Thursday, July 11, 2013

The Mediterranean Way to Eat: Grains - Part 1

Have you noticed how popular it has gotten to add grains to your diet? This is because grains are part of the Mediterranean diet, which has gained popularity over recent years. Since there is a low consumption of meat and meat products, and the diet includes proportionally high consumption of olive oil, legumes, unrefined cereals, fruits, and vegetables, and fish - it has been determined to be a healthier way to eat. It's quite popular with vegetarians, offering a wide variety of already proven Middle Eastern dishes. 

The Mediterranean Diet is not a diet, as in “go on a diet,” even though it's supposed to be a great way to lose weight and improve your health. This way of eating is known to be good for your heart, and that may be directly connected to low meat intake. As we have seen in the food choices in the evolving food pyramid we have, most Americans eat meat every day. As you can see from the food pyramid of the Mediterraneans, it's high in grains - making it quick to digest, which is a good thing.

In the next series of posts, I'll cover some of the grains from the Mediterranean diet. I'm not an expert, so I'll be learning along with you. The videos will demonstrate how to cook the the grain, and cover some recipes. I will mention that these grains aren't ordinarily inexpensive. Even so, we can still be adding them to our diet in small amounts to improve our health.

Note: If you have a delicious proven recipe that can go along with this grain series, please send it to me now. 

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