13. Choose blue plates
You’ve probably heard the size of your plate can influence how much you eat. It turns out plate color matters too. According to research from Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab, participants piled 22 percent less food on their plates when the plate color contrasted that of the entrée, versus when the two hues matched. Obviously, the color of your food changes with each meal, and you’re not going to pull out different dishes every time. That said, what’s the one color that virtually no food matches? Blue. Research also shows blue is calming, which could help you eat slower. Just something to think about when you’re in the market for new dishes or buying disposable plates.
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