How To Eat Healthy When You Hate Vegetables

7 Apr

Almost everybody nowadays are delving into a healthier lifestyle. After all, with the massive information explosion regarding health and healthy lifestyle choices, it’s almost impossible not to know of them.

In relation to this, there are various methods in which one can maintain a healthy lifestyle. And on top of the list is maintaining a healthy yet balanced diet. By this, it means you eat a healthy portion of carbohydrates, protein, vitamins and minerals on a daily basis.

But, what if you’re not into the habit of eating healthy, especially when vegetables are involved?

Nutrients found in vegetables

  • Though there’s not enough evidence to prove the necessity of vegetables or eating healthy to ensure a fit body, one still needs to eat at least some of them to get the nutrients found in it.
  • Nutrients usually found in vegetables include the following
  1. Fiber
  • Maintains healthy bowel movement
  • Balances gut flora
  • Lycopene
  • One of the known phytonutrients with anti-cancer properties
  • Antioxidant
  • Counters brain damage
  • Antihypertensive
  • Vitamin A
  • Antioxidant optimal for vision, immunity and cellular growth
  • Vitamin K
  • Anticoagulant
  • Body converts it into K2 to deposit calcium to the bones
  • Betaine
  • Promotes liver health
  • Important for protein synthesis
  • Potassium
  • Maintains electrolyte balance in the body
  • Acts as a conductor for sending of neural signals
  • Magnesium
  • Regulates enzyme systems for the following processes:
  • Protein synthesis
  • Blood pressure
  • Blood sugar
  • Muscle function

Healthy options when eating vegetables is a no-no for you

  1. Eat known vegetable alternatives.
  • Organ meats
  • Non-veggie source of vitamin A
  • Minerals: iron, zinc, copper
  • Fish and fish oil
  • Contains healthy fats as anti-inflammatory
  • Seeds
  • Aka nutritional powerhouses as they are where vegetables come from
  • Nuts
  • Rich in protein but low in vitamins and minerals
  • Provides healthy dose of phytonutrients and nutrient synergies
  • Fermented food
  • The process of fermentation provides enzymes, bacteria,  and nutrients, and vitamin K2
  • Whole grains
  • Contains fiber, magnesium, iron, B vitamins, among others as compared to processed grains
  • Dark chocolate/tea
  • Phytonutrient-rich food
  • Herbs and spices
  • Even small amounts can already aid to meet your nutritional requirements
  • Diversify food preparation techniques.
  • Eat veggies with some fat.
  • Improves the taste, as well as increase the nutritional value of the meal as it helps absorb the nutrients in the veggies.
  • Offer variations in cooking styles.
  • Various methods for cooking vegetables:
  1. Puree
  2. Salsa
  3. Roast
  4. Juice
  5. Stuffed
  6. Use as a sauce
  7. Smoothie
  8. Sandwich
  9. Stir-fry
  • Hide them in your food.
  • Grate the vegetable and mix them in your favorite food.
  • Best technique for picky eaters.
  • Make dishes colorful.

Look for veggies with orange, red, blue or purple-colored veggies for more appeal