Have Fun With Food In 5 Simple Steps

  1. Make food fun

It’s time to kick the mindset of “food is boring”, food can be fun.

The beauty of being creative is that you can change it up. Have fun by changing an ingredient and swopping it out for an alternative or trying a different preparation method. A carrot? It can be mashed, boiled, baked or air fried – the options are endless.

 

  1. Routine to save time – #Variety to spark creativity!

Routine is great when your time is limited, but don’t let is alter your creativity with food. Just because you eat fish, mash and vegetables last week does not mean you have to repeat the same meal this week. We need variety and luckily, nature has given us ampule fruit and vegetables. Never had cabbage wraps before? Great! Time to explore the new varieties of fruits and vegetables. Want to be spontaneous and try cabbage wraps with chickpeas? Give it a go! Remember just because there are no recipes for a dish you have in mind should not stop you from creating it.

 

  1. Eat like a rainbow!

More colour means a variety of nutrients and better health for your gut. Colour is a useful cue when distinguishing lemons from limes or blueberries from blackberries. Research shows increased perceived meal color variation is linked to a higher intake of vegetables and a lower intake of sugary meals. As a result, eating colorfully appears to be a promising option for encouraging consumers to adopt a more intuitive and healthy food selection mindset.

 

  1. Reduce the processed foods

Eating real low processed foods not only add more variety but have more nutritional benefits than processed food which often contain chemical flavoring agents, sweeteners and colorants. Try to choose most foods that are in its natural state.

 

  1. Presentation – Cutlery, lunchboxes, water bottles

Ever heard of the saying it tastes as good as it looks? That’s because when food is presented well it is automatically perceived to taste better. Here you could use your creativity once again, trying colourful plates, bowls in different shapes and sizes. If you are taking prepacked meals, try storing them in fun containers such as ones with compartments and even try a fun water bottle too.

 

Be fun with your food!

 

König, L. M., & Renner, B. (2018). Colourful= healthy? Exploring meal colour variety and its relation to food consumption. Food Quality and Preference64, 66-71.

 

Monteiro, C. A., Cannon, G., Levy, R. B., Moubarac, J. C., Louzada, M. L., Rauber, F., … & Jaime, P. C. (2019). Ultra-processed foods: what they are and how to identify them. Public health nutrition22(5), 936-941.

 

 

About the author:

Tanya has been providing dietary guidance since 2009 as a registered dietician licensed in South Africa. Her goal is to help patients understand the connection between diet and diagnosis for improved nutritional well being.

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