One of the keys to the success of any diet plan is to ensure you are eating enough vegetables every day. Vegetables are a great source of dietary fibre. This helps fill you up fast while still adhering to your strict eating plan. Being virtually calorie-free, they can be eaten in vast quantities without having to worry about them impacting your weight loss goals.

Without a doubt, vegetables are one of the secrets to the success of any diet. But the problem facing most people is that they are used to eating vegetables as part of a wider tastier diet. As a stand-alone ingredient, they prove to be uninspiring snack or meal. But this doesn’t have to be the case. Preparing delicious vegetable dishes is not as difficult as you may think; it just takes an ability to experiment and explore some new techniques.

Here are some tried and tested ways to make your vegetables tastier

Replace Your Old Favourites

Make some veggie burgers; these are a unique and delicious way to incorporate more vegetables in your diet. A veggie pattie can easily be made by combining vegetables with nuts, seasonings, nut flowers and eggs. Sweet potatoes are one of the most popular vegetables to make veggie burgers as they are packed with antioxidants, Vitamin A and are very tasty too.

Herbs Are A Tasty Additive

Learn how to use herbs - One of the easiest ways to add some flavour to vegetables is to add some herbs to the dish. Herbs not only add flavour to vegetables, but many of them have other benefits that are good for your health. All the most common herbs go well with vegetable dill, thyme, basil, rosemary, parsley and lemongrass are a good start. Some further research will reveal the best herbs for individual vegetables.

Spice Up Your Life

Add spice as long as they are sodium-free - Unfortunately, most pre-made seasoning solutions are prepared using salt(sodium), which you should be avoiding if you are on a diet. You will need to use pure spices. Start with turmeric., curcumin, cinnamon, garlic, Cayenne/Paprika (Peppers), Ginger, Cloves, Cumin and Cardamom.

Fry It Up

Vegetables taste great when stir-fried, why not try a low sodium chicken stir-fry. Onions, carrots, pea and broccoli, make a very simple stir-fry and straightforward to prepare, add some garlic and basil for some extra taste.


Dipping Goodness

Hummus is one of the healthiest and tastiest dips you can use to add flavour to some bland vegetable immediately. Chickpeas are a rich source of vitamins and minerals as well as being high in fibre. If you are looking for a different option, why not try some fat-free sour cream or mayonnaise, these can be flavoured by adding your favourite herbs and spices.

Zesty

Serving raw vegetables with your homemade salsa is always a popular and tasty option. It is also another way to boost your vegetable intake as the common ingredients are peppers, celery, onions and tomatoes.


Sauciness

Making your pasta sauce couldn’t be easier; many people struggle to deal with the texture of eating lots of vegetables. But if you use them to make your pasta sauces this issue is resolved. Puree them into a sauce, tomatoes, peas, carrots, eggplants and squash are easily incorporated into a sauce. These purees have also been proven to be a favourite with younger kids.

Soup Up

Vegetable soups as great way fo add some much-needed vegetables to your diet. They are tasty and practical. This is a great way to experiment with your pursuit of the perfect vegetable taste for to pallet, and anything you don’t consume can quickly be frozen to be used at a later date. My personal favourites are carrot and tomatoes soup and mushroom soup. But the choices are endless, and you can blend different vegetables, herbs and spices to meet your needs.

A Little Cheese

Add some Parmesan cheese to give your potatoes or roast veg some additional flavour, and this will also add some calcium for a more balanced diet.

Salad Days

Low-fat Italian salad dressings are a great way to add some zest to your plain old salad. They are also a source of healthy fats. Making your dressing couldn’t be easier and can be done from scratch in just a few minutes. A little bit of melted low-fat cheddar cheese tastes good with the salad too.

Summer Lovin'

When summer comes around, people on diets are always afraid of missing out. But this doesn't have to be the case, prepare some shish kebabs for your grill by adding a variety of vegetables to slices of lean meat. Place your skewers on the rack and wait to enjoy the juicy smokey tastes to barbequed plants. Yum. 

If you don't have skewers handy, not to worry, marinate some vegetables in balsamic vinegar and grill them on the BBQ. They taste amazing.

Why Give Up Your Pizza

Making a cauliflower pizza base. Cauliflower is one of the most versatile vegetables you can get. It can be incorporated into your diet in so many different ways. One of the most exciting ideas is to use it to create a healthy, virtually no-carb pizza base. There are many recipes online, but the core of the ingredients you will need are eggs, almond flour, seasonings and of course cauliflower. You can add whatever topping you choose as you sit back and enjoy a guilt-free pizza.

Use Your Noodle

Veggie noodles are a healthy alternative for people who are trying to consume fewer carbs. They are also straightforward to prepare. You will need a spiraliser, which is a device that processes the vegetables to produce noodles. This is a fantastic device as it can provide noodles from virtually any type of plant. Carrots, Zucchini and sweet potatoes are among the most popular options.

Conclusion

This article has only touched on the many different ways you can make vegetable tastier and more attractive to eat. Once you have the correct tools and are adequately motivated, this will prove to be only a minor challenge. Once you become accustomed to the feeling and looking healthier, it will no longer be a challenge, and it will become part of your daily routine. Increasing the amount of fresh produce in your diet will accelerate your weight loss and keeping them there in the long term will help you maintain this weight loss.

How do you make your vegetables taste better? Please share your ideas about ways to add more taste to your vegetables.

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