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Detox time!

Finally back home! I’m not saying i didn’t enjoy my time abroad, but after a while we all want our own bed and our own food!

I had an amazing culinary experience in the south of France..Make that multi amazing culinary experiences! I admit i went over the top with food and wine, but hey, how many times am i going to experience that?!

Amazing raviolini and creme sauce with floer decorations!

Amazing raviolini and creme sauce with flower decorations!

The best cheese cake ever!

The best cheese cake ever!

 

Even coffee comes with a side dish of sweets! It's called cafe gourmand mmm

Even coffee comes with a side dish of sweets! It’s called “Cafe Gourmand” mmm

These are just a fraction of what i ate!! Yes, i love food, and i enjoy it. So i enjoyed it 🙂 I didn’t even go on the scale to see the damage done, because i have no regrets!

But now it’s time for detox! And by detox i don’t mean a week of juice cleanse (i just can’t do it!). By detox i mean eating all the foods my body is used to normally; plenty of vegetables and fruits, breakfast of yogurt and berries, snacks of nuts and fruits. No pasta, meat or creamy food. Just simple wholesome meals that will bring my insides to what they were!

My whole diet is very simple and easy. It’s ok to indulge like i did, but it’s always a pleasure to come back to my normal discipline. Because the Mediterranean diet is not strict, and is full of options! When you get used to it you will see how easy it is to adjust what you eat to your way of life.

A trip to the grocery store filled up my fridge with what i’m used to (see here ), and i’m excited to start cooking again!

Today we will have a simple lentil salad (recipe ), with some grilled zucchini with pesto sauce…Heaven!

What do you do when you over eat on a trip?

 

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Are you eating lentils?

Since we eat meat very rarely, twice or three times a month, we use a lot of legumes in our diet. And lentils are one of my favorites.

Researchers have found that eating lentils (and other legumes) is the single most important dietary factor in longevity; lentils are a nutritional fountain of youth!

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Low in calories and high in nutrition, lentils are perfect to eat this season as salads. They are very easy to cook and taste great!

1-Lentils are very rich in protein; 26% of lentil’s calories are attributed to protein, which makes them a wonderful source of protein for vegetarians and vegans.

2-Lentils are great for weight loss. One cup of cooked lentils contains only 230 calories, but still leaves you feeling full.

3-Lentils are good at stabilizing blood sugar levels and slowing down digestion. Great for people with diabetes.

4-Several studies have shown that eating high fiber foods like lentils reduces your risk of heart disease.

5-They are a great source of magnesium which improves blood flow, oxygen and nutrients throughout the body.

6-Lentils help also in reducing blood cholesterol since it contains high levels of soluble fiber.

Red lentils provide less fiber than the black, brown or green variety, because they are sold with their hulls removed.

Mediterranean lentil salad Recipe:

1/2 cup cooked lentils

lemon juice

extra virgin olive oil

1 onion finely chopped

1 tomato finely chopped

salt and pepper

1 small cucumber finely chopped

1/2 red pepper finely chopped

1/2 avocado cut in cubes (optional)

Mix all the vegetables with the lentils, add the lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper.

Enjoy!

*image via pinterest

 

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