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Grocery Shopping vs. Eating Out vs. Meal-Kit Delivery: What Are the Financial Differences?

Here are the financial differences between grocery shopping, eating out, and using a meal-kit delivery service.

If you’re like me, you need to eat roughly every 3 hours to avoid getting hangry and becoming an absolute nightmare to be around (that and some form of caffeine throughout the day). You probably also want to eat healthier, more wholesome meals. Your options are making your own meal plan, buying all of your groceries yourself, and large batch prepping your meals in advance to eat throughout the week, going to a restaurant/cafe/diner, or using a meal kit delivery service. Here’s how the three stack up using the following meal (taken from HelloFresh’s website):

HelloFresh
Honey Ginger Glazed Chicken

Honey Glazed Chicken Teriyaki over Rice with Sugar Snap Peas (2 servings)
12 oz. antibiotic free, free range Chicken Breast
1 cup of basmati rice
6 oz of sugar snap peas
1 thumb of ginger
1 lime
1 garlic clove
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon of honey
1 tablespoon of soy sauce
1 tablespoon of olive oil

Grocery Shopping = $14.5

While you have to spend $13.02 to make this meal by getting the ingredients yourself from the grocery store, the advantage is you can buy these ingredients in larger quantities driving the overall cost down. This is a good option if you plan on having this meal several times throughout the week instead of just once. This is what each ingredient costs, having gotten most of the options on sale:
Chicken Breast: $2.25
Rice: $1.49
Sugar Snap Peas $3.36($0.56/oz)
Ginger: $0.30
Garlic: $0.25
1 lime: $0.40
White Wine Vinegar: $1.49
Honey: $1.99
Soy Sauce: $1.79.
Olive Oil: assume I have this at home.

The benefits of grocery shopping
+ This meal comes out to $13.32 pre-tax (about $14.5 after tax), for both servings ($7.25/serving).
+ You can add/omit ingredients, customizing the recipe however you want and personally selecting each ingredient.

The disadvantages of grocery shopping
+ You wouldn’t just go to the grocery store for this one meal, you would probably go and get everything you need for the week, spending 90 minutes door to door.
+ You have to hope that this grocery store has everything you need for your recipes, otherwise you have to go to more than one grocery store to get what you need.

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Eating Out at a Restaurant/Cafe = $38.63

To get this near $39 valuation, I looked at the cost of similar entrees at several restaurants in my area, and by the area where I work. This may or may not be accurate in your area, since I’m basing my results off of NY and Manhattan prices, which are generally pretty high. Here’s how I came to this valuation:

Person 1: $15
Person 2: $15
Tip: $6 (20%)
Tax: $2.63 (tax is 8.75% in NY)
Total: $38.63

The post-tip and post-tax total is $19.32 per serving.

Benefits of Eating Out
+ Little to no work on your part.
+ Show up, eat, pay, leave.
+ No cooking, no cleaning, no grocery shopping.

Disadvantages of Eating Out
+ More than 2x as expensive as making it yourself.
+ No control over ingredient quality or nutritional content.
+ You do need to commute to the restaurant.

Meal-Kit Delivery Service = $23 (HelloFresh)

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The $23 valuation for this option comes directly from HelloFresh’s website, at $11.50/person for one meal for two people. Similar to grocery shopping, the more you buy the more you save with the difference being that you typically don’t have any left over ingredients. Comparable companies like Blue Apron, Plated, and Home Chef cost roughly the same so give or take a few dollars if you use one of them instead of HelloFresh.

Benefits of Meal-Kit Delivery
+ No grocery shopping, saving 90+ minutes not including unpacking and storing ingredients.
+ No food waste.
+ Costs about 40% less than eating out.

Disadvantages of Meal-Kit Delivery
+ Rarely leftovers since the meals are designed for a specific number of servings.
+ You’ll still have to grocery shop for basics since it doesn’t cover breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
+ Costs more than buying all of the ingredients yourself, assuming you can get most of them on sale and don’t care about eating regionally sourced, typically higher quality ingredients.

In the end…

My opinion has always been this: I love cooking, I don’t mind the process of cooking or clean-up, and I love trying new things. I also always tend to put my finances first though so I rarely ever order food from restaurants or stop to pick-up breakfast or lunch on my way to work. IF I was regularly going out to dinner on weekends, I would probably use a meal-kit delivery service because I look cooking and it would save me 40% of my money. Eating at home and entertaining are also a more fun, intimate experience.

