Yummy veggies??

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    Apr 23, 2011 6:08 AM GMT
    I have an extreme aversion towards vegetables for whatever weird reason. I can't seem to really enjoy them. I know they're supposed to be really good for you, and that more importantly, they should be the prime source for most of our complex fibrous carbohydrate needs. But I wind up buying a couple bags of romaine lettuce salad mixes, and they ultimately wind up just sitting in the fridge, never to be eaten...

    I totally enjoy low sodium V8, but obviously, it can only do so much. I'm sure I'm missing out on a lot of important antioxidants and nutrients that can only be found in the real deal.

    My diet is really not too bad in most other respects. I go low sugar whenever possible, I try to maintain lower sodium levels, I go for the low-fat cheese sources, drink skim milk, always go for whole wheat grain and breads over white, opt for lean meats like chicken and turkey and limit red meat consumption, other protein sources and ensure intake of healthy Omega-3 fatty acids and completely avoid trans fat whenever possible. I appreciate some fruits, but even those I tend to limit due to fructose content.

    What can I possibly do to fix this fatal flaw in my eating? Do you know any good recipes that are both delicious and healthy? My friends made this Indian curry once that was actually pretty good to me, but I can't speak for its nutrition value, though if I know my friends well, they have no trouble figuring out exactly the right things to eat. I still need the recipe.

    (On a separate note, these last couple of days, I've been totally craving junk food. I wanted to order a pizza tonight, but I tried with all my willpower to resist, and I pulled through and stopped myself. But I wound up going through about six Pop Tarts...Also, eating too many bagels. I HAVE to go cold turkey! I might have overtrained a bit this last week in cardio and my enthusiasm for going to the gym has markedly dwindled, so I'm angry at myself for that too. icon_evil.gif
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    Apr 23, 2011 6:14 AM GMT
    I had a huge burrito for lunch, and a chicken fried steak at Denny's for dinner.
    Cheat day = Win icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 23, 2011 6:23 AM GMT
    There are so many different types of veggies that when someone says he doesn't like it, I'm a bit skeptical. Experiment. Try new things.

    Some of my faves include cauliflower, broccoli (and Chinese broccoli=win!), eggplant, and snow peas.
    Try eating them uncooked or, if you have to, lightly steamed to keep the veggies as nutritious as possible.
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    Apr 23, 2011 7:24 AM GMT
    Ermine saidThere are so many different types of veggies that when someone says he doesn't like it, I'm a bit skeptical. Experiment. Try new things.

    Some of my faves include cauliflower, broccoli (and Chinese broccoli=win!), eggplant, and snow peas.
    Try eating them uncooked or, if you have to, lightly steamed to keep the veggies as nutritious as possible.


    I've always been a very picky eater, from when I was just a toddler, getting me to eat them has constantly been a challenge. It goes beyond flavor. Many have textures to me that just don't seem right...I mean, some vegetables really aren't awful to me, but they don't really "wow" me either. icon_neutral.gif
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    Apr 23, 2011 7:48 AM GMT
    http://yummyveggie.com/vegetables.html

    Um yea this is a tough one. I love veggies.

    Some fuckin Collard Greens, Spinach and Eggs, yea I am gonna go make me an early breakfast.
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    Apr 23, 2011 3:01 PM GMT
    I eat them in stir fries.
    You have a wok, throw in veggis, meat, and some noodles and add soja sauce. I find the veggies better when they are stir fried
  • jlly_rnchr

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    Apr 23, 2011 3:12 PM GMT
    You avoid fruit because of sugar? That's why you should avoid fruit juice.


    I kind of understand where you're coming from. I love all types of fruit, but don't enjoy the veggies nearly as much. But I just suck it up and eat it. Food pyramid don't lie. I would suggest carrots, cucumbers, celery. They don't require cooking and are easy to snack on.
  • Celticmusl

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    Apr 23, 2011 3:17 PM GMT
    I'm a vegetarian and honestly, I love them. My favorite meal? It would either be something italian, like pasta or pizza......or just chopped up veggies in asian sauce or indian spices. I get asian or indian food as take-out a few times a week. Literally, the meal I order is just veggies chopped up with maybe some potato dish(indian) or rice(asian) on the side.
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    Apr 23, 2011 3:30 PM GMT
    Well i am a pure veggie which means i don't consume egg too...but i still enjoy various delicacies in veg food. Indian foods are rich in spices with medicinal values but any food with the right pepper and salt makes it a worthy food.


