With summer rapidly approaching, we’re all looking for ways to slim down and get beach ready. Recent reports published by The New England Journal of Medicine concluded a plant-based Mediterranean diet resulted in lower incidence of heart disease, cancer, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Moreover, May marks Mediterranean Diet month-a celebration of healthy eating!
It Keeps You Heart Healthy
This diet is filled with healthy fats, such as olive oil and omega-3 laden fish, which will help monitor blood pressure and lower the risk of heart disease.
It Helps Prevent Cancer
Cruciferous vegetables (like broccoli and spinach) and legumes (like chickpeas and lentils), are known as cancer-fighting foods because they are packed with antioxidants.
It Boosts Testosterone
You can help get your man on board with this one! According to Dr. Pierce’s study, men who consume more Omega-3s have increased testosterone. Leafy greens can also positively impact the prostate.
It Can Help You Lose Weight
The diet helps you choose foods that are beneficial to your waistline. “Typical Mediterranean diet meals have inherently healthy ingredients such as vegetables and whole grains,” says Dr. Pierce. “Part of the obesity epidemic stems from consuming processed meals over fresh foods.”
It Cuts Chronic Diseases
Statistics show that chronic conditions such as diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and cardiovascular disease are less in populations that stick to a Mediterranean diet. The plant-based food plan with a breakdown of 50 percent produce, 25 percent protein, and 25 percent whole grain offers a balanced approach to a healthy lifestyle.
Will you be trying out the Mediterranean Diet for summer?
The Mediterranean, based on the eating habits found in the the Mediterranean region, places an emphasis on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes found in that part of the world. It limits red meat and dairy consumption, as well cuts back on salt and sugar. This got us thinking at Glocally, give us 411 and recipe on a healthy tasty Mediterranean diet. We did’nt have to go far, when a Lebanese Graduate student from NJIT said she had the answer. With this new found interest Gina and her sister Fadia shared some family recipes passes down recipe for healthy living which taste good, and can get you back in the fitted summer cloth, they create a new blog named, abeautifulmaison.com.
2 bunches of parsley washed and chopped finely with stem disregarded
small onion, sliced thin
1 cup of fresh mint leaves washed and finely shopped
4 medium size tomatoes finely diced
2 to 21/2 tablespoon bulgur
1/3 cup of olive oil
juice of 1 and 1/2 lemon
salt and pepper
Romaine lettuce leaves or grape leaves for serving and decoration
Soak the bulgur with tomatoes, onion, lemon and let it sit while you chop the parsley. After you slice the parsley and the mint, mix all the ingredients and add olive oil, salt and pepper. Serve tabbouleh with romaine lettuce leaves or grape leaves and enjoy.
Gina and her sister Fadia will periodically be updating us with new recipes, you can also find them at abeautifulmaison.com.