We know that vegetables are superior food sources that protect our bodies from the inside out. But, what if you just can’t seem to like them no matter how hard you try? I have a little tip to help you eat more vegetables (even if you think you don’t like them)! It’s so simple…
Spice Up Your Veggies!In order to make veggies more appealing, you’ve got to add some (healthy) flavor. You don’t need excess salt, MSG, or the other lousy additives commonly found in prepared foods to achieve this either.
Look, I don’t eat veggies just plain Jane. I add zing to them with health-boosting and delicious spices like curry powder (I love ones that fight cancer!), cumin, and more. The best part of this recommendation is that you get a win-win. Herbs and spices pack some serious health benefits - just like vegetables do - including antioxidants. So, you’re actually providing your body with a double health-hit by flavoring your nutrient-dense veggies with herbs and spices.
So, spice ‘em up with one, or many of, the seasonings below. This is by no means an extensive list, so next time you visit your grocery store, head over to the spice rack and try something new. There are even many herb/spice blends available to try (e.g. - Mediterranean blend, pizza blend, etc.). I promise there will be one that tickles your fancy.
Here are some delicious and flavor-packed seasonings to try:
Nutritional Yeast - I add this inactive yeast to everything. It tastes cheesy, so it’s amazing when sprinkled on broccoli, potatoes, and salads. Not only does it taste amazing, it also offers a host of B-Vitamins, including Vitamin B-12. Nutritional yeast is also high in dietary fiber, specifically beta-glucan, a type of fiber that may yield cardiovascular benefits.
Garlic - There’s nothing like the real-deal, immune-boosting garlic. Mince fresh garlic and sauté it for a health-boosting addition to any green veggie-based dish. Blending raw garlic with chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice and cumin makes for a delicious plant-based hummus that will feed your beneficial gut bacteria while keeping your weight in check.
Onions - Add this chopped (raw or sautéed) antioxidant-power house to cooked veggie dishes or salads.
Turmeric and Curry Powder- I’ve already discussed some the benefits of this brightly-hued gem in my blog called, “Turmeric: Should You Eat It?” I add this health-protecting spice to all veggies & legumes. I have the yellow fingertips to prove it!
Balsamic Vinegar - Vinegars are beneficial for health, offering benefits such as potentially improved blood sugar (great for diabetes and prediabetes) and may also help manage weight.
Oregano & Rosemary- Both oregano and rosemary pack serious antioxidant power. Add a pinch of this potent herb on top of your cooked veggies for a crisp flavor & free-radical-fighting kick.
Cumin - Cumin is another anti-cancer and antioxidant-rich spice that I can’t live without! Sprinkle cumin over almost everything for a tasty treat. I put cumin on top of roasted chickpeas, hummus, and bean burgers to name a few. Play around with it and find what works best for your individual taste buds.
Okay! I hope you try one of the suggestions above with good results. Vegetables are much more appealing when you add healthy seasonings to them. This way, you get the flavor AND health benefits. Have an awesome day, wellness lovers!
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Disclaimer: The content in this article/blog post is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always consult your physician before starting a diet, exercise, or lifestyle regimen. This content is intended for educational purposes only.
About Rachelle Caves: Rachelle Caves is a well-experienced Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Personal Trainer. Her passion in life is helping individuals cultivate a life of health and wellness, in an encouraging and uplifting manner. Rachelle’s nutrition philosophy revolves around the health-promoting effects of a plant-based, phytonutrient-rich diet. With the goal of ultimate health and wellness, Rachelle emphasizes the protective benefits of a predominantly plant-based diet that excludes calorie-counting, while incorporating effective exercise and positive mind-body techniques. You can read more from her on her website.
She has ample experience coaching clients in-person, virtually, and in groups, both in renowned medical centers and private settings. She has taught individuals and groups on topics including attaining high levels of health, weight management, fitness techniques, heart health, and diabetes, all while helping clients achieve a healthy weight without counting carbohydrates or calories. She enjoys writing and reviewing articles on all topics pertaining to health and wellness. She currently offers virtual nutrition appointments, and written nutrition, exercise, and wellness plans. You can find her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter