I hate vegetables. But I need to eat more. And I need to eat fewer carbs and less meat. This is very painful for me to admit, because I love everything that has a carb in it: cake, cookies, cereal, chips, bread, pasta, tortillas, potatoes… the list goes on and on. And from what I hear, leafy greens are the veggies to eat.
Veggies I actually eat:
Spinach (raw, like in a salad. Cooked makes me want to gag, unless it’s in a quiche or spinach-artichoke dip)
Celery, raw, for dipping
Tomatoes, sliced, like for a sandwich, and never diced or wedged
Salsa, which totally counts — it’s tomatoes AND bell peppers AND onions
Bell pepper — not picky. Any way they come is great with me!
Onions, same, though I do slightly prefer cooked
Mushrooms, COOKED ONLY.
Lettuce, salads and sandwich garnish
Cabbage, in cole slaw ONLY. And I’m picky about the cole slaw — I usually prefer the Asian kind, in a vinegar slaw
Potatoes any way… which really doesn’t count as a veggie any more, right?
Sweet potatoes — this is new. I just realized that I liked them outside of sweet potato casserole (the pralined variety) this year
Green beans, fresh or canned French-style
CORN. Sorry, I do. It’s yummy anyway you slice it.
Okra. Fried, of course. I am from Alabama, after all
Asparagus, roasted, especially in Italian dressing. YUM!!
Squash, raw, like for a veggie dip
Broccoli, but only if it’s smothered in cheese, the way my mommy makes it!
That’s about it. Obviously, not the healthiest list, and I have a hard time conceptualizing how I would actually incorporate this very short list into a healthy, well-rounded menu!
The fruit I like is an even shorter list: apples, oranges, watermelon, pineapple, red grapes, tangerines, clementines. I can sometimes choke down the occasional strawberry and raspberry, but that’s about it
So, what’s a girl to do? I need to eat healthier, including more veggies. Do y’all know of any veggies that I can add to my repertoire that are similar to what I’ve already got? Please, please, please help!