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easy ways to make vegetables more exciting
Everybody knows that eating vegetables is good for you, but not everybody enjoys the taste of nutritious veggies. In fact, studies have shown that a small percentage of people are actually hypersensitive to the bitter taste of the chemicals in a range of vegetables, making it even more difficult for them to enjoy eating healthy meals. But, simply not liking the taste of veg doesn’t mean that you have to be less healthy! We’ve listed some great ways to make eating vegetables much more interesting.
When eating vegetables, it’s all about what you cook them in that gives them a great flavour. Vegetables cooked without any oil or seasoning are likely to taste a little plain, whereas using olive oil, salt, pepper, and more of your favourite herbs and spices can turn even the vegetables that you’d have dreaded eating beforehand into a delicious meal. Many people who don’t like eating vegetables on their own actually find that they really enjoy healthy eating once some seasoning is added.
Mix it Up
Many vegetables aren’t as tasty on their own, but when accompanied by meat products or starches such as rice, pasta and potatoes, they can actually become really tasty. If you’re trying to think of better ways to get your five-a-day, why not incorporate more vegetables into your recipes, such as adding chopped up carrots, mushrooms, peppers, celery, green beans, and more into sauces such as bolognaise sauce or curry? Hiding small, chopped vegetables in sauce has long been a favourite method used by parents to help their children eat more veggies, and it can certainly work well for adults, too!
Smoothies and juices don’t just taste great when made with fruit – surprisingly, many vegetables can also taste amazing when blended into a tasty smoothie. Using vegetables such as kale, spinach, garlic, celery, cucumber and even lettuce in your morning smoothie can be a great way to help you increase the number of healthy veggies that you consume each day. The best things about this is that if you’re not keen on the taste of vegetables but love different fruits, all you need to do is put your favourite berries and other fruits in your blender and you’ll forget that the vegetables were ever in there!
Do It For A Good Cause
If you’ve tried all of these and are still struggling to get your daily recommended intake of vegetables, the Meat and 2 Veg campaign this month is a great excuse to use to increase the number of veggies in your diet. This campaign is all about raising awareness for male cancer and the importance that a healthy lifestyle plays in avoiding this. It’s also about reminding men, and their partners, of the importance of regular checking. If 200 pictures of your dinners with meat and two veg are shared, Ladbrokes Bingo have pledged to make a £1,000 donation ($1,265) to Orchid, a male cancer charity. For 250 pictures, Ladbrokes have agreed to make a £1500 ($1,900) donation.
What do you do to make eating vegetables that little bit more fun and exciting? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.