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Eating your veggies

September 16, 2015

I am having such a hard time getting enough veg in. I know I'd feel better, and more full, throughout the day if I ate more. But I realllly don't like them, haha. I have yet to find a salad I actually enjoy eating and that is filling. I hate raw veg. I can do things like baby carrots dipped in hummus or gauc.. but in order for that to taste good I end up eating too much hummus and gauc.

Do you ladies know of any tricks to get more veg into your day? If I could just eat fruit and meat I'd be so happy..

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Title Eating your veggies
Author littleteafox
Upvotes 13
Comments 42
Date September 16, 2015 8:19 PM UTC (8 years ago)
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[–]sugarcrushEndorsed Contributor9 points10 points  (3 children) | Copy Link

I don't know what type of diet you eat, but personally high fat, low(ish) carb helps me eat a ton more veggies (plus lose weight!). Everything is delicious with butter, olive oil, or bacon added :)

Some examples:

-Steam broccoli and add butter

-Have bacon and eggs for breakfast, sauté a pepper (or any vegetable really) in some of the bacon grease. Mix it all together and add salsa on top, nom forever.

-Roast brussels sprouts with bacon. I can eat an entire pan of this by myself, no joke.

-Green smoothies!

-Add nuts, plenty of cheese, and some olive oil to your salads. I also like to add a high protein grain like quinoa to a salad sometimes. You could start with having more of the grain and less greens and increase the ratio over time.

[–]cloverdust2 points3 points  (2 children) | Copy Link

Ooooh yes, I agree bacon is a brilliant addition to vegetables!

[–]vintagegirlgame2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

I def cook a lot of veggies in "bacon butter" (sounds better than bacon "grease"). Smells and tastes so yummy!

[–]Old_leaves_fall1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

It is, in fact my SO swears Bacon should be classified as a herb or spice ;)

[–]cats_or_get_out13 points14 points  (2 children) | Copy Link

I'm a huge believer in eating "5 a day." I swear it makes me look 10 years younger.

If you're not enjoying the raw veggies, then try a different approach. I had a yoga teacher tell me that raw, cold, and crunchy was bad for my Ayurvedic type (vata). I'm not so into Ayurveda medicine anymore, but that experience encouraged me try eating me veggies in a different way.

Cook them into everything. Eggs for breakfast? Eggs and spinach! Tomato soup? Wilt in a ton of fresh spinach. We always double or triple the onions for recipes. If I make soup, I purée cooked carrots, celery, and onions and add it to the soup--extra flavor!

I will sauté and eat almost any veggie. This is how I learned that Brussels sprouts weren't gross like I had remembered! I love roasted veggies--like asparagus, sliced sweet potato, etc.--just add olive oil and salt! This is a side dish for almost every dinner during fall and winter.

When my kid was being ornery about veggies, I would add extra puréed veggies to everything. (Butternut squash went in her Mac and cheese instead of butter)

I recommend keeping veggies cut and ready to eat or cook. You're more likely to use them than if they're still in the produce bag unchopped. I keep a veggie tray stocked with carrots, bell peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, etc.

Eating well not only makes you healthier but keeps you young. My dad is 63 and looks like he just turned 40, and it is all diet and exercise. (His brothers look terrible.)

Aim for 5 servings a day, and be sure to eat different colors. To make it fun, try some of the more exotic veggies. I tried spaghetti squash for the first time a few years ago, and now it's my husbands favorite. I still don't like turnips or cooked beets, but I'll keep preparing them in different ways until I find something I like.

Happy eating!

[–]Lanfear570 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy Link

adding pureed veggies to everything really works. My brother hates carrots, unless they are absolutely drowning in hummus or ranch. When I make meatloaf, I shred/pulverize just about any vegetable I have on hand and mix it in. A good seasoning balance (plenty of heat) makes it neither of my veg-avoidant guys cares. They barely notice.

I also do mashed cauli, and everyone is happier if I do about 50/50 cauli and potatos. Haven't tried the flakes yet, but that would be easier.

Both of them used to only really eat veggies if they were coated in fat or sugar, so I start there and then each time I make it I do it just a little bit healthier. Both of them eat salad now, instead of something resembling ranch cheese soup. A big help on that one was moving away from iceberg lettuce. It has almost no flavor, and very little nutritional value, anyway.

Also, just like with little kids, exposure helps. When I make something unpopular, just like if I had kids, they have to take one bite. They don't have to like it, but it has to make it all the way down. Sometimes we find that there is a new favorite, and over the course of time asparagus has been added to the regular list, hubby eats broccoli with less cheese, brussels sprouts are not making anyone gag. Cabbage happens now and again, even cole slaw which neither has ever liked.

