, to see what really tastes good. I am using greens in them.

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