We have all been told to eat our vegetables for better health, weight loss, and to nourish our body.
But what if we don’t like vegetables? In fact, what if we despise eating them? Our Doctor’s orders can go in one ear and out the other, concerning our vegetable intake.
We don’t need to tell you the benefits from eating vegetables for weight loss. Feeling fuller for longer which reduces the odds of snacking on junk food IS the most overlooked argument for a steadier diet of veggies. Vegetables are high in “nutrient” density and low in “calorie density”. Meaning they will satiate you without piling on the extra calories.
Think of foods like broccoli, cauliflower, peppers, mushrooms, kale, and spinach. They are dense, heavy, and highly nutritious. You can eat a ton of these foods while your calorie count doesn’t skyrocket. When you start your weight loss journey, hunger is just part of the deal. BUT, you can mitigate hunger by applying certain “nutrition best practices” like boosting your veggie consumption.
Benefits aside, none of this matters if you hate eating your vegetables. So, here are some helpful ways to make your veggies taste better
1. Sautee in oil and add lots of spices.
Lightly sautéing your veggies in some olive, coconut, or avocado oil can enhance the flavour and make the veggie eating experience enjoyable. The key is lightly sautéing them to the point where they still have a “crunch” to preserve nutritional value.
Some great spices to add are:
– onion powder
– garlic powder
– sea salt
– garlic salt
Wrapping your veggies in foil, lightly grilling them on the bbq with oil and spices is a great option with the warm weather fast approaching. Here is an idea on the type of veggies best for barbecuing including what to add
– Put together some red and white onions, mushrooms, and peppers in a foil wrap with a little olive oil and spices and grill lightly for 5 mins
– In another foil add in baby potatoes, yam, and some carrots with a bit of oil, garlic, and pepper. Cook these until they have a little bit of a “crunch” to them. You will need to cook them a bit more than the others
3. Include healthy salad dressings.
A big trend in nutrition is multi flavoured oils and balsamic vinegars. Experimenting with different flavoured olive oils like garlic, truffle flavoured, red pepper, etc and combining with different types of balsamic vinegar can spice up your salads.
Add 1-2 tbsp of olive and 1-2 tbsp of flavoured balsamic vinegar to a bowl and mix with a fork. Make a spinach or kale salad with lots of veggies, and poor the dressing over top. For those of you who aren’t vegetable fans, start with 2 tbsp each of oil and vinegar. While the calorie count will be higher, you are more likely to eat your vegetables with the additional flavour. Progress is the key here, not perfection.
4. Add cheese and fruit to your salad.
Pairing cheese and fruit to your salad is an excellent way to boost the flavour of your veggies. Ideally you want to choose strong cheeses as you won’t need as much allowing you to control your calories:
Some of the best ones are
– Blue Cheese
– Goat Cheese
– Aged White Cheddar
In addition, pairing in the sweetness of fruit will complement the saltiness of cheese. Some great fruits to add with your salad include:
Start with 1-2 of the four options we have given you. Select the one that appeals to you the most, and include it with every lunch and dinner. Remember, the key is to make progress from where you are at today!
Always here to inspire and motivate you, The Vitality Fitness Team