SBD Frequently Asked Questions - How To Eat More Veggies When You Hate Them All!!!




beachgal
02-22-2007, 04:47 PM
A lot of Beachies have mentioned lately that they are trying to get more veggies in to get their 4 cups a day, but that they hate veggies, so it's hard. I wrote a PM to another member who mentioned this, explaining how I got to eat more veggies and even like them! :faint: (Trust me, my mother is still totally amazed! :lol: ) I'd love it if others will post their methods too...it's such an important issue!

I HATED veggies when I started SBD. I literally (No lie!) had to pinch my nose shut and chew several times in the beginning to get them down! I had several meals where, like you, I was chasing down every bite, but not with water...with sips of yummy-flavored diet coke.

BUT! In time, I really did learn to like veggies. Here's the plan that got me there:


Start with veggies that aren't strong in taste or texture...zucchini, broccoli, green beans, etc.
Cook them in ways that involve things you like or incorporate them with other, strong flavored things. Examples: chop up broccoli really fine and put it in the taco bake. Or have green beans with almonds or broccoli in a cheese soup--there's a great recipe (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/showthread.php?t=42365)in the forum)
Try them with a lighter sauce or on their own on the side with a sauce instead of in something. At this point, you may have to hold your nose or chase it down with something to drink. It helps to make sure that meals with a veggie like this also have something you really like...I like refried beans and also like starches...so I'd have veggies with meals that had couscous or something on the side. I'd save that for last and tell myself I could have it when I finished my veggies...gave me a 'treat' to look forward to!
When you're ready, try them alone...steamed, with some very basic sauce. One day I had broccoli with just lemon squeezed on it...and I LIKED it! That's when I knew I'd made it. "whew!"
As time goes on, go through the whole process again, but with stronger-tasting veggies. Work your way up to it, but realize that there may be some veggies that you just don't like! Make sure you try them several ways before you decide you don't like them...you never know what might make them taste good to you!

Hope that helps! I think as the sugar gets out of your system, you start having a normal sense of taste again and some veggies really will taste 'sweet'! I love carrots and broccoli now and think that they taste incredibly sweet. Who knew?


Schmoodle
09-17-2007, 08:54 PM
I didn't hate veggies. Actually I thought I loved them, but I realized once I started SB, that I was "loving" only a few kinds and in limited amounts - cooked southern style, nuff said.
4 cups was a huge challenge for me. The first month I thought I'd scream if I ate another salad. I still sometimes don't make the 4 cups, but I do now more often than not. I don't think I ate that much one day during my first month. My tricks are:
A glass of V8 every day.
Anything I can hide chopped veggies in, I do, stews, casseroles, salads. The more the better. This is less intimidating to me than a big pile of cooked veg on my plate.
Anything wrapped in lettuce. I like tuna salad, egg salad, turkey bacon and tomato. This is now one of my favorite snacks.
I found a salad I LOVED - the one in the recipe section with goat cheese, pistachios, and dried apricots. This is now my favorite lunch, and I haven't gotten tired of it yet.
See, I even look forward to my salads now.

beachgal
11-15-2007, 12:33 PM
Great ideas, Schmoodle!

You know, I'm not sure if it is a good idea, SBD-wise, since pureeing might take some of the fiber out of the veggies, but did anyone see Jessica Seinfeld on Oprah? She steams and then purees veggies and adds them to tons of different dishes so her kids get the nutrients. Since we can sometimes be like little kids when it comes to veggies, :tantrum: maybe it would help us, too? ;) She has a cookbook out on how to do the pureeing called Deceptively Delicious and has a website (http://deceptivelydelicious.com/site/)for it as well. :chin:

Even Dr. A loves Seinfeld's ideas:

"Seinfeld makes a terrific contribution to childhood nutrition. Her approach will make meals [easy] for parents to prepare and a joy for kids to eat."

