|Better Mealtimes: Plates & Placemats|
DID YOU KNOW? When brightly colored plates are used, food intake increases, probably because the food can be seen more easily.
Placemats help define the eating area, especially for people who mistakenly take items from other diners.
- Obtain a variety of plates in bright colors and choose a plate each time that highlights the food being served. For example, chicken is easier to see against a dark-blue plate than a white plate.
- "Scoop" dishes provide a special edge that keeps food from sliding
off the plate, and helps make putting food on the utensil easier.
- Purchase non-breakable dishes for safety, in case a plate is dropped.
Non-slip placements help keep plates from sliding. You can buy them or make your own from a roll sold at local home, bed, and bath stores.
Make sure the placemat contrasts with the table and the plate. However, avoid
patterns on plates, placemats, and tablecloths to minimize distractions. Some
people may pick at the pattern or focus their attention on the pattern and not
on the food!