How To Eat Healthy When You Don’t Like Vegetables


If you have serious fitness and health goals, but you simply don’t like vegetables, what should you do? First of all, understand you are not alone and not crazy.  Then try out our 3-step formula for going from sitting your vegetables out to searching for the vegetables that you hated in the past.

Whether New Nordic, Mediterranean, “feed-often,” fasting, vegan, or Paleo, there is one thing that nearly all health-conscious diets are in agreement on:

You need to eat your vegetables. 

Practically every fitness or health coach will tell their clients to “eat your veggies,” and it is also a government agency slogan and childhood mantra. 

Even beginners all know they are supposed to “eat the rainbow” (although they don’t know how always).

However, many of our clients really don’t like vegetables. 

They, in fact, hate them, since many vegetables have a bitter taste.

We actually like broccoli.  We would be happy to eat bags of it.

And Brussels sprouts, watercress, argula, radicchio, carrots, spinach, and other plants that make people say euw and make strange faces.

We love all of them.

However, there are numerous vegetables that contain chemical compounds that give them a bitter taste for some individuals.  And reasonably:

Numerous people avoid bitter things

From their perspective:

Escarole = Small boats of bitterness 

Green peppers = turpentine
Broccoli = stinky socks

We have a dilemma now.

Vegetables are important, healthy, and good.
Everyone’s preferences and taste are different.
Some individuals might be genetically more likely to not like vegetables.
How can you get the benefits from vegetables if you don’t like eating them?

In this article, we will be explaining:

Why some individuals do not like vegetables.
Why they are not wrong or bad for not liking vegetables.
What can be done about it.

Vegetables have a ton of nutrients in them that your body really loves.  Vegetables are full of phytonutrients, fiber, minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. Those nutrients help to keep you healthy and also to avoid deficiencies, that make you feel very bad.

Vegetables don’t contain lots of calories but do have plenty of volume.  So, they do fill your stomach up without adding lots of added calories. That can help you with controlling your energy balance (the calories going in vs the calories going out), and help you with losing body fat without having to feel too hungry and maintaining a healthy level of body weight.

Fiber is added by vegetables. Not only does fiber help you feel full, but it feeds your intestinal bacteria, and helps to push things out through your digestive tract, and that helps with excreting unwanted waste products.

Water is added by vegetables.  It is good to stay hydrated. The extra water helps fiber do its job as well.

Variety is added by vegetables.  With all of the numerous types of vegetables to try out, learning how to like them can help you stick with healthy eating. 

In theory, of course, you you technically eat an excessive amount of vegetables – but for a majority of people, it would mean consuming several pounds per day (And plenty of unpleasantness in the bathroom).

Of course, most people, have the exact opposite problem: eating barely any vegetables.

Despite all of the benefits offered by vegetables:

Phobia of vegetables is coded in our DNA. 

Most likely you will have heard about the four flavors: bitter, sour, sweet, and salt. 

Four other flavors have recently been identified:

Kokumi (a feeling in the mouth that may be described as “heartiness”).
Unami (refers to savory meatiness)

For a majority of people – particularly veggie-phobes – the dominant flavor of plants is bitterness.

However vegetables also can verge on astringent (parsnips, Brussels sprouts, celery, legumes) or sweet (sweet potatoes, winter squash, roasted beets, corn, peas, carrots).

The ultimate solution is to try out some of the tasty recipes that we cover on a regular basis. By adding delicious sauces you can turn something you don’t like into something you can’t get enough of.

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