I eat 5-6 meals per day and simply could not afford to only eat out or to only use a meal-kit delivery service, so grocery shopping for staple ingredients in my diet (eggs, yogurt, grains, fruit, meat, vegetables) would still have to be my primary way of stocking my fridge.

Big Slice Apples Review

Looking for a delicious new topping in your life? Give Big Slice Apples a shot!

Big Slice Apples

Big Slice Apples is a one-of-a-kind product that began on an apple orchard in the late 1800’s but it wasn’t until 2014 that took their pouch form and went global. Essentially, they’re apple slices in a variety of different natural fruit juice sauces. Imagine an apple pie filling but a little more saucy and packed with flavor. By far my favorite flavor was their French Toast Apple Slices! Here are some different recipes I tried out (sorry no original pictures!):

Big Slice Apples

1. Cinnamon Vanilla Greek Yogurt with French Toast Big Slice Apples

Mix 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt with 1 packet of Big Slice French Toast Apple slices and add 1 tbsp. of reduced-sugar whipped cream with a light drizzle of honey. This healthy breakfast has all of the flavor of French Toast but it’s packed with protein, fresh fruit juices, apples, and a little honey to sweeten things up.

2. Banana Mango Hemp Seed Big Slice Apples over Oatmeal

Cook 1/2 to 1 cup of plain Oatmeal and stir in chopped walnuts and 1 tsp. of cinnamon. Then, add 1 packet of Banana Mango Hemp Seed Big Splice Apple slices over it and top with more chopped walnuts.

3. Blueberry Pomegranate Big Slice Apple over Frozen Yogurt

Freeze 1 cup of Greek yogurt and 1 packet of Blueberry Pomegranate Big Slice Apple slices by stirring them together in a medium size bowl and placing it in the freezer, stirring every 30 minutes until it reaches your desired consistency. This is a guilt-free, low-carb, high protein way to enjoy frozen yogurt.

Cinnamon Vanilla Greek Yogurt Parfait (Recipe)

I had no idea what to expect when they sent me a variety box of their flavors but honestly, I was very impressed and will definitely be purchasing a gift box around the holiday season.

6 Ways to Burn 1 Extra Pound Per Week

Need to burn a little extra belly fat? Here are 10 easy ways to start.

Burning 1 lb. per week essentially boils down to burning an extra 500 calories per day. Whether that means eating 500 fewer calories or stepping up your exercise routine, it’s a lot easier than you think. Try any of these tips to burn 1 extra pound per week:

1. Substitute foods

One of the easiest ways to cut calories is to substitute some of your foods, not cut them out entirely. Swap sour cream with Greek yogurt, mayonnaise with avocados, eggs with egg whites. Of course the portions matter but these healthy alternatives are higher in protein and unsaturated fats, and are lower calorie options.

2. Add a few more minutes of cardio to your plan

Adding a little bit of more cardio to your workout routine every day can help you burn more calories each day, making it easier to hit that 500 calorie deficit.

3. “There is no such thing as snacking”

Try your best to eat in the form of meals. If you prefer to snack throughout the day, turn your plan into 6-7 small meals that you can eat every 2 hours instead of grazing throughout the day.

4. Mind your coffee

Do you always use cream, milk, and/or sugar? Try cutting your sugar and milk portions in half, or drink your coffee black (you get used to it). I’ve seen people put 3-4 packets of sugar in their coffee every day. It’s not an outlandish amount of sugar but that extra 50-60 calories per cup (before milk) can add up, especially if you’re drinking a few cups a day.

5. Watch your high-calorie food

That means anything with a lot of oil, or cooked in oil. Just because something is baked doesn’t mean that the oil all over it doesn’t count. Use olive oil or coconut cooking sprays for extra flavor with less than 1 calorie per 1/4 second spray. Then, use a tsp. of oil or butter if you absolutely need to.

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6. You booze, you lose

When Mr. OnlyEatsProtein&SaladAllDay or Mrs. Haven’tHadCarbsSince2003 tell me that they can’t lose weight no matter what they do, they usually fail to mention the bottle of wine/day they’re drinking. 1 drink = 100 calories or more. So, if you have several drinks per day and you cut out 3, you’re already down 300 calories per day. Only 200 to go and you didn’t have to do a thing.

