If you’ve spent any time on Pinterest as of late, you’ve come across the Blue Zones Diet. While you’re probably rolling your eyes at the introduction of yet another “diet” that you’re supposed to follow, hear us out. Fans of the Mediterranean diet will love the hearty yet healthy meals within the Blue Zone islands of Greece, which emphasize meals with plenty of olive oil, vegetables, beans, fruit, moderate alcohol consumption, and low quantities of meat and dairy. Think of your favorite Greek recipes like spanakopita and hummus being aimed not at weight loss but longevity and wellness. Scroll down to discover 12 recipes that *might* just surprise you.
1. Black Bean Hummus: You’ve always known that your favorite snack is good for you, but now you can chow down knowing that it could actually prolong your life. This version swaps black beans for the usual garbanzo bean to give it a more Southwest-inspired flavor. (via Healthy Seasonal Recipes)
2. Creamy Spiced Cauliflower Soup: This velvety cauliflower soup is so luscious you would never guess that it’s totally vegan. Coconut milk gives it its viscosity, while cauliflower adds a ton of body and flavor. (via Produce on Parade)
3. Crispy Homemade Baked Falafel: With any Greek-inspired diet, you need a token falafel recipe. This one is baked in order to avoid unnecessary oil, and stuffed inside a pita with lettuce, tomato, and yogurt. (via Just a Taste)
4. Spicy Shrimp and Avocado Lettuce Wraps: Most Blue Zones are by the ocean, so it’s no surprise that you’ll find seafood recipes. These zesty shrimp and avocado wraps are a light yet flavorful midday nosh. (via The Garlic Diaries)
5. Lemon Herb Mediterranean Chicken Salad: The majority of Blue Zones recipes are plant-based, but you will sometimes find lean protein, like chicken, in moderation. Here, it’s paired with creamy avocado, olives, cucumber, and tomatoes in a filling salad. (via Cafe Delites)
6. Mediterranean Chickpea Salad: The Blue Zones Diet is mainly based on the cuisine of Ikaria, Greece, where its residents often live well over 100. This chickpea salad is probably something they frequently snack on, and so should you. (via Simply Whisked)
11. Turmeric Roasted Potatoes With Green Beans: Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory, so it’s beneficial to add it in wherever you can. Try sprinkling it over diced potatoes and green beans before roasting for a simple side dish. (via Bare Feet in the Kitchen)
12. Vegetarian Cassoulet With Mushrooms and Chard: Even your dinner guests who have no knowledge of the Blue Zones diet will love this vegetarian cassoulet. Mushrooms give the dish a meaty feel, while Swiss chard bumps up the nutrition to insane levels. (via Feed Me Pheobe)
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