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Tuesday, 9 August 2016

CONTRIBUTED POST | Getting The Health Benefits From Foods You Don't Like

We all know the importance of including a range of healthy foods into our diet. With the benefits of ‘superfoods’ being proved all the time, it’s well worth getting involved and incorporating them into our meals as much as possible in order to reap the health rewards. The problem is, some of them just don’t taste very nice. Whether you’re a picky eater or just have aversions to certain tastes, it can sometimes make packing the good stuff into your diet a little tricky. But no need to fear, there are things you can try which can make the process a whole lot easier.


If you’re not especially keen on a certain ingredient, there are ways you can ‘teach’ yourself to tolerate eating it. Keep an open mind and try eating small amounts every now and then, try using different cooking styles and recipes. Over time you might find that it becomes much more palatable, and while it might never be your favourite thing to eat it could be enough to get it into your diet on a regular basis. This is more likely to work with things that you’re not especially keen on, rather than those you absolutely can’t stand.

You can hide a surprising number of tastes and textures in a smoothie, once everything is all blended up you’ll find it still tastes nice even with an ingredient or two included that you don’t like. The key is to get a good blender that gets everything really smooth. The second thing is to get the other ingredients right, to balance out the tastes and in a way ‘hide’ the flavour of the things you’re less keen on. For example, you can easily sneak a handful of spinach or raw kale into a fruit smoothie without even being able to detect its in there. The same goes for things like goji berries, avocado, beetroot and chia seeds. If you don’t like the taste or texture, simply whizz them up with your regular breakfast smoothie. Starting with a base of frozen banana, frozen berries and some orange juice, your smoothie will be sweet and creamy enough to easily sneak in a couple of these powerhouse ingredients without affecting the flavour.

The miracle berry fruit is has an incredible effect on your tastebuds: it has the ability to transform sour and savoury flavours into sweet ones. This is a good way to naturally sweeten food without the calories. It also means if you have a strong dislike of the taste of a certain food, it completely change the flavour for a short while allowing you to happily eat it and get all of the nutrition from it. You can buy them in tablet form, so you’d simply chew a tablet before eating the ingredient you’re not keen on.

Finally, if you’ve tried the above and still don’t like the food (or you just can’t stomach it/ get over the taste enough to eat it at all) the only other option is to just give up on it for now. But don’t feel bad or beat yourself up about it, as long as you’re eating a rich and varied well balanced diet you’ll still get everything you need. If you really can’t get along with a certain ingredient, don’t feel as though you absolutely have to have it. Either pass it up for something else, or return to it at a later time and see if your tastes have changed.


 *Please note this post has been contributed

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