—Arthur Agatston, MD, best-selling author of The South Beach Diet and The South Beach Heart Program


kaplods
11-15-2007, 12:46 PM
Pureeing does nothing to the fiber content (unless you would strain it and throw away the solids).

beachgal
11-15-2007, 04:01 PM
Thanks, kaplods! I was thinking that maybe if you cut the fiber strands, they wouldn't be as hard to digest? :?: But what you're saying makes more sense.

kaplods
11-15-2007, 04:43 PM
It's a common assumption, but mostly because we don't understand what fiber really is. Fiber is cellulose, it's a plant-based carbohydrate that humans can't digest because we lack the enzymes to digest it. In fact, I think that only termites are born with the ability to digest cellulose. Other critters need certain bacteria in their gut to do the job, and they get the bacteria from their parents.

Most plants contain a good bit of cellulose. I think wood has the most cellulose of all plants. I don't know if it still occurs, but at one time wood pulp or sawdust (basically pureed wood) was often added to diet breads to make them lower in calorie.

I'm a trivia nut, if there's no immediate use to the information, I will remember it forever. Now if it's something practical, like where I put my keys, you can bet I've already forgotten it.

beachgal
01-12-2009, 11:16 AM
bump

heather88
01-12-2009, 02:12 PM
I honestly can't stand veggies especially more than a cup . . . I've gotten to the point where I will eat 2 servings of baby carrots and 2 servings of celery in which i chew them up with water in my mouth (so i dont have to taste) and just swallow it like a pill lmao. Ugh, that is just so embarrassing to admit.

KO
01-12-2009, 03:37 PM
Heather do you like Chili?
I use a 24 oz Jar of Salsa in Mine to have an added Veggie Hit
Also you can hide all kinds of veggies and Legumes in Meatloaf

beachgal
01-15-2009, 12:01 PM
Heather, you're in good company! Eating veggies raw is really, really hard, IMHO. Start with cooked, and start with hiding them in things, like the Taco Bake. Try soups and also try putting veggies on pizza (or even mini pizzas on WW pita crusts). Cut them up tiny (a food processer helps) and put turkey pepperoni (or sausage) and LF cheese so you hardly taste 'em. If you're willing to go through that torture with the celery and carrots (wow!), you're able to eat them hidden in stuff. :)

ozziesgirl
01-17-2009, 05:40 PM
I like vegetables and I like to see volume when I eat so I don't usually have a hard time getting my veggies in.

The best way I have found is to roast them (I am not a cook so I am not sure if the term is correct) I just put them on a baking sheet, toss mixed veggies in a bit of oil, add kosher salt and roast at 400-425 in the oven for about 1/2 hour or more. I just usually keep checking on them.

I swear it gives them a completely different taste. I can eat so many when I cook them this way. Even my picky friend loved them.

I usually roast broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, peppers, a bit of onion and recently I have gotten into brussel sprouts. Soo good.

This recipe from Kayln's Kitchen (http://kalynskitchen.blogspot.com/2006/01/kalyn-plays-with-her-foodpaper-chef-14.html) allows you to add some veggies and they are not the prominent flavor or even texture since there are so many things going on. Omit quinoa for phase but but both ways are delish!

Anna77
02-22-2009, 10:39 PM
Roasted vegs are tremendously better than most steamed vegs. I roasted cauliflower for the first time tonite and almost liked it.

Thanks for the other suggestions, I'll try them.

KimberlyHeidi
03-07-2009, 12:02 PM
I am not fond of veggies either so thank you for the thread.
Also how do we translate how much V8 equals how much into our minimum 4 cups of veggies daily? Thanks!

Kimberly

beachgal
03-09-2009, 02:32 PM
Kimberly, this website (http://www.drgourmet.com/askdrgourmet/v8.shtml)has a great answer to your question. Here's the basic info:

4 ounces of a vegetable juice cocktail like V8 is about the equivalent of a serving of vegetables.

...I am not a big fan of drinking juice instead of eating veggies or fruit. Such products as V8 are highly processed and you're better off eating 4 servings of fresh vegetables than drinking a large glass of juice. Having a tomato as one serving has as much fiber as 8 ounces of V8 for instance.

