In our obsession to be healthy, fit and trim, we go to great lengths and occasionally do crazy things to achieve our goals. However, if the ultimate goal truly is to get healthy, shed pounds and lessen the chances for disease, the Mediterranean Diet is a sound idea because scientists have studied its effects for 50 years.
The Mediterranean Diet emphasizes eating less red meat and more fish, poultry, beans, grains, eggs, fruits and veggies. Unsaturated fats like olive oil, canola oil and even avocado replace saturated fat.
The diet is based on the traditional way that people from the Mediterranean coastal region have eaten for thousands of years. Studies have found that those areas have fewer incidents of obesity and chronic disease due to a healthier lifestyle.
Makes 4-5 servings
1/2 c. bulgur wheat
3/4 c. water
1 1/4 c. chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 tbsp. chopped mint
2 Roma tomatoes, diced
1/4 c. peeled and finely chopped cucumber
1/4 c. fresh lemon juice
3-4 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
In a medium bowl, combine bulgur and water. Cover with plastic and allow to sit for two hours. In the meantime, chop vegetables and place in a large bowl. After two hours, drain any excess water from the bulgur, and add bulgur to the bowl of vegetables. Add the lemon juice and olive oil. Stir and add salt and pepper to taste. Cover with plastic and let chill overnight.