(Taste is Day 5 of the 12 Gifts of Mindful Eating. For 12 days, we are sharing a mini-mindful eating exercise to help you focus on the gift of each day. Each one is intentionally short, simple, and powerful. After all, big gifts often come in small packages!)
The Gift of Taste
My husband Owen is a professional chef (I know; lucky me!). One of his culinary secrets is layering ingredients that are sweet, salty, bitter, sour, and/or savory to create a multidimensional eating experience.
Variety is the spice of life!
Today, conduct your own Flavor Experiment by making a salad or sandwich that intentionally features items representative of these various tastes. Taste the ingredients as you assemble your salad and identify whether it is predominantly sweet, salty, bitter, sour, savory, or a combination.
Our recipe for Five Tastes Arugula Salad with Oranges, Almonds and Shaved Parmesan is an excellent example of this concept. Share your own creations in the comments section!