As a wife and the stepmother to an 18-year-old college student and soccer player I think some of the keys to getting the men in our lives to eat more vegetables are:
1. Involve them in the selection and preparation of food and dinner ideas. Often the produce department of supermarkets offers pre-cut vegetables to reduce preparation time.
2. It may be a stereotype, but it often seems like many men enjoy grilling. Encourage them to accompany that perfectly grilled steak, chicken breast or salmon with vegetables that are easy to grill like zucchini and squash or by making vegetable kebabs. Supermarkets often have pre-made kebabs in the meat department with the meat and vegetables already skewered.
3. Have the talk...about fiber that is. Pointing out that a key to good gut function is fiber and that fiber is found in vegetables may make them more willing to incorporate vegetables into their meals.
4. If they like smoothies or juicing, have greens on hand that are easy to incorporate like bagged spinach or kale. Many supermarkets offer smoothie “stations” with fruit and vegetable ingredients.