When I was a child, I avoided eating vegetables as if it were like the plague! It had no flavor and it was equivalent to taking those herbal medications that my mom always used to give me when I got sick. I loved fast food like burgers at the time EXCEPT when it contained vegetables! When given the opportunity (like when my mom was not looking), I would take out all the vegetables and hide it in the wrapper and when asked, I would tell her that I “ate it”. Although it helped me short term, it did not necessarily help me in the long run because I was quite overweight/obese during those days.
Although we learned and hear over and over about how “vegetables are good for you”, it can be quite difficult to eat them especially since there are so many tastier options of foods available. But also know that we cannot just eat fast food all the day because it will eventually lead to conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Then we may wonder if there is a way to trick our minds into eating more vegetables?
Easiest Method To Trick Yourself into Eating More Vegetables
One of the easiest ways to consume more vegetables is to blend some together in your smoothies. I typically like adding high nutrient, low juice vegetables like kale and spinach. In doing so, you can get more nutrients in your system. Kale can be a bit on the bitter side so I typically add fruits with more dominant flavors.
When I make smoothies, I typically add various berries, bananas, and oranges. These fruits have a pretty dominant flavor that can hide the kale flavor quite well. For a creamier, richer flavored smoothie, I also add protein powder. As you start to grow more accustomed to the taste, you can start replacing some fruits with more vegetables.
Also by blending the vegetables with your fruits into a smoothie, you won’t be able to secretly pick out the vegetables like I did with my burger.
What if You Do Not Have a Blender at Home?
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If you don’t have a blender at home, you can purchase one that is actually portable! Portable blenders are great because you can blend pretty much anywhere you go and do not need an outlet. Of course, before you leave you house, you should keep it fully charged. When fully charged, you should be able to blend up to 12 times (off the 2,000 mAh lithium battery). But on the rare case that you do run out of power, you can also use an external battery to charge it up.
With this portable blender, you can create smoothies up to 13 oz. in volume. It helps to add some type of fluid to the solution to help with the blending process. You can go for juice, milk, or water. It helps to cut the fruits and vegetables into smaller chunks before blending also.
Should Blending Vegetables Be the ONLY Method of Eating More Vegetables?
That is entirely up to you and your preferences. I personally prefer to train myself to also eat unblended vegetables because there may be occasions when you might not be able to use a blender. For example, if a loved one cooks dinner for you, you probably don’t want to be one that picks out all the vegetables out as they are watching you eat something they prepared perhaps their entire day for. The key to eating vegetables in this manner is to keep an open mind.
By keeping an open mind, you might discover new ways of eating vegetables. Probably ways you never would have thought was possible to be enjoyable! You can eat it raw as a snack, cook it in a certain way with different sauces and meats, or create new salad recipes! The possibilities are endless!
How I was Able to Get Myself to Eat Vegetables as They are Without Blending?
One of the biggest ways to get myself to eat more vegetables is to go for colorful vegetables. Colorful vegetables just has its way of calling me to eat them and they almost imitate candy (due to their variant colors). Colorful vegetables also happen to have the most nutrients. Go for the dark green leafy vegetables and those with bright colors (red, orange, yellow, purple).
For some reason, it helps to watch others eat and enjoy vegetables. I once saw my roommate munching on sweet bell peppers. Seeing that, it really encouraged me to give it a try! Just after the first session of trying it out, it quickly became one of my favorite vegetables to consume! I even learned a hack on how to pick out the best bell peppers!
I also saw a coworker just randomly munching on celery one day and I decided to give that a try too. It didn’t go down as easy as I wanted but it still did. I still try to train myself to eat it raw these days. I did learn over time that it goes pretty well with peanut butter!
Vegetables are great sources of nutrition but they might not necessarily taste the best when compared to other high caloric foods. Despite the taste, we also know that they are essential for a healthy lifestyle and also for our bodies to function properly. Fortunately, there are several ways to get oneself to consume more vegetables. You can either blend it as a smoothie or by slowly training yourself to eat it straight on. Perhaps you can try one kind of vegetable at a time.
By taking these small efforts to consume more vegetables, you might start to acquire a taste for them in due time! You will start noticing the positive effects from it and feel a whole lot better! Hope these tips will help you start consuming more vegetables!
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