Making the best dietary decisions for you and your family is a daunting task! Step into any supermarket, and you’re instantly flooded with a slew of new buzzwords that seemingly encourage a newer healthier you. Deciphering nutritional labels has become a modern-day challenge.  No one knows what their food contains anymore!

Don’t worry, we’re here, and we’ve got your back. Today, we’re answering 3 big questions that will make your weekly grocery trips a breeze.

Does Non-GMO (Non-Genetically Modified Organisms) mean the same thing as organic?

No, they mean entirely different things! Organic means that the product was grown without artificial chemicals pesticides, fertilizers or feed. Non-GMOs are foods that haven’t been genetically modified.

However, organic farming regulations prohibit the use of GMOs. Meaning that all organic livestock cannot be fed GMO corn or soy. So if you’re consuming organic food, know that it was farmed without GMOs. Hence Non-GMO foods may not be organic, but all organic foods are Non-GMO.

Organic Gluten-Free
Organic Gluten-Free

Are gluten-free options the best bet?

That depends on your body! With plenty of people adopting a gluten-free lifestyle, it’s easy to assume that gluten is a ubiquitous hidden toxin. This is not so! Gluten is a family of naturally occurring proteins found in crops such as wheat and rye. Thus, it is in bread, flatbreads, cakes, doughnuts, pizzas and other baked goods. It’s likely that you’ve been eating gluten all your life!

Going gluten-free is only essential for people who have gluten intolerance, gluten sensitivity or wheat allergies.  Gluten does not pose a threat to most. However, if you are unsure about your gluten digesting abilities, a small trip to the doctor will unveil the truth about your gut!

Should I buy “reduced sodium” foods?

Reduced sodium means that there is less salt added to a particular food. Should you buy it though?  The answer isn’t so simple. Just because something has been reduced, doesn’t mean it has been reduced substantially!

To deduce whether it’s worth your heart, take a peek at the nutritional label at the back of the food package. It will state the amount of sodium per serving. According to the American Heart Association, adults should ideally consume only 1500 mg of sodium a day! So you will need to do the math to see if the reduced amount of salt is too much or too little for you to consume.

Avoid High Levels of Sodium
Avoid High Levels of Sodium

Shopping smart can be easy! Do you have more food questions that need answering?  Ask away in the comments below and we will dedicate another blog post just for them.

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Some rice, some chicken, a side of veggies, and you have yourself a plate of dinner. Not that there’s much wrong with it, but we’ve all pondered how different our dinner would taste if bothered to be a little more organized or color-coordinated. And of course, it’s a handy skill to have when friends and family visit for a meal.

What if we told you, you don’t actually need a fancy art degree to figure out the perfect plating for the perfect meal? Let us sort you out with our favorite tips and picks:

The White Backdrop

To get your plating right, your plate obviously is where you start – and this is when you get your white plates out of your cabinets. The bright white plate props up the colors of your food get them more vibrant and add that much appeal to your meal. Simple, we know, but definitely true!

The Odder The Better

Sure, there’s beauty in symmetry, but when it comes to presenting food, odd numbers are key! Arrange your plate with all different elements in groups of 3 or 5 (or 7!). Odd numbers are meant to be more aesthetically pleasing – more so with food!

Decorate your Plate Asymmetrically with Rotimatic
Decorate your Plate Asymmetrically

Play to the Senses

Please your eyes, tempt your smell and tease your tactile senses with texture, touch, and mouth-feel. But you have to be careful, and not tinker with the elements of your dish just for the sake of your senses. For example, garnishing your plated meal with red capsicums simply for the pop of red might sound like a good idea, but messes up the other senses. Does the crunch of your capsicum fit well into your dish, or does it just worsen your mouth-feel?

Get Stacked

Having height in the center of your dish evens out the overall presentation of your meal. By layering or stacking ingredients, you give the dish more depth and a beautiful symphony of flavours. On top of all that, it’ll get you a delicious Instagram-worthy picture as well!

