Fruits and vegetables are the mainstay of any healthy diet. For many, the thought of loading up on salad or a bowl of fruit can be worrisome. Some fear stomach issues, some fear insulin issues, and others are just picky eaters. While not everyone loves steamed brussels sprouts, there are ways for picky eaters and carnivores to add more fruits and veggies into their diets. These methods are painless, and should work for most everyone in need of an extra nutritional kick.

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1:  Check, double-check, and check again your diet plan. For those on many diet plans, fruits and veggies are a must. For others, such as those on Atkins or a ketogenic diet fruits and veggies are often overlooked. While some fruits and veggies are high in carbs, some are not, and they should be consumed for their vitamin and mineral content. One of my favorite sources for low carb and ketogenic information is Leeann Vogel’s “Healthful Pursuit”. She provides recipes and information about low carb diets, but also understands that most of us need fruits and veggies in our life http://www.healthfulpursuit.com/.

2:  Spice it up. This should be common sense, but for some the though of even having to prepare certain veggies can cause panic. Garlic can help most anything, from roasted broccoli and cauliflower to eggplant. Mustard can be used to help out brussels sprouts, as can bacon. Use your imagination, or use Pinterest to find ways to spice up veggies that you’re not fond of.

3:  Soup it up. Most any veggie can be added to soups and stews, and this can help you get your needed veggies, whilst disguising their taste. Cabbages can be added to soups and stews, as can tomatoes, carrots, kohlrabi (it tastes like a mild cabbage), squashes, and broccoli. Use your imagination, or simple Google “soup +” whatever vegetable you are in need of disguising.

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4:  Make ’em sweet. Have you ever eaten zucchini bread? Maybe not, but with added bananas or chocolate, you do not taste this little green squash. Instead, you taste the moist bread. This is just one example of how you can take a squash and add it to something sweet. You get your sweet tooth fix, as well as a good serving of veggies. Adding fruits and veggies to smoothies is also a great idea, and it can be combined with other sweet ingredients to offset the taste. Be careful with your choices, as some fruits and veggies are not the best choice for blending. Pineapple, for example, can cause a mouth-numbing feel for some when it is blended.

5:  Order healthy. When you are at a restaurant, order a healthy appetizer instead of the deep-fat fried thing that is the norm. Instead of ordering the Bloomin’ Onion at Outback, order the Crab-Stuffed Mushrooms or Tomato Mozzarella Caprese. Both provide great taste, and you’ll get the extra veggies that your body needs.

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Adding extra fruits and veggies into your diet is something that many should do, but may have trouble doing it. The five above tips can help you fit more nutrition into your diet, all while avoiding that dreaded veggie taste that many hate. While you may not be a brussels sprout fan after trying it seasoned, you did add the nutritional value to your body. That’s what you need, and you can consider any attempt a success.