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RLAM 12K’s of the Holidays: Day 2!

December 9, 2010

Chick peas, baby carrots, broccoli, Brussels sprouts.

Cauliflower, tabouli, celery, green tea.

Shall I go on? Green beans, apricots, prunes.

All healthy foods I don’t really like, but I eat because, like I always tell my kids, they’re good for me. I know there ways to spice and dice it to make them more palatable. But at the end of the day, the reality is I’m never going to reach for a baby carrot, the denuded, slippery thing that it is, to satisfy my hunger.

What healthy things do I like? Black beans, especially when they’re paired with some form of cheese. Almost any fruit, any nut (and especially any nut butter), most dairy (although I can’t do my cheese low-fat; where’s the fun in that?). Above all, I like healthy foods that are disguised as treats.

A novel idea: no box cutters necessary to pry open these yummy gifts.

Enter stage right: Larabars, gluten-free goodness that doesn’t feel like a chore to chew. I adore almost every flavor, but the chocoholic I am is particularly drawn to their newest family members: peanut butter chocolate chip, chocolate chip cookie dough, chocolate chip brownie. I’m also particularly drawn to the fact that when I look at the ingredient list, every item is familiar (dates, walnuts, cocoa) and contains 3 syllables or less (no multi–poly-hydrogenated crap-ola, in other words). Last thing I’m drawn to: my kids like them. Amelia is a citrus-only girl, so key lime and lemon please her limited palate, while Ben favors the coconut cream pie, but would happily eat any of them.

Want to do your own taste test? Thought so. 11 random readers–and their friends and families–will have the chance, as today’s giveaway is a very generous bag of mini Larabars with all the flavors. Just have to note: this giveaway is way exclusive, as the minis, perfect for a small snack and smaller mouths, aren’t sold in stores. Plus, Larabar is also throwing in a cute tee, so you can proclaim your healthy living status across your chest and to the world.

All you have to do to enter is answer this: what healthy food do you eat that you’d rather not?

Bonus points if you can suggest a good, easy way to prepare it. Bad karma points if you say Larabars.


p.s. The 12 random winners of the Flex-Power Active Woman (and how they relax) are…

1. Linda Strange: A hard trail run in a rugged area, in the crisp winter air, followed by a fancy coffee, always relaxes me.

2. Joy Giger: Currently my favorite relaxation is sitting in a comfy chair, knitting project in my lap with some old Christmas movie on the T.V…….

3. Jill: Once my exercise bucket is filled and I feel like I can relax, it is definitely on the couch with husband rubbing my feet while I enjoy my dessert or a cup of tea or my knitting… Sadly husband travels for work then the word relax isn’t part of my vocab.. I have been working hard to bring it back by picking up my knitting (at least when I get a project that just needs to be knit in the round, NO THINKING) or getting my tush in the tub with a good book and some bubbles…

4. Megan: A run with my bf Jen is my favorite way to relax. I’d rather spend a free hour running than in a bathtub.

5. Nancy C: A good run is so energizing for me! I have to admit though that lately relaxing to me is curled up in my stretchy pants feeding my guilty pleasure…Real Housewives of Beverly Hills or something equally mindless!

6.Reagan Wentzell: My form of relaxing is cross stitching. Maybe a little grandmother-like, but I love to it and it takes my mind off everything else. Of course going for a run or doing yoga relax me too, but I never seem to remember that when I ‘m in need of some decompression.

7. Carla O.: I like to relax with a marathon of cheesy reality television…bring on ANTM, Amazing Race, Survivor, Big Brother…and many, many others!

8. Jen J.: A run; a good book on the couch; a trail ride on horseback; a massage.

9. Elana: Grey’s Anatomy. No, it’s not productive, or particularly good for me, but it works every time!

10. Susan Price: To de-stress during the day exercise (preferably a run) but for really relaxing at night after the kids are in bed: long hot shower, pj pants, watch tv and browse for crazy, yummy, fattening desserts (that I’ll probably never make) on my favorite cooking websites.

11. Jackie: I love a warm soak in my jacuzzi tub. I plug into my i pod playing the music from “Moulin Rouge”, pour myself a glass of white wine, & light a couple candles. Heaven!

12. Leila: Alternate reading a book or playing scrabble on my cell phone – relax the body, keep the mind engaged.

Congrats to the dozen of you! Please e-mail us at runmother at gmail dot com with your name and address. If you remember to, please put in the subject line: Flex-Power winner. If we don’t hear from you within 48 hours or so, we’ll assume you’re not reading this, feel a bit sad, and then move on and find a new winner.

356 Comments leave one →
  1. Ali permalink
    December 9, 2010 4:06 am

    I dislike just about any veggie! But if I can sprinkle them with Johnny’s Seasoning Salt that makes them at least palatable!

  2. Susan permalink
    December 9, 2010 4:07 am

    I’m really good about eating veggies and like most of them but I’m not a huge fan of kale. My nutritionist suggested I eat more of it and while I don’t love it yet, I’m finding more and more ways to work it into my meals. Larabars on the other hand – I LOVE them!! I haven’t tried many flavors but my current favorite is pecan pie – yum!!

    • Melissa permalink
      December 9, 2010 12:02 pm

      Have you tried making kale chips?

      Wash and pat dry, tear into bite sized chunks. Either toss with oil or spray with cooking spray. Sprinkle with kosher salt, seasonings of choice (I like the “cheesy” taste nutritional yeast imparts) and bake at 425 until the kale is crisp. So darn good, like crunchy healthy chips. The roasting sweetens the kale, too, and can remove some of the cruciferous bite.

      • Susan permalink
        December 9, 2010 1:04 pm

        thank you Melissa! I tried making kale chips once and I baked them too long and my house smelled like burnt broccoli 🙂 I really need to try it again!

  3. Andrea Lehman permalink
    December 9, 2010 4:20 am

    I love pretty much all good for me foods. Sometimes I would rather have chips or pretzels instead of an apple, so I really have to force myself to the fridge door, open and pull out the apple (I keep them in the fridge, because I like them cold). I would like to share one recipe that my kids love, love, love and it is incredibly healthy. I pretty much made it up so I have no set amounts. Kale soup- First I saute, in a dutch oven or lg. pot, some onions and garlic in a little bit of olive oil. Then I add chicken broth, I usually do at least 64oz’,s so I will have left overs. If you can find the garlic infused chicken broth at your grocery store that is the best, very yummy. I add already cooked diced chicken, at least 2 cans of white beans (your choice), a bunch of kale, and whatever other veggies your family likes or you need to eat:). Bring all of it to a boil, boil for about a min., then simmer for at least 1/2 hour or until you feel it is finished. I usually throw in some parsley, oregano, maybe basil, again whatever you like. Enjoy!! My kids (6&9) usually eat at least 2 bowels if not more and then will eat it for lunch the next day!!

  4. megan permalink
    December 9, 2010 4:30 am

    Sadly, I hate bananas but I eat at least a couple a week because I know they’re good for me. I started to do it when I was training for Boston and am happy that they no longer make me gag. I still think they’re pretty yucky!

  5. December 9, 2010 4:31 am

    I really tend to have pretty healthy tastes. I’m pretty happy eating healthy stuff…I just sometimes eat too much of it, and I want to eat cookies, too. In fact, I once gained 5 pounds while doing a program that made you keep track of how many servings of fruits and veggies you ate…I did really well getting those fruits and veggies in, but didn’t cut back on anything else….proof that you can gain weight eating healthy food.

    I can’t really think of anything I make myself eat….if I don’t like it, I don’t eat it. I do have to remind myself to get plenty of protein (I don’t eat meat), so sometimes I’ll drink a protein shake or eat a Greek yogurt or some nuts just to get more protein.

  6. Heidi permalink
    December 9, 2010 4:47 am

    V8. I absolutely hate V8 – I shudder when I drink it sometimes. BUT – I know it is healthy and full of vitamins, and I do feel better after I’ve had one. Lunch following a long run is usually a turkey sandwich and a V8, and as gross as it is, it gives me lots of energy and keeps me from feeling weighted down. When I know I’m not going to have fruits and veggies with my lunch, I make myself have a V8 for balance.

  7. Catrina permalink
    December 9, 2010 4:50 am

    I actually like most fruits and veggies. One thing that I don’t like though, is yogurt. I have tried for years, thinking this time i will eat it, but it always make me gag. So now I only put yogurt in smoothies, with frozen fruit, oj, and carrot juice, super yummy!

  8. December 9, 2010 5:08 am

    I became a vegetarian about a dozen years ago and that completely opened me up to lots of foods I’d never tried. I really can’t stand cucumbers or celery but I’ll be honest…. I don’t force myself to eat them since I eat so many other veggies. I hope this doesn’t make me ineligible for the Larabars, as they sound amazing and I know I would never break away from my cheapskate-ness (woops! FRUGALITY) to buy them!

  9. Jacinda permalink
    December 9, 2010 5:11 am

    I hate milk. I have a tiny bit in my coffee and put a very small amount on my cereal but I don’t like it at all. I know everyone always says it is great for recovery after a long run but I just can’t drink it, I can’t even drink chocolate milk.

  10. KarenM permalink
    December 9, 2010 5:17 am

    Brown rice! It’s not so bad if it has a little stir fry sauce or curry sauce on it, though.

  11. December 9, 2010 5:22 am

    Beans! They are yucky!

  12. December 9, 2010 5:28 am

    Carrots. Unless I have some dip and then it really isn’t healthy any more. I just don’t like the taste of plane carrots.

  13. Cynthia Fish permalink
    December 9, 2010 5:31 am

    Quinoa, yuck! I don’t know why those little bits just turn me off! My husband made a pumpkin and squash stew with canadian bacon and red quinoa and it was finally tolerable! Anything with some cream turns out pretty good most times 😉

  14. Denita permalink
    December 9, 2010 5:40 am

    For the most part I can “down” just about anything if I know it is good for me – with the exception of green tea. I keep reading about the benefits of green tea, but try as I might, I can’t get it down my throat…just can’t.

  15. December 9, 2010 5:41 am

    I have finally found a way to get more dark green leafy things into my mouth. Beet greens are good sauteed in a little olive oil with minced GARLIC! Yum!

  16. December 9, 2010 5:43 am

    Water. Seriously. I have found since my son was born that there is a very, very fine line between being properly hydrated and needing one of his diapers. I know 8-10 glasses is good for me but I wish it weren’t…

  17. Kristy S permalink
    December 9, 2010 5:51 am

    Green Beans! However, I have found if I buy the frozen ones in the steam bags they are crisper and I toss them in italian fat free dressing to give them some flavor….

  18. December 9, 2010 6:03 am

    Can I say a food that’s good for me that I plan on eating, but haven’t gotten around to it yet? I’m going to assume, “yes.” In that case BEETs, I sort of think they taste a bit like dirt, and strangely, even though dirt tasted good about 20 years ago, I’ve lost my appetite for it. I am promising here, on this blog, I will add beets to my diet!

    • Melissa permalink
      December 9, 2010 12:04 pm

      See my comment below and ROAST them.
      They will blow your mind. So sweet and amazing!

  19. Nancy M permalink
    December 9, 2010 6:06 am

    Fish. I know most are good for me, but still. My son loves it {good thing college expanded his horizons!} so I choke it down when he cooks it.

  20. Chaya permalink
    December 9, 2010 6:07 am

    I doubt celery’s all that good for you anyway- it’s mostly water! I finally learned to like eggplant in the last year or so, and when I feel up to it I throw a few in the oven. Roast, peel, drain, mash, then add various flavorings for a healthier spread (I like Greek yogurt, tons of garlic, and parsley). Still can’t stand Brussel sprouts though!

  21. Carolyn permalink
    December 9, 2010 6:08 am

    I started taking a nutrition class this fall and as a result have started adding flax seed to my oatmeal and yogurt…it’s tolerable. I also add fresh spinach to my sandwiches and pizza and cooked spinach with my pasta. I tried brussel sprouts for awhile but I just couldn’t stick with them.

  22. December 9, 2010 6:13 am

    There aren’t many things I don’t like. And if I don’t like it, I WON’T eat it. Peas. Blech.

    But I am really lazy about preparing healthy things for myself. Larabars would really serve my “grab something super quick out of the pantry” habit well!

  23. Laurie Allin permalink
    December 9, 2010 6:14 am

    I’ve learned to tolerant bananas (in an emergency – however bake them in anything and I’m front and center), iced tea (and now I don’t drink soda and no I don’t add sweetner -unless I go out somewhere and it’s really bitter), and oatmeal (but only steel cut oatmeal, it’s a texture thing, and I love some blueberries thrown in). Still hoping one day I figure out the secret to choking down cottage cheese and greek yogurt (both texture things).

  24. Sarah permalink
    December 9, 2010 6:16 am

    I’ve never met a vegetable I didn’t like in at least one form. Whole brussels sprouts are gross to me, but if I separate the leaves and sautee them they are delish. They taste really good sprinkled over cauliflower that has been roasted and whipped.

  25. December 9, 2010 6:22 am

    Bananas. They have such a gross texture and taste. I rarely eat them in their natural form becuase of that. I add them to Green Smoothies, and I of course, love banana bread!

  26. December 9, 2010 6:23 am

    it use to be veggies – however, after learning that roasting them with sea salt and olive oil makes them yummy – i am getting better.

  27. Christine permalink
    December 9, 2010 6:25 am

    I don’t really eat any foods I don’t like, but I do eat a lot of veggies and fruits. For some reason, one veggie I can’t stand is celery and I never eat it. I am trying some new veggies and fruits to try to get more variety. I really love roasted veggies, just chop up some squash, sweet potatos, onions, peppers, or any others, spray with olive oil and a dash of salt and pepper and maybe some curry powder or cumin, and roast at 400 for 20-30 minutes and they are so yummy. I love Larabars, lemon, key lime pie and apple pie are my favorites:)

  28. December 9, 2010 6:25 am

    I really have to admit that I like most healthy foods but when thinking about this post I thought of the carrot sticks that I eat with my lunch. I like carrots but I would much rather be munching on a bag of salt and vinegar chips with my lunch!