You can also try "weird" spice combinations. I got my husband liking all kinds of sweet potatoes after making them with heavy curry once, instead of the usual pumpkin-pie-esque spices and sugar.

[–]cats_or_get_out0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

Yum! What great ideas! I like the idea of the "weird spice combinations." Serving something as savory instead of sweet is a great way to taste a vegetable in a new way. I remember hating candied carrots. I discovered that I love cooked carrots, but not if they're swimming in cloyingly sweet sugar.

[–]SoonToBeMrsHim6 points7 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

I'm a fan of 10/$10 sales in the freezer section and I just buy them and them force myself to put one on the table with each dinner (unless the dish I'm making is already veg heavy).

I also really like Arbonne Essentials Greens Balance in my smoothies, it's like a daily vitamin that's ground up instead of a pill so I can mix it into just about anything

[–]TempestTcup4 points5 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Well, really, hummus and guac are veggies if you go by the old "animal, mineral, or vegetable" test. I don't really eat veggies for veggie sake anymore; I've found that quite a few of them cause me physical pain, like nightshades, etc.

I mainly keep to onions, mushrooms, garlic, and white rice to eat with meat and saturated fats (mmmm butter). I'm much healthier, thinner, less bloated, and much less inflamed now than when I used to stuff my face with veggies and whole grains.

[–]freebumblebeeendorsed woman2 points3 points  (1 child) | Copy Link

Roasted veggies are my jam. While I play around with seasonings, I usually just chop them up and toss whatever it is in olive oil and salt and pepper and bake at 400 or so for however long the vegetable needs. Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, bell peppers, carrots, potatoes, various squashes, zucchini, and sweet potatoes all taste amazing this way.

I also like them in eggs. My favorite breakfast dish is eggs, chopped broccoli, peppers, and onions. Frittatas and quiches are also a great way to get vegetables in.

I try to keep a bag or two of steam-in-the-bag veggies lying around for nights when I know I'm going to be super busy. However, if you don't love the veggie taste, this might not be the best for you. Try it though! Worst case you only wasted a couple dollars.

You could also try making the veggies sweeter. Sweet carrots are a delicious side dish, or you can roast apples and sweet potatoes together.

Try making dishes that are veggie based, like stir fries or ratatouille.

Try incorporating veggies into dishes you already like. Depending on the type of pasta, you could work in cherry tomatoes and spinach or sliced peppers and onions or eggplant or something. I used to make a meal called "kitchen sink pasta" that basically consisted of all the veggies in the fridge and chicken and I'd cook it with some chicken broth, wine, oil, capers, etc. It was a great way to use up veggies while getting all your veggies in!

[–]littleteafox[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

Roasted veg are ok.. potatoes I don't count as veg (to me they're starches/carbs) but I do like them. I have tried those steam-in-the-bag veggies but didn't much care for them. I like your soup idea!

[–]coffee__2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

I love veggies so I may be biased. Try to find ways to prepare them that you actually enjoy eating.

I recently started putting up to 2 cups of raw kale into smoothies with greek yogurt, 1 banana, and berries. If you don't like the taste experiment a little, such as less kale, more berries, or adding some peanut butter. That is a really filling breakfast.

Roasted veggies: onions, potatoes, brussel sprouts and carrots. Cut them up, toss with oil and salt and bake. I cheat and use baby carrots in this to avoid having to peel/cut them.

When we're eating something not as "healthy" as I would like, I rip up a ton of romaine lettuce and put it underneath. Like Chinese take out, instead of putting the chicken and broccoli over white rice (empty carbs), I put it over half white rice, half crunchy romaine lettuce.

[–]StingrayVC2 points3 points  (2 children) | Copy Link

Roast them. They are so good that way. I also like steamed with a parmesan sauce over the top. Gratins are also an option and they have a tone of flavor.

I second /u/sugarcrush with putting them in eggs. My personal favorite in spinach and mushrooms.

Also Kale chips. I love them.

[–]littleteafox[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Ooh I DO like kale chips (there is a nacho cheese flavor one that is so good), but they are expensive to buy! I have tried making them at home with not so great success..

[–]Disappear_vanish0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

I tried so hard to like kale chips but kale is just so gross. It burns my nose and throat, it's like getting sprayed by a skunk.

[–]Freiling2 points3 points  (1 child) | Copy Link

I've been eating celery and peanut butter for breakfast. Perfect morning meal, IMO.

[–]Goodlucknextseason0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

Full for days!

