The food’s tastiness is an important quality, affecting the dietary choices we make on a daily basis. Satisfaction from the meal can influence our well being and facilitate sticking to healthy choices - if you experience the benefits of real, tasty food on your own, it might be a breakthrough in changing your food habits for better.
There are many factors shaping how the dish will taste in the end, what will our impression be, will we like the way it tastes, etc. If we open ourselves to combinations of various tastes and "train" our taste buds healthy foods have much to offer in this respect,
It's worth to keep in mind that the taste is not the only factor you should be taking into account - many people have the affinity to binge on sugar, salt and fat, which can have an immediate adverse effect on the health and figure. The best basic menu is based on unprocessed foods, and here are some tips on how to make your meals taste a lot better:
If it looks pretty - it tastes better
The aesthetics of the meal can affect how tasty food appears – and this is a scientifically proven fact. Gray-and-brown gruel, mess on your plate and gobbling down your meal straight from the pot (time-saving!) are common practice - usually due to lack of time and patience. A little bit of effort put into arranging food on your plate, choosing a pretty plate and colorful garnish can make your meal taste a lot better. If you are interested in healthy eating, I'd recommend taking pictures of your meals and sharing them with a broader group of recipients, e.g. in a diet and workout diary. This might serve both as motivation for creating your own tasty compositions and an inspiration for others.
Music - the improbable spice
The scientist's observations point to the fact that music can affect consumption in an unconventional way. Listening to music we like during a meal makes it more attractive – the positive emotions will be associated with the food. The more pleasant the music, the better the meal will taste. Scientists also point to another interesting correlation. For example, classical music played during a wine degustation will make it seem more expensive than it actually is. It's worth keeping in mind that music is a powerful force, and can alter culinary experiences, change the intensity and perception of stimuli - of course if it is appropriately matched. Eating with a loved one also intensifies the enjoyment.
Yale University scientists have observed that eating in solitude can decrease the attractiveness of meals. In the aforementioned research, people who ate alone overall rated it as a less aromatic and tasty, contrarily to the people eating in the company of a loved one. A meal shared with a partner/spouse can heighten the experience, intensify it and make it more pleasant.
Eating is a pleasure that can be cranked up a notch by concentrating not only on the quality of the ingested food but also the aesthetics of the meal and the surroundings. Food tastes better if it's neatly served, "spiced up" with good music and in the company of a loved one.