Poor vegetables. Some people don’t like them and just don’t even give them a chance. Let alone a second, third, or even fourth chance. Experts say that it could take up to about twenty times of trying a food before you develop a taste for it. Our tastes and preferences are constantly changing and we can adapt to like foods. It’s unrealistic to dismiss vegetables, or any food for that matter, forever because you didn’t like it back when you were a child. You are missing out on some tasty and healthy foods doing by so!
Here is a pros and cons list to trying new foods.
- You might not like it. Then what happens? You can choose to either eat or not, and then continue on with your meal.
- Variety is the spice of life. By choosing a variety of different foods with different colors and from different food groups, you will have a well-balanced and nutrient-dense diet.
- Setting a good example. Kids pick up their eating habits from their parents. If your kids see you being open to trying new foods, they’re more likely to do the same.
- Cooking more. If you’re curious about a new vegetable or recipe, try it out! Cooking at home helps you be more in control of what you eat by deciding the portion and the ingredients.
- Discovering flavors. There could be a new flavor or food out there that you could absolutely love! You won’t know until you try.
- Why not? What have you got to lose? Trying a new food or recipe should be fun. Healthy eating is a lifelong journey, so why not make it an adventurous one!
Suggestions to get over “picky habits”
- Give the food at least three bites. If you don’t like it then, try the food at another meal in a different way. It’s best not to have the mentality of “one and done.”
- Try a different cooking method, such as grilling, sautéing, blanching, broiling, or roasting. Check out Fruit and Veggies More Matters or Eating Well for some great ideas!
- Try different spices, herbs, or flavor mixtures. Just be mindful of the sodium content of pre-made flavor packets; check for low-sodium or no-salt versions.
- Take realistic steps to incorporate new foods. Start off with a goal of trying or re-trying one new food per week, and you can increase it from there. Having too many goals at once can lead to discouragement if you don’t meet them.
The most important thing is to try. And remember the motto: if at first you don’t succeed, try try again!