If there is one thing that most people find hard to add to their diet, that one thing would probably be vegetables nine times out of ten. Most of the people that need to follow a healthier diet usually do great when it comes to the whole grains, lean proteins, and fruit, but vegetables can sometimes be just TOO HARD to add to your plate. If you are like so many other people in the world, having a hard time with veggies is normal. Don’t sweat it!

Shake It Up
You may find that eating a heaping plate of boiled cabbage just doesn’t hold any appeal to you, and even going for a bit more salad can be a challenge. One great way to make it easier for you to eat your greens is to throw them into a shake. Not only will it make it easier for you to eat them, but they will actually fill you up more quickly than they would if you spooned them into your mouth with a fork.

“A shake?” you may ask. “And with vegetables?”
The truth is that green shakes are a delicious combination of fruits AND veggies, and it may be just what you need to get you over this veggie-hating hump. Say you squeeze a cup of orange juice. You got all the sugar, but none of the fiber. Now toss in a piece of cucumber, a bit of celery, maybe some cactus, and a slice of pineapple. All of a sudden you have turned your orange juice into a tropical green shake, thus enabling you to eat more vegetables, get lots of fiber, but still enjoy it in the process. There is no end to the ideas of shakes to make, and you can literally use any vegetable you want for your delicious green shakes.

Take Cooking Classes
One great way to make it easier to add veggies to your food is knowing how to use them the right way. If you just eat a plate of steamed carrots, no doubt you are going to be tempted to add butter or else pass on the tasteless veggies. However, there is a huge difference between steamed carrots served alone and steamed carrots added to a stir fry, for example.

If you don’t like veggies, it may be that you just haven’t found the right way to prepare them. You may not want to eat them alone, but why not use them to stretch meals? You can make all kinds of delectable dishes using vegetables and one starch or protein, but you have to know how to prepare them if you really want to enjoy them. Take cooking classes to help you find creative new ways to create awesome recipes featuring vegetables as the star of the show.

Variety is the Spice of Life
If stewed tomatoes don’t do it for you, don’t force yourself to eat them. Instead, find a way to cook the vegetables a different way that you do like them, and change up the vegetables that you eat every day. You obviously have to stick to the vegetables that you have bought every week, but you can change up the recipe for preparing these veggies in order to make them more palatable.

Of course you are going to get sick of the same recipe day in and day out, no matter how much you like it at first. The secret to adding more greens to your meal is to add more greens-containing recipes to your meal plan. If you can serve a variety of vegetables cooked in a variety of ways, you should have no problem making yourself eat them.

One a Day
If you have a hard time with vegetables, try adding a single vegetable to your diet every day. You can eat carrots all day one day, tomatoes the next, lettuce the following day, and on and on. You can prepare each vegetable in a number of different recipes, and experimenting with a single vegetable per day may be enough to train your tastes.

In the end, adding a single vegetable per day can help you to totally change the way you like your food, as you can get your body accustomed to eating all kinds of veggies in many different dishes and presentations. The hardest part is getting your palate trained to eat vegetables more than proteins and starches, but adding even a single vegetable per day can be just what you need to get your body trained. Find a few simple vegetables that you like, add them to the menu, and eat just one a day. Slowly go adding more until you eat all the vegetables you can get your hands on.

Do It Anyways
In the end, whether you like it or not, you are going to have to eat your veggies anyways. You are probably going to have to force yourself to choke down some boiled or steamed vegetables at some point in your life, so why not make yourself do it now, today? You know that it will be good for you, and your body needs these veggies no matter how much you tell yourself that you dislike them. Force yourself to do it, and you will find that your body will follow your mind.

If you don’t like carrots, have your spouse prepare carrots and force yourself to eat them. If cabbage really isn’t your thing, heap your bowl with cabbage and eat as much as you can. This obviously extends beyond foods that cause allergic reactions or that actually make you physically sick when you eat them, but it does include the foods that you just plain don’t like. Everyone has those foods, but you are going to have to force yourself to eat them – for your health’s sake at the very least.

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