There’s no debate about it: plant-based foods are the yin to your yang for health.
The entire Mediterranean food system is built around vegetables as the base to everything dietary. I should reiterate again: the real Mediterranean diet, in the way you see it showcased in Wild Mediterranean (with a modernized update for gut health) is how the ‘healthiest people in the world‘ have been eating for centuries.
I believe that a meal should consist of 6:1 ratio in plants to protein. Fear not diehard protein fans, you’ll be left feeling full longer, with less risk in the unfavorable digestive outcome of excess protein and fermentation in the gut, which can produce potentially toxic metabolites, such as ammonia.
If you’re new here, know that right off the bat, my recipes will always include some type of reference to digestive health. And here’s why…
My mission statement:
If the eyes are the window to your soul, then the gut microbiome is the window to your health.
My overall effort is to push a plant-heavy diet, combined with the powerful macronutrients of proteins and fats, and foods that are rich polyphenols (organic chemicals that occur naturally in plants) for optimal balance of bacteria in the gut.
The vegetables speak for themselves in this dish so my recommendation for dressing is quite simple: cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil and a bit of sea salt.
Side note: I was definitely surprised when Trader Joe’s red walnuts took inventory in their classic nuts section. I’d travel to the La Jolla farmer’s market just for these red beauties!