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One of the Biggest Struggles with Nutrition

"I can’t eat vegetables … I don’t like any of them."

That’s what one of our clients recently told us.

None.  She said she doesn’t like ANY of them … can’t stomach them.

To be honest, she’s not far off from the rest of the population.  A recent study showed just 25% of the population at the absolute minimum recommendation of 3 servings daily.

Do you?

I’ll admit that eating veggies regularly DOES take a little more thought and prep than many other foods, including fruit.  But  you tell me — is a few more minutes of prep time worth:

  • Hitting your weight loss goals
  • Slashing your risk of cancer
  • Decreasing the risk of getting sick
  • And the list goes on…

So here are 5 insanely easy ways to eat more …

  1. Try spaghetti squash in place of spaghetti — slice it in half, roast in flesh side down for about 45 minutes on 350, or until tender.  Take it out, remove the squash with a fork, which looks just like spaghetti strands, top with your favorite sauce and voila.
  2. Add veggies to an omelet — it’s an easy way to up your intake — start your day on the right foot.  Check out our healthiest breakfast in the world video to see how we get about 7 servings in that meal alone!
  3. Replace 1 meal per day with a large salad (and add lean protein to it and a handful of nuts, like almonds)
  4. Replace 1 current snack with veggies with hummus
  5. Make veggies the base of your meals — if you have pasta, fill a bowl with veggies first and add pasta to the top.  Same with stir fry or even the omelet recipe in #2.  This way you have more veggies than the other part of the meal.

And, for those who say "they don’t like any veggies," I think it means what you’re used to hasn’t been good.  Maybe canned veggies which are loaded with sodium and little flavor.  Try branching out and eating ones that are a bit more unique. 

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6 Responses to One of the Biggest Struggles with Nutrition

  1. Ray September 22, 2010 at 8:07 am #

    Spaghetti squash is great! My grandparents constantly had veggies on the table. For the last 3 months I have started slicing carrots and celery for lunch everyday washing with baking soda/vinegar/grapefruit seed extract and putting in a baggie. At home we’ve also started adding more salads with our meals.

  2. Angelo J. Kostas, RD LDN September 22, 2010 at 10:30 am #

    Another option may be to increase your fruit intake ;)

  3. Tracy September 22, 2010 at 2:40 pm #

    Spaghetti squash is one of my favorite winter squashes. I have been using it for years. Not only using it for spaghetti, I also will put fat free butter and salt/pepper on it or sometimes I forget the salt/pepper and put BBQ seasoning on it, it is very good. I feel bad for the people that don’t like it or have never tried it. I think many of them will like it if they try it. It’s so good and healthy.

  4. Tracy September 22, 2010 at 2:41 pm #

    Spaghetti squash is one of my favorite winter squashes. I have been using it for years. Not only using it for spaghetti, I also will put fat free butter and salt/pepper on it or sometimes I forget the salt/pepper and put BBQ seasoning on it, it is very good. I feel bad for the people that don’t like it or have never tried it. I think many of them will like it if they try it. It’s so good and healthy.

  5. Dianna October 30, 2012 at 9:34 am #

    Try roasting your fresh vegetables. It seems to bring out the natural sugars and they are all yummy. Red/Yellow/Orange peppers, onions, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, summer squash, butternut squash or any winter squash. Drizzle with olive oil / toss / roast. If the only way to get vegetables was from a can, I too would be one of those that say “I don’t like vegetables”.

  6. Aaron November 8, 2012 at 1:58 pm #

    Personally I think one of the major reasons people don’t like vegetables is because they are buying items from the store that have been picked too early and don’t have the full flavor. There is a huge difference in the taste of home grown, picked at the peak of ripeness versus store bought- whether it is from the fresh produce section or frozen or canned. I recommend for anyone that has an excuse to not grow their own to try going to a local farmers’ market. You can really taste the difference.

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