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Old 07-08-2015, 02:46 PM   #1
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How do you do it?

I'm ok with broccoli, asparagus, lettuce, and a few others. I mean, I can eat them but I really don't enjoy them. Will I ever?
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Old 07-08-2015, 02:53 PM   #2
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Honestly I'm not much for cooked veggies. I do like salads full with fresh veggies, and luckily I am not huge on dressing, so just a little bit goes a long way for me. I am eating lots of salads lately. Growing up in the 80's and 90's, we still drank milk for every meal, water was rare, veggies were pushed on us much so we didn't eat them. My mom used to soak berries and such in sugar water before we would eat them. Lots of bad habits growing up.
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I love roasting veggies. A little olive oil, salt and pepper - in a 400F oven for about 35 mins or fork tender and you got yourself a healthy, yummy meal. I've roasted brussel sprouts with garlic and red pepper flakes in the past. It's my favorite. You can store leftovers in the fridge. They won't be as crispy the next time, but they'll still taste great.
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I think a lot of it has to do with preparation. I grew up on frozen vegetables, but now I buy almost everything fresh (peas and edamame still frozen). Frozen veggies seem too mushy to me now.

Like sunnigummi, I like to roast everything -- Brussels sprouts, broc, cauliflower, asparagus, winter squash, carrots, zucchini, even sugar snap peas are delicious roasted.

Some things I like better raw, like spinach. Kale makes a great salad, especially if you toss the dressing in a day ahead of time so it can soften up a bit. Have you tried slicing red cabbage really thin and tossing it into your salad? It's really good for you and chances are you won't even taste it.

Trying things repeatedly helps as well, though I swear I've tried beets a million times and I just don't like them!
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Yep, I do believe you will come to love them.

Lots of new veggie experimenters here this week. YEAH for you all!

I think lots of us grew up being served veggies in ways we just didn't like. As adults, that was what we knew veggies to be so we either ate them grudgingly or not at all. I refused to eat Brussel Sprouts until this past year. I also had never cooked a fresh beet until recently. Both are now things I crave. Made Salt and Vinegar Zucchini chips this week that were addicting.

IMO the key is to figure out the tastes and consistencies you like in various foods and apply it to veggies. My taste leans toward sweet but not mushy. Roasting or grilling most veggies is a win for me. I also like to drizzle with a small bit of really good Balsamic Vinegar. Lots of veggies that I detest cooked I love raw.

If you like pasta-ish things, just saw this post this morning so I'll be trying this one soon: NEW-What Did You Have For Dinner Today?
(It's Munchy's post #209 at the bottom of page 14)

One poster here has committed to try one new veggie a week. I love that idea! Test different ways of cooking (or NOT cooking it). Experiment with toppings (balsamic vinegar, low cal dressings, herbs and spices).

When you have a few spare minutes, surf around for "healthy veggiename recipe". Maybe zucchini, brussel sprouts, whatever. We alllll know that once you start websearches, there's no telling where it will take us!

Best of luck! Enjoy your new veggie world.
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Old 07-08-2015, 03:57 PM   #6
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I will say I LOVE fresh green beans now and do roast them. Just a little olive oil and sea salt, in the oven til crisp tender.

Growing up green beans were canned mush, or even worse, covered in cream and cheese etc in a casserole.

I agree, aversion to veggies is often about memories and preparation.
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Yesss! I literally never ate veggies before, and now my plates are filled eith veggies and 3-4oz of chicken. Everyone keeps going "who would've thought YOU'd be eating veggies?".
Here are some things that might help you!

- boiling them (how can people eat them raw!? I will never understand that)
- salting them slightly and/or using a little garlic and onion
- making soups
- mixing them into mashed potatoes or something with a similar consistency
- combining them with hummus or garlic paste
- trying one new thing at a time (you don't have to go into veggie filled plates overnight if you're not used to it (
- look up fun online recipes (for example, I pretty much cannot get myself to like zucchini, but I'll eat stuffed zucchini)
- smoothies (though I can't personally stand the idea of substituting a solid meal for a smoothie, some people like it)

I hope these can help! ^^
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I love roasting veggies. A little olive oil, salt and pepper - in a 400F oven for about 35 mins or fork tender and you got yourself a healthy, yummy meal. I've roasted brussel sprouts with garlic and red pepper flakes in the past. It's my favorite. You can store leftovers in the fridge. They won't be as crispy the next time, but they'll still taste great.
Yep, and in summer grilling them.

