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Sheah Rarback, MS, RD/LD, is a dietitian with the University of Miami School
of Medicine and spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. Rarbuck also
writes a food column for the Miami Herald newspaper. She offered her
She agrees, "For fruit lovers, there's no easy road to broccoli,"
she says. "I've been working on my husband for a long time, to convert him
to broccoli. It just doesn't happen."
But little tricks can lure fruit lovers to veggies, Rarback tells WebMD.
"A little sweetening can bring veggies into your life -- like glazed
carrots with a drop of brown sugar, for example. Try adding another (unglazed)
vegetable to the carrots. "You don't want to overdo it," she says.
Honey can be a secret ingredient. Honey-roasted almonds atop green beans,
and honey-mustard salad dressing on a green salad, can transform fruit lovers
to vegetable connoisseurs, she says.
But for dessert, "you can't just hand someone an apple, and say 'have a
good time,'" says Rarback. "You've got to do a little something with
it. Maybe cut up an apple or pear; put some vanilla yogurt on it; sprinkle on
Put salted nuts on that dessert, and you'll lure vegetable lovers to fruits,
she adds. "A lot of Indian and Mexican recipes put seasonings we might find
peculiar on sweet foods, to create a tangier rather than sweet flavor that
vegetable lovers prefer. In Mexican cooking, many sweet recipes have chili
peppers in them. In Indian cuisine, chutney is sweet but spicy, too." Fruit
and vegetable lovers can appreciate both of those.