Healthy food really can taste great, if we just change our minds and allow our taste buds to adjust, we could actually prefer them. Getting used to eating healthy foods is hard for so many to do but when you take out the healthy, and serve the same foods, sometimes without even knowing it we could prefer them.
So, how do you make healthy food more palatable? First, understand that there are some foods that you just may not like. That’s ok, everyone doesn’t like every bad food either so don’t stress over it.
What are some of the most universally disliked foods out there?
The cruciferous vegetables seem to be number one on many lists of dislikes. So how can you prepare these vegetables so they taste better?
1. Brussel Sprouts. Try them roasted.
Cover the sprouts with a little olive oil or vegetable oil and season well with course salt and pepper. Roast in a shallow baking dish, stirring occasionally so they don’t stick, for about 35 to 45 minutes. When they are lightly browned and soft they are ready.
Cooking them will mellow the flavor somewhat and the oil and seasoning adds additional flavor.
Think about cutting in half and serving with small amounts of cooked bacon to further enhance the flavor.
2. Cauliflower. Another unloved vegetable but oh so good for you.
Take the entire head of the vegetable and slice it thinly. Coat in some vegetable oil and salt and bake until crispy. They will taste sort of like french fries.
3. Broccoli. The third and final vegetable in this group.
Steam the broccoli lightly and chop in to small pieces. Sauté in a little butter until browned and add seasoned breadcrumbs.
Cut raw broccoli and stir fry it in a little sesame oil and season with soy sauce. Serve with rice.
These vegetable may take getting used to but the health benefits are so great it’s worth the time and effort.
1. Spinach. This is an easy one. Although many don’t like it plain, this vegetable goes well in other dishes. Make a spinach dip, spinach omelet with cheese and tomato, use in place of lettuce on sandwiches or let some wilt in one of your pasta dishes.
3. Asparagus. This recipe was actually a mistake but the kids love it. Just coat in some olive oil and season with salt and pepper and bake. Once they get really crispy, about 40 minutes they actually taste like french fries.
For more uses, try adding the vegetable listed above in soups, stews, pasta dishes and stir fries. When they are mixed with other foods, they won’t be noticed quite as much.
Play around with the different vegetables and try using in a variety of ways. The stronger ones like the first three have a strong flavor that will get milder with cooking. Try not to cover them with heavy cream or cheese sauces. The benefit of the vegetable could be lost with the high fat, high salt additions.
Fish is another food that is so healthy but many don’t enjoy it. Try cooking in a variety of ways as well with different seasonings and herbs. Cook salmon with a little olive oil, which enhances the benefit of the omega fats and season with salt, pepper and garlic.
Take a mild fish and place on top of a bed of spinach or chopped broccoli and cover with a low sodium cream of celery or mushroom soup. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes or until fish is fully cooked.
For a sweet treat, bake sweet potatoes until very well cooked. This takes about an hour and half. The skin on the potato will begin to separate from the flesh and caramelize. These tastes great cold as a snack or a desert.
Try serving a variety of healthy foods to develop a taste for them and soon the taste and cravings for unhealthy foods will go away.