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I am brand new to this whole lifestyle. Let me start off by saying that I am not looking to completely transition to this way of eating but rather I want to substitute a fair number of meals each week and cut about 75% of my meat intake out. I watched a documentary about how great it is to eat a plant based diet and how it can help you be strong and have more energy.<br><br>
My problem lies in the fact that I do not like anything I eat. I have tried squash in certain recipes. I have tried to add celery and honeydew and cantaloupe in places and yet it all just disgusts me. Does taste for this food gradually increase the more you eat it or am I just that picky of an eater? I really want to be able to make breakfast and lunch everyday a plant based meal but I do not know what to do when I cannot find any vegetables or fruits I eat tasteful. Thanks everyone
 

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Keep experimenting, and you'll find something you like. For breakfast, a vegetarian meal can be as easy as cereal or oatmeal, which are sugary and most people like them. If you want to add fruits and veggies, smoothies are always great. I don't like a lot of melons either, but smooties are always great with strawberries, peaches, and a banana. I sneak spinach into mine for an extra kick, and before you say 'ew', if you find the right amount, you cannot taste it, and I'm not lying! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br>
For lunch, I usually like sandwiches, soups, or salad. Also note that if you're doing this just for your health, the best way to feel better is to cut out dairy, so if you can handle that your body will thank you.<br>
Veggies sandwiches I make usually include lettuce, cucumbers, pickles, and tomato, salt, pepper, and mustard.<br>
Salads are good with croutons, especially homemade ones, and try to find a good dressing that's not creamy, like italian or raspberry.<br>
Soups can be tricky, if you're buying from the store. Read the ingredients carefully to see that there isn't chicken/beef broth or fat, or it's really defeating the purpose of being a veggie soup. I like the vegetable soup (especially with the noodle letters lol), tomato soup, and lentil soup. Remember that soups like clam chowder are not vegetarian, because fish are friends, not food <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
Keep trying and good luck on your journey!
 

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Welcome to VB.<br><br>
So . . . you didn't eat ANY veggies before this? Look for ways to make the foods that you do like without meat. Green beans? Don't add bacon and it's vegetarian! Vegetable soup? Use veggie broth and it's vegetarian! Veggie soups are great in the winter, yum. You probably eat more vegetarian foods than you realize.<br><br>
Do you like pasta? I love whole wheat pasta tossed with some olive oil and sauteed veggies. You could go really simple and just used canned tomato sauce and try adding some steamed or sauteed veggies that are cut up small so that you don't get a mouth full of a veggie that you aren't used to eating.<br><br>
Yes, your tastes can change over time. The more new foods you try, the more foods you will find that you like. Even if you find foods you don't like, that's ok, just keep trying. I'm not a picky eater, so it is very rare for me to find foods that I just won't eat, but it does happen.<br><br>
Don't get discouraged. You are doing something great for your health!
 

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You can always drink your veggies. Get some low-sodium V8 or similar veggie juice.<br><br>
As said above cereal is good. I stick to the whole grain variety w/o added sugar such as grape-nuts and use low-fat soy milk. Also eat rolled oats or a whole grain wheat cereal. I add fruit to both of my hot cereals. Bananas, peaches, dates and raisins are my favorites.<br><br>
Rice, beans etc also make a good foundation for a meal. I eat re-fried beans in either a whole grain tortilla shell or homemade corn shell with lots of hot sauce quite often for lunch.
 
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