Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Mediterranean-Themed Lunch

It's no surprise that the Mediterranean diet has multiple health benefits.  The Mediterranean diet is composed of healthy fats, proteins, whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables.  Olive oil, nuts and fish contain monounsaturated fats.  The primary monounsaturated fat is oleic acid,  found in very high amounts in olive oil.  What I value about the Mediterranean diet is the portion control,variety and freshness.  The plate I created covers the basics of a Mediterranean diet. Your taste buds get a dynamic tour of different foods which offer
nutritional value.

Benefits of Mediterranean Diet:
- Lowers cholesterol
- Aids in weight loss
- Vitamin & mineral packed
- Anti-inflammatory effects
- Improves Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Reduce risk for developing Alzheimer's disease,
Diabetes and various types of Cancer

Elements of a Mediterranean Diet:
- Eat fish twice a week.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Limit intake of red meat to three-ounce portions.
- Eat moderate portions of poultry and eggs weekly.
- Eat moderate portions of cheese and yoghurt weekly.
- Eat an abundance of fruit, vegetables, whole grains,
nuts, legumes, seeds, herbs and spices.

On my plate:
- Gluten-free crackers
- Organic greens
- Organic tomatoes
- Figs
- Raw almonds
- 5 year aged cheddar cheese
- Organic free range whole eggs
- Prosciutto (Nitrate-free)

Bonne Appetit!

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