My sister asked me recently to write a primer for making yourself like leafy greens. Sarcastic request or not, I thought it sounded like fun.
I didn’t used to like salad greens. They tasted like dirt. Way too plant-like. But I persisted, and like my recent success with acquiring a taste for chocolate, I succeeded in making myself like leafy greens. They’re still not delicious like, “I’m hungry, what should I snack on? oooh spinach!” but they’re a nice complement to pasta dishes, and of course great for salads.
The fact that I developed this taste makes me think it’s possible for all types of foods. If you want to like something bad enough, you can convince yourself you do like it. When I was a kid, I knew other kids whose parents were “health freaks,” who forbade all sweets and processed food. I was appalled. Those parents were robbing their children of all good things in life! I wondered how they could choke down the nasty food they ate. But over time, clearly my tastes have changed, and I understand how the healthy parents I knew had enjoyed their food. In fact, I’m probably going to be one of those parents… sorry, future kids.
Anyway, HOW TO MAKE YOURSELF LIKE LEAFY GREENS:
1. Realize the benefits green leafy vegetables can offer.
- They fuel your body! Iron and whatever-vitamins. But don’t take my word for it :P
- Cooking them adds to your recipe arsenal/experience.
2. Find recipes that you like using the greens.
- creamy spinach dip is probably my favorite but I don’t think that counts, haha
- For-real examples: sauteed spinach, kale chips, spinach as a pizza topping, in veggie wraps, smoothies, pasta sauces, curries, omelettes, tacos
3. Eat the greens.
- (Did you know an entire bag of spinach has like 50 calories? I laughed out loud the first time I discovered this)
4. If all else fails:
- stuff the leaves into your mouth
- don’t breathe through your nose (so you can’t smell them)
- chew chew chew until you demolish a serving
- and chase with a strong drink like orange juice.
Let this guy motivate you. BTW, I advocated this approach long ago… today was the first time I saw this awesome picture.