Say hello to Mediterranean way of eating

Goodbye summer and hello to the autumn. Waitangi weekend was a highlight of our summer holiday so far because after a long while we caught up with dear friends in New Plymouth.

When talking to them about us visiting for the weekend, they warned us about a funny diet they are now eating. To our relief this funny diet turned out to be a Mediterranean style diet. So over the Waitangi weekend we enjoyed stunning weather, beautiful scenery of Taranaki west coast and absolutely delicious foods.

It is needless to say that Mediterranean eating is exactly our type of eating. Our friends treated us with several good eats and this Mediterranean style fish is something we now call our family special.

Their recipe is definitely a keeper and we want to share it with you. The best part with the recipe is that it can be done really fast, uses only few ingredients and is bursting with Mediterranean flavours. And let’s not forget it does rate as a healthy meal.

Over the last decade we are hearing a lot about Mediterranean diet and its benefits to our health. Researchers around the world looked closely into lifestyle and eating habits of people living in Mediterranean area because they seem to live longer and with fewer diseases burdening our modern communities. They found that Mediterranean diet is predominantly based on plant foods. Those foods include seasonal fruit and vegetables, whole grains and legumes. Some fish and sea foods are part of regular eating, but very small amount of processed, red meats and dairy. The main source of fat is olive oil rich in polyphenols and other unsaturated fats like fats from nuts and seeds.

Today Mediterranean diet is promoted by health professionals, and media because it is packed with fresh and seasonal foods needed to support good health. This style of eating also minimises treat foods which contribute to empty energy, weight gain, heart disease, diabetes and tooth decay.

For more Mediterranean style recipes watch our blog space, we will publish them there and share on our Facebook page and on Pinterest.

Also we incidentally stumbled upon another quick and easy meal. With a few fresh ingredients we turned a common omelette into a gala omelette. Have a go with our idea of a summer flavoured omelette. If you have a different idea and don’t mind sharing, post it on our Facebook page. We’d love to hear about your favourites.

Goodnutrition courses and seminars

We revamped our courses this year and Food and Nutrition Conversations now is only a weekend course. So please watch the space on our website for the course dates and spread out the word.

We will also run a series of seminars on different topics starting this April. We will post the seminar topics and dates on our website.

New Zealanders, the world leaders in butter consumption! Do we need to change this?

For those who are still not convinced that butter, which is full of bad saturated fat similar to coconut oil, should be treated as a treat only and not as a staple healthy diet please read the latest article in Listener by a New Zealand epidemiologist. You may be interested to find out why New Zealanders are holding off their heart attacks to later age than before in spite of having a diet high in saturated fats.

Simple and nourishing lunch box

If you have a school aged child, then you know they spend at least 6 hours away from home. During those long hours they play, learn and grow. The latter is usually forgotten when we pack their lunches in a morning rush. So to support their day in the best possible way when they are out of home is to fuel them with good carbs, lean protein, and some healthy fats. Time wise, all you need is the time it takes for jug to boil water for your morning coffee. See the link to the school lunch box.

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