10 Greek Food Ingredients to Add to Your Diet Now

November 13, 2014 31 Comments

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The Mediterranean diet is back in the spotlight! This week we had new research published that once again confirms what hundreds of previous studies have shown: that the Mediterranean diet is good for you. In one study researchers have found that a Mediterranean style diet can protect kidney function, while a second study showed that it provides better blood sugar control in people with diabetes.

If you are not sure where to start, I have singled out 10 foods typically used in the Mediterranean-Greek diet that you should add to your diet now, along with some traditional and not so traditional ways of using them. These ingredients are all great sources of beneficial nutrients and will put you well on your way to adapting your current diet to a Mediterranean one. Read more »

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Lentil and Grape Salad with Feta and Greek Olives

November 3, 2014 4 Comments

Lentil grape salad

When attending large food and nutrition expos like FNCE, one thing you notice is that the expo floor is huge. Especially in the U.S. you have hundreds of booths that represent companies, national boards and commissions and since it’s an expo for nutritionists there is a lot of free food and samples. Yes, we nutritionists like to eat. Read more »

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Southern Style Biscuits made with Olive Oil and Greek Yogurt

October 28, 2014 12 Comments

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I attended last week (as I do every year) the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, formerly known as the American Dietetic Association, as an active member and Past President of their international affiliate, it can get pretty busy. And this year I was also a presenter , my session focusing on working overseas.

The conference took place in Atlanta and needless to say I was looking forward to trying the food. Read more »

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Greek Onion Pie with Feta Cheese – Kremmithopita

October 15, 2014 14 Comments

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You know that delicious aroma that you get when you are sautéing or frying onions? Doesn’t it smell wonderful? Well this pie tastes like that! Only better.

As I’ve mentioned in the past, pites (pie for Greek) are a great vehicle to get a lot of vegetables in your diet, but it was also a way to make a meal out of nothing. Homemakers like my yiayia would make wonderful pies with just some dough and vegetables or wild greens they had in their garden. Read more »

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What Greek Kids are Eating for Lunch and Why American School Lunches Should be More Greek

October 9, 2014 16 Comments

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When you look at this photo which is from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, it makes you feel good. Truthfully, it looks healthy, fresh, good for you. It is titled: Fresh vegetable cups prepared for the National School Lunch Program at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Virginia.

There is only one problem. Read more »

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Baked Spiced Greek Meatballs in Tomato Sauce-Soutzoukakia

October 2, 2014 21 Comments

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Soutzoukakia are a -special occasion -food, something served when you have company or for a Sunday dinner. One of the reasons is that, well, this is meat and meat was not served every day, the second reason is that these meatballs are exceptional.

These are not just any old meatballs: Meatballs full of spice, drenched in thick tomato sauce satisfy that need, when you really want something rich. Read more »

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Red Pepper Dip with Feta Cheese and Greek Yogurt

September 25, 2014 10 Comments

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A new study from English researchers published in the British Medical Journal Open, showed that people who consumed 5 or more servings of fruit and vegetables experienced a higher level of mental well-being. According to researchers, high mental well-being is more than the absence of symptoms or illness; it is a state in which people feel good and function well. Optimism, happiness, self-esteem, resilience and good relationships with others are all part of this state. Read more »

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