If you’ve never considered yourself a “vegetable person,” there might be a scientific reason; a recent study showed that certain groups of people are more sensitive to the bitter taste of veggies. But our green friends are packed with antioxidants and nutrients, so even if you have hyper-sensitive tastebuds, the key to adding veggies into your diet might be finding a better way to prepare them. Here are five ways to prepare your produce to make them as palatable as possible.
A bit of olive oil, a dash of sea salt, and a healthy dollop of garlic make any vegetable taste better! Stir-frying is an easy, convenient, and fast way to eat more vegetables by mitigating that bitter flavor. You know that bag of spinach that you try to choke down in a salad? It shrinks into a tiny little handful after a quick dip in a hot pan and it goes great with steak and potatoes.
If you need to reduce oils and fats in your diet, steam your vegetables with lots of seasoning and herbs. This method is quick and convenient, but it helps you avoid all that artery-clogging grease. You can easily steam vegetables in a microwave or a rice cooker.
Though they’re not the pinnacle of health, fried vegetables are delicious! The healthiest form of deep-fried veggies is Japanese tempura, which uses a lighter, less-greasy batter than you might use on fried chicken. Veggie tempura pairs perfectly with sushi or a big bowl of udon noodles.
Make your own healthy chips by baking your vegetables. The best bakeable veggies are those that already pack tons of nutrients, like dinosaur kale. Rip up the leaves by hand, lay the pieces flat on a baking sheet, drizzle with a bit of olive oil, sprinkle some sea salt, and bake at 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep an eye on the leaves to make sure they don’t burn, and you’ll enjoy a crunchy, healthy snack in just a few minutes!
You don’t always need to bring out the pots and pans to zest up your salad. A little delicious dip is enough to make you want to eat more vegetables. One low-fat, high-protein dip is traditional hummus. Skip the ranch dressing and go straight for this chickpea product. It comes in all sorts of flavors, and a little dollop of hummus is enough to jazz up your salad or vegetable platter without the extra calories.