Make Each Day Mediterranean

Posted at: 05/14/2013 11:11 AM
Updated at: 05/15/2013 7:21 AM


May is Mediterranean Diet Month.  Med Month is a way of eating that is traditional in the countries that surround the Mediterranean, but you don’t have to live there to appreciate the benefits.  Jen Haugen, Hy-Vee Dietitian, will show you how you can make every day Mediterranean.

Your Guide to the Mediterranean Diet
It’s Not a Fad
Based on 60 years of research, the Med Diet can help prevent asthma, nurture healthier babies, reduce risk of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s and lower your risk of heart disease.  Jen will share common myths and facts.
Meet the All-Stars
Jen will share 5 nutrient powerhouse foods to make every day Mediterranean.
Quick and Easy
This way of eating isn’t complicated, in fact it’s more about simplicity.  Jen will share a quick and easy recipe that will add color to your plate.
Pasta & Walnut Salad
All you need:
8 ounces medium shells or rotini, uncooked
1 cup non-fat plain yogurt
1 tablespoon honey
¼ cup frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
1 (11 ounce) can (juice-packed) mandarin oranges, drained
1 cup seedless red grapes, cut into halves
1 cup seedless green grapes, cut into halves
1 apple, cored and chopped
½ cup sliced celery
½ cup walnut halves
All you do:
  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions; drain.
  2. In a small bowl, blend yogurt, honey and orange juice concentrate.
  3. In a large bowl, combine pasta and remaining ingredients.  Add yogurt mixture; toss to coat.  Cover and chill thoroughly.
Recipe courtesy of www.pastafits.org

Jen Haugen represents Hy-Vee as a nutrition expert promoting healthy eating throughout the community.  Jen is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.