    Here are some links to have your weekend booked for cookingicon_smile.gif

    http://meghanaunleashed.blogspot.com/2009/06/indian-spices-mix-of-rich-taste-and.html
    http://www.syvum.com/recipes/ivrindex.html
    http://www.ivcooking.com/

    Add a lot of Starch, Oats, wheat breads in your food to reduce wait.

    You can also try salads with the required pepper, salt, curd.
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    Apr 23, 2011 4:21 PM GMT
    I don't know if this is the case, but it might have to do with the way they are prepared. I used to detest a lot of good stuff because of my Mom's secret recipe:

    Place in water
    Boil, until all flavor, color, and nutritional value is gone
    Serve

    I've seen this recipe used at a lot of restaurants on the east coast, as well.

    Maybe start with a few snacky things that are lightly sweet and easily eaten raw: cherry tomatoes (if fresh), carrots, pea pods. You can get the best flavors if you can get veggies straight from a garden. Sometimes the stuff you get in a supermarket just jogs a memory of what it's supposed to taste like.
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    Apr 23, 2011 4:22 PM GMT
    Maybe try some stir fry, that usually uses a good amount of vegetables while being tasty

    edit: what snowboarder said too lol
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    Apr 23, 2011 4:34 PM GMT
    See recipes on http://www.whfoods.com

    cut up red, yellow, or orange sweet (Bell) peppers are a great snack.
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    Apr 23, 2011 4:51 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidI don't know if this is the case, but it might have to do with the way they are prepared. I used to detest a lot of good stuff because of my Mom's secret recipe:

    Place in water
    Boil, until all flavor, color, and nutritional value is gone
    Serve

    I've seen this recipe used at a lot of restaurants on the east coast, as well.

    Maybe start with a few snacky things that are lightly sweet and easily eaten raw: cherry tomatoes (if fresh), carrots, pea pods. You can get the best flavors if you can get veggies straight from a garden. Sometimes the stuff you get in a supermarket just jogs a memory of what it's supposed to taste like.


    LOL yes this is why so many peopel hate vegetables. they taste like crap if you boil them. i dont really like veggies either but sometimes they're pretty good. everyone thinks brussel sprouts are gross but if they're roasted with some garlic or balsalmic, they're REALLY good. i only discovered this recently lol. other thing is...stir frying veggies usually makes htem pretty good too. heat some olive oil (throw in a little garlic if you like), toss in the veggies, season with some salt and they're pretty good.
  • LJay

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    Apr 23, 2011 4:52 PM GMT
    One thing you might try is steaming veggies until just soft and then putting them in a blender with some broth [chicken, veggie, whatever] and a little cream or yogurt. Blend to make soup. Example: steam a carrot, a medium onion, a yellow squash and a small potato, all cut up, over some chicken broth and feed to the blender with a little yogurt or cream. Add salt, pepper, herbs to taste. You can have this one hot or chilled.

    Try finding a store with a big salad bar to help with experiments. Just get a little of this or that and cook, eat raw, blend with something else. I like meatloaf and will chop up just about anything in small quantitiy to add to it.

    As mentioned above, preparation has a lot to do with it. I will eat about anything but given the choice would prefer to sprinke a few of those bright green frozen peas over a salad or into a stew at the last minute or so than to use canned peas.

    Your preference to cut back on salt, fats, etc. makes good sense, but don't be afraid to use a little of these to enhance flavor. Herbs and spices, like in that curry, can make a lot of difference, too.

    Take it slowly. No reason to make this hard work.

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    Apr 23, 2011 4:55 PM GMT
    I have learned to eat almost everything,
    except for the exotic foods like Balut or fish eyes haha.
    with veggies, I love broccoli and beans.
    broccoli in the oven with cheese over it, or beans with bacon and unions!
    mmmmmm
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    Apr 23, 2011 5:21 PM GMT
    I love veggies and eat them all the time. Not a big fruit eater though. Would rather have a salad.
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    Apr 23, 2011 5:30 PM GMT
    Salad: lettuce, tomato, cucumber, and throw in some baked chicken breast.

    Dressing: e.v. olive oil, vinegar or lemon/lime juice, salt & pepper. (mix the dressing first and then toss in the salad mixture--it'll coat everything better this way.)

    And there ya go...a pretty healthy and tasty way to get your daily dose of veggies.
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    Apr 23, 2011 5:37 PM GMT
    I think raw veggies are boring, but they all become delicious when stir-fried or baked to allow the natural sugars to caramelize. MMMMMMM!

