Ask Alina: How Do I Make Vegetables Taste Good?

Q: I know I should be eating more vegetables, but I don’t like the taste(or maybe my salads are not very tasty!) What advice would you have for someone like me? – Jennifer K. 

A: You are not alone in this predicament! I’ve heard this time and again from my clients – they find that vegetables taste bland, boring or don’t know how to make them taste better.

First of all, salads do not have to be your go-to to get more vegetables into your diet. They’re convenient and require little prep, but there’s countless other options. For example:

  • Roasted vegetables are so delicious and simple. Take any vegetable (I like bell peppers, broccoli and cauliflower), throw them onto a baking sheet, drizzle on lots of olive oil, salt, and pepper and bake at 400F for 15-20 minutes. You can sprinkle on other spices like red chilli, garlic, basil etc.
  • Sautéed greens are my go-to when I’m feeling too lazy to make a salad at dinner. Grab a few handful of greens, sauté on low heat with olive oil, and bam, within a few minutes you’ll have dark green, sautéed greens to serve alongside your meal.
  • Soups can be extremely flavourful and made ahead in batches as well. I like this simple carrot ginger soup recipe.
  • Smoothies and juices are one of my favourite ways to get in more vegetables. The key is not to overload your smoothie or juice with fruits, but to add in a tiny amount for taste. You can try out my green hero smoothie recipe.
  • Curries are a staple in my household and there’s plenty of recipes for vegetarian curries online. I make a lot of Pakistani dishes, but I just limit the amount of oil and don’t fry for as long as many recipes suggest!

And last but not least, I really do think that salads are a very filling, nutrient dense way of getting in vegetables. But as mentioned before the key is a good salad dressing! Here’s 6 of my favourites.

About Alina

I'm a Holistic Nutritionist based in Toronto, Canada and my official title is Certified Nutritional Practitioner (CNP). I received my diploma in Applied Holistic Nutrition from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition. I'm a coach and an educator. Follow Alina on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram for all of the latest updates.
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