Through NBC’s Today Show, we got to visit three of the five Blue Zones around the world: Nicoya, Costa Rica, Ikaria, Greece, and Loma Linda, California. Blue Zones are regions of the world with the highest concentrations of centenarians — people who live to be 100 years or older. We got an in-depth look at diet, lifestyle and other commonalities that these regions share through a series called “Eating to 100 TODAY” hosted by NBC News Special Anchor, Maria Shriver. Their quest was to compile recipes from these communities to live a longer, healthier, happier life.
Here are four yummy, healthy recipes that they shared:
Ikarians use a small amount of olive oil to sauté the vegetables, then finish the dish with a generous drizzle. This practice is brilliant: your heat breaks down the oil, so saving most for a final drizzle ensures its rich flavor and maximum health benefits!
Costa Rican Black Beans and Rice (Gallo Pinto) and Homemade Nixtamal Corn Tortillas
This national dish, called Gallo Pinto in Costa Rica, is eaten on a daily basis — even at breakfast! Their tortillas don’t come from the supermarket, they’re handmade at home — something we should definitely try.
Kale, Spinach, and Coconut Soup
During their time with centenarians in Loma Linda, California, Maria and Dan enjoyed a delicious-looking, bright green soup. Leafy greens hold so many antioxidants. Something this stunningly green has to be great for you. Additional benefits: this soup is jam-packed with calcium and iron, too.
Needless to say, Maria and Dan seemed to have a great time globe-trotting and feasting on centenarian cuisine. Watch Maria's report and see the entire “Eating to 100 TODAY” series on the TODAY Show website.
Mahalo to NBC’s Today Show for sharing Blue Zones recipes with the country!
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