Diet Center Diet Tips

Here are some diet tips that will help keep you on track and on time for goal weight.

Feb 18, 2019 Tip

A common complaint while dieting is “I can’t eat all these vegetables!”  Vegetables are important to a diet because of the vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other nutrients they contribute. They are generally low in calories and fat; and add bulk to meals to help you feel full.  How do you consume all your required vegetable exchanges, when you don’t care for vegetables? One way is to continue to consume vegetables you do like, but try to increase the portions. 

For example, consume 2 cups of salad instead of 1 cup.  Also, see if there are vegetables from the same family that you may discover you like.  For example, if you like green beans – try yellow wax beans.  If you like peas - have you tried snow peas, chick-peas, or split peas?  Experiment with various recipes.  Seasonings and sauces can make vegetables quite tasty.  Try various salads other than salad greens.  Tomato salad, cucumber salad, or coleslaw can be made with low fat, low calorie ingredients. 

Also, vegetables can be great ingredients to add flavor to a dish.  You can add diced carrots and tomatoes to soup.  Try topping your meat/poultry dishes with onions and green peppers.  Or, you can puree vegetables to create a creamy sauce.  When experimenting with the taste of new vegetables, it may be a good idea to purchase items from a grocery salad bar.  This way you can try small portions of various vegetables.  Making an effort to discover ways to enjoy vegetables will help you develop the healthy eating habits that will help you shed the pounds and keep them off!