  29. December 9, 2010 6:33 am

    Lima beans and fish. blech! Though if someone fixed them for me I would eat them out of fear of my mom finding out that I didn’t ‘eat what was put in front of me’

  30. WendyLD permalink
    December 9, 2010 6:33 am

    Yogurt. I hate the slimy texture. It makes me gag, but I know it’s good for you.

  31. December 9, 2010 6:34 am

    I have always despised peppers (bell or hot) and onions, and I don’t eat them! A little piece can add an unpleasant flavor to the whole dish for me. I’m not fond of peas, but I will eat peapods (go figure – maybe from eating canned peas as a child?). Love the Larabars, especially since I have to eat gluten-free.

  32. Jennifer permalink
    December 9, 2010 6:40 am

    veggies! I eat them, but why can’t they taste like a big loaf of sourdough french bread????

  33. Linda permalink
    December 9, 2010 6:45 am

    Cottage cheese – the texture of it makes it hard to eat, but I’ve found a great pancake recipe that has it in and I don’t have to worry about that.

  34. December 9, 2010 6:46 am

    Cauliflower. Hate it. It’s gross and it smells weird. But, my mom loves it and makes it at almost every holiday meal. So, I eat it to make her happy. Truth be told, I can almost tolerate it, if it is mashed up with a lot of cream and butter, but I guess that kind of takes away the healthiness of it.

  35. Sue Garrabrant permalink
    December 9, 2010 6:48 am

    I have to admit… I don’t like vegetables. I can detect the tiniest piece of celery or onion in just about anything, and I will spend 10 minutes picking them out of my macaroni salad. The smell of peppers and onions makes me gag. I’ll eat tomatoes, carrots, and broccoli only if they are cooked. My lettuce preference is the not-really-healthy butter, redleaf, or greenleaf variety. I do like fruit of all kinds, however. On a positive note, I love love love my anti-oxident filled, heart-healthy red wine! 🙂

    • December 9, 2010 7:01 am

      Sue, I think my 6 year old may actually be yours! 🙂

      • Sue Garrabrant permalink
        December 9, 2010 1:20 pm

        Ha ha! My 4-year-old eats more veggies than I do. I try to be a good food role model for my kids but I know one of these days they are going to call me out on my hypocrisy! 🙂

  36. December 9, 2010 6:53 am

    I like healthy foods, generally, but sometimes I have to choke down those super healthy leafy greens. I have found that cooking kale in chicken broth makes it really yummy (plus serve it over bread with an egg on top and parmesan cheese!).

  37. Deby permalink
    December 9, 2010 6:56 am

    Whole wheat pasta. I really don’t like how thick it feels in my mouth and I’ve had a couple of experiences where I get sick after eating it, but… I still try and eat it when it’s an option. I mix it half and half with white pasta and that makes it better. I’m still always afraid that the heavy pasta will just sit in my stomach forever until my stomach doesn’t want it anymore and it decides to get rid of it though.

  38. Tyler permalink
    December 9, 2010 6:57 am

    I am pregnant with our second child, so lately I have been trying to eat dark leafy greens. Not a big fan of them, but know they are good for a growing baby! Sauteed in olive oil and salt seems to help!

  39. Jess M permalink
    December 9, 2010 6:59 am

    I actually like most veggies and fruit… although I can pass on cauliflower (taste & smell need something to be desired) and brussel sprouts too. I’m not a big fan of sweet potatoes either… let’s face it – they’re not very tasty until you add brown sugar!

  40. December 9, 2010 7:00 am


    If I’m being honest, it kind of freaks me out a little bit, the way it expands in the water and that little tail thing comes out? Heebadajeebada.

    But I eat it with broccoli and beans and sometimes a mustardy vinaigrette of sorts. But usually if I have time I make brown rice instead!

  41. Holly S. permalink
    December 9, 2010 7:01 am

    Oatmeal. It’s a drag, but it’s healthy and cheap (as long as you don’t buy the instant packets). I wish I liked it–that’s why I keep trying. Yesterday after my run I came home, and made it with slivered almonds, dried cranberries, and brown sugar. It was ok. It helped that I was cold and hungry.

    • Melissa permalink
      December 9, 2010 12:11 pm

      1/2 c. oats
      1/2 c. almond milk (or cow, if you do dairy)
      1/2 c. water
      small banana sliced thin

      Mix together and cook on the stovetop, stirring occasionally.
      Keep it at a simmer/low boil and make sure to stay close or it might boil over.
      Stir to break the banana up as it cooks. When the oatmeal is the thickness you like remove from heat. Add cinnamon and vanilla to taste.

      This makes CREAMY naturally sweet oatmeal. The banana sort of holds the oats in suspension and the milk makes it creamy. I’m vegan so I’m not sure if dairy will be as good (I doubt it – almond milk is magical…) but if you’re used to cow milk it probably won’t even register. Just use a bit more vanilla, maybe? So so good. I eat it every morning. I added a dollup of PB2 to the top today with great results as well. Delish!

  42. Adine Cumberland permalink
    December 9, 2010 7:02 am

    Fish, esp. tuna steaks. I used to despise when my mom would make us eat it when we were younger. Only recently have I discovered that if I just brown it on the outside it is delicious!! I put a tad of olive oil in the pan, heat it up and place the tuna in just until it browns. Of course I have to put a lot of lemon pepper seasoning on it, but it just tastes way better than when it’s dry and cooked all the way through. Sorry, mom! You’re still the best, but I have re-invented my Tuna 🙂

  43. December 9, 2010 7:11 am

    I am just not a huge fan of many raw veggies. I love them cooked, all of them really! But raw, they are so hard and difficult for me to get down. That is of course it is at a party and they are paired with a deliciously high-fat dip of some sort! I can mask most of this however with hummus and this helps me snack on them…but let’s be serious there are a million other things I would rather be eating!

  44. elizabeth permalink
    December 9, 2010 7:11 am

    What healthy food do I eat that I would rather not? Salad. Yawn. Present me with a bowl of cut up raw vegetables and I’ll eat it because I know I need those leafy green suckers — but really — boring. If I had my druthers, I’d deep fry EVERYTHING.


  45. December 9, 2010 7:14 am

    I’ve learned to love oatmeal, yogurt (although I prefer homemade), and steamed broccoli. I generally eat enough veggies and fruits, but I just don’t like dark leafy greens or brussel sprouts.

  46. December 9, 2010 7:14 am

    I hate seafood, but sometimes I’ll force myself to eat it — mainly so my kids will see. Fortunately, there aren’t any other foods I dislike.

  47. Carol permalink
    December 9, 2010 7:18 am

    Spinach. I’m bad about getting enough veggies. Since spinach is easy to hide in a smoothie, that’s what I do! I throw some into my morning smoothie and don’t notice much taste difference at all. AND, I get a serving of veggies out of the deal!

  48. Jamie permalink
    December 9, 2010 7:20 am

    I don’t really like to eat salads, but I do it anyway.

  49. Tina Z permalink
    December 9, 2010 7:20 am

    Peas. My mother loved them, I hated them, guess won? I learned to swallow them whole and suffered through. Unfortunately I haven’t changed my mind, so the best way to prepare them is to not prepare them at all!

  50. Kristyn G permalink
    December 9, 2010 7:24 am

    mine is fruit. weird, I know. I prefer veggies, but I have always been a “salty snack” kind of girl and not much on the sweets. I hate eating fruit, just to still be hungry when I finish it!

  51. Janice S permalink
    December 9, 2010 7:25 am

    I actually like a big variety of fruits and veggies, so I don’t worry about trying to eat the few that I don’t—like brussel sprouts! Gag! 🙂

  52. Alecia permalink
    December 9, 2010 7:33 am

    My husband went to culinary school (I know! I’m lucky!) so there are lots of things that I previously wouldn’t eat and now I love! On that list are mushrooms, brussel sprouts, and asparagus. Portobello Mushrooms: Let them soak in plain ole soy sauce and then throw them on the grill. I don’t even need a steak if I’ve got that!

  53. Amanda D permalink
    December 9, 2010 7:33 am

    Veggies! I tend to chop them really really fine and throw them into almost anything- salads, wraps, pasta sauces and then proceed to tell my children when they ask, “what is this thing in here?” that it must be some sort of spice that I added but don’t remember….. and they eat it.

  54. ice cream addict permalink
    December 9, 2010 7:35 am

    Cottage cheese – great protein but I cannot stand the stuff. Most other healthy things, I’ll eat no problem.

  55. renee permalink
    December 9, 2010 7:36 am

    I actually really like health foods; my problem is that I like to eat the healthy foods with things like pizza or nachos. I have recently learned that asparagus is not as bad as I thought. I avoided it forever, but had some grilled this summer and now like to eat it.

  56. December 9, 2010 7:38 am

    Broccolli. Raw, steamed, sauteed, in any shape, form or fashion. I know it it good for me, and because of that, I throw it in my food plan quite often. I don’t even really hate the taste. I hate the look of it! I just find it an irritating food item. Bring on the spinach (raw only), asparagus, or green beans any day, over broccolli. ‘Nuff said. 🙂

  57. Linda P. permalink
    December 9, 2010 7:39 am

    I am not a big fan of carrots, especially raw. My favorite trick is to dip baby carrots in Red Roasted Pepper Hummus. I will actually lose track of how many I’ve eaten!

  58. Kortni permalink
    December 9, 2010 7:41 am

    Bananas and bread. I think bananas smell funny and have a weird texture. For me to eat one, it has to be almost green. And, as strange as it may be, I don’t really like bread. I know the grains are good for you, but I don’t like it.

  59. Lori Connors permalink
    December 9, 2010 7:42 am

    Carrots!!!UGHHHH…but give me some carrot cake and i am all over them.

  60. Suzanne permalink
    December 9, 2010 7:44 am

    I pretty much like everything. There are a few foods that I am not a big fan of–kale, tomatoes, celery, and onions–but I wouldn’t put them in the “hate” category.

  61. Carolie permalink
    December 9, 2010 7:45 am

    Tomatoes… I can eat them in sauces but never in a salad. If I sprinkle with a little salt and Olive oil I camn get them down.

  62. Stephanie S. permalink
    December 9, 2010 7:46 am

    I grew up hating any and all veggies, but I knew I wanted to change my ways when I had kids. We joined a CSA the last few summers and I feel guilty throwing away anything that comes in our weekly box from the farm. So, I’ve started eating kale, chard, cabbage, kohlrabi and many other veggies that I never even knew existed. My tip is to mix any veggie with some sort of cheese or bacon and that does wonders!

  63. Meg permalink
    December 9, 2010 7:46 am

    Spinach… raw, then a really tangy dressing like a raspberry vinaigrette helps and cooked you can kinda throw it in things like lasagna or soup or mac n cheese.

  64. eep permalink
    December 9, 2010 7:53 am

    Bananas are the devil’s fruit. It is a testament to my love for my children that I am willing to peel bananas, slice them, even fish them out of the high chair in the warm mushy state. Bananas are foul foul disgusting things, and I am sorry that some human decided to give them a shot.

    So I don’t eat bananas. I do eat brown rice, and I could think of lots of carbs I would rather eat. But brown rice is healthy, or at least healthier than white rice or white pasta. I like most vegetables. There are ways to prepare almost anything and make it palatable. But not bananas.

  65. Kelly Connolly permalink
    December 9, 2010 7:59 am

    Eggs. I know some would argue they are not good for you, but I think they are better for you than the english muffin loaded with strawberry jelly I would rather eat for breakfast (or even better, blueberry and chocolate cake doughnuts or leftover pizza!). I load them up with sauteed veggies to try to disguise the egg flavor and texture. The egg really becomes a vehicle to eat onion, garlic, peppers, mushrooms and spinach!

  66. December 9, 2010 8:01 am

    My downfall with eating healthy is more about what I eat that I shouldn’t… chips… However, what I should eat, but don’t like to? yogurt. Some yogurts have a texture I don’t like, but I try to pack a minimal lunch with a yogurt, so I have to eat it or be hungry. 🙂

  67. Nicole permalink
    December 9, 2010 8:02 am

    How horrible is it for me to say water. I have a hard time getting my daily requirement. Also, spinach.

  68. Carolyn permalink
    December 9, 2010 8:03 am

    That would be cauliflower!

  69. Cathy permalink
    December 9, 2010 8:04 am

    Cabbage-I buy it with the best intentions of getting myself and my family to like it, but it usually goes bad (which takes weeks) before I get to it.
    I do use it in soups, adds alot of flavour and I discovered that my youngest loves coleslaw (which I would usually buy). So now a small head of cabbage should get consumed in a reasonable amount of time in our house.

  70. December 9, 2010 8:04 am

    I like just about everything but I think lettuce must taste like dirt. Good thing you can cover it with lots of yummy veggies beans cheese and thank goodness for salad dressing!

  71. December 9, 2010 8:08 am

    I actually love most veggies, but here’s how I eat the stuff most people don’t like—roast cauliflower and brussels sprouts with a little olive oil, lemon juice and a sprinkle of parmesan. YUM!! Really! But not as good as a Lara Lemon Pie! MMMMM!

  72. Melissa permalink
    December 9, 2010 8:09 am

    I’m like many of the posters above…if I don’t like it, I don’t really force myself to eat it. There is usually a substitute available in another form!

    Lately though I have been burnt out on peanut butter which was a key part of my pre-long run nutrition. (That or a low-glycemic trail mix bar) I think forcing myself to eat so early has made me “eh” for both of those things even though I usually enjoy them. Towards the end of training I was gagging down my breakfast, so I look forward to finding something new as my next training cycle begins!

