Hello Sweet Friends,
and Welcome to Heart Tips Tuesday,
Today I'm gonna talk about, and show you basically, what a Mediterrean Diet is!!
I was able to find a chart that I think will help, as it sort of shows the breakdown,
and I will try to add in some specifics. I think the way we eat is a cross between
a Mediterrean and a Lowfat eating plan.
Adopting a strict Mediterranean Diet
Scientific research has shown that the closer individuals can get to the 'ideal' Mediterranean Diet, outlined in the pyramid chart below, the greater the health advantage - in that, the benefit of adopting the whole dietary pattern exceeds the summated health-giving properties of its individual components.
I am gonna start at the top and work my way down the Pyramid.
As you will notice, red meat is at the top of the pyramid, and in
the mediterrean they only eat beef on average of once a week.
We aren't that good yet, but we have learned to incorporate
more fish and occasionally shellfish, meatless meals with beans
or veggies, and the use of more chicken. The reason to stay
away from beef as much as possible is becauseit is very high in
saturated fat, that being the nasty bad fat, of course!!
Personally, I don't like Turkey all that much, I know it's
I just like the taste of Chicken so much better, so I put ground chicken
in my chili, and our Beef Stroganoff sometimes turns into Chicken
Stroganoff and is just as delicious, and Publix even has chicken
burgers, so sometimes we make those on the grill.
If you have recipes that call for beef, and you don't think it would be
horrible give chicken or Turkey a try at least once or twice just to
see what you think. There are times I just like a certain dish better
with beef and if that is the case, I will just make it with beef, but
all in all I have to say, I have been surprised at how good things
are with the chicken.
Not so with the Turkey, at least for me. You might like it just fine,
if you are a person who loves Turkey.
Just in case you don't know, they have ground chicken and Turkey
a tPublix and I am sure most supermarkets.
They also have Turkey sausage and Bacon. We eat the sausage
but we eat regular bacon cause we only eat it on Saturday, and we
microwave it, so we can get most of the grease off it, plus we just
don't care for the taste of the turkey bacon. The turkey sausage is
pretty good tho, and just for your info, they have it at Cracker Barrel,
if you happen to have breakfast there.
Also, my son made us portabello mushroom burgers, and they
were delicious the first time, he made them. Problem is he forgot
what he used in the marinade, so the 2nd time they weren't quit as
good. So we need to experiment again.
Guess he gets that honestly, I tweak recipes all the time and
then forget to write down the changes and it doesn't come out
the same the next time and I am wondering what I did. lol
They actually make quite
a good burger if you put them on a nice wholegrain bun.
Great source of protein, as is soy, I just can't eat it,
cause soy produces estrogen, and I have fibroid tumors and
estrogen makes them grow. But if you can eat that is great!
Now if you are gonna eat beef make sure it is the leanest cuts
you can get. London Broil is a good choice, lean ground beef
is another. If I am gonna brown the beef, say to make lasagna
or spaghetti sauce, I will buy a less expensive ground beef
and then brown it, and afterward I will put it in the colander,
rinse it good with hot water to get all the grease out.
Then I put it back in the pan, and add whatever the other
ingredients are, and finish cooking it.
It tastes just as good, it doesn't affect the flavor of the dish
at all. I think most people think low fat cooking is gonna
be horrible, but really we can't tell the difference!
So why have all that extra bad fat if you can't really tell
I really think a lot of that is just in our heads, and we
convince ourselves it can't possibly be as good.
Honestly folks, we do not feel deprived. The food we eat
is good, the hardest part is just not using boxed things.
But you get used to it, and when you have the incentive
we do....it makes it much easier, believe me! I actually
have found a few boxed items that I can use from time
to time. I will share those with you in some later post.
Well, I am gonna stop there for today, and show you a
few products you might want to incorporate in your
shopping this week.
We get these chips at Target and they are awesome. I used to
buy avocados and make my own Guacamole, but I had so many
go bad on me, that once I discovered the wholly guacamole I
always buy that now, cause I know the avocado is good and I'm
not wasting $$. It is delicious as well. I buy it at Publix.
They have it in mild too, and what I like is their are no
preservatives and you can just snip the corner off the plastic
package inside the box, and squeeze out however much you
need and fold it over and paper clip it. Next time it is just as
fresh as the last time.
Just saw this in my pic file so thought I would post it again.
This is an excellent choice for a meatless meal. In case
you didn't catch it yesterday I posted the recipe for this easy
black bean and rice soup, it is really pretty thick more
like a meal than soup actually, so you could put it on
a plate and add some 2% cheese, lettuce, tomato,
scallions, sour cream and some of the above guacamole
on top and eat it with the chips and you have got a
wholesome, quick and tasty meal.
If you have never tried egg beaters they are really great,
and make good scrambled eggs and omelets. I used
some in a cookie recipe I found today.
I will share it with you soon.
Grape Juice that has no added sugar, is very heart healthy
and good for your veins and arteries. I also just learned
from my sister-in-law Susie, over at Sister Susies
that it is a great source of magnesium as well. I think
you need magnesium for the arythmic functioning
of your heart. Her levels were low and they put her on RX
drugs, and they didn't agree with her, so she quit
the meds and started drinking grape juice and her
magnesium levels are fine now.
This chicken broth is great to have on hand to make a quick
soup. They have beef and chicken flavor, and then they have
the one with less salt as well.
If your hubby and children don't like veggies they are more
likely to eat them in soups and stews I have found. My
hubby and children have always loved beef stew, and many
soups as well. So take advantage of these cold days
to get those veggies down them.
I am cooking "Pasta Fagioli soup" as I am writing, and it is
another excellent example of a meatless meal, it has
canellini beans and this particular recipe calls for ham as well.
So it would have plenty of protein plus veggies.
I'm not putting the ham in, mainly cause I don't have any, but
don't know if I would if I had it cause I have never had it
with ham in it either. Serve it with a salad or just with some good
wholegrain bread and dip it in a saucer of olive oil with a lil
granulated garlic and italian spices in the dish.
A very wholesome winter meal.
Well, there you have it for this week. *
Hope you have a Wonderful Evening
with your family,
Blessings N' Hugs,