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.
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