  73. Sue permalink
    December 9, 2010 8:13 am

    Totally honest–I can’t think of one healthy food that I don’t like! I like some better than others, and I like them when they’re prepared well, but I do like them all. One really basic, very healthy thing that I’ve been having trouble downing enough of lately is plain water. I know it’s ridiculous, but I just can’t seem to get more than a glass in a day, and that’s a good H20 day. Any advice for doing better? Thanks!

  74. Karin permalink
    December 9, 2010 8:15 am

    Sweet potatoes…if that counts as a vegetable. Right now I just suck it up and eat it knowing it’s good for me whether it tastes good or not. I have cut them up like french fries and roasted them with a little sea salt and olive oil.

  75. Sam Rhoades permalink
    December 9, 2010 8:16 am

    I don’t like eggs. I know they are supposed to be a super-food and all that jazz, but I just don’t like ’em. however, I scramble them and eat them with extra sharp cheddar and black beans and salsa and then it is like I am eating “a la playa”! ole!

  76. otherjulie permalink
    December 9, 2010 8:18 am

    Hmmm…brussel sprouts, cooked carrots, lima beans…I get them down cause I’m supposed to. Ironically, my 10-year-old is the self-proclaimed “brussels sprouts queen” and will eat them all day long.

  77. December 9, 2010 8:21 am

    I wish I loved beans – but the fact is, I just can’t stand mushy food. So I bake my garbanzo beans and my black-eyed peas in the oven and turn them into crunchy little snacks. Simple – rinse and drain, place on parchment paper on a cookie sheet, spray with a non-toxic olive oil cooking spray, add ground black pepper and some sea salt (you can add any spices – sweet or savory you like) and bake at 350 degrees for about an hour (check to make sure they are not drying up completely or getting too hard on the inside. Let cool and try not to eat the entire batch in one sitting.

    I also cube acorn squash and bake it like french fries – crisp outside and soft inside – delicious!

  78. Megan permalink
    December 9, 2010 8:21 am

    I’m usually really good about veggies, in fact I actually had to cut myself off from carrots because I was eating so many pounds of them that I was turning orange, bad fake tan orange. Spinach defeats me though. I can’t stand it cooked, and who munches mindlessly on spinach. But I discovered that if I keep a bit handy that I will happily throw it on sandwiches in replacement for lettuce or spread some hummus on it and pop it in my mouth as a snack.

  79. Lyndsay S. permalink
    December 9, 2010 8:22 am

    I am currently pregnant, and after reading somewhere that tastes start to form in the womb, decided I needed to start eating broccoli which I detest. But with hummus or dressing, it’s become bearable. And I did enjoy broccollini better.

  80. dawn permalink
    December 9, 2010 8:25 am

    tomatoes – i love anything made with tomatoes (sauces, ketchup, etc), but don’t like the texture of just tomatoes. i just mix them with enough other stuff that i don’t notice it quite as much!

  81. Tami Pike permalink
    December 9, 2010 8:34 am

    There are lots of typically ewwwy veggies that fall into my love-it category like brussels sprouts, spinach, even cooked carrots. I have to say I’ve never met a lima bean that I am willing to eat. But to answer your question, I do eat green peas grudgingly – hey their good for you right!

  82. Kathy G permalink
    December 9, 2010 8:37 am

    Eggs – I should eat more but only like them deviled or in egg salad. Cooked spinach – OK with pasta and beans but not alone. My kids love it with vinegar on it!

  83. Katy permalink
    December 9, 2010 8:39 am

    I’m a food lover, for the most part I like all the healthy stuff, but I also like the non healthy stuff just as much. Between budgets, time and taste buds, I find myself not eating all the fruits and veggies I should. Luckily, I eat oatmeal and yogurt daily. I’ve recently been stocking up on the dried fruits to throw in my oatmeal or to reach for as a snack instead of something with chocolate! Now, to work in a few more servings of veggies a day…

  84. Jennifer permalink
    December 9, 2010 8:40 am

    Brussel sprouts! Even the thought of them makes me gag!

  85. jules permalink
    December 9, 2010 8:40 am

    Easy peasy….Eggs. I force myself to eat them because they are good for me. Strangely, when I was pregnant I loved them!

  86. Bente permalink
    December 9, 2010 8:44 am

    I can never seem to eat enough veggies. I try to add spinach with my eggs and eat a salad daily but beyond that it’s pretty spare. We belonged to a CSA this summer did develop a taste for “mystery vegetable” aka red kale.

  87. Tryna Hermanson permalink
    December 9, 2010 8:49 am

    I know that bananas are a superfood, and they are perfect for a run, but 85% of the time they make me gag. SO! I put Nutella on them and it all works out. I get healthy food, and I feel like I’m eating chocolate. Yay!

    • December 9, 2010 9:07 am

      funny you say that- I can’t eat them before a run, but normally I like them.

    • Beth B. permalink
      December 9, 2010 9:22 am

      I am so trying this with the nutella…

    • Alecia permalink
      December 9, 2010 9:29 am

      Great idea!

  88. Cherylyn permalink
    December 9, 2010 8:51 am

    Not a fish lover other than mercury laden canned tuna. I take a fish oil capsule daily and even that is not my favorite.
    I do love my vegetables and legumes though. Almost any vegetable drizzled with olive oil and roasted in the oven is super delicious!!

  89. Jessica permalink
    December 9, 2010 8:54 am

    Probably most kind of beans that require soaking to use them. I don’t mind eating them, but am REALLY lazy in the prep department. I have two kids that are CRAZY about kidney beans, so I probably better start getting more creative in using them while they’ll still eat them… I am one of those people in that I really do like most of the healthy stuff, but this momma is TIRED when she gets home from work and is less than creative with dinner most night:(

  90. December 9, 2010 8:58 am

    Asparagas. I don’t really like it and I don’t like that it makes my pee smell funny. BUT…I can put almost any veggie in a stir fry and end up not even noticing it’s there if there’s enough stuff in it that I DO like.

  91. Cindy permalink
    December 9, 2010 9:03 am

    Hmmm…if I dislike it, I usually just don’t eat it!! I like SO many things that I can usually find a substitute. I probably don’t eat enough veggies in my diet, so some of the ideas from above are good tips for me. Seeing cauliflower reminded me of the cauliflower mashed “potatoes” from South Beach recipes. All you do is put some cooked cauliflower in the food processor, add some milk and butter for a creamy treat! Same thing with Butternut squash for a mashed sweet potato surprise! (Although I have a jar of Nutella and a banana that may be screaming my name now!)

  92. December 9, 2010 9:05 am

    Kale, hands down. I know it’s extra green and extra ruffly, so for some reason that makes it extra good for me. I have found that I can chug a ton of it down when I make a green smoothie of it in the morning. Bananas, blackberries and a bit of orange juice helps the medicine go down.

  93. Annette M permalink
    December 9, 2010 9:08 am

    Like Cindy, above, I usually don’t eat it if I don’t like it. Or, I pair it with foods I do like… say Apples (not that exciting for me solo) BUT with a few slices of cheddar – yum! (lame, I know that I don’t like fruit much.)

  94. Anne permalink
    December 9, 2010 9:10 am

    Squash – it’s growing on me but still not a fan. Latest way to prepare – boil/steam it – mash it up. Put in baking dish, cover with green chilies and cheese! Bake. Not too bad.

  95. Beth B. permalink
    December 9, 2010 9:21 am

    Bananas. Just don’t like the texture. I need to have them borderline green, and i eat them with my morning cereal to mask the texture. But I eat ’em – pretty much once a day because its a good way to get a good serving of fruit in the morning.

  96. Heather Gocke permalink
    December 9, 2010 9:24 am

    I choke down a cup of green tea whenever I remember I need the antioxidants… I LOVE tea, but for some reason, green tea just doesn’t do it for me!

  97. Melanie M. permalink
    December 9, 2010 9:24 am

    Kale is my one vegetable I have difficulty eating. A friend of mine recommended that I make kale chips with a bit of sea salt using my oven, and since then I absolutely LOVE it!!

  98. melissa permalink
    December 9, 2010 9:27 am

    Cauliflower. The only way I can eat it is to roast it in the oven with olive and garlic. It’s very tasty, but cauliflower any other way, I despise.

  99. Merle permalink
    December 9, 2010 9:28 am

    I don’t line onions, especially raw onions. The only way to eat them is to slow cook in the olive oil for 25-30 minutes and mix with other vegetables.

  100. Jaclyn permalink
    December 9, 2010 9:40 am

    Salmon. And pretty much all fish. But salmon mostly. I can only eat it grilled so it tastes more like chicken, and on top of a caesar salad.

  101. Judy permalink
    December 9, 2010 9:41 am

    Ok ladies, we all need our calcium, so I make sure to have yogurt every day. I mix it with nuts, fruit, Go Lean Crunch or Grape Nuts which I keep stashed at my desk at work. The last thing that I want when I get old is a hip fracture.

    • Judy permalink
      December 9, 2010 9:46 am

      I don’t like yogurt, I just eat it for the calcium!

  102. December 9, 2010 9:43 am

    WHEATGRASS. It’s rather icky but so so good for the body!

  103. December 9, 2010 9:43 am

    I love so many vegetables but I just don’t enjoy eating lettuce (leafy greens) I’ll chop it up small so I don’t feel like I’m eating a leaf but I could definitely live without! It’s so much easier to consume a healthy meal at a restaurant though by choosing the salad and there are so many vitamins and minerals in those leafy greens :sigh:

  104. Mina permalink
    December 9, 2010 9:44 am

    I really do like most all healthy foods. There are 3 though that I wish I could eat – it’s a texture thing, yogurt, walnuts, and avacados.


  105. Jennifer Westerlund permalink
    December 9, 2010 9:46 am

    I really love most all fruits and veggies, but Swiss Chard is one that I eat only because it is such a good green. It isn’t my favorite, but I love how great it is for me:) Thanks!

  106. Helen M permalink
    December 9, 2010 9:46 am

    Raw carrot sticks are so dull unless they’re smothered with some kinda of calerie laden dip which then doens’t make them all that healthy…so I grumble my way through the raw plain kind in my daily snack pack – my mom always told me they’d help me see in the dark – I’m still waiting on that little magic trick!

  107. December 9, 2010 9:47 am

    Spinach – one of those foods that Popeye brainwashed us to believe is very good for you, and well, it really is. I buy bags and they tend to rot in my fridge. BUT…we now have a good use. A spinach, egg white and feta wrap. Very tasty and of course, cheese makes everything tastes good. You can also do a spinach salad with spinach, strawberries goat cheese and almonds. You make a dressing with sesame seeds, olive oil, sugar and worcestershire sauce and it’s quite tasty! “Leafy greens – there you have it!”

  108. Laurel permalink
    December 9, 2010 9:48 am

    We eat lots of healthy stuff, most is pretty darn good…and good for us. One thing I don’t care for but my kids love, is polenta. A touch too slimy for me but good and gluten free (DD has celiac disease, so 90% of meals are gluten free here.) Something we LOVE is chocolate garbanzo bean cake for birthdays (from the blog: ) and Whole Foods’ Black Bean Brownies. YUM!

  109. Miranda permalink
    December 9, 2010 9:48 am

    I just discovered that turnips and rutabagas are delicious roasted in the oven with garlic, rosemary and olive oil. Like natures candy! YUM!

  110. Joanne permalink
    December 9, 2010 9:48 am

    Asparagus. I roast it with olive oil and sea salt for about 30-35 minutes. It tastes so much better this way, and my kids will eat it too.

  111. Laurie A. permalink
    December 9, 2010 9:50 am

    I like most vegetables except for cooked green peas. I have always hated them. When I was a kid, my mom and brother liked them but Dad did not, so I had ally. No, my husband doesn’t care for them, but my picky kids like them. Since I make them eat all sorts of vegetables that they do not care for, I eat those. Must set an example, you know.

  112. Jeannie M permalink
    December 9, 2010 9:50 am

    Feeling guilty that I don’t purposely eat healthy food that I can’t stand, but that might explain the lack of weight loss. I think that’s going to have to be a new goal: more healthy food no matter how gross. Thanks for all the ideas!

  113. Jenn permalink
    December 9, 2010 9:50 am

    I like almost all veggies but I just can’t seem to get into kale. Tried it in soups, tried it in smoothies, even tried kale chips, but no, I just don’t get it.

  114. Christina Comfort permalink
    December 9, 2010 9:51 am

    Turmeric isn’t exactly a favorite, but sometimes I’ll sprinkle it on top of a random dish since it’s known for its healing, anti-inflammatory properties.

  115. Seana permalink
    December 9, 2010 9:52 am

    I generally am not at all a big fan of eggplant, but I love doing a curry with it! An easy baked curry dish I do is chickpeas, tomatoes, onions, and eggplant with appropriate herbs and spices!

  116. Sally Lukash permalink
    December 9, 2010 9:53 am

    Brussel sprouts!!! I find that if I steam them until slighlty tender and saute them in olive oil and minced garlic (lots of it!!!) and at the end add red pepper flakes, it is only then that I can tolerate the sulphur producing veggies!!!

  117. December 9, 2010 9:53 am

    I like most veggies, but most beans just don’t do it for me. I’ve found if I put them in a spicy soup, I enjoy them much more. Not sure what it is about the spiciness, but it works. I’ve taken to actually making a tomato based soup, with assorted veggies (what ever comes out of the garden in bulk), spicing it up, and canning it for winter. Its one of my favorites – and my kids too!

  118. Kathleen Conner permalink
    December 9, 2010 9:54 am

    I’ve never been a huge fan of tofu. But it’s OK if I brush it with oil and bake it, then melt some cheese on it!

