Vegetable ruts?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created January 16, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Do you guys find yourself in a rut with eating the same veggies every day and lacking variety like I do? I do go to salad bars for about 5 meals a week where I eat a huge salad with lettuce, spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes, cucumbers, eggs, and balsamic vinaigrette. At home though, I get in a rut where I mostly just cook broccoli, carrots, and spinach. I'll also eat a serving of fruit a day.

Obviously variety is best. How much variety do you guys get with your veggies and is having a main few that you eat daily worrisome?



on January 16, 2013
at 12:34 PM

yes! and then i end up hating the vegetables and just eating fruit...trying to find a way back into veg right now

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on January 16, 2013
at 01:00 PM

I make a conscious effort weekly to switch up my veg load. This week it was carrots, red cabbage, spinach, cauliflower, tomatoes and parsnips. Next week I'm planning radishes, sweet potatoes, nappa cabbage, beets, fennel and arugula. Planning ahead helps, but if you don't enjoy cooking, I could see how a monotonous diet works for some folks. I do have my core foods as most people do: either carrots or sweet potatoes. Some type of green leafy veg. Some other type of root veg. Some other type of fruiting veg.


on January 16, 2013
at 04:20 PM

Kale saut??ed with bacon doesn't get old :). Try it!



on January 16, 2013
at 02:07 PM

I try to add a new vegetable every two weeks or so. Just put it into the rotation. It is a challenge though. I recently started making kale chips (olive oil, sea salt, garlic - put in 300 degree oven for 15 min).


on January 16, 2013
at 11:44 PM

Sure, I eat a lot of the same vegetables usually because it depends what's on special and in season but this does not worry me. I may not mix it up on a daily basis but that's inpractical for a lot of us anyway if you're like me and try and keep to one shop a week. But over a few weeks, I'd look back and see that I did get quite a variety in total.

For me, during the week, it comes down to different cooking methods and the herbs and fats that I use to give different flavours. I've had zucchini squash roasted with coconut oil & mixed herbs; steamed with butter, salt & pepper; and as a bed of 'spaghetti' so far this week.

If you can't for some reason buy different variety of vegetables each week, maybe try experimenting with different cooking or prepartion methods so at least you feel you are mixing it up a bit.


on January 16, 2013
at 12:33 PM

Haha I feel you! I've been in a zucchini squash rut for awhile. If you try to adjust your vegies to what's in season you will naturally change throughout the year. Asperagus and brussel sprouts are good ones to try, I often forget about them.

Oh and by the way make sure your getting good protein at your salad bar dinners. Mixing in a variety of different meats could help add variation.... and it's pretty important for your diet.

Hope this helps a little!

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