Hunger begins not only with how food tastes, but also with how it appears visually on your plate. Imagine a plate of food that is dreary in colors of white, beige, and browns. Is it visually appealing? Is your mouth watering just thinking about it? Now visualize a plate of purples, reds, and greens such as a beautiful salad tossed with fresh, seasonal cucumbers, bright, plump cherry tomatoes, bits of purple cabbage, and thin slices of red onion. Or perhaps you would be more enticed with a thick cornmeal waffle topped with fresh blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries with a bit of maple syrup. Eating first with your eyes helps to jumpstart the digestion process, which in turn helps you to better absorb the nutrients from your meal. In the end, an appealing plate of beautiful colors from an array of vegetables and/or fruits is pleasing to the eye and promotes an enjoyable, healthy digestion.
When you prepare your next meal, think about vibrant colors from the many kinds of vegetables and fruits and how you can make it more enticing to the eye. Start off with just one small change as eating healthy is not just about how a food tastes, but how it looks, and how well it nourishes your body. Remember, one small change is all it takes to become healthier both inside and out!
Here is a beautiful raw cabbage salad that is pleasing to the eye and just as tasty!
- 1/2 head of purple cabbage, chopped
- 2 cups spinach, chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup arame (soaked and rinsed)
- 1 fresh squeezed lime
- 1/8 to 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon cumin (optional)
Mix all the above ingredients together and toss with the dressing. As a note the ingredient measurements are just a guideline as I do not usually measure them, but rather just toss them together, pour on the vinegar and lime juice. After giving it a taste, I adjust for seasonings.