  119. December 9, 2010 9:54 am

    I do not like Eggplant. Its pretty and good for you but I don’t like it. but…I make a healthy and YUMMY pizza with Eggplant and other veggies that we all love.

  120. Laura Grey permalink
    December 9, 2010 9:54 am

    Spinach. I put it in an alfredo base with red peppers and salmon and it’s actually pretty tasty. Also good with a healthy dose of lemon juice – to kill the taste. 😉

  121. December 9, 2010 9:55 am

    I don’t care for brown rice. I should say, it’s OK, but I *adore* steamed jasmine rice. No pun, but brown rice pales in comparison. I think the best way to prepare is more like pasta, rather than the general method of 40 minutes with an exact amount of water. I can control the texture of it a bit more that way.

    Be well!

  122. Maria Murray permalink
    December 9, 2010 9:55 am

    I eat green smoothies. I add two scoops of protein powder to water with two/three handfuls of spinach and frozen berries. I can’t stomach veggies when I’m pregnant, but was able to get them all in by making green smoothies. I truly felt like a hippie when I drank these. Luckily, #4 made an appearance two weeks ago so I can stop. Only problem….now I actually am somewhat enjoying them if I pinch my nose when I drink them.

  123. Rebecca permalink
    December 9, 2010 9:56 am

    I usually don’t eat foods I don’t like. I love salty junk food of any kind. I try not to eat much of it. I do eat lots of veggies, but it is not the same. If I stopped running, the junk food would catch up with me.

  124. jennifer Smith permalink
    December 9, 2010 9:56 am

    I eat veggies, i eat raw, I try to eat pomagranates but do not like them. I do not like it as juice, I do not like it as seeds, I do not like the flavor or the texture or the work to get at them. The best i do is throw a few in a smoothie and try to cover it up with other fruits.
    As for Lara Bars ginger snap is my favorite but it is hard to find.

  125. December 9, 2010 9:57 am

    I have a tough time with dairy. Even since I was a baby I have been turned off by the taste of milk. Additionally, all those nasty rumors of the harmful effects of dairy doesn’t help the relationship. BUT we all know it is super important to have the calcium for out bones (specially us women) and the extra protein doesn’t hurt. How have I managed to sneek some dairy in my diet and develop a liking for dairy? Reduced fat Cottage cheese and I have become great friends. I either load it up with pepper or find some crackers and use it as a dip. I have started using 1% milk in my protein shakes. My favorite is making wheat toast with peanut butter…I have to have something to wash it down! The taste of PB lingers in my mouth so guzzling down milk doesn’t become that difficult. Lastly, the reduced fat/weight watchers string cheese once in awhile adds some additional calcium in my diet and doesn’t kill me with the fat grams or calories. These three tricks have made dairy a regular part of my dairy and my mouth very happy! 🙂

  126. LaurenM permalink
    December 9, 2010 10:04 am

    beets, And I have yet to find a way to eat them. Other than that I eat everything else.

  127. December 9, 2010 10:04 am

    For the most part I like most healthy foods, it’s more about finding the time to fix those instead of grabbing something fast and not so good. I don’t like blueberries whole, but I know they are great for you, so if I cut them in half (I know weird but it’s a texture issue for me biting into the skins) and mix with yogurt, strawberries and crunchy cereal like Kashi or Grape Nuts, I will eat them with a smile on my face!

  128. couturerin permalink
    December 9, 2010 10:05 am

    what healthy food do you eat that you’d rather not?

    For me it’s tomatoes. But i slice some shallot and onion and sweat them in a pan of oil while dicing my tomatoes. then add salt and tomatoes to the pan and let simmer for about 30 minutes so they make almost like a tomatoe sauce. Then add a can of garbonzo beans and rice, a lot of curry spice and salt and voila, i’m eating 5 romat tomatoes and not even realizing it!!

  129. December 9, 2010 10:06 am

    Sardines. Welterweight powerhouse of omega-3 fats, Vitamin D, B-12, phosphorus, and calcium, great alternative to the overfished and mercury loaded tuna. But if I eat them straight up, they taste like pre-chewed, day-old dog urp. The thing is, I keep thinking, maybe this time! Maybe now I will love them! A palatable option: chunk them in honey mustard dressing with fresh ground black pepper and put them in a lettuce wrap with a lot of tomato.

  130. December 9, 2010 10:06 am

    Grapefruit–I really don’t like it on its own. That bitterness is just too much. I usually end up sprinkling it with stevia and using it in a salad with chopped avocado.

  131. Sheri Szalkowski permalink
    December 9, 2010 10:06 am

    I enjoy almost all healthy foods now that my taste buds have changed some from eating them more often. Sometimes we get mixed frozen veggies and steam them. I always try to get more carrots and avoid the squash. Sometimes I will add a little bit of shredded cheese to cover up the squash taste and eat them because I know they are good for me. We all love the Lara bars. My favorite is Apple Pie!

  132. Jennifer Wilson permalink
    December 9, 2010 10:06 am

    Tofu! I just can’t bring myself to enjoy this food. I will eat it if I have too! I’d much rather have the Larabar!! 🙂

  133. colesbites permalink
    December 9, 2010 10:07 am

    Wheatgrass. Blend wheat grass into a smoothie to soften and dilute the nasty taste. Blend together the wheat grass, blue, black or raspberries, nonfat yogurt, a slash of juice and crushed ice for a sweet and nutritious smoothie.

  134. alicia permalink
    December 9, 2010 10:07 am

    Not a huge fan of any cooked veggies (other than asparagus) But I DO love raw veggies but sometime feel weird serving those with dinner. If I have to cook them, I always bring out the Olive oil and garlic!

  135. Ang permalink
    December 9, 2010 10:08 am

    I’m a vegetarian, so I have to make sure I eat plenty of protein. One food I’m not crazy about, but I eat anyway, is peanut butter. It’s quick and easy, and loaded with protein!

  136. Liz permalink
    December 9, 2010 10:08 am

    I am a vegetarian that despises many vegetables- funny huh? So I love the idea of putting broccoli, cauliflower, spinach and beets into the food processor separately and then freeze them in 1/2 cup servings. I throw those goodies into my homemade spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce and chili. You can’t even tell they are there.
    We are huge fans of larabars. They are the perfect healthy snack to have on hand for kids. I used to buy a raw bar 5 years ago that was double the price so larabars are a great deal. I’ve taken advantage of them when I see them at costco.

  137. Joanne N. permalink
    December 9, 2010 10:08 am

    I’m good with most fruits and vegetables so don’t really have to eat foods I don’t really like. The only thing I have been drinking after a workout that I am not crazy about but heard it’s good for go is coconut water. The only way I can drink it is to put it in my chocolate whey protein shake.

  138. Alma permalink
    December 9, 2010 10:08 am

    Bananas! I don’t like the texture of them (especially if they’re mushy) but I know that they are good for me, especially before long runs…

  139. Elisha permalink
    December 9, 2010 10:08 am

    I started eating plain Greek yogurt instead of regular, flavored yogurt in order to cut back on the random chemicals and sugar. Greek yogurt itself is sort of an aquired taste (and texture), but plain is even more so. I started adding fruit and nuts or pumpkin and pepitas with a dash of cinnamon to it. Now it is really enjoyable and everything I am eating is an actual pronouncable food item. Much more yummier. (BTW Larabars are amazing.)

  140. Kim C permalink
    December 9, 2010 10:09 am

    Brussels sprouts! Ick, ick, ick.

    I do LOVE Larabars, though! My 3 year old loves them, too, and would be thrilled if I won some minis for him to eat. 😉

  141. sarah permalink
    December 9, 2010 10:09 am

    i love all fruits and veggies, especially brussels sprouts! i love most fish but i’m picky about how its prepared, if it tastes too fishy or may have been in the freezer too long… forget it! Baked halibut breaded with crushed rice cereal (i am gluten free), parm and Old Bay is the best!!

  142. Celeste permalink
    December 9, 2010 10:11 am

    Bananas. I have never liked them but got used to the taste a bit more when I ran cross-country in high school–they had them before and after every meet. Now I will down one before or after a run because I know they “work.” But I don’t think I’ll ever like their mushy texture.

  143. Shaygram permalink
    December 9, 2010 10:11 am

    beets – the pickled kind =(

    BUT… golden beets steamed naked are yummy!

  144. December 9, 2010 10:11 am

    What healthy food do you eat that you’d rather not?

    Raw vegetables! I love cooked carrots, celery, peppers, broccoli, but raw? Bleyk!

    To jazz it up I use Spicy Black bean dip, Triple XXX Salsa, and Baba Ganouch but my REAL secret weapon? Peanut Butter & Company’s “The Heat is On” natural peanut butter whipped with equal parts water (2Tbsp + 2 Tbsp) to come up with a double serving size of delicious, spicy, peanutty goodness to dip all of those veggies into!

  145. Karen Falat permalink
    December 9, 2010 10:11 am

    I am NOT a salad fan. Ill eat it grudgingly, but I am not a fan. The only way I can really say I enjoy it is with shredded chicken, avacado, 9 tons of salsa, black beans and a corn tortilla. Otherwise I just treat it like the first 2 miles of a run–gotta get through it to get to the good stuff!

  146. Jeremy S permalink
    December 9, 2010 10:13 am

    Sardines — loaded with omega 3’s but the taste is, let’s just say, an acquired one. I’ll eat them right out of the can with spicy mustard.

  147. teri permalink
    December 9, 2010 10:16 am

    I have celiac disease and would be so excited to try the gluten-free bars! I was diagnosed 4 years ago and I STILL struggle with my gluten free diet…..sneaky little wheat is hidden in SO many things!

    The vegetable I have a hard time with is broccoli. Anytime I eat it my stomach bloats up like I’m 6 months pregnant! I know it’s good for me so I usually steam it and then sprinkle a little parmesean cheese over it. You’d be surprised to find out how many different foods taste better with a little sprinkling of cheese…:-)

  148. December 9, 2010 10:19 am

    Would it be bad to say I don’t make myself eat anything I hate? Too many flashbacks of sitting at the dinner table being forced to eat stew (shudder).

    I don’t particularly like milk but I make myself drink a cup every morning with my cup. 3 cups of coffee plus 1/3 cup milk in each=1 cup!

    And I have found if I try new things I may actually like them – swiss chard and kale are tops on my list and I tried them for the first time ever last year!

  149. Emeliee permalink
    December 9, 2010 10:20 am

    Greek Yogurt! I know it’s the “best”, but to me it tastes like eating spoonfuls of sour cream. I’ve tried to mix it up with fresh fruit, but the only way I can stomach it is with crushed granola bars mixed in.

  150. CindyAz permalink
    December 9, 2010 10:20 am

    Bananas. If I dip slices in crushed whole grain cereal (Oatmeal Squares are my fav.) it helps a little with the mushy texture.

  151. Lindsey Jones permalink
    December 9, 2010 10:21 am

    Okay, surprisingly, I don’t like oranges at all. And I know they’re a great source of vitamin C. But I’ve discovered an amazing holiday recipe for a cranberry salad that uses oranges. Not only do I get my vitamin C in, but I enjoy a sweet cranberry salad that always leaves me wanting more.

    It’s so simple to prepare, just combine 4 C cranberries, 1 C walnuts, and 1 C dates in a food processor and blend until the consistency is as you desire- I prefer it to be a little chunky because I think it’s more flavorful that way. Then dice up 2 apples, 2 oranges, and add cinnamon and honey. It’s the best cranberry salad recipe I’ve ever had and hey cranberries are also great for me so I get two in one and I don’t even taste the oranges. =)

  152. December 9, 2010 10:21 am

    I’d rather not eat raw carrots, unless there’s dip or hummus involved.

  153. Erica permalink
    December 9, 2010 10:23 am

    I do not care for collard greens. My oldest daughter adores them the way I make them. I saute chopped onion and garlic in olive oil. Add the greens with chicken broth, season salt, pepper, vinegar, shredded smoked turkey and……brown sugar. Yes…brown sugar. Somehow that lil bit of sweetness makes them so much better….just not sure how. HA! I adore my Larabars. I eat them for breakfast especially if I have to work and dessert. I want to try the Ginger Snap, Carrot Cake and Pecan Pie but can’t find them…booo :(. Apple pie is my fav for breakfast (my daughter loves the Banana Bread) and Chocolate Coconut for dessert…omg it’s like an almond joy…. but better….I think I will go have one now 😀

  154. Erica R permalink
    December 9, 2010 10:23 am

    I usually do okay with eating healthy foods, and like a lot of them (veggies, etc.). I try to eat more low-fat cottage cheese for the protein, but the taste and texture bother me, so I disguise it a couple different ways. Some how I do like it spread on a piece of whole wheat toast. I also mix it in with my low-fat yogurt for some added protein (but lately have decided I much rather just buy Greek yogurt), and if all else fails, I’ll sprinkle a little Splenda on it. I would love to try the Larabars. Never had them before, and sounds great will all the “real” ingredients!

  155. December 9, 2010 10:25 am

    I have become a lover a healhty food; dont get wrong still like the sweets. But crave healthy food. But if I have my choice I would rather eat cooked vegetables vs. raw vegetables. Well, except salad of course; there I would much rather eat raw spinach then cooked spinach. Give me a plate of cooked carrots I would eat it right up , give me a plate of raw carrots it will take me a while.

    Now another a “healthy” food that I would rather not eat , it alot of the fuel supplements taken during running. Because they do have an ingredient list a zillion things long. So I would looooooove to try these bars.

  156. Jessica permalink
    December 9, 2010 10:26 am

    What healthy food do I eat that I would rather not….

