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Did Thanksgiving gobble up your cooking creativity?

December 7, 2009

Alison EDIT: Isn’t that the best blog post title EVER? I know, of course it is.

Here at Oldways, we know the holidays can get a little hectic, and usually the first thing to get lost in all the wrapping paper is a healthy lifestyle. That’s why we made it easier for you to stay on track this holiday season by making both A Mediterranean Holiday Menu and a Latin Holiday Menu. Change up your Christmas traditions and surprise your guests (and possibly yourself) by making Chili-Lime Peanuts or “Pissaladiere,” a traditional onion, anchovy and olive tart popular in the Mediterranean region. Pass on the usual turkey and stuffing and instead have a variety of healthful greens and vegetable sides at the center of the plate along with mains such as skewered marinated lamb or salmon, vegetable moussaka, or tamales. The Mediterranean and Latin worlds are your oysters, as they say (actually, I’m probably the only person who has ever said that, but you get the point).

The facts: studies consistently report that healthy diet and lifestyle practices, like those associated with the Mediterranean Diet, reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes as well as mental decline. The Mediterranean Diet and the Latin American Diets are notable for their “whole diet” approach.  Instead of isolating various foods which are “good” or “bad,” these eating styles take a lifestyle approach that includes eating from a well-rounded menu of foods largely from the plant kingdom, regular exercise and enjoying the company of friends and family.

The full holiday menus include nutrition analysis, wine recommendations and links to money-saving coupons from members of the Mediterranean Foods Alliance and the Latino Nutrition Coalition.

  • The Mediterranean Holiday Menu can be downloaded here
  • The Latin Holiday Menu, available in both English and Spanish, can be downloaded here

So crank up the Christmas music and get cooking!

– Alison

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