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How to Eat Mediterranean

Green Pies of Crete (Hortopita and Spanakopita)

Green Pies of Crete (Hortopita and Spanakopita)

When I lived in Crete, one of my favorite comfort foods was green pie.  The people of Crete go into the mountains to pick a large variety of greens with the Greek name of Horta.  By some estimates there are 150 varieties of edible greens on the island.

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Mediterranean Lifestyle Principle #1:  Eat to Live, Eat to Celebrate

Mediterranean Lifestyle Principle #1: Eat to Live, Eat to Celebrate

The people who live on the Mediterranean Island of Crete taught me some long lasting lessons about how to eat.  When I told them that I was from America and that I was in Crete to learn about the Mediterranean Diet they smiled widely, sometimes they would laugh.  “You Americans, so concerned with your health, […]

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U.S. News and World Report votes the Mediterranean Diet the #1 Plant Based Diet!

U.S. News and World Report votes the Mediterranean Diet the #1 Plant Based Diet!

It seems strange to compare the Mediterranean Diet to other diets such as Weight Watchers and the Biggest Loser.  The Mediterranean Diet is much more of a lifestyle and permanent way of eating than an actual “diet”.  It has been around for thousands of years with proven rates of high longevity and low disease rates.

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The Mediterranean Lifestyle Principles

The Mediterranean Lifestyle Principles

The Mediterranean Lifestyle is about much more than just diet.  It is a way of being. It is hard to really understand it unless you actually go to the Mediterranean region, get away from the touristy areas, and spend some time in small villages.  Here, as you walk down the road, you will be invited […]

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Traditional Mediterranean Diet Meal Plan

A Traditional One Week Mediterranean Diet Meal Plan

The traditional Mediterranean Diet has been shown to be one of the healthiest ways of eating in the world.  The problem is that many Mediterranean recipes found in cookbooks or on the web are not traditional.  We interviewed the Mother of a local restaurant owner on the Island of Crete to find out what a typical week of eating would have looked like 30 years ago.  This is a true Mediterranean Diet meal plan from the island.  There were no fancy kitchens and people ate mostly off their own land.  Dishes were simple and delicious peasant foods.

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Mediterranean Diet

Top Tips For Buying & Cooking With Olive Oil

Olive oil is a key component of the Mediterranean Diet.  You will find it in almost every Mediterranean Diet recipe.  It can be difficult to get a good quality olive oil here in the states.  Here are some tips for buying and cooking with olive oil.

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Mediterranean Diet Recipe

Traditional Moroccan Couscous Recipe (Video)

As with most recipes, technique is important. In this video, Alia and her Grandmother show step by step how to make traditional couscous.

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Cuisine of Portugal

Cuisine of Portugal

For a country the size of an average U.S. state, Portugal has an unimaginable amount of food lore and a history around food that is rich and varied. Arabs who occupied southern regions of Portugal in the eighth century are said to have made contributions that last today, as did Portuguese sailors, who brought spices […]

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Vegan Mediterranean Diet Recipes

Can I Eat a Vegan Mediterranean Diet?

Being vegan means not consuming any animal products (including meat, milk, cheese, honey, fish, and chicken).  There are plenty of vegan Mediterranean recipes.  People on the Greek island of Crete are traditionally vegans half of the year, because they don’t eat any meat or dairy on religious holidays and there are a lot of religious holidays!  On those days, they will eat veggies, beans, nuts, seeds, bread, and fruit.  The great thing about this is that they have been doing it so long that they have created thousands of delicious recipes.  There is no feeling of lack on the days when they go vegan.

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