    GREEN leafy vegetables! We eat lots of spinach & roasted broccoli with sea salt because they have SO many health benefits and they make us feel good! But it’s one of those things I most certainly don’t crave or sneak in the pantry for. I will use spinach in pastas, soups, sandwiches…or my kids love a spinach salad with Ken’s Lite Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette dressing. I also have this weird thing that I do. Are you ready? I have a green coffee cup that I like to use and I like to wear anything green to remind me to cook & eat lots of green leafy vegetables….cRaZy I know, but it works!

  157. Kris permalink
    December 9, 2010 10:29 am

    I’m not a fan of greek yogurt. I prefer the ones loaded with fruits, sugars, etc, but found that blending it together with frozen strawberries in my Ninja makes an amazing sorbet-like snack – I could eat it for every meal like that

  158. Stephanie Bouzounis permalink
    December 9, 2010 10:33 am

    Well, I like both veggies and fruits, so this is hard. I think whole grain pasta can taste like cardboard, and some whole grain bread tastes and has about as much moisture as tree bark…I wish whole grain foods tasted better.

  159. Lenka permalink
    December 9, 2010 10:33 am

    I HATE celery…but I’m a vegan and love just about every other fruit/veggie so honestly I don’t make myself eat it. Sometimes the dark leaf veggies that are hard to eat are dandelion greens but I’ve experimented with green smoothies and love to include them now. I usually use about cup and a half of water, whole bunch of dandelion greens, apple, orange, pineapple and blend in a blender. Sometimes if the greens are really bitter I’ll add a touch of honey or maple syrup. Delicious!! I’ve learned the easiest way for me to get in my dark green leafs is a different mix of smoothies. Add mint to some. Whatever you like. Great tasting and soooo good for you!

  160. Stephanie Bouzounis permalink
    December 9, 2010 10:34 am

    Oh, and eggs. I don’t hate eggs, but they always make me feel like I have to run to the bathroom. Not cool. So that’s whole grain foods that taste like cardboard and tree bark, and eggs…

  161. Roxanne Townsend permalink
    December 9, 2010 10:35 am

    I love oatmeal but in order for it to be healthy I can’t put anything in it. YUCK! Plain oatmeal is bland and gross and let’s face it, boring.

  162. Tori permalink
    December 9, 2010 10:36 am

    I had to think long and hard about this one because I don’t eat what a don’t like. After years of fad dieting and eating things I hate only to stuff myself with fat a week later, I’m proud to say I’ve finally made peace with food and eat things that are healthy for me that I like. No sense in eating a beet if you don’t have to, right?

    The only thing I’ve cut that was painful in the beginning, but now I’m used to, is no flavored creamer, sugar, or artificial sweetner in my coffee (unless it’s the weekend) and losing the sweetner in my afternoon green tea. I’ve been drinking them straight up for about a year or two and really feel like it’s helped keep my weight in check.

  163. Teri Anderson permalink
    December 9, 2010 10:42 am

    Oh boy do I have a terrible sweet tooth. I’d rather be eating anything chocolate rather than any veggies. I have found that if I “maple” roast (steam them and then add some maple syrup) the veggies such as brussel sprouts and broccoli they aren’t half bad.

  164. Melanie permalink
    December 9, 2010 10:45 am

    i don’t really like broccoli, especially raw. Yet, every day in college I would get a plate of fresh veggies that ALWAYS included broccoli. I’ve grown away from eating it fresh, but I still eat it in things and it is OK. Except right now I’m breastfeeding and I heard that broccoli is one of the problem foods, and even though I don’t really avoid anything else, I am holding on to the convenient excuse not to eat it.

  165. December 9, 2010 10:48 am

    chia seeds!

    i don’t know why i eat them
    but someone said i should,
    so i do! they are kind of weird
    but i whip them up in my
    oatmeal and it makes it extra

    do it!

  166. Sara permalink
    December 9, 2010 10:48 am

    Dairy – as in milk, cottage cheese, regular yogurt. (ice cream, full fat cheese and other not as good for me dairy excepted). I used to love to eat healthy dairy products but somehow I choke now over their thick texture. Makes me gag thinking about it. Trick for me is I do like the Fage greek yogurt as long as I put something crunchy (and preferably not so good for me – like granola) into it.

  167. melissa bouyounan permalink
    December 9, 2010 10:50 am

    Plain Water. Huge Dislike but I know it’ “good for me”
    Ugh, so hard to get enough of it and try as I might it has to be a hot hot hot day for me to guzzle enough so that I have my daily fill. During the winter it’s worse.
    My solution: Summer – 1/3 propel flavored water or organic lemonade /plain lemon squeezed in with ice. Or I fizz it up with lemon Blu Water. Winter: hot water with lemon or lots of weak herbal tea.
    I guess I just need a little flavor to get it all in. 🙂

  168. Julie permalink
    December 9, 2010 10:50 am

    Hmm, tough one, pretty much like all veggies, beans, etc. But, do hate fish oil vitamins but still try to take them.

  169. Aimee K. permalink
    December 9, 2010 10:51 am

    It’s really hard for me to choke down raw veggies of any kind. I need them steamed with a little sauce before I can go near them!

  170. Helen permalink
    December 9, 2010 10:51 am

    I know kale is super chock full of lots of vitamins and I’ve used it in so many different ways to try to make it palatable to me but if there was one green that I can say I don’t really like it’s kale!

  171. Emily G. permalink
    December 9, 2010 10:53 am

    Brown rice. I love white rice, especially with Thai food, but I know that brown rice is much better for me!

  172. Natalie permalink
    December 9, 2010 10:53 am

    I started on the “Eat Clean Diet”, which is to eliminate all processed foods, and learn to eat everything that is REAL FOOD! In doing so, I am trying things that I’ve never tried before, or that I’ve previously not liked and stayed away from for years. Last week, I had salmon, which I haven’t had since I was a kid, and thought I hated. But it was good! Yesterday, I had swiss chard, and that one was more difficult. I will have to try it a few more times to develop a taste for it!

  173. tracy permalink
    December 9, 2010 10:55 am

    one healthy food i don’t eat because i hate it issssss:
    radishes. ugh! i just want to gag! 😦 and i hate cottage cheese. 😦

  174. Dee Dee permalink
    December 9, 2010 10:59 am

    I am not a fan of fruit- and bananas (I know, I know, they are supposed to be the runner’s best friend…) make me gag! But I have found a way to got lots of fruit in me, even the evil banana. I make a smoothy with a banana, orange, trader joe’s frozen mangoes, cherry juice for my joints, greek yogurt for protein, some ice and then I top off the blender with spinach or kale. It looks like baby vomit, but I actually like it, especially for breakfast after an early morning run.

  175. Sandi permalink
    December 9, 2010 11:00 am

    I do not like carrots or peas. I can eat them if they are in a recipe but can not munch on raw carrots or have a side dish of plain peas. I like pretty much all other veggies I have tried but these two…no way.

    I have tried Larabars and like them. I love that they are gluten-free and I can put them in my husband’s lunches (he has Celiac and can not eat glutten).
    S. Dressel

  176. Emme permalink
    December 9, 2010 11:00 am

    I’d rather not eat spinach, raw, cooked, it doesn’t matter. I get around this by stuffing the blender full of it, then cracking eggs over it so they run down to the bottom, salt and pepper and some kind of organic 21 spice blend from Costco and ofcourse tons of fresh garlic. I blend it up and make egg pancakes. Even my kids love my green egg pancakes. I also get a fresh squeezed juice blend at our local Coop, spinach, cucumber, celery and garlic. It’s not very pleasant, so I slurp it down it two big gulps so I don’t have to taste it as much as if I sipped.

  177. Kristin permalink
    December 9, 2010 11:01 am

    Pretty much any veggie on the planet I really don’t like, but I try to be a good example for my kids and at least have a small amount.

  178. Michele Solitro permalink
    December 9, 2010 11:02 am

    Cauliflower. I make it because it’s one of the few veggies my daughter will eat. But for me it’s…*GAG*

  179. December 9, 2010 11:04 am

    green things. i could go weeks without eating them unless i make myself. i actually like broccoli & asparagus just fine… but not as much as cheese in all it’s various forms.
    (i do happen to love Lara bars… i got a big pack at Sam’s a while back, and they make great pre-run fuel, especially early in the morning when i need energy but not bulk).

  180. December 9, 2010 11:05 am

    broccoli! the smell, the texture, the taste…cooked or raw, i am NOT a fan. i can choke it down if it comes steamed with other stuff from the chinese takeout or smothered in so much cheese there’s just no point, but beyond that? gah. i can’t even try to be an example. daddy gets to be the broccoli example, thanks!

  181. Kathy S permalink
    December 9, 2010 11:05 am

    I’m not really big on my vegetables. I can usually handle them if I steam them and then season them!

  182. Melissa Samuelson permalink
    December 9, 2010 11:05 am

    I really hate bananas: the flavor and the texture. But I try to eat them at least 3 times a week for the potassium, especially during my high-intensity training days because they keep muscle soreness away. The best way to deal for me has been to blend them into peanut butter shakes or a smoothie by mixing them up with stronger fruits like mangos and strawberries!

  183. December 9, 2010 11:08 am

    Raw greens. As in spinach, salad etc… I *could* smother them in blu cheese dressing, but a healthy and delicious way to eat them is in a green smoothie. Lots of fruit, ice, water and some honey + baby spinach is my usual mix.

  184. Melissa permalink
    December 9, 2010 11:08 am

    I don’t like a lot of the really dark green leafies like collards or kale, so I have to chop them up and add to something like lentil soup for me to be able to tolerate them.
    I also have texture issues with eggplant sometimes. I try to get most of my eggplant in by baking it or grilling in thin slices so there isn’t a lot of “mush” to it. Of course, adding sauce and cheese makes it yummy too!

  185. Taletha permalink
    December 9, 2010 11:11 am

    Salad! Even with all the other yummy things that go on it. Ever since I had my daughter, lettuce just doesn’t make my skirt fly up.

  186. Patty Thomas permalink
    December 9, 2010 11:13 am

    There isn’t much I don’t like but the two things that come to mind are radishes and honeydew melon. Something about the texture of the melon I just don’t like!

  187. Lindsay Long permalink
    December 9, 2010 11:16 am

    I know this sounds not to extreme at all, but I
    Don’t like eating celery. I know it’s a easy to come by, cheap, fresh veggie, so I eat it with tuna fish. I chop it up into a tuna salad with lite miracle whip and onion and eat it in a piece of romaine lettus. But I just can’t seem to make myself eat it any other way. 🙂
    Thanks, I love love love Lara bars 🙂
    Lindsay Long

  188. Lelia permalink
    December 9, 2010 11:24 am

    I hate bananas, but eat one every day.

  189. December 9, 2010 11:25 am

    I really hate tomatoes. But they’re so healthy so I’ve found a way to eat them that is one of my favorite foods (and still boggles my mind every single time).

    Brush baking pan with olive oil. Cut tomatoes in half until pan is covered. Whiz up some fresh bread crumbs in the food processor and mix with a little parmesan and garlic salt. Top tomatoes with crumb mixture and drizzle with a little more olive oil. Bake at 400 until the crumb mix is crispy looking and the tomatoes are mashable with a fork. Then you smash it all together (I pick out the skins) and mix in a little fresh basil. Best pasta sauce in the world! It’s so good we eat it by the forkful without the pasta, scoop it up with bread… yum!

    Here’s a proper recipe for it (not my own):

  190. Kate permalink
    December 9, 2010 11:29 am

    For me it’s tomatoes. I’ll eat them but I really can’t say I love them. I think it’s that slimy texture.. Anyways, a great way to prepare tomatoes (especially garden fresh) is sliced w/ a splash of balsamic vinegar and a sprig of basil. If I’m feeling extra naughty I might add some fresh mozzarella and a piece of toast. 🙂

  191. Tammy Sanders permalink
    December 9, 2010 11:32 am

    Spinach – so high in nutriets but so boring when made in a healthy way.

    Solution #1: I buy leaf spinach in the salad section – freeze it and then crush it right in the bag – then sprinkle it in soups and sauces. The kids never can tell what it is and have been eating it for years without questioning me.

    Solution #2: Spinach Smoothie. Fresh leaf spinach, water, ice, half a banana. half a pear, squirt of lime juice – blend and enjoy! It really is refreshing as well as delicious and energizing.

  192. tanya permalink
    December 9, 2010 11:32 am

    Yogurt. Can only really do it if it’s hidden in a smoothie!

  193. Becky Connar permalink
    December 9, 2010 11:37 am

    I’m really not a picky eater and will eat most anything. However, I eat brown rice (when I would much rather prefer the white rice). I know brown rice is better for my family and I, so we usually get that. I have found a new “favorite” brown rice though! They sell it in 2-serving bags in the freezer section at Costco. There are 6 bags (or maybe 8) in there. I usually mix it with like a box of frozen broccoli and a can of 98% fat free condensed broccoli cheddar soup! It only take a few minutes to microwave it and there is not pot/pan needed and no hot boiling water!

  194. Tiffany permalink
    December 9, 2010 11:49 am

    Basically vegetables of all kinds. I have learned that roasting them in the oven though with a little olive oil and sea salt goes a long way in helping them taste better. My favorites are asparagus and brussel sprouts cooked that way.

  195. December 9, 2010 11:52 am

    I actually love vegetables and will eat any of them except for green beans – the things gross me out but they are green and therefore healthy and so I eat them. I like to add garlic powder to them and stir fry them with a bit of healthy olive oil to make them tastier. I’ve never had a Larabar so I would love to taste the variety of them!

  196. Kristen permalink
    December 9, 2010 11:58 am

    I HATE fruit…I know, I know, it’s natures candy. Well either it’s real candy or no candy!! I shove a banana in my purse now and again, but it usually gets all bruised and brown, then I have to eat a sad, mushy banana.

