Elena Paravantes RDN
December 29, 2020
Alpha/DK Penguin Books
Blurb: Featuring a perfect balance of vegetables, grains, fruit, generous portions of olive oil, and occasional servings of meat and fish, the authentic Mediterranean diet is not only healthy, it’s delicious! But how do you get started on this incredible time-tested, scientifically proven diet? The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook for Beginners is the only resource you’ll need, with 100 recipes and practical advice from Mediterranean Diet expert and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Elena Paravantes.
Here’s what you’ll find in this comprehensive guide:
*100 simple, tried-and-tested, healthy and delicious recipes, made with fresh, wholesome ingredients, and each with detailed nutrition information
*An easy-to-follow 14-day meal plan to get you started, with comprehensive shopping and food lists, and tips for creating your own menus
*Detailed guidance on how to shop for the right ingredients, how to cook the Mediterranean way, and how to stick with the diet for life
*Practical insight and tips for adopting a Mediterranean lifestyle that will improve not just your health, but your overall wellbeing
The Mediterranean diet once again topped the list of best diets in the US, which makes sense. The Mediterranean diet is not so much a diet as a lifestyle that incorporates loads of fresh vegetables and whole grains. For anyone wanting to get healthy, it’s the ideal choice. But with all of the vast quantities of information out there, where to begin?
Elena Paravantes via The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook for Beginners has provided us with just the resource. The book opens with a description of the authentic Mediterranean diets, its mental and physical health benefits, principles, and an FAQ, followed by guidance regarding how much of what to eat, what to buy, and finally meal plans.
The recipes are tantalizing. They’re divided into breakfasts, vegetable and bean, pasta and rice, seafood and meat, salads, snacks and appetizers, and desserts. What strikes me immediately are the fresh flavors used: lemon and olive oil, capers (I love capers!), dates, pine nuts, fresh bright vegetables. And, while I’ve been hesitant to try new eggplant recipes, there are ones here that speak to me.
If you are looking to become healthier, lose weight, and feel better, I’m pretty sure that the key is this diet. I highly recommend, The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook for Beginners for anyone just starting out as well as those looking to try new recipes.
Nutritional information is provided for each recipes. Most of the recipes have pictures.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
5 out of 5 butterflies