Food Plating that is Insta-Worthy with Rotimatic
Food Plating that is Insta-Worthy

Be One With The Nature

The dish you’ve prepared has involved a lot of your love, passion, thought, and technique. When it comes to playing, however, be sure to use a lighter hand, and let nature guide you. Your colors should reflect the seasons and the environment, with contrasting shades in your dish that evoke emotion. Keep it simple, sure, but always let the ingredients be the stars.


Like we’ve told you! In science there’s truth, and in art there’s honor. Food plating is a perfect symphony of the two, and we hope our tips have found you well! Send us your food plating photos on the reviews page of our website or post them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and tag us.

With the food all laid out to perfection on your dinner table, you see a flash in your eye, and right then it hits you – this needs a photo. Half of your table gets excited and thanks you for reminding them, the other sigh and wait on before they can sink their teeth into the dinner.

We don’t blame you, and you’re not wrong either – a joyous moment like delicious food bringing together your friends and family definitely deserves a photo, and sometimes, nothing but the perfect shot would do.

Whether you’ll be flaunting your pictures on social media, or just to smile back on days and weeks later to recall that moment, there are some food photography tips and tricks that could make your meal more salivating than we’re sure it already is.

Let us help you out:

Getting the Right Angle

“Obviously…,” you’re thinking in your head, angles are going to be important in how your food looks, but where you place the camera will alter the type of story you’re looking to tell.

Art of Food Photography
Art of Food Photography

The type of food you’re trying to take a picture of comes into play; its size, shape, height, and unique features (like garnish). Some dishes look great when you shoot from right in front of the food, and others are best suited when you are looking down from directly above the table. Imagine a table of cupcakes with delicate icing and toppings sprinkled. Would you take an angular shot of the cupcakes showing the precision of the icing and sprinkles, or an aerial shot that neglects the beauty and architecture of your cupcakes?

It’s the same for a stack of rotis; an angular shot showing the stack’s height would prove more useful, compared to an aerial shot from the top where it’d just look like one roti for a table full of hungry people!

Setting the Stage

One thing that’d stand out more than a mess in a photo, is an empty space, or many of them! Imagine those to be plot-holes in a movie or story you’re trying to tell or read.

Think of the supporting cast that could fill these spaces and make your hero look all the better. Surround your main dish with ingredients and probs you’ve used to prepare that dish. Sauces, oils, even cooking utensils to drop little hints to what really made that dish – make them ponder and drool even more!

Go further with tins, jars, fabrics, and linens to perhaps dip into the origin of the dish, or how it should be served – it elevates your picture and certainly gives it dept.

A Little Light

Lighting’s tricky – too little of it makes your photo more ominous than intended, and too much of it could blind your audience to the finer details of your dish.

The most important tip for photography would be to shoot against the light, not with it. That means, if you’re taking a shot of your pizzas, be sure that the light isn’t behind the dish, but in front of it – so you’ll be using sunlight to literally light your food up, instead of your dish becoming silhouettes.

Eat Good Food and Lead Healthy Life
Eat Good Food and Lead Healthy Life

The other tips are going to depend on how you want your shots. You could either move away from the lighting or manipulate it with black and white cards that you could make easily with foam. Size them to fit your needs, using white cards to bounce light into shadow areas, revealing important details, or black cards to make shadows stronger for more contrast.

Color Code It

Now you’ve got your angles, you’ve got your props, and also worked out your own lighting. You’re almost good to go, except for one detail that many let slip just before posting their pictures – color.

Now, your dish is the star of the gathering and the picture. You’ve pampered her with props and flattering lighting, but now it’s time to give her her finishing touches. Think color, and which color does your dish radiate? The red of strawberries and rhubarb? Or the green of your palak paneer?

Pairing the red of your strawberries with a red baking tray, for example, takes the limelight away from the dish, and attention is given to your baking tray instead. The same with the green of your palak paneer – would it look equally delicious in a bright yellow bowl? Probably not! When placing items into your food images, try selecting neutral tones, something that makes the food really pop against it, like black or white props, or glass bowls, so your dish gets all the Likes it deserves.

There’s lots of fun to be had with a camera and your food, and if you’ve got more tips and tricks for us, throw them our way! To know about Rotimatic click here and to order yours click here.