  197. Melissa permalink
    December 9, 2010 11:59 am

    O.o …

    “Chick peas, baby carrots, broccoli, Brussels sprouts.

    Cauliflower, tabouli, celery, green tea.

    Shall I go on? Green beans, apricots, prunes.”

    Chickpeas, baby carrots, broccoli, Brussels, apricots and prunes are some of my favorite foods! I eat about a half pound of roasted Brussels with dinner each night (or my other favorites: roasted asparagus or roasted broccoli.) Roasting cauliflower adds a wonderful depth of flavor. Fresh green beans blanched quickly just until hot and tossed with garlic and sauteed mushrooms are another favorite. I even love beets – pickled, roasted (so good!) or raw and crunchy on salads.

    Have you tried roasting your Brussels? Boiling them is an atrocity and they deserve better than such foul treatment! Cut the stems ends off, pull off bad leaves and either score the tops or slice in half. Either drizzle with good quality oil or coat in cooking spray (I do this as I’m trying to maintain my 60 lb weight loss) and sprinkle with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. Also good with hickory smoked salt! Roast at 425 until they are fork tender and a bit browned. So. GOOD. They caramelize a bit and get so sweet and tasty.

    I do the exact same thing with broccoli, beets, asparagus, radishes (really good roasted!), potatoes, cauliflower… If in doubt, roast the HECK out of it. All veggies taste fantatic roasted. Except eggplant. *shudder* Hate the stuff. I hear raw eggplant “bacon” is good, though. I’m hesistant to try since that’s the only veg I don’t like. 🙂

  198. December 9, 2010 11:59 am

    I don’t eat things I don’t like regularly. But…I’ve occasionally sampled a bunch of different protein powders when I know I can’t stand the stuff. There is one brand I can tolerate but I will only use it on an emergency basis.

  199. Kathy permalink
    December 9, 2010 12:01 pm

    Since I am at risk for Diabetes, due to family history, I am very good about eating protein and “good carbs”, but I long for some bad carbs and have to fight the urge on a regular basis. I always eat my protein first and then my veggies. I cannot stand brussel sprouts and only eat them at a last resort!

  200. December 9, 2010 12:03 pm

    I love all food – most of my problem – but i do have to choke down a protein shake every now and then……

  201. Jasmine permalink
    December 9, 2010 12:12 pm

    Chicken breasts when I have to cook them. Grosses me out and I always feel like they aren’t cooked enough. Any tips? Recipes? Thanks!

  202. Carrie permalink
    December 9, 2010 12:18 pm

    Yogurt… I go through phases where I like it, but most of the time the texture gets to me. But if I mix the yogurt with frozen strawberries and bananas, it makes a great smoothie!

  203. Kate B. permalink
    December 9, 2010 12:19 pm

    I don’t particularly like broccoli, but since it’s one of the only veggies my picky 4 year old will eat, I find myself cooking (and eating) it a lot.

  204. December 9, 2010 12:20 pm

    I am not a fan of asparagus or any type of squash, but in an effort to be a good role model to my son I eat them. I have found that roasting any veggie in some olive oil, salt, and pepper makes them tolerable (and sometimes even good!).

  205. amy permalink
    December 9, 2010 12:21 pm

    I like pretty much all things and am willing to try most things once. I despised zucchini as a kid, mom would put it ineverything every summer/fall because we ‘d have so much in the garden. A friend suggested buying the really small/baby sized ones and I have to say I like it now. I also broil beets (toss with salt/pepper and olive oil).

    For those who detest bananas–i read in a vegan newsletter a few years back that portabello mushrooms have more potassium than bananas–I add those to so many things (sauteed of course with plenty of healthy butter!–I don’t think that’s what the vegans had in mind!)

  206. Molly permalink
    December 9, 2010 12:28 pm

    Oatmeal. I’ve tried quick, regular, steel-cut, you name it. Just can’t enjoy it.
    Recently though I’ve figured out that RAW oats actually taste great with milk. Same nutrition, right? I put about half grape nuts and half oats and figure I’m good.

  207. December 9, 2010 12:29 pm

    I’m not a huge fan of salmon, but I know it’s amazing for me, so I should try and eat it more. So I really like preparations that cover up the salmon taste. (My husband makes fun of me because I don’t like salmon that tastes like salmon, or chicken that tastes like chicken.) A friend prepared salmon with a grainy mustard sauce and it was delicious. I may try that to get more of the healthy fish into my diet!

  208. Erinn permalink
    December 9, 2010 12:33 pm

    I have never liked hot cereal – oatmeal, cream of wheat, farina – none of it is for me, mostly because of the texture. However, I love risotto and found that steel cut oats are more like risotto than oatmeal!

    My favorite way to eat it is to mix 3/4 cup cooked steel cut oats with 1/2 cooked sweet potato and 1 tbsp of brown sugar. It’s a warm, filling meal that satisfies me for breakfast or lunch!

  209. Marianne permalink
    December 9, 2010 12:34 pm

    Greek yogurt is a good snack high in protein, but as much as I want to love it, I DON’T! Adding granola, fruit or nuts makes it more palatable, but it’s still yogurt.

  210. December 9, 2010 12:39 pm

    Sauteed Spinach- yuck.

  211. December 9, 2010 12:41 pm

    I’m such a teenager! If I don’t like it, I don’t eat it. I figure that whatever vitamins/minerals one thing has, something else has them, too. (Case in point: potatoes have more potassium than bananas, so I will never eat another banana as long as I live.) I’m a semi-recent vegetarian (as of April) so I feel like I spend a lot of time looking at the nutritional content of foods.

    Mushrooms are the one thing that I get burnt out on rather quickly. I like them as accents but I just can’t do them as a main ingredient/star of the meal. I mean, I actively try to prevent having fungus grow on my feet- do I really want to eat the relative of Athlete’s Foot?

    A few days ago I made a “tuna” salad with mashed chick peas. It had just the right texture and all the right flavor (minus the fish, of course). Other than that: falafel!

    Anything you can roast you can also grill, with the benefit of no mushy bits.

  212. nikki permalink
    December 9, 2010 12:42 pm

    Honestly, brussels sprouts. This recipe makes them uber tolerable!

  213. Amy Johnson permalink
    December 9, 2010 12:42 pm

    I really have to force myself to eat yogurt. I burned myself out on yogurt in highschool, where I had this for lunch pretty much every day. I typically will throw it in a smoothie drink, because I know it’s so good for me.

  214. Kimberly permalink
    December 9, 2010 12:43 pm

    I eat bananas for the potassium and portability but I don’t truly enjoy them. I think it’s a texture thing. I do use them in place of fat in muffins and quick breads!

  215. Jessica Russell permalink
    December 9, 2010 12:45 pm

    Kale! We get it in our CSA veggie box all winter. I try to make creative things with it, but it gets old. I eat it anyway b/c I know greens are good for me and I hope that someday my kids (and husband) will eat them too.

  216. Kami permalink
    December 9, 2010 12:47 pm

    I have no issues with most healthy foods, I really love beets/brussels sprouts/asparagus/etc. My BIGGEST issue is water! I have to force myself (count sips, etc) to get my required amount in. I usually just add a flavor packet, but sometimes that doesn’t even work. If it tasted like coffee it might be easier for me 🙂

  217. December 9, 2010 12:47 pm

    I really cannot stand peas. YUCK The only time I have ever enjoyed peas is when I was pregnant with my first son – they smelled great (when nothing else did). Anyway, I eat them now because I make my husband eat cauliflower and my boys eat…everything. We used canned peas so I don’t know the best way to prepare them. And no, I don’t like fresh peas – they are almost worse.

  218. Stephanie permalink
    December 9, 2010 12:48 pm

    I like most veggies & fruits I’m just lazy about eating them. Lately as I’ve been cutitng up fruit for my kids lunches I cut up a pear or an apple for my lunch too. If it’s whole I’ll never eat it @ work, Presliced I will.

  219. Lee permalink
    December 9, 2010 12:48 pm

    I like most things that are good for me. The ones I don’t like, I don’t eat. However, occasionally I find that I have to eat green peas because someone has put them in some kind of dish. Those definitely aren’t on my list of favorites.

  220. Lori permalink
    December 9, 2010 12:49 pm

    I have to say beans, like black beans or garbanzo beans. I’m not a huge fan but I try to put up a good front so my son will eat them.

  221. Amy Adlich permalink
    December 9, 2010 12:50 pm

    Leafy greans are the hardest for me to eat. I generally blend them up in my Vita-Mix add some frozen mixed berries and drink it down. Try to do this a couple times/week. I absolutely LOVE larabars!!!

  222. Dani Hainds permalink
    December 9, 2010 12:51 pm

    I know I should like veggies and I do eat them, just not the first thing I reach for, so I like to disguise them: peanut putter, banana, spinach, carrot smoothies made with soy milk. It’s yummy and you can’t even taste the veggies! If it weren’t for the fact that it is green I think you could fool MOST kids!

  223. Tanya Custer permalink
    December 9, 2010 12:53 pm

    Oats. I love instant oatmeal – I have tried my hardest to eat steal cut oats & overnight oats, but I just can’t handle the texture. I have the hardest time with eating a healthy breakfast once the cold weather hits. I have settled with Trader Joe’s organic cinnamon oatmeal – love them!

  224. Sue permalink
    December 9, 2010 12:54 pm

    Veggies – almost all – Green beans from a can are okay. It’s all that added salt that makes them palatable.

  225. Tita permalink
    December 9, 2010 12:57 pm

    Unsweetened almond milk. No taste whatsoever. But no fat, no cholesterol, and no sugar. Sigh…

  226. Dawn Imel permalink
    December 9, 2010 12:59 pm

    I have a difficult time with most veggies. Fresh, raw veggies are easier but cooked veggies I have always had to gag down. turns out it is more due to the texture of cooked veggies. I find if I do a quick stir fry with some flavored olive oil and spices I can get in what I need.

  227. jessicastout permalink
    December 9, 2010 12:59 pm

    leafy greens for me… yuck… but I do my best to get em in! 🙂

  228. Stacey permalink
    December 9, 2010 12:59 pm

    Plain greek yogurt with flax seed and honey. Not as good as sugary regular yogurt, but I definitely feel fuller longer with the greek yogurt.

  229. Erica Richards permalink
    December 9, 2010 12:59 pm

    Salmon! I know it’s good for you so I found one recipe that makes it ok to eat. I make a rub with chili powder, brown sugar, and a bunch of other spices. Grill salmon and then brush on some maple syrup for the last few minutes of grilling. Of course, the mound of mashed potatoes that go with it helps it go down easier. 🙂

  230. Aimee permalink
    December 9, 2010 1:02 pm

    Not a huge fan of fish, but we try to eat it once a week. Thankfully, my kids and hubby love it!

  231. Tricia permalink
    December 9, 2010 1:02 pm

    Unless someone else has fixed them for me, you will never see me eat anything leafy and green!

  232. kellie wilson permalink
    December 9, 2010 1:04 pm

    Carrots..I have to put some kind of sauce on them or I can’t eat them! Ick!

  233. Christine permalink
    December 9, 2010 1:04 pm

    I’m not a big fan of bananas but I love the healthy banana cookie recipe I have and banana milkshakes with coconut milk. The healthy cookie recipe uses whole wheat flour and honey and/or maple syrup instead of refined sugar. So delicious!

  234. December 9, 2010 1:06 pm

    Kale & other leafy greens.
    But now, they don’t make me scream.
    I make them in a red lentil soup,
    what I thought would be a goop,
    total mistake
    that I now remake and remake.

  235. Katie permalink
    December 9, 2010 1:07 pm

    Beans for me as well! Sometimes I try to hide/cover them with cheese or stronger flavors but–yuck!–the bean taste always comes through…AND they are so good for you!

  236. Angela G. permalink
    December 9, 2010 1:08 pm

    High fiber cereal. I’ve tried ’em all, even Kashi Good Friends isn’t fooling me. I’ve got nuttin’ on easy, palatable ways to prepare it. Plain with any sort of milk, sprinkled on yogurt, mixed with other cereal, heck, even coated with chocolate…unfortunately it still seems just about as appetizing as what it…ahem…helps you do. TMI, I know…

  237. Kristen Silver permalink
    December 9, 2010 1:09 pm

    Tofu! I’m sorry, I’ve tried it many different ways and I just can’t do it.

  238. sel permalink
    December 9, 2010 1:09 pm

    I don’t really eat anything I don’t like….lucky I like enough healthy foods to get by. I have a roasted brussels sprouts recipe (credit Mark Bitman from the NY Times) that will make even the most bitter of sprout haters capitualte: I just won a bet with this recipe!

  239. Amy Dallaire permalink
    December 9, 2010 1:11 pm

    Salad. I’m not a big salad person, but I eat it anyway!

  240. Eugenie permalink
    December 9, 2010 1:13 pm

    I eat carrots but I’m not crazy about them. I tend to grate them into salads or put them into soups and stews where they don’t stand out to much.

  241. Terzah permalink
    December 9, 2010 1:13 pm

    Ooh, I can’t believe I missed the contest yesterday.

    The healthy food I make myself eat is….lo-sodium V8 vegetable juice. It’s not that I don’t like it–it’s OK–it’s just that I’d much prefer a tall glass of OJ. However, I stick with my morning V8, and sometimes have a second glass later in the day, because like Dimity I have no problem consuming fruit. It’s vegetables I have to make a plan for, and this juice is an easy way to get them.

  242. Tara permalink
    December 9, 2010 1:17 pm

    My son and I are not huge fans of bananas! We both eat almost every other fruit or veggie out there… I am very fortunate to have a 7 year old who doesn’t mind trying new foods! It took one time of me explaing that “tastebuds change, because our body makes new ones”. That was enought o convince hime to taste foods that can be prepared several different ways. back to the BANANA’s. I make “banana sushi” I take whole grain bread, cut the crust off of it, and flatten it with a rolling pin. Spread creamy peanut butter on the bread, place a (whole) banana on, roll it up, and slice like sushi! Mmmm, good! I have also used other types of fruits, and different spreads as well.

