Foods for the Senses

Even though Valentine’s Day is in the rear view mirror, I’m still thinking a lot about foods for the senses. Eating is a sensual experience, involving smell, appearance, texture, taste, and even sound.

Our sense of smell has the strongest link to memory and emotion. This is why cooking your grandma’s hot dish recipe vividly transports you back to an afternoon in her kitchen.

When immersed in the greys and whites of winter, a burst of colorful food enlivens your senses. The color of a food reflects the nutrients it contains, so eating an array of colors will ensure that you get the full spectrum of nutrients in your diet.

Taste is the sense we most obviously associate with food – but how often do you give food your full attention to really taste it? The next time you plan a special meal with your loved ones, focus on the taste. You may be surprised with what you taste, and the conversation that sparks from it.

Though it may at first be overlooked, texture is hugely important to how you experience a meal: the crisp bite of an apple, the creaminess of avocado, the stickiness of nut butter. These are all integral to your experience of these foods.

We don’t often think of sound when we consider food, but it is always there waiting to be noticed. Try having a meal without the television or music on, to fully focus on your sensual experience of the food. Your food will taste better and you will more easily know when you are satiated.

Our meals are more satisfying when we eat them with all of our senses. Notice the aromas, textures, tastes, colors and sounds of the food you eat and discover how much richer and more gratifying your eating experience can be. Try our featured recipe for Roasted Grapes with Yogurt and Honey —It’s a great place to start.