Veggie Challenged - I HATE veggies...

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05-18-2005, 07:20 PM
so...I was wondering if you all would give me any tips/suggestions that I can do to get my veggie intake up? I do like corn and potato, but as for the green stuff :^:...I can do w/out! Please help me, I really need to start eating better....MUCH better!

05-18-2005, 08:15 PM
I have the same problem I can't stand green veggies everytime I even try to eat them I gag on them. I was feeling like I was the only one out there with this problem.

05-18-2005, 09:20 PM
I dont like alot of veggies either, some I like but I dont eat them very often, I prefer fruit..

05-18-2005, 10:34 PM
try drinking veggie juice. glen

05-19-2005, 01:01 AM
How about raw veggies? Broccoli, cauliflower, peppers and carrots go well with a ff dip. Soup? YOu can cook up a really good veggie soup, and if having them "whole" in there bothers you, puree it. You can grate up zucchini, and other veggies, and add them to spaghetti sauce. Oh, and roasted veggies are really good. It seems to bring out their sweetness. Maybe you could make it a goal to try one new veggie a week?

Suzanne 3FC
05-19-2005, 01:06 AM
I used to dislike veggies, but then I found I just wasn't a good cook :lol: Now I enjoy them more, because I experiment with more techniques and recipes.

05-19-2005, 11:34 AM
Thanks you all for the suggestions! And, Suzanne...maybe that's my problem as well! I guess I will try to buy a couple of recipe books!

05-19-2005, 03:35 PM
try drinking veggie juice. glenUse the low-sodium & for a twist, put in a big glass w/a can of lemon-flavored seltzer.

05-19-2005, 04:23 PM
You've gotten some great ideas here. I do agree that experimenting with different types of vegetables, and different methods of preparation, are the way to go. Good for you for looking for solutions to this issue rather than throwing up your hands and giving up.

Can I mention something else? I have come to firmly believe in the power of language. When we are trying to change something as fundamental as our eating habits, it's especially important. You've got a long-ingrained set of preferences that you are trying -- to your very great credit -- to change. Towards that end, I think it's crucial to change the way you talk to yourself about it. Every time you say, "I HATE veggies," you are only reinforcing the idea in your dino brain, even though your logical human brain is trying to change that. If you keep saying that, you may learn to eat some vegetables and even like them, but your Inner Dinosaur will still be rebelling against the idea, and it'll always be an inner fight.

Can you try to change the tape in your head? Every time the Dino says, "I hate vegetables," let your Logical Human say, "I know I don't care for vegetables right now, but they are important to my health and I am working on learning to like them." Say this even if you don't really believe it. You will be amazed at how this will, over time, change your emotional state about the issue and make it easier to deal with.

Self-talk is one of the most important tools we have; unfortunately it's also one of the most destructive when it's negative. The same techniques apply whether you are talking about healthy foods, exercise, methods for dealing with emotions other than eating, or whatever. The more POSITIVE talk you engage in when trying to change habits, the more quickly and easily the change can take place. That's not to say it's a guarantee, but you certainly give yourself every advantage by countering those negative statements.

05-19-2005, 05:23 PM
If you can't eat dark green veggies, eat deep yellow or orange ones....... like carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, etc., and do learn to like V8 juice. Try putting low-fat sauces or dressings on COLD cooked green veggies. I learned to eat green beans as a little girl by smearing a little mayo on them (you could use low-fat). You'd be surprised what you can learn to like, even into your 20's and 30's. My son, in his 30's, eats things now that he wouldn't touch even in college and thru two grad schools!!! (He was always ALLERGIC to veggies and fruits............ he said! Much better now, and healthier, I'm sure ....)

05-20-2005, 01:44 PM
I have found that I like more veggies as I get older. Like spinach. I have a really good low fat creamed spinach that is so good. Finding different ways to cook it sure makes a difference.

05-22-2005, 07:18 PM
I've had a fruit a veggie bar before, like fruit leather, but with veggies as well. It was 2 servings of fruit and 1 serving of veggies in about a 2oz bar, and not too bad, definately not veggie like.

05-22-2005, 07:29 PM
I have found that I like more veggies as I get older. Like spinach. I have a really good low fat creamed spinach that is so good. Finding different ways to cook it sure makes a difference.

Recipe please? I loved creamed spinach, but have been avoiding it due the calories.

05-22-2005, 10:55 PM
This is Ilene's recipe, and while it doesn't look awfully appetizint, it is really good. :)

Creamed Spinach

2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen leaf spinach (do not thaw)

1 cups low-fat cottage cheese

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

In a large saucepan with a cover, combine cup water and teaspoon salt and bring to a boil. Add the frozen spinach and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce the heat to medium-high. Cook, stirring several times, for 10 minutes. Drain thoroughly in a colander, being sure to shake out all of the water. Pat dry with paper towels.