  243. Cassandra Hook permalink
    December 9, 2010 1:19 pm

    Luckily there isn’t much our family won’t eat, but the one thing that is hard to get right down is chickpeas. That’s why we only have them when we make hummus! What an easy fix!!!!! I’m a lucky mom so far!

  244. Merry permalink
    December 9, 2010 1:19 pm

    Definitely chickpeas! I can’t eat them cold or in a salad or soup…oh they are horrible to me! BUT…I CAN eat them if they are prepared like this: drain and rince chickpeas, toss just a tiny bit of cornmeal on them, add in some spices like rosemary, little salt and pepper or basil and pepper(whatever you like actually), heat up about a tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet and saute the chickpeas until they are browning and crunchy! Oh…they are SO yummy like this! I can actually eat a whole can… 🙂

  245. Kris O permalink
    December 9, 2010 1:20 pm

    I saw someone had posted whole wheat pasta. I have to second that – I try every now and again to see if my feelings toward it have changed. So far, no good. But I do like the Barilla multi-grain stuff… Also, not a big fan of raw carrots. Unless there’s hummus to be eaten! And I wish I could stomach eggs. That is one I’ve given up on. Not a huge lover of cauliflower or broccoli, but I can get them down with cheese…

  246. Carolee permalink
    December 9, 2010 1:20 pm

    Coffee! Rich in antioxidants but not always the feel good health food. I prep it with half-and-half 😉

  247. Katrina permalink
    December 9, 2010 1:21 pm

    I am not particularly fond of spinach and broccoli, but try to eat them often anyway!

  248. Jill O permalink
    December 9, 2010 1:23 pm

    I pretty much eat everything and anything with an emphasis on healthy stuff. So there isn’t really anything healthy that I eat and don’t enjoy. Now my 5 year old son on the other hand…….!

  249. Rachel permalink
    December 9, 2010 1:23 pm

    Broccoli! Don’t like it, but find it tolerable covered with cheese or roasted.

  250. Lauren permalink
    December 9, 2010 1:23 pm

    Plain yogurt. I’ve just faced the facts that I don’t like it, even though I know I should. I started eating plain greek yogurt instead. It’s way more delicious!

  251. December 9, 2010 1:25 pm

    I used to hate nutritional yeast, but I knew it was a good ingredient to incorporate into healthy vegan meals. It took persistence and lots of trial and error, but I can now say I actually like it!

  252. Niki Harper permalink
    December 9, 2010 1:25 pm

    I cannot drink a glass of milk. Hate it. I like chocolate milk but can’t find a syrup/powder that doesn’t have a list of chemicals as the ingredients. So, I opt for chocolate soymilk…yum!

  253. Cindi Baldwin permalink
    December 9, 2010 1:30 pm

    I eat cooked carrots but only until the kids quit looking.

  254. Alaina permalink
    December 9, 2010 1:32 pm

    I actually have the ability to train myself into liking foods. Currently I am training myself to like mushrooms. I can now say I like the flavor but the texture freaks me out still. So I try to sneak them into dishes by dicing and slicing them as small as I can. Next up-shrimp.

  255. Caren permalink
    December 9, 2010 1:32 pm

    Green peas! Hated then as a kid, hate them as an adult. Guess I need to set a good example for my kids… who hate them.

  256. December 9, 2010 1:34 pm

    I hate milk! The only way I can drink it is as chocolate milk.
    It was stoked when I found out how great chocolate milk is for post workout recovery!

  257. Karen permalink
    December 9, 2010 1:34 pm

    Green Beans! I eat them ’cause the hubby loves them. I just put one or two on my fork and then hide it with whatever else I am eating. Hiding them in potatoes or gravy works well. I would like to “third” the comment about whole wheat pasta…’s just not the same….

  258. Sally permalink
    December 9, 2010 1:35 pm

    MILK! It does a body good…alas, not my gag reflex. My husband LOVES it, as do my kids, and I just don’t understand “why?”. Sure, I can do supplements for calcium & vitamin D, but really, there is not an equal substitue for all the nutrients in milk. So, like a good girl, I add chocolate. Especially after a hard cross-train or resistance workout…the combination of carbs, protein and chocolate does a body good…and it goes down easy.

  259. Angela Giuliani permalink
    December 9, 2010 1:40 pm

    I love almost all fruits and vegetables. However, for some reason raw carrots really make me gag. But I’ve found that if they are shredded, they are much more palatable for me. So, I finely shred them on salads or for a healthy sandwich, I add a bunch of shredded carrots to turkey and lettuce on whole wheat bread. I also like making shredded carrot and raisin muffins or pureeing carrots to make carrot soup. For the soup, just add mil, salt, pepper, allspice and cumin to the pureed carrots and heat up.

  260. Michelle permalink
    December 9, 2010 1:40 pm

    Does my iron supplement count? Because that is the first thing that comes to mind. Other than that…yogurt. I’ll eat it, but I don’t love it. Being a vegetarian I have to try to get protein from every source out there.

  261. Julie permalink
    December 9, 2010 1:42 pm


  262. December 9, 2010 1:44 pm

    Apparently I like healthy foods – I can’t think of anything that I force myself to eat because its good for me. Although when I’m cooking, I often have to be reminded to make a vegetable side dish, and not just load up on meat & carbs. When other people are cooking, though, I love veggies!

  263. Allison M permalink
    December 9, 2010 1:46 pm

    I actually like most all healthy foods. But, I avoid peas and brussel sprouts. ick.

  264. Sarah B. permalink
    December 9, 2010 1:46 pm

    Brussel Sprouts. But if I pair them with bacon they taste great. But of course I’ve also canceled out the benefit of eating the Brussel sprouts. Curses!

  265. Christine permalink
    December 9, 2010 1:48 pm

    I love fruits and veggies…sometimes my four kids (& hubby) cringe at the idea of my 46 veggie serving dinners 😉 When they don’t “feel” like eating them “on the side” I roll them in enchiladas or make spaghetti sauce with them. No complaints then…and yes I tell them the mushrooms are sausage. 🙂

  266. Susan K permalink
    December 9, 2010 1:51 pm

    Any type of bean (kidney, navy, white, etc). I know they have fiber and are great for you, but every time I eat them they give me major heartburn!

  267. Trish permalink
    December 9, 2010 1:52 pm

    Yogurt! I cannot stand the smell! And the texture! Blah! I try to eat it with Kashi cereal and some dried cranberries tossed in. I can almost gak down a lemon flavor. Almost!

  268. sara henderson permalink
    December 9, 2010 1:52 pm

    milk. so i add a little sugar free nestle to it. also, spinach so i add a big handful to my banana/blueberry smoothie in the morning.

  269. Michelle T permalink
    December 9, 2010 1:53 pm

    Greek yogurt. I keep trying it but I really don’t like it (or too many other yogurts for that matter either).

  270. Karen permalink
    December 9, 2010 1:58 pm

    Yogurt. I can blend it a smoothie and get it down but that is the only way…..LOVE Lara Bars though!

  271. Debbie H permalink
    December 9, 2010 2:03 pm

    Love a nice warm drink, and som plain yogurt with honey!

  272. Erica permalink
    December 9, 2010 2:06 pm

    Bananas–although I am getting better at eating them since taking up running again. They just have to completely free of brown spots and the greener the better.

  273. Bess Wood permalink
    December 9, 2010 2:07 pm

    I really wish I could be a part of this contest, I LOVE Lara Bars! But, I do not have to force myself to eat anything I don’t like. There are so many healthy options out there, that I can always find something good to eat. I guess it helps that I love almost all fruits, vegetables and whole grains. One of my favorite healthy recipes comes from a Raw Food cookbook. It is called chopped salad, and consists of raw corn (very yummy when in season), green beans, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, and chives all chopped up and mixed together with no dressing. It is a simple, tasty, very healthy snack. Happy Healthy Eating everyone!!

  274. Christie permalink
    December 9, 2010 2:12 pm

    Plain non-fat yogurt. But add some honey to it and it becomes super yummy.

  275. Joan Meador permalink
    December 9, 2010 2:13 pm

    Broccoli—It is my least fave of all vegetables—I will eat it steamed with a little butter when I have to—or hidden in soup.

  276. December 9, 2010 2:18 pm

    Hate to admit it, but I really could live without salmon, but eat it a couple of times/month. I do like the way I’ve found to prepare it, though–poached in a mix of olive oil and white wine.

  277. December 9, 2010 2:22 pm

    Healthy food I eat that I’d rather not? Plain celery, carrots, spinach, broccoli…plain is difficult with most veggies, sadly, but anything “fun” on said veggies is usually bad for me…

  278. Bethany permalink
    December 9, 2010 2:35 pm

    What I dislike the most is my protein shakes. I will usually blend them with old-fashioned oats (weird, I know, but it gives the shake a nice flavor and a bit more substance), but when I am avoiding carbs for that particular meal and don’t add the oats, it makes them much harder to gulp down. I also can’t always do broccoli. Gotta be in the mood for that, which is rare.

  279. Susan permalink
    December 9, 2010 2:36 pm

    I like most healthy foods especially fruits and veggies. If I had to pick something I guess I would say fish. I don’t dislike it exactly but it’s certainly not a favorite. Usually I opt out of it by using the excuse that it is to expensive to buy but recently my inlaws and a good friend gave us quite a bit of salmon and halibut that they had caught. Now I’m having to try to figure out ways to cook it so that everyone in the family will enjoy it.

  280. alison hoeh permalink
    December 9, 2010 2:42 pm

    i really hate eggplant and brussels sprouts. i’ve tried so hard to eat them and i can’t find a good healthy way to do it. my sister says to eat the brussels sprouts with a lot of melted butter on top but i think that would undo the good in them.

  281. Marne permalink
    December 9, 2010 2:58 pm

    Love all veggies except cauliflower. Not so much the veggie itself (wonderful vehicle for cheese sauce, masquerades very well as mashed potatoes if needed), but rather…the after effects. Need I say more? Broccoli doesn’t act so rudely, just cauliflower.

  282. Donna permalink
    December 9, 2010 3:05 pm

    Sadly, healthy or not, if I don’t like it, I don’t eat it! I can’t even disguise it as something and force it down. Luckily, I am a fan of most veggies, grains, etc. :O)

  283. Jennifer D. permalink
    December 9, 2010 3:19 pm

    Bananas, I can eat them in a smoothie, especially a chocolate peanut butter one 😉 But I can’t stand to take more than a couple bites of a plain one. Something about the texture makes me want to gag. My girls however love them with cinnamon sprinkled on them, which does help a little.

  284. December 9, 2010 3:23 pm

    Green smoothies- not my favorite thing in the morning but I usually just throw in some spinach, frozen banana and soymilk and get my greens! 😀 I always feel better afterward too 😀

  285. Sue permalink
    December 9, 2010 3:32 pm

    green beans – make me gag!

  286. Amelia permalink
    December 9, 2010 3:40 pm

    Salad. Really don’t like it and never really crave it. But, I eat it anyway. Why are veggies sooo hard to swallow??? If only it were so easy to eat healthy all the time!

  287. Tara permalink
    December 9, 2010 3:40 pm

    Peas in particular lately. I am generally a slob so the peas end up everywhere, and I don’t think they taste very good. However, they are my daughter’s favorite, so they end up on the menu a few times per week. I’d much rather have spinach, broccoli, brussel sprouts, or a salad. I think she likes them in the pod too, and I love them that way, especially dipped in something not particularly healthy. So, this post has given me the idea to swap in the cooked peas for fresh sweet pea pods. 🙂

  288. kat :) permalink
    December 9, 2010 3:43 pm

    So I really don’t eat “healthy” things I don’t like-because I don’t like them! I eat brocolli even though its not my favorite, but sometimes it does sound good………. but I take vitamins even though I would rather not!
    As for how I serve up my brocolli- usually just steam it then add some butter and rice cheese on top 🙂

  289. December 9, 2010 3:44 pm

    Lucky for me, I pretty much like all “good for you” food, but I don’t love brussel sprouts that much. But I eat them anyway. They are at least palatable with olive oil, salt & pepper and roasted in the oven until they are crispy… like potato chips!

  290. December 9, 2010 3:50 pm

    Quinoa. It is less toxifying than other foods but we have yet to find a way to prepare it that we really like.

  291. Becca permalink
    December 9, 2010 3:57 pm

    Like a lot of other people here, I hate veggies. I’ve tried all the suggestions for adding veggies to my day, but it doesn’t make it any more pleasant. I just have to suck it up and eat them, and focus on eating them earlier on in the day so I’m not stuck eating a huge plate of veggies for dinner.

  292. Janelle permalink
    December 9, 2010 4:03 pm

    I will eat most any fruit or vege just have to remember to reach for it instead of the chips in the cupboard!

    The thing I have to force myself to eat is meat or fish. I have never been a huge fan but need the iron, etc and since pregnancy it’s even harder! Cooking with it is the hardest part for me, the smell. I still cannot cook fish and can kind of eat it.

    I am trying to learn more good protein alternatives, besides cheese that I could eat all day everyday, my family will enjoy!

  293. Carla O. permalink
    December 9, 2010 4:10 pm

    I can’t win because I was already a winner (yippeee!!!!), but I thought I would answer anyway! I don’t really care for very many vegetables, but I have started eating more of them over the past year. Also, I’ve started reaching for fresh fruit instead of cookies which is a HUGE change for me! 🙂

  294. Elizabeth T. permalink
    December 9, 2010 4:32 pm

    The healthy food that I eat that I’d rather not is protein shakes. I’m vegan and protein shakes are essential for me to get my daily vitamins and protein. I mainly drink Vega whole food health optimizer, which was formulated by Brendan Brazier the professional ironman triathlete, and is gluten and soy free. Anyway, mixing it in a blender with frozen fruit and ice is a quick way to improve the taste, or mixing most protein powders with coconut water is another easy way to improve the taste and benefit, since coconut water aids post-workout recovery.