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Chipotle Burrito Recipe

Healthy Mexican food on the go is possible with this Chipotle Burrito Recipe!

Chipotle burrito recipe

Although she is small, she is packed with flavor. This burrito isn’t like the 8 lb. burrito you’ll get at some Mexican joints but I made sure to pack it with tons of flavor and healthy alternatives. The ground turkey is cooked in coconut oil and lime juice for a truly tropical flavor. The tortilla is warmed and then spread with chipotle sauce and Greek yogurt. And, of course, she’s loaded with fresh veggies, salsa, and gooey cheese. This Chipotle Burrito recipe is full of healthy fats, lean protein, and is low(er) carb compared to traditional burritos. Here’s how to make it:

Cajun Shrimp/Chicken Quesadilla Recipe

Ingredients
1 large tortilla
4 oz. 93% lean ground turkey
1/2 cup chopped peppers & onions
1/2 cup shredded lettuce
1 tbsp. Greek yogurt
2 tbsp. 6 Pack Fitness Chipotle Hot Sauce
1 tsp. coconut oil
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes

Enchiladas with Black Beans & Avocado Recipe

Instructions
1) Heat a large skillet on medium heat and melt 1 tsp. of coconut oil.
2) Add ground turkey and cook until the meat is browned and thoroughly cooked.
3) Add spices and mix to evenly distribute spices. Add 1 tbsp. of chipotle sauce to the meat and stir.
4) Warm a tortilla in the microwave for 15-20 seconds.
5) Spread 1 tbsp. of chipotle sauce and 1 tbsp of Greek yogurt evenly around the tortilla.
6) Place cheese, lettuce, peppers and onions in the center of the tortilla.
7) Place meat in the center of the tortilla/
8) Fold the sides of the tortilla in and then fold a third side over the meat, tucking it under the meat, and roll the tortilla to form a wrap.

Nutrition Protein: 41 g
Carbohydrates: 38 g
Fat: 13 g

Stack this burrito with a tall glass of iced Xtend Pink Lemonade for a bodybuilder’s paradise meal! Check out my Instagram for more recipe ideas, workouts, and a products.

Xtend BCAA Watermelon Jello Recipe

Enjoy this fresh, summery sugar-free dessert chock full of BCAAs!

Jello Recipe
Photo from: www.scivation.com/xtend-watermelon-jello-2015-09

The only thing better than dessert is dessert that you can eat without worrying about putting on slabs of body fat. This BCAA watermelon jello recipe does just that. It actually goes one step further by providing 7 grams of branched chain amino acids to help curb hunger, burn fat, and build/maintain lean muscle. Here’s what you need:

Ingredients
1. A large watermelon rind.
2. 8 scoops of watermelon Xtend.
3. 1/2 cup unflavored gelatin mix.
4. 8 cups of boiling water.

Instructions
1. Cut a large watermelon in half and scoop out the pink flesh leaving only the green-yellow bowl-shaped rind.
2. Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl and heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Pour the mixture into the watermelon rind.
4. Refrigerate for 4 hours.
5. Slice and serve.

Nutrition Info
Protein: 7 grams of BCAAs
Fat: 0 grams
Carbohydrates: 0 grams

Full Disclosure: I did not create this jello recipe, I got it off of Scivation’s website. It looks awesome though and I’m definitely going to try it. I thought it was worth sharing with anyone looking to do fun new things with their BCAAs besides just drinking them.

How to Meal Prep Like A Pro

Trying to get your diet on track but don’t know where to start? Consider this your step-by-step guide to Meal Prep

Meal Prep
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There’s no one way to meal prep. Your best bet is to find a routine that works best for your schedule. If you don’t have much time during the week to prep, you may want to make extra-large batches on Sundays. If your schedule is a little more free, you can get away with prepping your food on Sundays and Wednesdays. I also prep day-to-day by bringing mostly quick, easy meals to work. Here’s how you can start:

1. Large Batch Prep Your Protein

Your proteins will generally take the longest amount of time to prep so you might as well start by getting that out of the way as soon as possible. Use a crock pot and cook several pounds of meat in it for several hours, then separate each portion in tupperware. This is an easy, hands-off approach and requires very little attention. You can also bake or grill several pounds at a time which works just as well, it just requires a little more attention.

