Monday, March 18, 2013

Diet Recipe : Mediterranean Diet

What is the Mediterranean Diet?

Discover the health and lifestyle benefits of the Mediterranean diet.
When we think "diet" we tend to think of restrictions, of favorite foods denied. The Mediterranean diet is a little different. It's not necessarily a specific diet plan that you follow for a while; it's more like a way of life that you adopt long-term. It's based on the typical diet of people from Crete and Southern Italy, whose low rates of chronic diseases and longer life spans led researchers to examine their diet to find out what they're doing right!

What are the Secrets of the Mediterranean Diet?

The Mediterranean diet favors lots of fresh fruit and veggies, legumes, fresh fish, nuts, olive oil as the main source of fat, and a bit of red wine with meals. Turns out, it’s a diet that’s good for the body and for the mind. Following a Mediterranean diet has been shown to lower the risk of illnesses, including heart disease, obesity, Type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, even Alzheimer’s disease.


Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • Directions

  • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir garlic in the hot oil until fragrant and beginning to brown, about 2 minutes. Stir in rice; cook until rice is hot and grains are separate, stirring often, 2 more minutes. Add spinach and cook until heated through, 3 more minutes.
  • Stir artichoke hearts and roasted red peppers into rice mixture and cook 2 minutes; mix in feta cheese, remove from heat, and serve immediately.

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