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Eat More Vegetables Challenge Day 4: Retrain Your Taste Buds to Love Vegetables

By Gretel H. Schueller, July 15, 2014 - 3:14pm

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Whether you just never developed a taste for a certain vegetable—or as a child you were forced to eat bland, mushy peas or a mountain of overcooked Brussels sprouts (memories you’re still holding onto)—there’s still hope for you to learn to love new vegetables.

It may not be the taste of Brussels sprouts, cauliflower or broccoli you hate, but the smell. Cooking cruciferous vegetables releases sulfurous compounds (the same compounds that deliver cancer-fighting benefits). Try steaming them or roasting them, which releases the smelliest compounds, and then eat them in a room away from the kitchen. Looking for other ways to transform your taste buds? Try these other tips: Retrain Your Cravings: 5 Ways to Learn to Love Healthier Foods

Get irresistible recipes for the least-loved vegetables in our blog: How to Love 5 of the Most Hated Vegetables

Recipe of the Day: Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Hazelnut Brown Butter

More Recipes to Help You Love Vegetables:
Thyme-Braised Brussels Sprouts, Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Onions and More Ways to Love Brussels Sprouts
Sausage Gumbo, Louisiana Catfish with Okra & Corn and More Ways to Love Okra
Baba Ganouj, Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich and More Ways to Love Eggplant
Brown Sugar-Glazed Beets, Roasted Beet Crostini and More Ways to Love Beets
Fresh Recipes for Lima Beans
Download a Free Healthy Vegetable Side Dish Recipe Cookbook!

For more tips and recipes, visit our Eat More Vegetables Challenge page.

TAGS: Gretel H. Schueller, Health Blog, Eat More Vegetables Challenge, Health, Nutrition

Gretel H. Schueller
Gretel H. Schueller is an award-winning journalist and book author. A graduate of New York University's Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program, she’s put her master's in journalism to good use. While on assignment, she has eaten backyard weeds, harvested cactus buds in an Arizona desert and made goat cheese in Greece.

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