We all know that part of healthy living and a well-balanced diet is eating plenty of fresh fruits and veggies. For many kids and some adults, chowing on those leafy greens, carrots, broccoli and other vegetables sounds less than appetizing.
While there are ways to "hide" vegetables, such as making an Alfredo sauce out of cauliflower or using zucchini to make pasta, eating these foods whole will give you the most benefits to really boost your green coffee diet.
Adding a favorite topping to vegetables makes them more appetizing
If the idea of eating raw veggies does not sound appealing, new research might have just the fix. A study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that creatively pairing something you like with a vegetable could help you look more favorably at the vegetable itself.
Cheese sauce, peanut butter, cream cheese and hummus are common toppings that go well with broccoli, carrots, Brussels sprouts, celery and others.
"This has the potential to change the eating habits of children, including eating more vegetables, and this in turn will affect childhood obesity," lead author Elizabeth Capaldi-Phillips, a psychologist at Arizona State University, told Reuters.
The study focused on children as a way for them to avoid obesity later in life, but the results can be applied to adults looking to clean up an unhealthy diet.
Parents of 29 children between the ages of 3 and 5 completed questionnaires on how their kids felt about 11 different vegetables, whether they liked or disliked the food, or if they had never tried it. Cauliflower and Brussels sprouts were the two least commonly tried veggies, so they were used to gauge preference. The young participants were given one or the other once a day for a week and served plain, with unsweetened cream cheese or sweetened cream cheese. After a week, all of the children were given plain cauliflower and Brussels sprouts.
The results showed that kids who ate Brussels sprouts with cream cheese enjoyed them much more than eating them plain, and less than 1 in 5 who ate plain sprouts said they liked them compared to two-thirds of kids who ate sprouts with either type of cream cheese. As for the cauliflower, they liked it equally with or without the cream cheese.
"Children develop food preferences at a young age, yet tend to be really picky at this age, so it's important to sustain healthy habits which will persist into adulthood," study co-author Devina Wadhera, a researcher at Arizona State University, told Reuters.
While it's important to teach children the importance of a well-balanced diet, it's necessary that adults eat one as well. If you're working on a weight loss plan but have never been a big veggie fan, try combining them with a topping you do enjoy, and maybe you'll discover a favorite new snack or side dish.
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