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What Colour Is Your Plate?

Creative "Plating" Enhances the Eating Experience

Version By Lisa Craig, RD, PhD, LD

You don't have to be a celebrity chef to make your meals visually appealing. Presenting a pleasing plate is a bit like creating fine art; think of your plate as a blank canvas. Balance a palette of different colours, shapes, textures, and flavours — it's the key to effective food presentation!

Experts offer these guidelines:

  • Keep It Simple
  • Keep your food arrangements simple while providing as much contrasting colour and texture as possible.

Experiment With Shapes

Pay attention to the shape of the main food on your plate. Cut accompanying foods into different forms to provide variety. For example, carrots can be cut in long strips or as small circles.

Beat "Bland" by Mixing and Matching

Use contrasting colour or texture to make foods that look bland more interesting. Sprinkle seeds or nuts over cooked vegetables for visual interest, crunch, and flavour. Top an omelette with salsa.

Make Servings Look Bigger With Small, Simple Plates

Plates that have a small food basin but a large rim make a serving appear up to 50% larger than it really is, helping to keep portion sizes "in check." For best results, use plates that are white or off-white and have limited patterns.

Above all, use your imagination and have fun! When a nutritious meal is presented in an appealing way, family and friends are more likely to enjoy their food and stick with a healthy eating regimen.

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