2. Large Batch Prep Your Carbs

Carbs are generally easier to prep. Oatmeal only takes a few minutes, you can buy steamable potatoes, rice, and bread requires almost no attention at all. Cook several cups at a time of your carbohydrates of choice and separate them into tupperware, or pair them with the proteins you’ve already prepped.

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3. Keep an eye on fats

Prepping fat takes almost no energy whatsoever. If you’re using oil, just use a teaspoon or tablespoon and add it to your pre-prepped protein/carbs. Nuts can be portioned and stored in separate plastic bags, containers or in the same tupperware as your protein & carbs. Butters should be portioned using a teaspoon or tablespoon and added to each dish. Avocado is really the only fat that should wait until the very last minute before prepping because they spoil quickly.

4. Only prep the hard stuff (if you’re in a crunch for time)

I love cooking, but maybe you don’t. My advice is to only prep the “hard stuff” like meats, (lots of) vegetables, potatoes, etc. You can always pack some whey protein, a sandwich, Greek yogurt parfait, and quick, healthy snacks the night before you get up for work.

I personally prep the night before I go to work, about 4-5 nights/week and have a few large batch prepared meals ready. I usually bring 3-4 meals to work with me and most of them only take minutes to prep. Here’s an example:

Greek yogurt Parfait
Prepped the night before: Greek yogurt portioned in a tupperware container, high protein granola portioned in a zip-lock bag, 1 whole banana stored in my bag.

AB & J on Double Protein Bread, Protein Shake
Prepped the night before: Spread 1 tbsp. of almond butter and 1 tbsp. of preserves on 2 slices of double protein bread and place in a tupperware container or zip-lock bag. Store 1 scoop of whey protein in a small container.

Chicken, Veggies & Rice
Prepared a few nights before: Store 4-6 oz. of chicken, 1 cup of veggies, and 1 cup of rice in a tupperware container and place in the fridge or freezer until the morning before work. Then, I put the tupperware in my 6 Pack Bag and bring it to work.

All of these meals are stored in the fridge the night before I go to work. The morning of, I put all of them in my 6 Pack Bag (Expedition 300) and bring them to work. Now I have 3-4 meals when I need them at work. I hope this helps you as you learn to meal prep like a pro. Once you start you’ll immediately see the advantages and understand why so many fitness enthusiasts, bodybuilders, and athletes meal prep.

Egg Frittata Recipe

Like eggs? Load ’em up with veggies, meat, potatoes and pile on the cheese!

Egg Frittata Recipe
Frittata on my Instagram (alexcurtisfitness)

This frittata recipe is a phenomenal way to large batch prep your eggs and they’re also super easy to load up with veggies, meat and potatoes. This dish is baked so once you’re done prepping, just toss it in the oven, slice and serve. Here’s what you need for this frittata recipe:

Ingredients
6 whole eggs, 6 egg whites
2 cups of spinach
1 cups of sliced peppers
2 cups of diced potatoes
1 cups of diced onions
6 strips of bacon (cooked and chopped)
1 cup of reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions
1) Spray a large sauce pan with olive oil cooking oil spray and heat on a medium flame.
2) Add spinach, peppers, potatoes, onions, and bacon. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until the spinach is wilted and the onions are golden.
3) Add egg mixture and cook for 3-5 minutes.
4) Top with cheese and bacon, then place in the oven and broil for 4-5 minutes or until thoroughly cooked.

Nutrition Info Per Serving
Protein: 19 g
Carbohydrates: 13 g
Fat: 9 g

This frittata recipe is a great to make, slice, and store in either your fridge or freezer so you can have a quality meal on tap when you need it. It may take longer to prep a large batch like this instead of quickly making a few eggs, but you’ll save a lot of time in the long term.

Check out these other breakfast recipes:
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10 Foods with Surprising Medicinal Benefits

These 10 foods may help prevent, alleviate or cure your symptoms because of their surprising medicinal benefits

medicinal benefits

Every vitamin, mineral, gram of fiber, protein, carbohydrates and fat play a role in your body. These 10 foods have amazing medicinal benefits that you may notice immediately after eating them. Learn how to incorporate them in your diet whenever you can.