Transfer the hot spinach to a food processor. Add cottage cheese and all but 1 teaspoon of the butter. Process until very smooth. Return to the saucepan. Add salt and white pepper to taste. Heat gently and transfer to a warm bowl. Place the remaining butter on top and serve. Makes 8 servings.

(I leave out the butter, and can't tell the difference)

Vegan Vixen
05-23-2005, 12:55 AM
Can I mention something else? I have come to firmly believe in the power of language. When we are trying to change something as fundamental as our eating habits, it's especially important. really believe it. You will be amazed at how this will, over time, change your emotional state about the issue and make it easier to deal with.

I agree 100%!!! Languaging is very important. If you can begin to change your language in relation to what it is you are seeking to change it *will* change more effortlessly!

You manifest your reality by the language you choose and the thought you think, so perhaps beginning to say something to the effect of "I am enjoying increasing they variety and amount of vegetables that I eat." is a good start.

All that being said, I am vegan and eat mostly vegetables! ;) I do like fruits and grains, but the bulk of my diet is green leafy vegetables, beans, legumes and the like! I like *all* vegetables, even just steamed plain or raw.

Part of what makes me like them is knowing how good they are for me and how vital to good health and disease prevention consuming as many serving of vegetables *is* for me!

I started a thread, "Voluptuous Veggies" and it's a 5-10 servings a day challenge, so I encourage you all to post there, share ideas and get encouragement!

I suggest getting a few good cookbooks to help you find some creative ways to eat veggies. Do you like pasta and sauce? You can sneak steamed pureed veggies into nearly any pasta sauce and it's easy to get down that way. Also, when making bean dishes you can put kale or swiss chard or spinach in them and they go quite nicely. Please PM me if you need any recipes or suggestions :)

05-23-2005, 07:48 PM
You said you like corn and potatos? Great. Next time you make a can of corn, throw in a can of green beans. Next time you make mashed potatoes, throw in some cooked broccoli! The possibilities are endless. Also, try putting ONE leaf of lettuce on every sandwich or burger you eat. That can add up over time. Also try making smoothies with carrot juice or a little V8. Just some ideas. :)

05-27-2005, 12:29 AM
Something that helped me was starting to eat iceberg lettuce salads. Pour a bit of your favorite dressing on and try to eat as much as you can. Iceberg lettuce really doesn't have much of a taste so it's something good to start with.

I vastly prefer darker lettuce now that I've passed that initial period of "yuck". I think you can definitely acquire a taste for vegetables. Don't give up on yourself.

Allie Abbott
05-27-2005, 08:28 AM
Veggies can become really interesting if you spice them up. Recipe books can be so boring about vegetables...butter and salt, maybe a little pepper. Well, try thyme on corn, cinnamon on carrots, curry on cauliflower, nutmeg on beans, basil on peas...or whatever. A bit of low-fat cheese can really improve the taste as well. I like a bit of low-fat cheddar, garlic, and basil on brussel sprouts. I never like sprouts before I discovered this combination. Mix and match herbs and spices for more interesting flavour. Buy pepper mixes, rather than black pepper.

05-27-2005, 07:04 PM
Thanks EVERYONE for such great suggestions! I plan to try a LOT of your ideas! Thanks again!

05-29-2005, 10:01 AM
One thing that helps me (and I need a LOT of help) is my mini blender. Sometimes I get into makin' soup in that (the cups are microwaveable) with just frozen mixed vege or broc and sometimes other ingredients. I've also been known to put salad ingredients, ice and water in the thing in the summer and make a vege smoothie. Sounds crazy, but whatever works!

05-29-2005, 04:28 PM
I'm a corn and potatoes gal myself, so maybe I have similar taste buds, so I thought I'd mention that two more veggies I really like are steamed asparagus and baked acorn squash with butter. I'm in the same position you are, but I'm trying to make myself eat at lest 1 serving of veggies every day, and I figure I'll work up from there. Celery with peanut butter is a good snack. And like aprylcadabra said, cooked broccoli is good too.

09-27-2005, 10:25 AM
Have you tried cauliflour mashed like mashed potatos? I love a big veggie stir fry too. This weekend I made one with snow peas, broccoli, carrots and bell peppers. Yum! Have you tried maybe seasoning them up? I got this great seasoning for very cheap at walmart. I think it's called tony's creole? It also comes in greek flavor, which is also good. It's a little hot and masks the flavor of some of the veggies I don't like as much. Try taking asparagus and putting it in a pan, bake at 350 for 10 minutes or so with pepper and seasoning, then sprinkle with feta. Let the feta melt, then squirt them with lemon wedges. Good luck, I'm sure you'll be able to find a way that works for you!