    P.S. I LOVE Larabars! 🙂

  295. Steph permalink
    December 9, 2010 4:35 pm

    Ummm….salad. I don’t love it, I don’t hate it. I do sporadically eat it.

  296. December 9, 2010 4:42 pm

    Would you believe it if I said…spinach? I don’t *hate* it, but it’s SO not my favorite. So I hide it in stuff. Chopped spinach in sauces, scrambled eggs…blended in smoothies, etc.

  297. December 9, 2010 4:45 pm

    Cauliflower! But I love Jamie Oliver’s recipe for it, found here:

    So very very good that I make it for company.

  298. Lindsey permalink
    December 9, 2010 4:46 pm

    Hard one…I’m back on weight watchers after a baby and I’d have to say that I’m reaching for all fruits and veggies to save points instead of reaching for all things holiday goodness. I usually don’t mind fruits and veggies, but not this much quantity. I’d much prefer a good chocolate times 10 servings 🙂

  299. December 9, 2010 4:48 pm

    I love most veggies but…if I had to pick my least favorite, it would be broccoli. Pretty much the only way I can stand it is in a yummy stir fry, and not over-cooked. But even then, I eat it first to get it over with 🙂

  300. Erin permalink
    December 9, 2010 4:50 pm

    Healthy Food that I eat: raw cauliflower and broccoli. HealthyFood that I do not eat: cooked peas!

  301. December 9, 2010 5:00 pm

    Well…. it’s not a “food” – Vitamin C crystals. They are NASTY. But I make our kids take Emergency every day and I swear by the crystals for killing off a cold or bug starting. The best way to drink it is with a SMALL amount of Cranberry juice, very quickly, followed with a water chaser. Don’t wait for it to dissolve… it doesn’t! :{{

  302. December 9, 2010 5:04 pm

    Veggies… I get them in me by eating Salsa!!! love it- guac too. Weird thing is you won’t catch me eating a tomato or bell pepper, or jalapeno by themselves- but all mixed together, I can’t get enough. That goes for avacados too.

  303. Ruthie permalink
    December 9, 2010 5:10 pm

    I struggle with the big leaf raw spinach. It makes my teeth feel funny and unless I drowned it in oil or pesto, I have a hard time with it. Baby leaf, cooked and it’s great.

  304. Elizabeth permalink
    December 9, 2010 5:14 pm

    Never been a veggie fan but I’ve come a long way. My favorite way to eat them is in soups or in baked goods (zucchini bread, anyone?). But I make a point of serving at least one in its recognizable form with dinner every night, and I choke down a helping so as to be a decent role model for the kiddos.

  305. Joanne permalink
    December 9, 2010 5:16 pm

    Soy milk…..bleeeaaaaah….I do like edamame though!

  306. Linda Strange permalink
    December 9, 2010 5:17 pm

    Carrot juice – but especially homemade. Blech. A little bit thick, little bit texture-y, causes weird tasting burps and don’t forget the orange stain mustache!

  307. December 9, 2010 5:23 pm

    Kale- have never liked it but I know it is a power food so I put it in soups or sauces when I can, or order it at restaurants, as I know they will cook it better than me!

  308. Freedom permalink
    December 9, 2010 5:23 pm

    I love eatting vegs. I don’t like cauliflower. Yuck! oh, and raw spinach. My husband loves it I hate it. I don’t mind hiding it in sauce.

  309. Trish permalink
    December 9, 2010 5:41 pm

    Plain nonfat yogurt and Greek style yogurt- have to disguise it with granola and honey or go for the probably not as healthy but definitely yummy Yoplait whips in chocolate mousse and key lime pie flavors. I can even pass those off as dessert… almost.

  310. Alyson Yoder permalink
    December 9, 2010 5:42 pm

    Peas. I have NEVER liked peas. My mother used to make me eat my number of years in peas (when I was 5-years-old, I had to eat 5 peas). Now, I puree them in with my avocado for guacamole and I can cook them into soups without getting terribly grossed out. I try to smile and cheer on my 20-month-old daughter as she devours her peas, all the while thinking, “Are you kidding? Those are gross!”

  311. Carolyn permalink
    December 9, 2010 5:43 pm

    I am not picky and like most all veggies, however I DON”T enjoy them by themselves they have to be part of a meal. A veggie sandwich, veggie pizza, veggies in my spaghetti sauce, veggies dipped in a really good dip. For me I can eat healthy as long as I can enjoy it with something delicious!

  312. Tammy Crittenden permalink
    December 9, 2010 5:51 pm

    I am not the biggest fan of whole wheat pasta, but know that it is healthier than “the white stuff”. I have grown a taste for it and enjoy sauteeing fresh veggies and tossing in the pasta with just a dash of marinara sauce…yumm…think I will be making it for dinner.

  313. myra permalink
    December 9, 2010 5:56 pm

    I eat cocao, which is seen by many as a healthy food. Many others don’t consider it healthy, so I’m starting to think that I should stop my cocao habit.

    • Chris permalink
      December 9, 2010 6:49 pm

      hey, i eat it too — in snickers bars, m&ms and chocolate covered almonds. I didn’t know it was healthy 😉

  314. Katie R permalink
    December 9, 2010 5:57 pm

    I dislike raw most green vegetables; however, I manage to eat a reasonable serving of them when they are seasoned with garlic salt.

  315. Carolyn permalink
    December 9, 2010 6:01 pm

    brussel sprouts

  316. Christy permalink
    December 9, 2010 6:04 pm

    I suck at veggies, but make an effort, well sort of…for my kids. I don’t love it, but I try to eat a salad for lunch, and I have on occasion really sucked it up and made broccoli….just can’t make myself like that one!

  317. Sarah permalink
    December 9, 2010 6:22 pm

    I like most good for me foods. The only thing that comes to mind is papaya. It smells spoiled to me and I don’t like the texture. So I chew the papaya enzyme tablets instead.

  318. Nan permalink
    December 9, 2010 6:22 pm

    Well, I would have to say kale. I redeem it by sautéing it in olive olive oil with garlic, sun dried tomatoes and a grind of black pepper.

  319. Chris permalink
    December 9, 2010 6:39 pm

    I get carrots, celery and zuke in with a wonderfully yummy chicken soup I make with those veggies, the stock from split chicken breasts that I have boiled and use that stock… We eat it up! Sometimes I will add cooked brown rice for a chicken rice soup, or cooked whole wheat pasta for a chicken noodle or a favorite will add a can of the rotele chile tomatoes for chicken tortilla – topped with 2% shredded cheddar and crunched up tortilla chips… Oh I want it now!

  320. Linda Williams permalink
    December 9, 2010 6:44 pm

    I don’t really like to eat veggies. If I had my druthers, I’d never eat them at all. But I know they are good for me, so I try to have at least one serving a day. It’s easier for me to eat vegies if they are mixed up in an entree, so we make stir-fry a lot at my house!

  321. December 9, 2010 6:50 pm

    Kale. I’ve tried to cook it every way….stirfry, chips, salads. It’s good when I get it at w=Whole Foods already prepared, but somehow I am just not getting it. It’s kinda tough and bitter if I make it.

  322. JillC permalink
    December 9, 2010 6:55 pm

    I agree with the kale. We get a lot from our CSA farm share. Also rutabaga, turnips and acorn squash. I have several of each sitting on my counter, getting a little soft. Guess I need to motivate soon and “dice ’em and spice ’em”!

  323. carrie permalink
    December 9, 2010 7:21 pm

    Avocado. Ick! I keep trying it though. Last time I made it I crushed a large clove of garlic and added that and a tsp of fresh lemon juice to a half of a mashed avocado. I ate it with some baked ono (hawaiian white fish). It was good! I used to abhor avocado and anything made with it (ewww guacamole!) But the more I try it. The more neutral it is becoming.

  324. December 9, 2010 7:26 pm

    I cannot lie…I don’t force myself to eat ANYTHING I don’t like. I’ve tried…but realized life was not meant for that! 🙂 I gag on yoghurt and for a year tried to force myself to eat it…then realized that torture was just plain silly. So alas, everything I eat I like…if it helps, I do like brussel sprouts! A little butter and pepper and they are good to go!

  325. Anje permalink
    December 9, 2010 7:37 pm

    Oatmeal. I pretend to like it, but really I am forcing it down b/c I know it is good for me and fills me up!

  326. realrellim permalink
    December 9, 2010 7:46 pm

    Salads, I think. We always have one with dinner so dinner would feel weird without it, but unless I’m making a fancy one I’d rather pass.

    It’s better in the summer when we have our own garden. Then we rinse all the greens and broccoli, spin them, and put them in a bag so they’re ready for consumption. Making salads on those nights is much faster and easier because the only thing that needs to be cut up is the tomatoes.

  327. canuck_grad permalink
    December 9, 2010 7:58 pm

    I am a bad example for my child. I don’t really eat anything that I think is yucky. I wish I could answer by saying whole wheat bread and broccoli, but I just can’t convince myself to develop a taste for either.

  328. Jane permalink
    December 9, 2010 8:04 pm

    Yogurt. I know it’s a good source of protein and that the live bacteria are beneficial, and I’ve tried all different kinds- plain, fruit flavored, nonfat, lowfat, Greek, etc. I just can’t make a habit of eating it.
    I think it’s a texture thing, but I will keep trying.

  329. marcy permalink
    December 9, 2010 8:06 pm

    brown rice…

  330. Susan permalink
    December 9, 2010 8:08 pm

    Fish and Seafood. I try and try……no luck yet.

  331. Sherry permalink
    December 9, 2010 8:17 pm

    Broccoli – it’s just not my thing but my kiddos love it, so we eat it fairly often!

  332. Julie Weidner permalink
    December 9, 2010 8:25 pm

    I will eat hard boiled egg whites for the protein but I do not love them! What a great giveaway! Got some of the minis at a Susan G. Komen run and they are a perfect size and taste good!!!

  333. Denise permalink
    December 9, 2010 8:30 pm

    Yogurt would have to be the food I eat that I don’t really care for. I’m not really a veggie fan, but just can’t force myself to eat near enough of them.

  334. December 9, 2010 8:57 pm

    Bananas. Something about the texture – ew. But I do eat them, especially when they are on the post-run snack buffet….

  335. leah permalink
    December 9, 2010 9:08 pm

    I’m not a fan of green beans, but since I’m trying to teach my 1 year old to eat healthy, i cook them in chicken stock to add flavor!

    Love your blog by the way! Getting the book for Christmas!

  336. Meagan permalink
    December 9, 2010 9:19 pm

    I’m not a huge fan of raw chickpeas, but I eat them on my salads for added protein. I’d much rather roast them but I don’t always have the time!

  337. Jenn W. permalink
    December 9, 2010 9:30 pm

    Love me some LaraBars! I love veggies, but I eat more than I’m in the mood for…

  338. Cindy Chiasson permalink
    December 9, 2010 9:36 pm

    Potatoes! Ate far too many of them as a kid, as they were my dad’s favorite veggie. Unfortunately, the rest of my family adores them, especially mashed (which is one of the ways I hate them the most). My good, easy (and healthy) way to do them is to cut them in chunks, toss with a bit of olive oil & some spices, and bake in the oven till brown & crispy – I can handle them that way.

  339. Heather permalink
    December 9, 2010 9:40 pm

    Raw tomatoes! I absolutely love them if you cook them in any way but can’t stand them raw. However, if you slip one on a bacon cheeseburger, it goes down a lot more easily!

    Things so bad I can’t even force myself: celery and cucumbers! BLEH!!!!!

  340. Michelle J permalink
    December 9, 2010 10:22 pm

    Broccoli ..yuck. I really steer away from anything green except lettuce…but in small quantities I will eat broccoli. And I only do this because my 7 year old likes it and I am trying to be a role model. 🙂 And I eat it like I did ad a kid. Chew a few times and wash it down with milk.

  341. Jill Schiller permalink
    December 9, 2010 10:49 pm

    I am not much for asparagus…but to eat it (and attempt to offer my family something different in the vegetable department, especially in the summer)….I do bake it in the oven on a cookie sheet, drizzled with a little bit of olive oil, and sprinkled with Garlic & Mediterranean Sea Salt. So yummy and pretty much guilt free!

  342. December 9, 2010 11:06 pm

    I don’t love spinach, but I know how great it is for me. I’ve found that adding garlic and some lemon juice to pretty much anything makes it taste fantastic. My new favorite ‘second breakfast’; quick spray of olive oil cooking spray, minced garlic, wilt some spinach down, add 2 egg whites and cook. Top with crumbled feta and some hot sauce or salsa and wrap it all up in a whole wheat tortilla. It takes longer to explain how to make it than it does to make it 😉

  343. Sarah permalink
    December 10, 2010 4:56 am

    I’m not a big fan of fish, although I can appreciate it when it doesn’t taste “fishy.” I’m slowly incorporating more fish into my diet by experimenting with different types of fish and different ways of preparing it. Surprisingly, I seem to enjoy fish that is cooked fairly simply – seared or steamed. I also eat fish oil capsules to get more omega-3. That’s a really easy preparation!

  344. megankillian permalink
    December 12, 2010 6:54 am

    Collard greens. I hate collard greens! And I got so many of them this summer with my CSA. But, Friday night, I bought for the first time collard greens from the grocery store. I am going to make them tonight with northern beans and barbecue sauce. Apparently, that is the secret…

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