The Vegetable Hater's Guide to Enjoying Fresh Vegetables

You probably know that eating three to five servings of fresh vegetables a day is ideal for your health, but how can you enjoy scarfing down veggies when you absolutely hate the taste? Believe it or not, some people are more genetically sensitive than others to a bitter taste in fresh vegetables, so that may be the root of your distaste. Try some simple techniques for preparing your vegetables so they'll be a little less bitter. These tips may let even the biggest vegetable-haters find them easier to swallow.

Turn up the heat

Cooked vegetables rarely have the same level of bitterness as raw veggies. In fact, one could describe the taste of steamed carrots as rather sweet. Cook your vegetables until they're tender, but not to the point that they lose all their nutrients. You can stir-fry some veggies in a little bit of oil and soy sauce for a guilt-free dish that even a vegetable-hater can love.

The power of disguise

One way to enjoy the benefits of veggies is to disguise them in another dish. Slip some inside a cheesy omelet, or add pureed vegetables to a fruit smoothie. In both cases, the vegetables will be so masked behind the other flavors that you won't even know they're there.

Sauces, dips and dressings

Sauces and dressings tend to get a bad rap because of their fat content, but when used in moderation, a little goes a long way! Put a pat of butter or margarine on your corn or Brussels sprouts, or melt a little muenster cheese on your asparagus. Dip carrot sticks or cauliflower in some low-fat ranch dressing, or go nostalgic with some ants on a log -- celery sticks with peanut butter and raisins on top -- for a treat even the most jaded veggie-hater will enjoy.

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