[–]cccch_1 point2 points  (6 children) | Copy Link

I've been doing the keto diet for about 7 months now. Pretty much meat, veggies and cheese and fats. Have you thought about roast veggies? Slow roasted is always a treat. lately I've been getting into cauliflower mash! It's delicious and much healthier than the potato kind . I steam the cauliflower with a little basil and cumin sprinkled on top, them mash together with some butter, cheese and garlic. There are also plenty of ways to subtly add them into meals without them overpowering the dish itself. If you're making a sauce based dish you can generally chuck in vegetables while it cooks so they soak in the saucey flavours. . You can also replace a lot of carby stuff with veggies , like "zoodles" , zucchini noodles or Using thinly sliced eggplant instead of pasta sheets in lasagna. Biggest thing I would suggest is stocking up your herb and spices rack! Aside from the health benefits, you can make even cardboard taste great if you've added some good herbs. :)

[–]Goodlucknextseason2 points3 points  (2 children) | Copy Link

We love mashed cauliflower! I've found that adding about 1/5 or 1/6 of a package of the potato flakes (the just add water kind from the inner aisles of the grocery store) makes the texture much more potato-like. It sucks up any excess moisture from the cauliflower.

[–]cccch_1 point2 points  (1 child) | Copy Link

I have to stay away from the potato personally because of the carbs, great tip though! I've found using ground flaxseed/linseed to be a good thickener/ texture booster as well :)

[–]Goodlucknextseason0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

Totally understandable! Thanks for the tip!

[–]littleteafox[S] 1 point2 points  (2 children) | Copy Link

Is there a trick to making cauli mash where it doesn't end up watery? I've tried making it a couple times and it always came out kinda gross.

I've made zoodles before -I steamed them in the microwave. They ended up all clumping together :o

I've got tons of herbs and spices so I should be good there :)

[–]cccch_1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

I've personally never had a problem with it turning out watery, maybe try slightly undercooking them so they aren't as mushy :) see the comments above too /u/goodlucknextseason had a good tip for texture. Also chucking them into an oven pan slightly undercooked with grated cheese on top and baking for a bit is delicious!

[–]saffronbelle0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

Microwave your cauliflower - don't boil it! Boiling it tends to make it very watery.

[–]frozen_strawberryEndorsed Woman1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

i honestly dont think salad is filling either. if you dont like raw veggies then why dont you cook them? you could make a simple pan fried dish, like fried potatoes with onions, bell peppers and brokkoli, seasond to your liking.

[–]SouthernPetite0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

I have yet to find a salad I actually enjoy eating and that is filling

Not even fajita or berry chicken salads?

Anyway, I basically trawled Pinterest for vegan/vegetarian recipes and sites. I'm nowhere near vegan, but obviously if your going to be one long-term you have to get creative or go crazy, so I figured they what know what works.

Beyond that, I add things to my eggs (onions, spinach, mushrooms) and sandwiches, and blend them into soups, the sauce or ricotta for italian dishes, etc.

[–]lisamarie3300 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

Put them in a smoothie and blend them. I like spinach blueberries and apples :)

[–]alonreddit0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

I just "hide" massive amounts of veggies in everything I cook, e.g. last night's alleged "bolognese" had about 1/2 the meat, and triple the carrots, celery and mushrooms, plus a whole red pepper, plus I mixed half a bag of spinach in at the end. It still has a similar 'effect' to bolognese and yet is very far from it. This applies to most meaty dishes.

Spinach especially is really effective this way: because it wilts quickly you can add huge amounts of it to almost anything while barely changing its taste.

[–]SkittyLover930 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy Link

I hate raw vegetables as well, but I like cooked ones. What I usually do is to cook the vegetables in something strong tasting as a base (e.g. a soup or stew) so the vegetable taste isn't too strong. I like the following:

  • A common pasta sauce base is carrots, celery, onions and tomatoes. You can use this for lasagna as well.
  • Root vegetables in a stew or curry.
  • Vegetable-based soups (minestrone, miso soup with vegetables).
  • Baked/roasted cauliflower and cheese. So tasty that it almost feels like cheating! You can also add broccoli to this.

[–]littleteafox[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

I've tried making mashed cauli before.. but it tasted really watery. I've also tried roasted cauli but didn't like it :(

[–]moon_cakes 1 points1 points [recovered] | Copy Link

Looking at some of these replies, I struggle to see how roasting or sautéing in oil (i.e. frying), adding cheese or bacon (?!) or making kale chips (i.e. fried to a crisp) is a sensible and healthy way to eat more vegetables.

  • Green smoothies are definitely the way to go for breakfast instead of fried food.

  • If you already eat a healthy dinner (i.e a carb such as potatoes) and protein such as meat or lentils then adding steamed carrots/broccoli/cauliflower on the side OR aubergine/courgette to cook with the meat in the oven or stew is actually a pretty easy habit.

