There will be certain foods that you absolutely love. Eating them will be of little problem for you. Chocolate cake? Yes please!
And then there will be those foods that you really don’t like at all. It could be broccoli, Brussel sprouts, peas, or any of those other common foods that many of us are picky over (okay but truthfully, I love peas!).
Now, as an adult, you have the freedom of choice about what you eat. You don’t have to prepare those foods that you don’t like. However, if you want to achieve a healthier lifestyle, or if you want to encourage the people around you to eat healthier, then there are some foods that you probably should start eating more of, even if you don’t like them!
Here are some quick tips to help you get those foods into your belly:
1. Just Eat Them!
Sure, you might tell yourself and others that you hate peas. You might wax lyrical to anybody in earshot about the evils of cauliflower. But when did you last eat them? If these are foods that you despised as a child and haven’t eaten since, it might be that your tastes have changed over time. So, before trying the tactics we give you below, challenge yourself to try at least one ‘detestable’ food a week. You might actually enjoy them!
2. Cut them into smaller pieces
The smaller they are, the less you will have to taste, right? You can even mix them in with the other foods on the plate that you do enjoy eating. So, when adding carrots, broccoli, celery, or any other items of food that don’t agree with your taste buds, slice them into the smallest pieces possible. Not only will you then be able to swallow them without baulking at the taste, but you will be able to eat more of them too!
3. Hide the taste
A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down sang Mary Poppins to her young charges. And this could be one message that you take to heart yourself. To make those foods go down easier, add a sprinkling of sugar, pepper, or pretzel salt, and add mustard, lemon juice, or any other condiment or seasoning that will make the most despicable of foods more palatable.
4. Drink something before and after your mouthful
A sip from a fruit juice or soda will do much to disguise the taste of something when you pop it into your mouth. And a quick drink of something when you’re trying to swallow will also help you to get the food down. So, always have a glass of something on standby to help you when you’re faced with those foods that are challenging to eat alone.
5. Add them to other foods
Look for recipes online that you might enjoy, but that might also contain some of the foods you don’t like. We are thinking of desserts such as carrot cake, and soups that contain a blended combination of a variety of other foods. There could be stews and casseroles that you can cook too, as well as fruit and vegetable smoothies that contain the foods you aren’t partial too. Not only will some of these recipes hide some of the taste of the things you don’t like, but they will also get you used to the idea that not all healthy food are intolerable to your taste buds.
So, be a food hater no more! By following our suggestions, you will do much to improve your eating habits, and you might actually start to enjoy some of the foods you never liked before.
Thanks for reading, and happy, healthier eating!
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