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By Elizabeth Keyser
Freelance Writer

That old saying, "we eat with our eyes" isn't completely true.  Enjoying a meal uses all our senses – smell, taste, and touch as well as sight. But first appearances are important. And it's fun, and surprisingly easy, to add some "top chef" style to make you and your family smile at the dinner table. Diabetes super foods provide a big, colorful palette of vegetables, grains, nuts, and fruit to play with.

Plating techniques have a sneaky benefit: portion control.  Beautiful plating is the opposite of heaping a lot of food on the plate. These are dishes that make you slow down and savor. Here's how to do it.

 


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