Want the benefits of vegetables without the flavors? Believe it or not, there are a few solutions you can try. After working with many frustrated parents with veggie-hating children, I came up with a few different ways to make vegetables more appealing. This guide shows how to make vegetables not taste like vegetables so your children (or you) can enjoy the benefits of a healthy, balanced diet.
Add Them To Smoothies
Who doesn’t like a delicious fruit smoothie? It’s healthy, sweet, and perfect for hot summer months. The fruits in most smoothies will mask the flavor of any vegetables you add to them, so you can still get the nutrients from the veggies without tasting them. Spinach, carrots, kale, and cucumbers all work well in fruit smoothies, but you can mix and match different flavors until you find something you like.
Use Them In Stews
A warm, slow-cooked stew is the perfect way to end a cold day in the winter, and it can also be a great way to get the vegetables your body needs. One of the cool features of stew is the fact that all of the flavors from the ingredients mix together so that the potatoes, onions, carrots, and meat all taste pretty close to the same. You might still get a little hint of a vegetable when you bite into it, but the overwhelming aroma of the stew will quickly get your mind off that.
Sometimes the smoky flavors from the grill are enough to cover up whatever you may not like about a vegetable. Next time you have a backyard barbecue, consider adding some grilled zucchini and squash to your recipe. One great way to add a lot of vegetables on the grill is to put them on kabobs with small pieces of meat. Lightly coat them in olive oil, salt, and pepper, and put them on the grill until you see those gorgeous lines all over them.
Dip Them In Low-Fat Dip
When all else fails, you can always use a tasty dip to cover up the flavor of a vegetable. I wouldn’t recommend dipping everything in ranch dressing, but perhaps you can find a low fat dip that you like. You could even step it up one more notch and turn your vegetables into chips that are perfect for dipping! Check out this recipe for inspiration: Coconut Baked Sweet Potatoes with a Sweet Tahini Dip.