By Dawn Parker on August 27 2019 00:41:25
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.
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.
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.
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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