    Stick them in a curry too - green, red or yellow - and they soak up all the flavours.
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    Apr 23, 2011 6:12 PM GMT
    I eat bell peppers, broccoli, or lettuce raw at my desk at work for snacks.
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    Apr 23, 2011 6:58 PM GMT
    With enough bacon, any veggie can become edible.
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    Apr 23, 2011 7:17 PM GMT
    paradox saidWith enough bacon, any veggie can become edible.


    icon_eek.gif This is surprisingly true. OH NOM NOM NOM!
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    Apr 23, 2011 9:07 PM GMT
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    Ermine saidThere are so many different types of veggies that when someone says he doesn't like it, I'm a bit skeptical. Experiment. Try new things.

    Some of my faves include cauliflower, broccoli (and Chinese broccoli=win!), eggplant, and snow peas.
    Try eating them uncooked or, if you have to, lightly steamed to keep the veggies as nutritious as possible.


    I've always been a very picky eater, from when I was just a toddler, getting me to eat them has constantly been a challenge. It goes beyond flavor. Many have textures to me that just don't seem right...I mean, some vegetables really aren't awful to me, but they don't really "wow" me either. icon_neutral.gif



    I agree with Ermine on this! Try new things! I am probably the pickiest eater ever. At several points in my life I forced myself to try new things and I ended up actually opening up my taste buds. Now I eat a lot more of a variety than I did before. I just recently had seafood for the first time in my life last month, and I am 29. You just have to buck up and do it! You are not a toddler anymore. You know vegetables are good for you, and cooked/done right they are tasty!

    PS I LOVE broccoli! So damn good!
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    Apr 23, 2011 9:47 PM GMT
    Seriously, just go to the green grocers, buy one of everything and then have a couple of bites of everything (you will want to wash and then chuck all roots and tubers (+ onions, garlic, leeks) in the oven for about an hour). Try it out. I hated broccoli and mushrooms until I tried them raw. I thought cauliflower was stupid until I tried this recipe http://theclothesmakethegirl.blogspot.com/2009/09/eat-your-vegetables-cauliflower.html.
    This is pretty darn amazing: http://theclothesmakethegirl.blogspot.com/2010/07/baked-eggplant-farmesan.html

    Comments about sodium and sugar.
    When the French invented modern cooking about 200 years ago they went away from the commoners way of cooking with lots of spices and herbs and turned to expensive wheat flour - which had recently become less expensive because of the industrialization. Grains are bland and even more so when you only use the endosperm and heavy spices were for the plebes so they used more salt. Even whole flour is bland and weak on minerals and vitamins, especially compared to the amount calories. Sodium content of bread is quite high considering how much people eat of it.
    Just to wrap it up: If you use veggies and liberal amounts of spices you can get away with not adding salt.
    And sugar... well if you avoid sugar cane, sugar beets, and grapes I don't see why you should avoid fruits.

    PS I vehemently disagree with the guy who says that you should eat lots of starches to lose "wait".
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    Apr 23, 2011 9:56 PM GMT
    I got some asparagus this past week, chopped it up a bit and sauteed it in olive oil then added some balsamic vinegar. Yum
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    Apr 23, 2011 10:07 PM GMT
    pre_mortem saidSeriously, just go to the green grocers, buy one of everything and then have a couple of bites of everything (you will want to wash and then chuck all roots and tubers (+ onions, garlic, leeks) in the oven for about an hour). Try it out. I hated broccoli and mushrooms until I tried them raw. I thought cauliflower was stupid until I tried this recipe http://theclothesmakethegirl.blogspot.com/2009/09/eat-your-vegetables-cauliflower.html.
    This is pretty darn amazing: http://theclothesmakethegirl.blogspot.com/2010/07/baked-eggplant-farmesan.html

    Comments about sodium and sugar.
    When the French invented modern cooking about 200 years ago they went away from the commoners way of cooking with lots of spices and herbs and turned to expensive wheat flour - which had recently become less expensive because of the industrialization. Grains are bland and even more so when you only use the endosperm and heavy spices were for the plebes so they used more salt. Even whole flour is bland and weak on minerals and vitamins, especially compared to the amount calories. Sodium content of bread is quite high considering how much people eat of it.
    Just to wrap it up: If you use veggies and liberal amounts of spices you can get away with not adding salt.
    And sugar... well if you avoid sugar cane, sugar beets, and grapes I don't see why you should avoid fruits.

    PS I vehemently disagree with the guy who says that you should eat lots of starches to lose "wait".


    The only real reason I try to limit fruit consumption is because of what I learned. I read this book, The Body-Sculpting Bible for Men by James Villepigue and Hugo Rivera (link here: http://www.amazon.com/Body-Sculpting-Bible-Men-Revised/dp/1578262380). And in it, they suggested that fruit, as a form of simple carbohydrate, should ideally be consumed only right after a workout, in order to replenish glycogen stores.