By Farrah Giles on August 23 2019 05:45:10
Contrast is also another important aspect of meal planning. Food texture and appearance of foods must be considered. Textures of food include smoothness, crispness and fluffiness. You should avoid using excessive amount of the same kind of foods in just one meal. Make your dish striking by using different shapes and sizes of ingredients. Color also makes the meals and foods appealing to the eyes. When your dish has only one color, you tend to have less desire to eat it; but if the food has various colors in it, your mind thinks that it is delicious even if you have not tasted it yet. Vegetables and fruits add the natural colors you need in your meals.
Your menu cycle must include balance; Balance in flavors such as sweet, sour, savory, tart and lightly spicy. This balance will help awaken and stimulate the taste buds. Balance also refers to the contained nutrients in each meal. Meals that you will prepare and serve to your family must provide them with nutrients. Meals should have protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and other nourishing components found in a variety of foods. Your meals must be emphasized with variety. Change the types of menus that you prepare and serve every day. Every now and then, you may try to cook foods that are unfamiliar to you.
The time saved at the last-minute can be helpful in two ways. One is that it can allow you to go out for a walk or a jog or some fun time with your husband and/or children in the yard or the park. You can therefore benefit from the exercise that you probably thought you would not have time for, and also spend the time with your family. The second benefit to this time saved is that you will feel less stressed. In fact that benefit will be doubled if that time is used for some of that physical activity.
Over the next couple of months there are many holidays coming up and most of them include special dinners to celebrate the occasion. Healthy meal plans will help you to enjoy most of the traditional dishes while making sure that you also eat the foods that are necessary for your health. Now is a good time to begin doing the planning so that when Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and other special holidays arrive, you will not have to spend time on the planning as one of your chores.
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