Veggie lovers, this one is NOT for you! This is for our picky eaters that still find themselves pushing vegetables around on their plates like 10 year olds. No worries, it’s not completely your fault! Just train your taste buds, we’ll teach you how.
Did you know that we’re predisposed to liking or disliking vegetables? Veggies usually have a bitter flavor, and most people don’t like bitter tastes.
Some people are very sensitive to strong flavors. We all know a self-proclaimed picky eater, but there is actual science to support this. If your picky friend only likes mild food, they may be a supertaster in that their taste buds aren’t accustomed to hot, bitter flavors.
If you didn’t grow up eating a variety of veggies, you may have decided you don’t like them simply for lack of trying. Growing up with TV dinners, the vegetable was usually corn...not exactly broadening our veggie horizons. Luckily you can train yourself to like them! Precision Nutrition suggests a three-step method: Challenge, complement, cushion.
Challenge yourself to try a new vegetable. Use your likes to determine what to try: if you like broccoli, try asparagus. If you like spinach, try kale. Complement your veggie with another food (use Google for fun recipes). Cushion your veggie with another element to tone down any bitterness. Maple, honey, oil, & butter are all flavors that cushion well.
Now go eat your veggies!