How to Get Yourself to Eat More Vegetables?

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 that 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!

Summary

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 either by blending it as a smoothie or by slowly training yourself to eat it straight on, perhaps 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!

Did you enjoy this life hack on how to consume more vegetables? Please leave a comment below!

8 thoughts on “How to Get Yourself to Eat More Vegetables?”

  1. Hey there – I am obsessed with eating more wholesome foods and have smoothies daily, I found it fascinating to find certain vegetables that you can munch on rather than juice which is convenient to add to your meals. I will certainly munch on some red pepper pieces and sounds delicious!

    I completely agree and eating vegetables regularly can stop you from binge eating or even eating processed foods, many thanks!

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  2. Great idea to blend veggies in with fruit when making a smoothie. Two of the easiest green leafy veggies to add to a smoothie are kale and spinach. The way in which you prepare veggies will have a big affect on whether you eat them or not. Thankfully I do like fruit and veggies and often make a big stir fry with lots of veggies in together. Another favourite is to oven roast veggies and with a bit of olive oil drizzled over it, you will taste how sweet some veggies are. 

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    • Hello there! Thank you for your comment. I also agree that combining veggies in a stir fry is one of the best ways to make veggies tasty. I also really like roasting veggies with some olive oil and I particularly like the bell peppers and onions.

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  3. I am not sure I need ways to trick myself in to eating more vegtables but I certainly need a way of tricking my children in to eating more!  I have already managed to get them to enjoy a fruit smoothie but had never thought of adding vegtables to one!  I like the idea of adding bananas and oranges to a smoothie as you say these fruits have a pretty dominant flavor that can hide the kale flavor quite well.  I shall try that and see if I can “trick” them!   Thank you for a great idea. 

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    • Hello there! These days, I also don’t need to trick myself into eating more vegetables anymore but I also know some people in my family who may need it! Hopefully you can trick your children into liking vegetables too.

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  4. Hi Mike

    I love your article about eating more vegetable. and fruits

    Thank you for sharing, actually for teaching us from your own experience. May through this we take advantage and try with the smoothie at first. I Luv vegetable and fruits, I am crazy ab them all. But up there are a lot of people who do not eat at all any kind off. and not bcs they can not afford is bcs they are not educated to do so from their youthless/Childress

    A piece of amazing advice and a brilliant explanation about how to start to ate more green.

    Thank you.

    PS. I wish everyone to take into consideration this kind of advice. 

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    • Hello there! Eating fruits/vegetables is not an easy thing for some because of what society has been introducing as “food” through media and also what is available within one’s proximity. Media has such a powerful influence on people’s behaviors/actions. If only the same tool can be used to portray the health benefits of fruits/vegetables in the same manner. It doesn’t help that those “foods” on media also have such strong, addicting flavors that can overpower the flavor of healthier, whole foods. I guess the best way to go is continuous education by professionals and teachers in new and innovative ways!

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