By Kandis O’neal on August 25 2019 05:28:09
You may be wondering how you will be able to eat healthy meals when you absolutely love all those decadent desserts or cheese topped baked potatoes and other such fare that is not considered to be part of a healthy diet. However, by planning ahead, you can enjoy smaller amounts of those dishes by including the healthier steamed vegetables and salads along with them. Using a vegetarian diet plan for some of the meals leading up to that special dinner or during the week after can ensure that you will eat a very healthy diet over the two-week period. That is why it is extremely valuable to write out some healthy meal plans now, when you can see the whole period of time, rather than waiting until the last-minute. At that point you will be looking at day by day decisions for your meals if not meal by meal decisions. You will not be able to see the big picture.
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.
Not only will planning these meals ahead of time save time making decisions when you are busiest, but it will also save you preparation time when you need it most. You will be able to look at your plan for a meal and make your grocery list so you know you will have everything you need during preparation. You will also be able to see which parts of the meal you can make ahead of time. Some appetizers can be made weeks ahead of the day and stored in the freezer so you only need to thaw or reheat them before serving. Other items can be made the day before and in fact some dishes are better after being allowed to marinate overnight.
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.
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