Can’t you just eat the same healthy foods every day? Technically, yes, but there is one potential downside.
Beware the Smorgasbord Effect
There’s just one little caveat I want to mention. Variety or novelty can also lead to over-eating. Research shows that we actually feel full more quickly when eating just one thing than if we’re eating several things. Most people eat more when a meal contains lots of different dishes and courses than they do at simpler meals. And you’ve probably noticed that having a wide variety of snacks and treats on hand can lead you to eat more than you would if you only had one option.
Use this to your advantage. When it comes to desserts or football snacks, keep the variety to a minimum. But if you want your family to eat more vegetables, try serving two or even three different vegetables with meals!
See also: How to Get More Vegetables
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