Do you live to eat or eat to live?
Hi - I guess another way to ask that question is, “Are you a Foodie or a health nut?”
A decade ago I bragged about just eating to live and happily took to a raw vegan lifestyle. I loved the simplicity of grabbing a punnet of apricots for breakfast. A half a watermelon eaten out of the shell with a spoon for lunch.
Yet, I want to say that even if you have gone all the way to a raw vegan lifestyle, presentation of your meal can still be important.
PLATE PLATE PLATE is the chefs’ equivalent of a realtor’s LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION.
How we plate and present the food we offer up to ourselves as well as our families is where we start to address appetite and food choices. With each dish served:
We get the dual-stimulus of aroma and sight.
We take a mindful moment to be thankful and absorb the energy of that meal before us.
We create an impression of what to expect before finally, we taste and feel it with a first bite.
Even a tossed salad (my favourite dish) must be thoughtfully prepared. The way each component is sliced or diced or torn or chiffonade makes a difference in the eating pleasure. As is the dish in which it is served.
This is even more important with the youngsters in a household. My two year old grandie liked to get foods in their whole state - a whole unpeeled apple, peach… she even wanted the whole block of cheese! And she would eat bites and leave the remainder. Her mother diligently diced remains and used them in smoothies.
Recently, she watched us quartering oranges and slicing the flesh off the skin then devouring the absolute tasty goodness. She asked for orange cut out of the skin. When her big sister (pickiest eater of note) came and asked me for some orange, I cut thinish triangles with an arc of skin with which to pick it up. The flesh could then simply be bitten off the skin. No mess. No fuss. No utensils - handy for school lunches and hikers’ snacks. But be sure to give a container for the peels to go in after each bite.
Personally I love to eat a citrus medley all chopped together. That way I can include grapefruit mixed with sweet orange, bergamot and clementines. The bitter and the sweet. It’s like a carnival in your mouth.
Many picky eaters don’t like their individual foods to touch. A deconstructed plate of food - if you will - like the toddler plates with separate compartments. These days restaurants serve Buddha bowls which are essentially deconstructed salads.
In a large household where one doesn’t eat tomato, another is allergic to peppers and another doesn’t fancy fruit in the mix, I pull out the large meat platters I inherited and create a deconstructed salad where each person can build their own salad. That in itself can be a masterpiece of colours.
You can be a foodie and healthy to boot.
Live well and find the happy,
Merryl @ GreenSmoothie.com
P.S. Citrus triangles for easy to eat snacks or a medley.
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