How to Cook Your Food for the Biggest Health Benefits

3 ways to make your veggies taste amazing

Prefer munching on your farmers’ market haul uncooked? Steal these RD hacks to pack more tang and zing into plain plants.

Dress them up. “The easiest healthy vegetable dip in the world is mashed avocado with lime juice and salt,” says Slayton. Or drizzle veggies with olive oil and an acid like lemon juice or apple cider vinegar, recommends Morford. Bonus: Studies have found that eating fresh vegetables with a healthy fat helps the body absorb nutrients in the plants.

Cheat a little. “For any vegetables that don’t wow you raw, blanch them,” says Slayton. What does that mean? “Take your asparagus or broccoli, for instance, and place in boiling water for a minute or less,” she explains. “Then transfer it to a bowl of water with ice to stop cooking at that perfect, bright place.”

Swap them out. Some people don’t love raw veggies because they’re thinking of the usual suspects, like carrots and broccoli. Morford suggests going with offbeat picks (jicama, radish, kohlrabi, fennel) to surprise the taste buds. Try pairing new-to-you veggies with a dip made from Greek yogurt, a splash of olive oil, a pinch of salt and black pepper, and herbs such as basil, mint, cilantro, or parsley.

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