Eating gluten-free is tough, but it’s especially difficult for those who don’t like fruits and vegetables. The following are tips for sticking to a gluten-free diet even if you don’t have a taste for fresh produce.
Tip #1: Look Into Recipes that Disguise Fruits and Veggies
If you like to cook, this tip is a breeze. (If you don’t like to cook, you can still find super simple recipes and ways to disguise the taste of fruits and vegetables; your options will just be more limited.) The following are a few favorites that work for a lot of people:
- Try gluten-free seasonings (we like Wildtree’s gluten-free seasoning line) that will mask the taste of most vegetables
- Sprinkle cinnamon, cayenne pepper or ground nutmeg on various fruits and vegetables to see if you like how the spice alters the taste
- Squeeze fresh lime or lemon juice onto steamed vegetables or cut up fruit; you’ll be amazed at how much this can help with taste
- Sprinkle grated cheddar cheese, blue cheese or parmesan cheese onto steamed vegetables
- Try grilling fruit and vegetables; grilling changes the flavor significantly. We love grilled red, orange or yellow peppers. They are actually sweet!
- Roast vegetables (in the oven, at high heat) after you’ve tossed them in oil, salt and pepper. This also changes the flavor.
Simple salt, pepper and butter can help a lot, too. Hopefully you will find at least one fruit and one vegetable you like enough to eat regularly.
Tip #2: Eat Small Amounts of Vegetables or Fruits with Large Amounts of Things You Love
For example, sprinkle just a little chopped spinach into an egg omelet (and use bacon to mask the flavor) to get a power-packed nutrient into your diet.
Add chopped tomatoes into baked beans or black beans; you won’t even know they are in there.
Drown your salad in cheese and gluten-free dressing so you can’t taste the greens.
Add greens to your smoothie; you won’t taste them if you use a strongly flavored (gluten-free) protein powder.
Tip #3: Try Juicing
If you get a good juicer, you will be surprised at how many great fruits and veggies you can combine into a delicious (nutrient-packed) beverage. Add ice to make it frosty or milk (or coconut, almond or cashew milk) to make it creamy. Many people who don’t like fresh produce love juices and smoothies.
Surviving on a Gluten-Free Diet as a Vegetable Hater
I know it sounds impossible, but you can do it! For the sake of your health, look into ways to tolerate fruits and vegetables.