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The Psychology of Taste and New Healthy Meal Plan

I’m trying to finish up a Psych class as a pre-requisite for the Masters of Nutrition.  The chapter I was reviewing today had an interesting insight into acquiring a taste for food.

Another case of non-associative learning in motivation is the effect of mere exposure to a stimulus complex.  Both small children and big college students like a flavor better if they have experienced it before than if they haven’t.  Robert Zanjonc finds that (flavors) become more positive as subjects are repeatedly exposed to them.

This concluded that mere exposure to something (and I suggest early in life), leads to more acceptance for those foods later.  Even if they don’t accept the foods when exposed.  What we learn… expose your kids to a variety of food.

Anyway, on to the Healthy Meal Plan for this week.  Lot’s of links!

Breakfast Lunch Snack Dinner
Monday Mexican Egg and Cheese Quesadilla Ham and Broccoli Calzone Peach Applesauce Caesar Salad Flatbread Pizzas
Tuesday Oatmeal with blueberries and coconut milk Peanut Butter and Jelly on Whole wheat with carrots Honey Roasted Pecans  Kid Cardamon Chicken
Wednesday Apple Pancakes Teriyaki Chicken Salad Sandwiches Dates Pasta with Spinach and Mushrooms
Thursday Scrambled eggs and whole wheat toast Turkey sandwiches with avocado and sprouts Plain yogurt and berries Chicken and Savory Dumpling soup
Friday Pumpkin Banana Smoothies Wild Rice Salad Hard boiled Eggs with apple Chili Casserole
And, just because I can’t have a post without a picture, I thought I’d share with you all how naughty my adorable nephew is!
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8 Comments

Claire

I love your blog, and that pic of your nephew made me smile this morning. I have similar colours on my bedroom walls from my sons! Thanks for helping me with ideas on healthy food or my boys, you make it so easy!

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Thanks for leaving a comment Claire! I’m glad you are able to use some ideas. This “art work” was done while I was babysitting him, and I just can’t get mad at him!

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Joni M.

Love your blog! Magic Eraser will take those marks right off…even if it’s permanent marker!

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Mary

I was meaning to ask you if you had any recipes for candied nuts that didn’t have cinnamon as an ingredient. You must be reading my mind:) I can’t wait to try the honey roasted pecans.

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