09-27-2005, 02:15 PM
i THINK WATERAT SUGGESTED IT EARLIER, BUT "HIDE" VEGETABLES IN THINGS YOU CAN STAND, THEN AT LEAST YOU ARE GETTING THE VITAMINS...i GRATE CARROT AND ZUCCHINI IS SPAGETTI SAUCES FOR MY SON AND HE DOESNT EVEN KNOW THEY ARE THERE. I also put veggies on whole wheat pizza can grate them small for now, but with sauce and lowfat cheese, you could probably stomach a piece of pizza!!!I made scrambled eggs this weekend with chopped red pepper, tomato, onion and cauliflower. The pieces were again so small, and it added great flavor to the eggs. I put onion and red pepper in with 'guilt free' fried potatoes...use cooking spray instead of oil. Make vegetable fajitas or something like that where you may be able to disguise some of it with ff sour cream or cheese. What about stuffed shells with spiinach/ricotta/ground turkey...or raviolis filled with vegetables. Hope that helps! I'm sure you will be eating vegetables in no time.

09-30-2005, 10:10 AM
Hubby and I were both on veggie burn out. We had been eating fresh veggies (carrots celery salads etc) for too many days in a row.The thought of veggies became nauseating. So I got a bag of stir fry mix (walmart's store brand has some great ones that are cheap) and cooked them in a skillet with cooking spray, a little water, a 2 teaspoons of worcestershire sauce, a sprinkle of garlic powder and chilli powder and season salt and pepper and topped with a little parm. cheese. Cooked until they were softened but not mushy and it was really fast and easy and we loved it. It was something different, had a good flavor. I also made some with some lean cube steaks cut into stips mixed in with it and put it over rice. The whole family even my 9yo, 4 yo, and 2 yo ate like there was no tomorrow and asked for seconds. I had to make more so they could have seconds and so hubby could take some to work the next day for lunch.

Jennifer 3FC
09-30-2005, 08:00 PM
Those bags of frozen veggies are great for trying some new things. Kroger has stir fry vegetable bags on sale quite often for 10/$10.

10-01-2005, 11:07 AM
Morningstar farms have some chik patties that you can count as a veggie too check them out, gl ginah

10-02-2005, 05:25 PM
Try stirfrying them and add a "sauce". A T or 2 of teriyaki sauce adds so much to veggies! I think sometimes the textures throw me off, like water chestnuts, ewwww, so crunchy when the other veggies are softer. I don't like regular V8, but LOVE the spicy V8. Schwanns has some great potato veggie mixtures. You cook them on a cookie sheet, so good. Nuking carrots in a bit of honey makes them so sweet, a huge difference. I think you just gotta find a few you do like or will tolerate and don't allow your self other foods til you consume them. Just like feeding a child, it takes like 10 or so times for someone to get used to it. Good luck, it is hard to get used to new stuff.

11-02-2005, 03:25 PM
Does anyone know any good vegetarian recipes that are low in fat content?

01-16-2006, 06:20 PM
I have a hard time fitting veggies into my day as well.
I find that I will just avoid rather than putting myself thru it.
Might take the plunge tonight and make something green, ha.

01-16-2006, 06:37 PM
For the most part, I'd stick to FRESH veggies. Frozen isn't the greatest, and canned...well, except for canned tomatoes, the rest of the canned veggies are crap!

I STILL maintain that at least part of the reason that people seem to LOATHE veggies is because they were brought up on frozen and canned, or had parents who weren't good at preparing them.

I was there too, believe me. The veggie not-like-very-much person. But that turned around for the most part (there are some veggies like cauliflower I can't STAND - although even cauliflower is tasty as 'mock mashed potatoes').

One of the strategies I used was to hide the veggies in something, like homemade soup (my sister made a barley-mushroom veggie soup this weekend that was to DIE for) or pasta sauce or chili or something. One of my favorite ways early on to get lots of roughage was to make some 'healthy' spinach dip (using creamed cottage cheese, fat-free sour cream, etc instead of the heavy stuff) and have it with some crunchy veggies. (I don't care for baby-cut carrots - would rather have a REAL carrot :carrot: ) Or stir frys...EASY to make healthy and fast. Again I implore you to make this with FRESH veggies if at all possible.

FWIW, anyway...

01-17-2006, 11:46 AM
Sajnia - try these two 3fc links to find some healthy vegetarian recipes :carrot: