I used to be a picky eater, but I developed a ton of food allergies in college and couldn’t eat a lot of my go to foods (can’t digest meat anymore and am lactose intolerant). The things I literally wanted to puke being around are now the core elements of my diet: fish (especially salmon), beans, whole grains, spinach, greek yogurt (doesn’t bother me for some reason), and eggs. Trust me, I get the physical reaction you have when you encounter food that you don’t like and I won’t pretend it’s easy, but I forced myself to start eating these things. I didn’t do it all at once and I still season things a TON, but now I genuinely enjoy these foods, so you can teach yourself to like them if you force it enough times. Some things I’ve tried:
Salmon: I hate things that taste “fishy” so I camoflauge the fishy taste with either Franks Red Hot and lime juice or brown sugar and soy sauce.
Eggs: I add freshly chopped chives and season with cayenne, garlic, and black pepper.
Beans: I primarily eat beans in veggie chili (great for sneaking in other veggies) so there are lots of spices involved (chili powder, cayenne, garlic, cumin, curry, sea salt)
Spinach: I add to fruit smoothies/protein shakes (1 scoop vanilla protein powder, 1 cup almond milk, 1 cup frozen fruit, large handful of spinach). If you have a good blender, you can’t taste the spinach at all.
For veggies, my favorite thing to do is bake them in olive oil and seasoning (can you tell I love spices?). My go tos are:
1) broccoli, chopped, and placed in a pan with some olive oil, garlic, pepper, and cayenne
2) zucchini thinly sliced, drizzled with olive oil, rosemary and thyme, baked in the oven on a non-stick pan
3) smashed red potatoes: boil small red potatoes, put them on a pan and smash them with the bottom of a cup or a meat tenderizer; drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle sea salt, crushed black pepper, and garlic on them
I agree with PP to experiment with different cooking methods and spices. Veggies can be incredibly delicious!!