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Pretty Plating For A Healthy Lifestyle

June 27, 2014, 6:15 PM by Casey Wonnenberg

Pretty Plating For A Healthy Lifestyle

If you're on Facebook, you likely have friends who enjoy sharing pictures of the food they eat or make. How food is presented or plated is a growing trend. Now new research shows it also might make a difference in how much you enjoy your food.

Chef Jon Greene takes pride not only in how his food tastes, but also in how it looks.

He knows that people eat with their eyes, not just their stomachs.

"You need to wow your guests as soon as you set their plate down," Greene said.

"It shows me they've taken pride and care with the way they've prepared it," Customer Sonia Bury said.

Not only can pretty plating show a customer that a chef takes time to make sure the food is prepared safely, new research shows it can make healthy foods seem more appealing.

"It's hard to walk away from something when you feel like it looks so good," Avera Heart Hospital Registered Dietitian Mary Beth Russell said.

Registered Dietitian Mary Beth Russell says if you struggle to get your kids to eat healthy foods, you might want to incorporate "pretty plating."

"If we just stick a pile of vegetables in front of them, they are not going to be excited about it, but if you present it in a fun, interesting way, they might be a little more curious and be a little more likely to try them," Russell said.

If you're at a fork in the road with how to make your food look appealing, Russell recommends choosing foods with different textures. Also, switch around the arrangement of foods. For example, if meals are generally prepared flat on a plate, consider a vertical arrangement.

"Then you want to make sure you are using very good herbs and spices and things to really garnish it," Russell said.

A great plate presentation will add flavor for the eyes and the stomach for customers like Bury.

"When it looks nice, it's more appealing to dive into it," Bury said.

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