I really didn’t understand how important presentation could be until I went vegan and tried to be committed to eating healthy. I didn’t understand why it seemed so hard at first. I mean, yes, I was trying to go from a junk food filled vegetarian diet to a health food vegan diet pretty quickly. That was a huge change, but I didn’t think that an educated adult would really struggle to make healthy choices as much as I did, especially in the beginning.
Anyone who has ever tried to make big life changes knows it’s difficult to stick to those changes. It also rarely happens on the first try. I didn’t understand how much the appearance of food influences us on concious and subconscious levels. Watching documentaries about food made me aware of how food companies spend so much time and effort on brand colors, package colors, food photo shoots with inedible food doubles because they photograph better.
The point was driven further home when I would ask my omnivorous boyfriend to try something I made. The first few dishes I tried were very simple, but I didn’t worry about how the food looked. So he wouldn’t want to try the vegan dishes because he admits that he hates 90% of vegetables. I started putting them on pretty plates and making sure that the food always looked really beautiful. He tried every dish without hesitation. He didn’t like all of them, but he didn’t resist trying any of them.
When I find myself eating junk food or just not always eating as healthy as I should I remember this and do everything I can to make my meals and snacks as pretty as possible. It makes it so much easier to stick to eating clean and healthy if you are making it as enjoyable as possible on every level.
Here are a few things that helped me-
Buy cute plates and use sauce holders to hold dipping sauces or just to separate snacks to make grazing easier.
Or- get creative and use natural snack holders like sliced bell peppers
They make great and colorful edible snack holders!
This would be a really adorable appetizer or snack!
(Tip– if you make this, save the top. Then, cut off the stem and place it back into the hollowed out pepper upside down. If you place the slices of the other colors of pepper on that they will sprout out like in this picture instead of being the same height as the holder pepper.)
Don’t forget to use lots of colors! I love putting all different colors of vegetables in my rice dishes. It makes it pretty as well as nutritious!
Interesting shapes can also make food look beautiful and make your meal or snack feel special.
Cookie cutters can make really cool shapes out of pretty much any fruit or vegetable. A knife also works really well but is a bit more difficult.
Don’t be afraid to get creative and to make your healthy vegan food something that you feel lucky to get to eat!