Beautiful Food Can Induce Healthy Eating and Creativity
I can’t stress how important it is to proactively try to maintain a healthy diet. And more than anyone I know how hard it can be to keep on a healthy streak. It’s so so easy to get tired of the same type of healthy non creative staples, like turkey on whole wheat or salad or soups and grilled fish that you can find yourself in a rut. This then leads to the desire to eat something bad. All of a sudden a nice juicy burger sounds pretty good.
I’m guilty of this type of urge. And it’s ok to indulge here and there but are there ways to make healthy eating fun and exciting after doing it for so long? How can I get myself to eat those celery sticks again after the 3rd time this week? At one point, I couldn’t eat turkey deli meat for over a month because I was snacking on it throughout work the previous month non stop.
So what do you do when you go to the grocery store and am stumped on what to make that day which will excite you? I was going through #Twitter the other day, reading all the short blurbs and stumbled on a line that stated “#Instagramming Food Can make food more enjoyable and appetizing” And I thought to myself, well that’s an interesting statement. I never thought about taking photos of food to help me enjoy food more. I always just thought that because I enjoyed food so much and saw it as an art form that I would capture it to remember it more than anything. And of course being that I blog my own recipes, I wanted to capture photos to entice my readers to try to make it on their own. I read a bit more about this and realized that making food visually appealing is obviously quite important to us chefs and it’s ingrained in her heads already that we must do this. For a home cook however, this may not be as instinctual. So I thought, why not challenge yourself to make healthy food visually beautiful to entice and excite oneself. Rather than tossing the same old salad and throwing it onto a place, treat it like art, and layer each ingredient like you would at a restaurant when you see how a cobb salad is made sometimes. Separate all the ingredients you like and make it look like a rainbow or shape it like something. This not only makes what you eat visually enticing but makes you think about what you want to put in your salad that will add color. You break down all the nutritional needs…Example would be, now that I have greens, what can I add that is yellow, red, or purple, and brown, and white, you start getting creative with that and you can be inspired like a chef at the market by all the produce you see.
Ingredients: Serves 1
1/2 cup quinoa
1/2 cup heirloom tomatoes, red and yellow but separate, diced
handful of dried cranberries
1/4 feta cheese
2 strawberries, sliced
1/2 cup celery, diced
1/2 grilled chicken breast, diced (I only used half since it was a thick piece)
1.5 cup kale
balsamic vinegar and olive oil to drizzle over
salt and pepper to taste
1. Start from one end first and pick a color. I picked cranberries (red) and then added celery (green) next to it
2. Then added yellow heirloom tomatoes, red heirloom tomatoes, and then the grilled chicken (white next to it) It also makes the chicken the center of the salad, the “main” so to speak.
3. Then I added more green next to it, the kale.
4. Then quinoa (brown) and then feta (white contrast) and finally the strawberries to finish the rainbow off with red like how I started.
5. Drizzle vinegar and olive oil, salt and pepper and toss
Happy Healthy EATING!!!
Snap some pics of your masterpiece and “instagram it” and who knows, you may have more fun with it than you think…like I did!
Tip: Pick a nice big platter or interesting shape plate so you can be creative or use a rectangular plate and treat it like a piece of canvas.