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.