Learn These Easy Plating Tricks and Eat With Your Eyes First

And after you’re done with the food in the picture, you can go get something to eat. 😉

Five Mind Tricks That’ll Make Your Food “Taste” Better

If you’re worried about impressing someone with your cooking skills, or you’re trying a new recipe for the first time, there are some mental tricks you can use on others to make your meal seem better than it really is. Here are five of the most effective.

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Trick #6: Add salt

Some things that weren’t covered in the article, were covered in a previous one about why airline food tastes bland.

Top 10 Simple Weight Loss Hacks You Can Implement Right Now

Weight loss isn’t easy (if it were, we wouldn’t have a billion different diet plans and products to waste our money on). But even the smallest weight loss tricks or mind hacks can make a big difference when it comes to sticking to your diet or weight loss plan. Here are 10 such tricks you can easily incorporate today.

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Drink more water?  There are some things to consider about what some would suggest is the proper amount of water to be drinking.  But substituting water for other beverages would be a good idea, and likely cheaper…

The plating idea is interesting, but I fear most will think they have to buy new stuff to make it work.

Alcohol is empty calories.  Lots are very surprised how much weight they drop when they minimize how much beer/etc they consume.

As always, figure out what works for you.

Study: Artfully “Plating” Your Food Can Actually Make It Taste Better

Whether you’re entertaining for a crowd or simply sitting down to a quiet weeknight meal, it’s worth it to make your food look good. Studies have shown that artistically-presented food actually tastes better, and that when you eat something that you truly enjoy, your body actually makes more efficient use of its nutrients.

Source: Artfully “Plating” Your Food Can Actually Make It Taste Better

Alright Instagram, you win this round…

It’s true that if you don’t like it, you won’t eat it.  I overheard a father talk about that he had to specifically get orange cauliflower because it would mix in with macaroni & cheese.  His daughter apparently was a very picky eater…  I remember my parents trying similar tricks, but absentmindedly told me about the squash/etc mashed in with carrots.  In retrospect, I wish I’d known to suggest to the parent to look at colcannon recipes for a little more variety in the child’s diet.  I have an article for tips on helping with picky eaters – fine for children, but tread carefully with adults as they could be dealing with allergies, sensitivities, or ideologies.

A while back, some were suggesting the “Instagram diet”.  The idea was to minimize hunger by looking at food.  Which is really odd – Pavlov’s tests helped demonstrate that we physically respond to the sight and/or smell of food.  Our digestive system fires up in preparation, including that we literally salivate.  Additional to the counterpoint is the recent research about the impact on those who watch cooking shows

How Famous Artists Would Plate Thanksgiving Meals

In time for the holidays, artist Hannah Rothstein has taken pictures of a Thanksgiving meal – plated by various well known artists. She’s selling them, and 10 percent of the proceeds will go to the SF-Marin Food Bank.  The following is Piet Mondrian:
Piet Mondrian
I got the Pollack one.