1. Honey: Anti-Bacterial/Anti-Fungal

From soothing sore throats to potentially preventing infections, honey is the multipurpose, swiss-army knife sweetener. Honey now could mean you may not need antibiotics later. How’s that for a food with a surprising medicinal benefit?!

2. Ginger: Relieves Nausea & Stomach Aches

Ginger is a natural antacid, laxative and has chemicals that make it a natural indigestion medicine. Sprinkle ground ginger in your tea next time you’re suffering from indigestion.

3. Cinnamon: Anti-Bacterial, Improves Blood Sugar

Cinnamon is a natural antibacterial and also helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Unfortunately, cinnamon is often paired with sugary snacks and desserts that DON’T help maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Sprinkle some on your yogurt to get all of the health benefits without packing on the excess calories.

4. Flax & Chia Seeds: Lower High Cholesterol

Flax seeds are loaded with fiber and omega fatty acids which help lower cholesterol, protect against heart disease and cancer. Try sprinkling 1 tbsp. of flax or chia seeds in your yogurt, oatmeal, smoothies, breadcrumbs, or anywhere else you can sneak them in.

5. Coconut Water: Dehydration

Coconut water is high in potassium and other vitamins and minerals making it a great option to prevent hydration. Try using it for smoothies, juices, or mix it in with your regular beverages to boost their nutritional content.

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6. Coffee: Prevents Some Cancers and Parkinson’s Disease

Coffee is chock-full of antioxidants which fight cancer causing free radicals, and improves cognitive health.

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7. Almonds: Prevent Cardiovascular Disease

Almonds are a fantastic source of healthy, unsaturated fats, protein, fiber, magnesium and other vitamins which help reduce the risk of Type Two Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, and cancer.

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8. Beets: Improve Blood Flow and Lower Blood Pressure

Beets are becoming a famous pre-workout staple in the bodybuilding world due to their ability to improve blood flow, lower high blood pressure and subsequently improve athletic performance.

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9. Peppermint: Indigestion, Allergy Relief

The natural menthol in peppermint leaves provides soothing indigestion relief as well as allergy symptom relief including sore throat, headaches, and sinus congestion.

High Protein Peppermint Patty Ice Cream Recipe

10. Peppers: Immune System Support & Wound Regeneration

Peppers are higher in Vitamin C than oranges and most other fruits. Everyone knows that Vitamin C supports healthy immune system function but most people don’t know that Vitamin C also helps regenerate connective tissue.

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Now that you know that these foods have surprising medicinal benefits, try to add them to your diet however you can. Why take medicine when you can eat delicious meals instead?

Top 10 Healthiest Beers

Consider one of these ten beers next time you crack a bottle.

healthiest beers

These top 10 healthiest beers, ranked by details.com, may be your safest bet when it comes to preventing beer belly (besides not drinking at all). My top 3 favorites are No. 2, No. 4, and No. 7.

Number 1. Pacifico

Ranking first is the Mexican pilsner, Pacifico, with only 135 calories per bottle and 4.5% alcohol.

Number 2. Guinness

Also one of my personal favorites, Guinness is low in carbs (11 g), higher in fiber (3.5 g) and 4.2% alcohol. It’s also nitrogenated unlike most other beers making it less filling. I personally love the dark, robust flavor.

Number 3. Sierra Nevada

Coming in third, for my friends with a hoppier palate, is Sierra Nevada Pale Ale with a higher alcohol percentage (5.6%) and 175 calories/bottle.

Number 4. Sam Adams Light

I don’t like light beer but the people at Sam Adams are masters of their craft. With 119 calories, 9 grams of carbs and 4% alcohol, Sam Adams makes the top 4 of the healthiest beers.

Number 5. Abita Purple Haze

I’ve personally never had Abita Purple Haze before but considering it’s brewed with fresh raspberries, only has 11 grams of carbs and is 4.5% alcohol, I could certainly imagine why it made the top 5 healthiest beers.

Number 6. Left Hand Good Juju

Made with fresh ginger this ale may help aid in digestion (of course alcohol-free ginger is a better option though). Left Hand Good Juju only has 131 calories, with 4.5 percent alcohol.

Number 7. Yuengling Lager

A personal favorite of mine, Yuengling lager only has 135 calories and 4.4% alcohol. Yuengling is a much more flavorful choice of beer than Budweiser or cheap college beers and is fairly inexpensive. I was glad to see this made the top 10 healthiest beers!

