4 Foods that Deserve a Second Chance
Posted By Janis Jibrin on May 15, 2012
Is there some vegetable or other healthy food you just can’t stand? Maybe it’s one of the four foods below—they tend to evoke the biggest groans from people. But I have to plead their case: They’re so nutritious that it’s worth giving them another shot. To give you some motivation, I’ve offered a few tasty suggestions.
Food Enemy: Okra
Offense: Slimy texture
Why It Deserves Another Shot: It’s a stellar source of antioxidants and is so rich in dietary fiber that it has been proven to be as effective as some medications at reducing cholesterol.
Learn to Love It: Embrace the sliminess! Focus on the vegetable’s juiciness, tenderness and even creaminess. My favorite okra dish is a stew that starts with sautéing onions, garlic and ground coriander in olive oil and then adding canned tomatoes and okra. Simmer until okra is tender. Serve with fresh chopped parsley over brown rice. Note: Look for okra that’s no bigger than your thumb; big ones tend to be tough, stringy and woody.
Food Enemy: Sardines
Offense: Strong fishy odor
Why They Deserve Another Shot: Sardines are rich in omega-3 fats and are low in mercury. 
Learn to Love It: Adding a generous squeeze of lemon juice helps tame the fishiness. Strong flavors like crushed garlic and a tiny pinch of red pepper flakes also stand up well to sardines’ bold taste.
Food Enemy: Plain yogurt
Offense: Bland taste
Why It Deserves Another Shot: Nonfat or low-fat plain yogurt has about 33 percent more calcium than sweetened or artificially sweetened, with only about 40 percent of the calories as regularly sweetened.
Learn to Love It: In the Middle East, Greece and other countries, yogurt is served as a savory condiment with rice and stews. Try it with finely diced cucumber, a little crushed garlic, a dash of salt and some mint.
Food Enemy: Beets
Offense: Earthy and musty flavor
Why They Deserve Another Shot: They contain betalains, powerful antioxidants that have been shown in test tube studies to help fight cancer and may also help prevent clogged arteries.
Learn to Love Them: Eating them raw (dice and toss into your salad) might be the best first step for those who have a beef with beets. If you do cook them, roasting results in a sweeter, cleaner flavor than boiling. Place cooled and chopped beets into salads or toss into a marinade with celery, carrots and fresh herbs.
What once-hated food have you come to love?
Reprinted with permission from TheBestLife.com