Monday, September 27, 2010

As Promised... Fresh Ideas!

Fresh herb salad with nasturtium and lobelia flowers.

To Whom It May Concern,

Dear Kat,
Thank you for signing in. As you can see, cats of all kinds are welcome here!

I know most of you avoid eating like the plague, but for those of you who do indulge in a bit of 'moderate mastication', this one's for you!

Have you ever noticed how we eat with our eyes? How the look of something can be twice as enticing as the smell or even the taste? I did a bit of research into this matter and found that when it comes to food, appearances are everything! Apparently, eating food that's attractive, even if it's a simple salad, can have a profound effect on the psyche. Essentially, pretty food makes you feel satisfied. Think about it, which would you rather eat,


or this?

Just by adding fresh herbs and a few edible flowers (available at most fresh produce stands, farmers' markets etc.) you not only enhance the beauty of what you are eating, you up the enjoyment levels as well. The great thing about herb and flowers? The calories are VERY low! Many herbs and flowers are rich source of vitamins and anti-oxidants and are linked to weight loss. For more info look here and here.

For an extra boost, add fresh citrus like grapefruit segments or tangerine wedges.

For a Japanese twist, add honeysuckle and fresh cherries.

Or for something utterly delightful, try a provocatively purple platter! Rocket leaves, violets and dandelions just scream 'goodness'!

I realise these dishes may not appeal to everybody, but it is the sort of thing you can eat plenty of without the guilt.

Take a little trouble the next time you nibble, a little culinary creativity can go along way! Make yourself something beautiful, for as the girls in the L'Oréal ad said, "you're worth it"!

Cinnamon Brown.

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