  • Throughout the day, focus on lettuce/carrots or fruit instead of cooked vegetables (much more portable). My go to snack used to be a half packet of biscuits so I know how it feels to be reluctant to eat lettuce.

However, as long as I buy a quality lettuce (not a salad bag from the supermarket) I've learned that it actually doesn't taste bad to just eat a head of romaine or little gem lettuce on it's own, particularly when eaten alongside a cooked meal. Additionally, the chewing action is fantastic for the teeth and jaw. It sounds crazy and takes a few weeks of getting used to - but you feel a big difference with that much lettuce in you after a meal.

I would also point out that tender greens are much easier to digest than something like broccoli or other cooked veg. Therefore, focusing on tender greens will do more for you than trying hard to get a large variety in your diet.

[–]littleteafox[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy Link

Yeah, I'm not low-carb, and I don't like very fatty tasting things (plus dairy does a number on my skin) so I'm trying to avoid unhealthy additions that might counter any positives.

I have tried smoothies before.. for some reason they just don't feel that filling and I don't always like very cold things in the morning. Usually for breakfast I'll have overnight oats with some fruit.. about 250cals.

[–]TempestTcup0 points1 point  (2 children) | Copy Link

A lot of us have benefited from high saturated fat diets, so we are giving advice that works for us. Other people prefer fat free diets. To each their own, but I find that a high saturated fat diet keeps me slimmer, less inflamed, and keeps my moods stable. YMMV.

[–]moon_cakes 1 points1 points [recovered] | Copy Link

I've seen many people that have benefitted from high fat so I have no vendetta against it.

Out of curiosity, do high fat-ers use fried food as a staple part of their diet? Surely the sautéing process makes the food 'processes' and therefore not especially adherent to the paleo philosophy? I don't know much about it so I'd be interested to know anyone's thoughts.

[–]TempestTcup0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

I mainly saute in butter, but sometimes fry in coconut oil. The heat doesn't get high enough to smoke (the smoke point is where fats get unhealthy), especially when you add the other ingredients. I will pan fry steaks in coconut oil, and it rarely smokes unless I get the heat too high. People used fire in the paleolithic era :)

When I was a kid in the 70s, McDonalds used tallow to fry their fries, and movie theaters used coconut oil to pop their corn until saturated fats were vilified and they switched to trans fats. In the 70s 99% of people were thin(ish). It was startling to see a truly fat person back then.

Anything you do to food "processes" it, even cutting it, cooking it, etc.

I'm not totally paleo though; I've moved more towards adding prebiotics to promote good gut flora.

[–]rpwhelped0 points1 point  (3 children) | Copy Link

I add vegetables into stuff I want to eat but probably shouldn't. For example over the weekend my husband wanted mac & cheese, so I made that for him and instead of having a cup of it myself I had about 1/3 cup and rounded out the rest of the serving with steamed spinach(I added some seasoning to make it yummier). I eat things like spaghetti, rice and beans, etc. just with a ton of spinach or broccoli in it.

I also often have a smoothie for breakfast that's loaded with kale or spinach -- 2 cups kale or spinach, 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder, half a frozen banana, 1 cup of almond milk, couple of ice cubes, 2 tbsp of PB2, and a little bit(maybe 1/2 tsp) of unsweetened dark cocoa powder for deliciousness and to help it look less green(I found I'm more likely to drink it all if it looks appetizing).

[–]littleteafox[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy Link

Does this smoothie fill you up until lunchtime?

[–]rpwhelped0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

It does, but it would be a lottle more filling with real peanut butter but it's too much fat for me. You can also add some psyllium husk for fiber which helps fill you up, I was doing that but I ran out and have been lazy about restocking.

[–]Katniss_GrangerEndorsed Contributor0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

Steam don't boil! Nice crunchy steamed veg hnnnnggg.

Try putting veggies in things instead of just having them on the side of a place? Stuffed peppers/veggie pies?

I'm also pretty bad at not eating the whole tub of hummus :P Just make sure to only put a spoonful on the plate and don't go back for more.

Soups are good too.

[–]throwaway5423650 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

If you make something like spaghetti bolognese you can add carrots and other veggies to the sauce and because they are blended in it is easy to not taste them if you don't enjoy the flavour!

[–]ReclaimingFeminity0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

If you can handle spicy, salsa usually works. :)

[–]PremiumGoose0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

What about adding some cheese? Cucumbers with Italian dressing and feta?

Veggies in an omlette?

Drink V8

How about juicing them? You can throw make and celery and pretty much anything in the blender with some water and add an apple to mask the veggie taste.

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