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Making Meals More Tasty & Enjoyable

Whether you’re a newb suddenly thrust into a culinary crash course during lockdown or an experienced home chef, the same ol’ home cooked meals can get monotonous.

How much we enjoy a meal depends not just on taste, but on a number of our senses.

Follow these tips to enhance the experience by creating meals that are visually appealing, aromatic, flavorful, and nutritious.



Make your plates COLORFUL.

A plate with foods of only one or two colors can appear dull and boring. Add colorful fruits and vegetables to upgrade the plate palette and nutrient value of your meals.



A human tongue has THOUSANDS of taste buds. Add flavor variety to your plates by experimenting with spices, and fresh or dried herbs.

Or even add a tangy twist with some fresh lemon or lime juice.

Spices & Dried Herbs to Try:

  • thyme, oregano, dill, rosemary, cumin, cinnamon, turmeric, garlic, cayenne

Fresh Herbs to Try:

  • basil, rosemary, thyme, ginger, garlic, mint, parsley, cilantro



Eat a variety of protein foods through the week, including both animal (meat, poultry, seafood, eggs), and plant-based proteins (beans, peas, soy, nuts, & seeds).

Mix up your marinades as well! Add protein & desired marinade & seasonings together in a Ziploc bag. Seal, shake, and sit in the fridge for up to 24 hours before cooking.

Marinades to Try:

  • Teriyaki

  • Lemon Garlic

  • Cilantro Lime

  • Jamaican Jerk

  • Korean BBQ

  • Honey Mustard



When cooking meat, poultry, and fish, use high-heat cooking techniques such as pan-searing, grilling, or broiling.

High-heat browns the meat and develops flavor. Be careful not to overcook or char it, though!

Minimum internal temperatures:

  • Poultry (chicken, turkey): 165°F

  • Steak, pork chops, lamb: 145°F

  • Ground meats: 160°F

  • Fish: 145°F

Toss veggies in olive oil, spices, herbs and roast in the oven or grill at high heat as well (450°F).

The high temperature causes the veggies to carmelize, bringing out a sweet flavor.



Enhance the meal experience and build better eating habits by limiting distractions while enjoying your meals. Turn off the TV, set down your phone, and sit down at a table when eating.

Chew slowly and eat mindfully, paying attention to all the different smells, flavors, and textures of your meal.

Benefits of Mindful Eating:

  • Better digestion

  • More satisfied by meal

  • Less likely to overeat

  • Reduced weight gain



Finally, if you're staying with others, when possible, share mealtime together!

Gathering around the table to enjoy a meal with others is an excellent way to boost psychological wellness and also leads to more mindful eating.

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