It’s all Greek to me

April 20, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

(*Author Note: the bottom of this post decided to have a mind of it’s own, sorry for the font, size and spacing issues!!)

For those of us here at wellnessU, the end of spring semester is coming in fast. There’s A LOT of school work piling up and a lot of social activities, but not much food left in the pantry. Whether your lack of ingredients has to do with a busy schedule  or loss of creativity, I hope this post will get you back on course in no time.

If you’re not familiar with greek cuisine, get on that NOW. Not only is mediterranean food delicious, but a mediterranean diet can be extremely good for your health (Disclaimer: please keep in mind that by “diet” I mean the types of foods that we eat, not any kind of intake restriction).

You dont have to live here to reap the benefits!

What types of foods are included in a mediterranean diet?

  • Lots and lots of FRESH fruits and vegetables
  • Olive oil as the replacement for other fats and oils
  • Fish, some poultry (limit red meat to a max. of 12-16 ounces per month)
  • Whole grain bread and pasta (limit refined white varieties). Potatoes & polenta
  • Non-fat to low fat cheeses and yogurt (try feta cheese and greek yogurt, both amazing)
  • Legumes (chick peas, white cannelleni beans, lentils, peas, etc.) & nuts
  • Beverages: Mostly water and moderate consumption of wine (1 glass women, 1-2 glasses men)

Courtesy of Table4five

Benefits of a mediterranean diet:

  • High in fiber and antioxidants while being low in saturated fat
  • Reduces your risk of heart disease, stroke  and cancer
  • Increased life expectancy
Eating out:
If you’re fortunate enough to live near a restaurant serving mediterranean cuisine (Harrisonburgers: Xenia and Dave’s) try it out, but stay away from anything deep fried, creamy, flakey or buttered.
Xenia Pick: Veggie Kebab ($6.99) has fresh yellow squash, zucchini, tomato, lettuce, red onion, spicy green beans and yummy sauce over a thin pita

Veggie Kabob

Dave’s Pick: The Acropolis Pizza ($12) was eaten before the camera came out, sorry.
At home:
Use the foods above as a grocery list for your shopping. Pick up some basil, sea salt, olive oil, lemon, chicken (or frozen shrimp which can be on the cheap too), feta and whatever vegetables you’d like and see what you can throw together in under 10 minutes. You and your taste buds will be pleasantly surprised!
Remember that calories and portions still count! Go easy on the olive oil and grains but load up on veggies, legumes, lean protein and fruit.
Weekly Wellness: Incorporate mediterranean foods in your breakfast. Try whole grain toast with almond butter, greek yogurt with fruit and honey, a hard boiled egg  and even a whole grain bagel with smoked salmon.

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