Even though V8 has the nutrients of a serving (or more) of vegetables, it doesn't have the same fiber. That fiber is what keeps you regular (gross, but important!) and makes you feel full. Having a small glass of V8 is fine, but please make sure you're getting a lot of fresh veggies throughout the rest of the day, okay? You'll be more successful with staying on plan, you'll feel better, and you'll be healthier, to boot. :sunny:

Anna, I totally agree with you about roasting. It brings out the sweetness! I have an awesome roasted cauli recipe. Here it is! (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/showthread.php?p=2650304#post2650304) It's amazing. I promise you'll like it! :devil:

In the meantime, here's another way to like veggies--hide 'em! I got this great "Mozzerella Stick" recipe (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/showthread.php?t=164739)from Deceptively Delicious (cookbook that talks about how to hide veggies in food for little kids, but it works well for us "big kids" too! :lol: ) made with cauliflower puree.

kaplods
03-09-2009, 02:50 PM
I love veggies, but I was thinking that maybe this recipe might help some (my veggie-picky hubby likes it if I dice the veggies small).

Quick soup (leftovers welcome)
1 can V-8 (single serving)
1 can chicken or other broth (or 2 cups water and a bouillon cube)
optional: 1 can diced beets (with the juice)
chopped cooked or raw veggies of any kind, as much as desired
(I also add leftover chicken or beef, if I have it on hand)

Add all ingredients and simmer until veggies are tender, and soup is hot. For a very veggie-phobic child or adult, puree soup until smooth.

jenny515
03-09-2009, 03:04 PM
I love veggies. But to get my DD and DS to eat them I puree them in just about everything. You can puree: sweet potatoes, broccoli, spinach, peas, cauliflower, zucchini, carrots. I put pureed broccoli in my taco meat and my kids have no idea. Pureed cauliflower in their mac n cheese. Sweet potatoes and carrots in the spaghetti sauce and homemade pizza sauce.

Of course some of these things we wouldn't eat on SBD.

shrinkingviolet
03-09-2009, 03:19 PM
I get my son to eat vegetables by changing the name to dino trees or by telling him that Indiana Jones eats it, but I guess that trick won't help with adults. I love vegetables, it is hard to relate. Is it possible to check in with yourself after a veggieful meal and notice that you feel lighter and more refreshed than you otherwise would? Pureed vegetable soups might help.

beachgal
03-09-2009, 03:45 PM
I love veggies. But to get my DD and DS to eat them I puree them in just about everything. You can puree: sweet potatoes, broccoli, spinach, peas, cauliflower, zucchini, carrots. I put pureed broccoli in my taco meat and my kids have no idea. Pureed cauliflower in their mac n cheese. Sweet potatoes and carrots in the spaghetti sauce and homemade pizza sauce.

Jenny, that's exactly the premise behind Deceptively Delicious. She tells you how to puree stuff easily and quickly, then gives you recipes using the purees. We also tried a great SBD-friendly couscous recipe (try it with WW couscous) and the Sloppy Joes (which we had on WW buns). Both were great!

Kriterian
03-19-2009, 02:26 PM
Jenny, that's exactly the premise behind Deceptively Delicious. She tells you how to puree stuff easily and quickly, then gives you recipes using the purees. We also tried a great SBD-friendly couscous recipe (try it with WW couscous) and the Sloppy Joes (which we had on WW buns). Both were great!

I'm heading over to eBay to pick up the book now. I've been wanting too since I saw the Mozzarella Stick recipe posted here.

Just out of curiosity, are there many recipes in the book that can NOT be converted to SB friendly versions?

dannab1
03-28-2009, 09:33 PM
I don't like raw veggies without dips and can't stand any of the fat free ones I have tried. I created this one which makes me really enjoy fresh veggies everyday for a snack because you can have so much of it!

1 cup fat free cottage cheese
2 tbsp any program salad dressing (I use green goddess)
Salt and Pepper to taste

Blend in blender or with hand mixer until creamy.

Betsi
03-29-2009, 12:46 AM
Pureeing does nothing to the fiber content (unless you would strain it and throw away the solids).

Wow, that's really good to know! I couldn't figure out if that was the case or not, but your explanation makes perfect sense. Very cool. I have an older book kicking around somewhere that may or may not be the Deceptively Delicious book everyone's talking about. I haven't really looked at it in years, but I'll dig it out soon and give this a try. ETA: Just remembered the one I have is called "Stealth Health"... will post again after I find it, if it's any good.

