Honesty is key to evaluating our personal eating habits and how we might improve them. That is, at the end of the day when we take stock of how we managed our regiment today, it's easy to glaze over that donut you gobbled in the office or the sugary beverage you just had to have midday. However, an honest look at our habits is the only way we're ever going to improve them.
Let's take an honest look at vegetables then. An astounding number of adult friends over the course of my life have had the same aversion to vegetables as one might expect of children. In my observation, this is more true of people in their 20s and more true when it comes to men than to women. Maybe it's a leftover from years of being force-fed veggies by mom as a child. I know, in my case, I grew up with a distinct distaste for vegetables because of how they were often prepared in my home; in the 1970s it seems there was no vegetable that couldn't be boiled down to mush or soaked in butter. Only years later, when I began my personal journey to improved nutrition, did I learn countless vegetables and preparations that elevated them to the position they play in my regiment today – often as the centerpiece of healthy, delicious meals.
Here are a few rules of thumb I've discovered when it comes to making vegetables a magnificent component of your healthy diet.
* Boiling or over-steaming reduces the nutritional value of vegetables and makes them less appealing to many people's palates. Consider sauteeing, stir-frying or roasting to maintain texture and nutrition.
* While it's hard to argue that butter makes pretty much anything taste better, it also decreases the nutritional value of vegetables. Butter substitutes are dubious at best. Instead, consider cooking them with olive oil. You will get a lot more complex flavor, and healthy fat, while also enjoying the benefits of the vegetable. Today, the only vegetables I personally prefer with butter are corn, peas and green beans. Try the recipe below to see if crisp, olive-oil seasoned vegetables aren't a huge improvement from those soggy, sagging veggies of the past.
* Liven up vegetables you might not already be fond of and see if that doesn't change your mind.