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Eat With Your Eyes!
It’s not a secret that the way food looks has an effect on our willingness to eat it. Did you know that most of us eat with our eyes?
Whether we're kids or adults, our sense of taste is greatly affected by our sight. This is because we see sets our expectation of what our food will taste like.
For example, the color that we most associate with sweetness is red. Yellow makes us think of sour or tangy tastes. Green evokes sensations of fresh, healthy flavors.
As any kid will tell you, when it comes to produce, the color brown is synonymous with food that is past its prime – and therefore, not at all yummy. Chocolate, of course, is a whole different story.
Parents can use the power of color to inspire their kids to eat healthy food. As an artist, I use color to evoke positive emotions and healthy cravings for fresh fruits and vegetables.
As a professional chef, I've devoted lots of time and energy to perfecting my presentation so diners would love not only the flavors and aromas – but be captivated by the “look” of their plates.
And as a mom, I've found that presentation can make all the difference between a turned-up nose and a totally clean plate.
So inspire your kids to eat (and enjoy) healthy food by taking a minute to create dishes that showcase the wonderful palate of seasonal colors available.
Always remember to lightly cook your veggies so they retain their fresh colors and flavors. Or savor them raw.
Think of your plate as an empty canvas – and have some fun arranging the shapes, color and textures of food on your plate. You'll be surprised how easy it is to create an edible work of art.