The roasting idea is great too. I've been doing that with chickpeas, but I will have to try it with other stuff too. Anyone have a link to step-by-step instructions, maybe with pictures? I never can get the chickpeas seasoned evenly, so I'd love to 'see' how it's done right.

After reading in Kalyn's Kitchen today about how insanely nutritious spinach is (http://kalynskitchen.blogspot.com/2007/03/spinach-salad-recipe-with-bacon-and.html), I'm trying to think of how I can get more into my diet - especially since it's also pretty dang cheap if you buy it frozen ($1.50/lb at my stores).

beachgal
04-06-2009, 03:55 PM
Betsi, here are a couple of links to instructions on roasting veggies:

Wegman's (https://www.wegmans.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10052&krypto=G2fxk6p%2BKn8PMFjHS23Cf9jZjfwpEHM1ItnYjsPHZ w8hHTGl%2BzHr8Q%3D%3D&ddkey=http:ProductDisplay), with photos and a video

From Martha Stewart's How-To With Allie: Roasting Vegetables (http://www.marthastewart.com/article/how-to-with-allie-roasting-vegetables?autonomy_kw=roasting%20vegetables&rsc=header_1)

How to make roasted vegetables and sausage (http://startcooking.com/blog/83/Roasted-Vegetables-and-Sausage) (step-by-step with photos for each step)

I'll do spinach for my next Veggie of the Month. :) There's TONS you can do with it, Betsi! :D

CyndiM
04-06-2009, 08:52 PM
We have been buying the pre-cut bags of broccoli & cauliflower. I spray the pan, toss the veggies on, drizzle a little EVOO over them and roast at 400-425. After 30 minutes I turn and sprinkle salt then roast another 25-30 minutes. We can eat 2 12 oz bags with dinner! They are so good and soooo easy

madamruppy
04-06-2009, 10:43 PM
It isn't a perfect solution but they are now making some juices that contain a full serving of veggies but they also have fruit and taste sweet. I personally hate V8 hate it. But some of these combo juices are good.

Schmoodle
04-07-2009, 09:58 PM
Those juices are veggie juices mixed with fruit juices I think, so they wouldn't be on-plan.

beachgal
04-09-2009, 12:25 PM
It isn't a perfect solution but they are now making some juices that contain a full serving of veggies but they also have fruit and taste sweet. I personally hate V8 hate it. But some of these combo juices are good.

Thanks for the idea, Madamruppy. Unfortunately, that won't work on SBD--we can't drink the fruit juice as it raises blood sugar too high. Plus, you get far more from eating your veggies (and getting the fiber in them) than from drinking them anyway. So if you don't like V8, don't drink it--just eat the veggies instead! :)

Thighs Be Gone
04-09-2009, 12:36 PM
I am not a beacher but wanted to jump in the water for minute!

Literally, I make a point to buy the nicest looking and cheapest fresh veggies possible. I don't care if I have ever eaten them before or whether or not I like them. This way, I am saving money and getting a nice variety. Plus, there are tons of recipes for veggies here and on the net--I just look until I find something plausible.

This week I have blackberries--.88 each, green beans--.67 pound, strawberries--1.47, cauliflower--2.00, bananas--always inexpensive here, indian eggplant--.99 pound--and sweet potatoes--forget now but inexpensive. I also bought baby spinach in the bag--gosh that stuff is expensive but I buy it because I know we need it.

Did everyone else see the study out recently that said taking vitamins and supplements didn't reduce chances for getting cancers? All the more reason for us to be cramming in the veggies.

TIARA
09-25-2009, 12:54 AM
ive noticed that i had to be adventurous and try different veggies to help me lose weight. i never would have tried zuccini but now that i have i found when cooked and season just right i can eat any veggies... well except lima beans i hated that as a kid and still refuse to eat them ... lol

mystical
09-25-2009, 01:19 AM
Tiara how do you fix your zuccini?
I see you ar from Hawaii my daugther just moved there this past July