I paired Yuengling Lager with my Boneless Rib Sandwich for an incredible, health conscious BBQ dinner.

Number 8. New Belgium Sunshine Wheat

IPA-lovers rejoice, there’s another option for you. This American pale wheat ale only 145 calories/serving with 4.8 percent alcohol, and 13 grams of carbs.

Number 9. Flying Dog Snake Pale Ale

Another one for the IPA-lovers, Flying Dog Snake Pale Ale packs more alcohol (7.1% alcohol) and hops in each bottle than the others but comes at the price of 188 calories per bottle and 13 grams of carbs per bottle.

Number 10. Deschutes Chainbreaker White IPA

Surprisingly, for a beer that’s 5.6% alcohol, this brew only contains about 11 grams of carbs per bottle. Definitely worth trying if you’re an IPA fan.

Pair these beers with my Top 10 Healthy BBQ Foods.

What is the Mediterranean Diet?

Are you finally starting to notice the buzz about the Mediterranean Diet? Here’s what you should know

 

Mediterranean Diet

The “Mediterranean Diet” is essentially mainstream validation of new scientific information regarding the health habits of people from the Mediterranean region. In fact, I was writing up sample meal plans for clients with meals like “Mediterranean Chicken Salad” and “Gyros” fresh out of college where I learned about the benefits of popular Mediterranean food (olives, cheese, lean meat, and more). That’s my way of saying I was about the Mediterranean diet before it was cool. Here’s what you need to know about the Mediterranean Diet:

1. High Fat Diet

The Mediterranean Diet is chock-full of nuts, olive oil, fish, and other healthy, high fat foods. In America we generally view fat as “bad” because we walk around the grocery store and see things advertised as “low-fat”, “reduced fat” or “fat free” everywhere (now we’re starting to see that with Gluten). Research is beginning to show more and more that fat isn’t necessarily bad for you…more of it actually may be better for you. In moderation, fat from plant based sources like almonds and olive oil may help reduce the risk of heart disease and may even help burn fat by mobilizing the fat already stored in your adipose tissue.

mediterranean dietavocado mediterranean diet

2. Food Sources

The Mediterranean Diet is almost exclusively whole, unprocessed food sources but is particularly higher in lean meats, fresh dark green vegetables, legumes, fish, and whole grains. Some of the foods that make this list are salmon, olive oil, almonds, walnuts, chicken, asparagus, kale, spinach, beans and wine.

mediterranean diet
3. Lower Risk of Heart Disease

Research is also beginning to show (over the last 5-10 years) that unsaturated fats from plant sources is helping to lower bad cholesterol (LDL), and balance good cholesterol (HDL) in people with high blood pressure and CVD. People from Mediterranean areas suffer from heart disease significantly less than Americans and think about it…they eat lean meats, plant based fats, whole foods and we eat fried everything, fatty meats (burgers, hot dogs, wings), and processed foods. Heart disease is the #1 cause of death for Americans and it’s also one of the most avoidable diseases.

4. Complete, Nutrient Dense Diet

Look closely at a Mediterranean Diet meal and compare it to an average American meal. The Mediterranean Diet meal is generally well balanced with lean meat (4-6 oz.), dark green vegetables, fresh fruit, complex carbs, wine, and olive oil or nuts. All different colors, textures, and flavors are found on that plate. With more variety and more colors comes more nutrients and health benefits.

5. Wine-centric Alcohol Consumption

Studies have shown that 2 glasses of red wine per day may help reduce blood pressure in people with hypertension. Out of all your alcohol options, red wine is the healthiest due to it’s high level of antioxidants. While a craft beer may be delicious, if you’re left with the choice to opt for wine, you may want to consider it.

6. Not Calorie-Based

The Mediterranean Diet is based on a 2000 calorie diet. The meals aren’t pre-packaged and assigned an amount of “points”. The foods aren’t fortified with vitamins and minerals to make them more complete. The Mediterranean Diet is based off a whole foods, fresh produce perspective that values the quality of the food being eaten over the quantity available.

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Take a Mediterranean Diet approach to all of your cuisines and you’ll be looking at great health and fantastic results. Bring high quality, diverse flavors and fresh ingredients to every meal you make. Shop the perimeter of the grocery store for 90% of your food and then go through the aisles and treat yourself to the things you crave. Most people do it the other way around.