I think most people overcook veggies. Seriously, mush veggies are gross. Keep they crisp. Like in a stir fry kind of crisp. or roast. Needs to be fresh veggies to do that though!
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I'll be the odd man out and say that I still don't really love veggies (but I like fruit even less, so maybe I am strange).

I very much dislike raw veggies but will sometimes force myself to eat a salad because it's the only on-plan restaurant option or because I need to watch my calories but am hungry.

I will eat some veggies grilled or roasted, including brussels sprouts, asparagus, zucchini, and broccoli. I dislike almost all steamed veggies unless they are drowning in butter (and then they are just a vehicle for the butter). I sometimes will eat stir-fried Asian-style veggies, which are tolerable to me.

The truth is, I don't LOVE veggies. I like some "ok." I force myself to eat more than I want to simply because I know they're good for me, they're low calorie, and they're filling.

I was even a vegetarian for about 10 years (vegan for 4). I experimented with veggies in almost every way known to man.

Don't love 'em. But I have learned to tolerate them and like a few. Sometimes that's all we can ask for.
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Have hope! Before I lost my weight , the only veggie I ever liked was the lettuce on a Big Mac. I agree with the previous posters that preparation can make all the difference for those who aren't fans. Can't recommend roasting enough; especially brussel sprouts and cauliflower.

Be patient with yourself it might take a bit of time!
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Thanks everyone! Whenever I read the weight loss advice to eat more veggies, I've often thought, "Well, geez, if I liked veggies I wouldn't be so fat!"

I can't even imagine ever loving brussel sprouts! But then again if you would've told me I'd be able to eat the Green Giant broccoli steamer for dinner some nights, I'd have thought you were crazy, so I suppose anything's possible. And I do kind of like the stir fried chicken and veggies I make.

I guess I could try to mix up the veggies I throw into the stir fry. And I'll try roasting a few more things - that's how I eat asparagus.

Thanks again! I'll keep eating them and hope one day I'll love them.
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Keep trying different ways to eat them. I think people who dislike veggies must have been served some pretty badly prepared veg when they were little. My mother was practically a vegan so I grew up on lots of fresh veggies thankfully. There are still some I don't like but I eat hundreds of them so I'm ok with not liking kale lol.

Not every veg has to be prepared the same way. I simply hate raw broccoli, but I will eat it steamed or roasted. I will not eat kale raw or cooked, but I will have it in a smoothie. I will not eat green beans unless they are braised until mushy. So I've found all the different ways to cook my veggies so that I'll eat them. I make sure I eat both raw and cooked veggies every day. Veggies are not optional, so find a way to appreciate them.

Oh and I used to hate salads when I was dieting. Hate hate hate hate hated them! All my life I probably hated them. I associated salads with dieting. But when I started doing IE and making peace with food I had to start asking myself some important questions like "what do I want to put in my salad?" After thinking a lot about it I realized that I really truly wanted to put ranch dressing in my salad. But I never allowed myself because I only ate salads when I was dieting, and ranch dressing is a BAD food with calories in it. So instead I always put olive oil and vinegar in it and hated every bite. When I finally let myself put the dressing on my salad that I truly wanted to eat I started eating and LOVING salads by the bucketfuls. I eat a huge entree salad every day and can't live without salad. Every day I eat a lettuce and spinach, carrots, colorful peppers, avocado, peas or black beans, cucumbers, radishes, mushrooms, any vegetable in the fridge! And I add some grilled chicken or shrimp or sometimes even ham to it and voila, lunch! And all those years I deprived myself of salad because I was unwilling to put 2tbsp of ranch dressing on it. What an idiot I was! All the salads I could have eaten and enjoyed!

So perhaps there is a part of you that associates vegetables with dieting and I can understand that nobody wants to eat diet food. So think long and carefully about how you want to eat a vegetable. Does a plain old carrot stick sound boring? Wouldn't it be nicer dipped in a bit of hummus or a bit of dressing? Do boiled peas make you cringe? Then why not grate some parmesan on them and a touch of butter?

Get the veggies in any way you can and don't listen to people who tell you that putting dressing on your salad will make you fat. I did listen to those people and I hated salads. Now that I'm listening to myself I feel fantastic, have lost weight and I'm loving my veg.
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