It really is possible to develop a taste for healthy foods you've avoided for years, nutritionists say:

--Go slow. Make one small change at a time over a period of weeks. As your taste buds adapt, gradually add in more vegetables, fruit and seafood.

--Stay away from plain. Don't start off with a plate of raw broccoli. Instead, mix pureed or diced vegetables into foods you already like, such as macaroni and cheese, meatloaf, chili, seasoned noodles, sauces, soups or baked goods.

--Use flavoring. Vegetables can taste much better with some herbs and spices, Cajun seasoning and healthy dips such as hummus -- or simply grilled with a little salt, pepper and garlic. Go for a known favorite; if you like Asian cuisine, for example, cook with a teriyaki glaze.

--Experiment with cooking time. You may remember your childhood vegetables as a mushy heap. Texture can matter as much as taste: If the same food is firmer or cut into smaller pieces, it may be much more appealing.

--Frozen or canned vegetables can be just as healthy as fresh but taste better to you. Just watch salt and sugar content.

--Be adventurous. Every time you go to the grocery store, buy one fruit or vegetable you've never tried. You may stumble on a new favorite.

--Give fish a chance. Different types of fish don't taste the same; some are much less "fishy" than others. Milder forms include tilapia, cod and flounder. Ask your store's seafood department for recommendations.

--Be patient. Children often won't accept a new food until they've tried it eight or nine times, and the same may be true of grown-ups.