Small Change #9: Try something new!

Have you ever wandered through the store and found a weird ingredient on the shelf? Or how about some odd looking fruits and veggies? Did you try it or put it back and turn your nose to it?

Personally, I used to be the pickiest eater ever!

Seriously, go ask my mom!

But over the years I’ve learned to like things I never would have touched before. To eat a healthy balanced diet you must go out of your comfort zone and try something new. Sometimes you will have to get over the “gag” reflex, but remember, it takes about 10-15 tries of tasting a food to get used to the taste and texture. If you prepare a new veggie one way and didn’t care for it, try to prepare it a different way. Google has become my best friend when it comes to finding new ways of cooking things.

To start out with, think of something you don’t care for but know is healthy for you. When I became pregnant with my first, I knew I should be eating some type of fish (low in mercury of course!) so I made myself try it. Previously I wouldn’t have touched it with a ten foot pole as I hadn’t touched fish since I was very young. (Though I can’t really call it fish as it was conventional fish sticks!) I began making baked salmon, and while it did take a few tries to get the cooking times down so I didn’t overcook it, it began to grow on me. I didn’t care for it at first, but now fresh salmon is one of our favorite meals! Of course during the “off season” I make frozen wild caught salmon for the added health benefits of consuming wild caught fish.

So do yourself a favor, and try something you wouldn’t have thought to try before! As an added benefit, most of those “odd foods” that aren’t a normal part of our standard american diet, are actually quite healthy for you!
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About Donielle

Donielle is an amateur herbalist and natural momma to two littles (with another babe in heaven) after dealing with being less than fertile. She has a passion for nourishing nutrition, natural living, and spreading the word on how food truly affects our health.

Comments

  1. I have been {forcing} more veggies in our diet and after reading about how awesome greens are vitamin wise I told the hubby we were going to eat some. At the store all the greens were 99 cents a pound, so I said its your choice. After touching them the hubby said, those feel like plastic, and chose turnip greens. Ok I have eaten and enjoyed turnips, but turnip greens? People eat those? We [both!] loved them. I also kicked myself for tossing the tops of radishes earlier that week. Sure it went to the compost pile, but still we could have tried another adventure.

  2. My hubby is soooo against greens too! I’ve made Kale a couple times and he thinks it’s the worst stuff in the world I could have served him. :-) Maybe I’ll have to try the turnip greens next!