Hate Vegetables? Here’s How to Make Peace with Greens

🥦🥕 It’s not just kids who give veggies the side-eye; plenty of adults cringe at the sight of a plateful of green stuff. If you’re in the “hide your Brussels sprouts under the seat cushion” camp, you’re not alone. Vegetables come in various flavors, and while some lean towards sweet and pleasant (carrots, peas, beets), others boast dominant bitter notes (kale, endives, rapini, Brussels sprouts).

👅 Bitterness, it turns out, is something many animals, including humans, instinctively avoid. However, some individuals are more sensitive to bitter flavors than others. Approximately a quarter of the population are “supertasters” with heightened sensitivity to all tastes, including bitterness. So, if you’ve never been a fan of vegetables and prefer milder, less adventurous flavors like buttered noodles, you might be a supertaster.

🤷‍♀️ Not having an affinity for vegetables doesn’t make you inherently unhealthy, but it can pose a challenge when you’re trying to incorporate more greens into your diet for their numerous health benefits. If you’re thinking, “I’d rather eat a sock than kale,” try this three-step strategy to bridge the gap:

1️⃣ Challenge

🛒 Head to a grocery store with a diverse produce section or a restaurant offering unique plant-based dishes. Choose a vegetable that you wouldn’t typically eat. It could be one you’ve written off as “barf-tastic” since childhood or a completely unfamiliar one.

🍽️ Then, do the unthinkable – eat it! Treat it as an experiment or a dare. Even if your first experience isn’t love at first bite, remain open-minded. Research suggests it may take several attempts before you acquire a taste for new foods.

2️⃣ Complement

🍠 Pair vegetables with other foods to balance out or mitigate their bitter flavors. Mix Brussels sprouts with sweet potatoes before roasting them. Some folks who aren’t fans of steamed broccoli discover a newfound appreciation for it when it’s roasted. Incorporate spinach into your dal or ramen bowl and enhance it with spices, herbs, lemon juice, or a good quality vinegar.

3️⃣ Cushion

🍯 Certain flavors possess the magical ability to dial down bitterness. Sweet and fatty tastes, in particular, can disrupt your brain’s perception of bitterness. Try adding honey, maple syrup, olive oil, toasted nuts or seeds, or butter to your veggies for an enjoyable twist.

🍽️ Here are a few delightful combinations to inspire your culinary creativity:

Kale with tahini and lemon juice
Radicchio with goat cheese, peppers, and honey
Asparagus with garlic, feta, avocado, and lemon
Brussels sprouts with bacon and onions
Broccoli with balsamic vinegar and olive oil
Endive with mirin and walnuts
🌈 Remember, not everyone needs to eat veggies the same way. Your preferences, dietary goals, and cultural values all play a role in determining the best approach. The key is to sample a variety of plants and find the ones that:

✅ Agree with your digestion
✅ Fit your budget and are readily accessible
✅ Align with your cultural or familial preferences and traditions
✅ You genuinely enjoy (especially when prepared just right)

🥗 Your dream team of veggies is out there waiting for you to discover them. Happy exploring!

I hope this helps, and while you’re here, I want to make sure you know that if there’s any way I can help you achieve your health and fitness goals, I’m here for you.

I offer online nutrition coaching to clients who are ready to quit dieting and start looking and feeling better, with more confidence and increased energy levels –  without complicated diets or painful workouts

What exactly is “nutrition coaching”… and how will it help you reach your goals?

When it comes to losing weight and getting the body you want, “eating better” is one of the most important steps. The only problem?

Most of the common diet advice you receive simply isn’t sustainable…

  • “Avoid your favorite foods… forever!”
  • “Don’t eat after 7pm!”
  • “Weigh and measure every morsel of food you eat!”

If you’ve tried something like this before and “failed”—or just couldn’t stick with it—you’re not alone.

(And it’s definitely NOT your fault.)

I talk to people every day who are trying to muster up all the willpower they can find to diet their way to a better body… but they still aren’t getting the results they want.

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How is nutrition coaching different from fitness coaching or personal training?

As a coach, my number one goal is to help my clients reach THEIR goals. Doing that effectively requires me to constantly look for opportunities to learn new skills and hone my craft.

This is exactly why I chose to become a Certified Nutrition Coach through Precision Nutrition.

I’ve now been trained by the best of the best, so I know what works.

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Through the rigorous training I’ve received, I learned that while exercise is a crucial part of losing weight, feeling good, and achieving optimal health… it’s only half the equation.

The other half—as you may have guessed—is nutrition.

I’d actually argue that nutrition is more important than exercise, because while you spend a few hours working out each week, challenges around eating and food can happen anytime (some would say all the time!).

That’s why having a coach there to guide and support you is crucial.

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Dedicated to your success,

Nico.

P.S. Just so you know: I’m offer fitness coaching as well—and it doesn’t have to be “either or.”

If you’re in a place where guidance and support from an experienced coach could help you reach your goals, I’m here to help in whatever capacity will be most beneficial for you.

Simply learn more here and we can talk about the different coaching options I have available.

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