Mediterranean diet, one of this land’s treasure
16 Sep 2019
Choosing a Mediterranean lifestyle implies more than just enjoying the good weather during much of the year. Participating in the eating habits of the area can bring great benefits to your health. The gastronomy of the Mediterranean Coast has been awarded many times for its quality; in fact, UNESCO inscribed the Mediterranean Diet in a representative list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (source Fundación Dieta Mediterránea).
Mediterranean diet’s typical foods
This kind of diet is characterized by the great variety of foods that participate in the preparation of tasty recipes. Among them, olive oil stands out as the main fat of addition. Incorporating it raw in food is a guarantee of obtaining vitamin 5, beta-carotenes and monounsaturated fatty acids which work as cardio-protectors for the body.
The presence of meat, fish, eggs and dairy in the Mediterranean diet is also abundant. In the case of blue fish, a minimum consumption of once or twice a week is recommended because their fats also have protective properties against cardiovascular diseases.
However, the Mediterranean diet is also an ideal option for vegans since many of their recipes dispense with the use of food of animal origin. This cuisine makes use of vegetables, legumes, mushrooms and nuts. Also reserve a special place for the fruit, which is usually consumed in the dessert although it has also been recommended before the meal (taking a single piece or in a salad).
Mediterranean cuisine’s best recipes
Thanks to the number of foods that compose it, the Mediterranean diet allows you to create different recipes to give variety to meals every day. Some of the most famous in the Costa Blanca Sur are the rice “a banda”, rice with chicken, and rice “y bancal”. These are some ways to prepare a delicious rice with ingredients of the land.
In addition, it is very important that the ingredients are fresh. To ensure freshness in each dish it is best to choose seasonal foods; that is, respect the times of each fruit and vegetable to take them when they are in their state of natural maturation.
For the winter months, the “spoon dishes” are the winners: lentil stew, chickpea stew, seafood soup, etc. These are dishes prepared with a multitude of ingredients that allow rich micronutrients necessary for the body. It is common to find in these recipes vegetables such as pepper, tomato, onion and garlic.
One last tip: be hydrated and do sports
To complete healthy nutrition we recommend drinking water often to keep the body hydrated. The Mediterranean coast is characterized by its high temperatures during the summer months and this implies that the body requires water more often than in other places.
If you combine good nutrition with a little daily exercise you get the key to well-being. There is no more secret than this one!
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