Industry Incite: Fresh Fruit & Veggies Month
Each year June is recognized as National Fruits & Veggies Month. However, we believe this is a holiday that is key to celebrate all year round to help you live a long and healthy life. While there are many ways to incorporate fruits and vegetables into your daily diet, the Mediterranean diet is a natural and healthful pattern to follow to get more plant foods into your day.
What is the Mediterranean diet?
The Mediterranean diet is based on the traditional cuisine of those who live in the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea. Unlike most diets, this one is far less rigid, with an emphasis on consuming high amounts of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, flavorful herbs, seeds, and olive oil while limiting the consumption of sweets and red meat. Further, it is recommended that you have a weekly intake of poultry, fish, beans, and eggs. On top of just focusing on what you eat, this diet stresses the importance of adopting the Mediterranean lifestyle by staying active and sharing meals with family and friends, which helps you stay physically healthy as well as mentally healthy.
Why the Mediterranean diet?
- Increased Heart Health – A study the New England Journal of Medicine conducted in 2013 found that people on the Mediterranean diet were far less likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke compared to those who consumed a low-fat diet. According to the study, those who followed this diet and thus consumed high amounts of healthy fats decreased their risk of cardiovascular disease by 30%.
- Increased Brain Health – in 2016, Frontiers in Nutrition found that following the Mediterranean diet may help decrease cognitive declines associated with aging, helped reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, which affects one in nine people age 65 or older, and helps with memory and executive function.
- Decrease inflammation – The Mediterranean diet may help lower your levels of inflammation which helps the body protect against illness and infection like the development of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
- Protects against type 2 diabetes – Studies have shown that people who follow the Mediterranean diet may be less likely to develop type 2 diabetes compared to those who do not. On top of that, it has been shown that this diet is linked to lower blood sugar levels and hemoglobin A1C and can improve the body’s ability to use insulin.
Spiceology: With more than 300+ spices, blends, herbs, chilis, salts, confections, fruit and vegetable powders, and modernist ingredients, add superior flavor and organization to your kitchen. Spiceology grinds in small batches and ships direct, delivering the freshest most flavorful spices right to your senior living community. And with tons of salt-free options, Spiceology can fit into Cardiac and Renal recipes, delivering a burst of flavor to diets best known as “bland”. Spiceology blends also bring new life to tired vegetables. Check out their recipes at:https://spiceology.com/recipes/and read on to discover a new take on Asparagus!
Recipe Quick Bite
Spiceology Greek Freak Roasted Asparagus
- 1 lbs asparagus, tough ends trimmed
- 1 lemon – use 1 teaspoon juice and ½ teaspoon zest
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- ½ tablespoon Spiceology Greek Freak Rub
- 1 small garlic clove, minced
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F.
- Cover a cookie sheet with foil. Toss asparagus with oil, salt and pepper making sure each spear is evenly coated. Layout the asparagus spears in a single layer.
- Place cookie sheet in the oven and roast for approximately 8 minutes.
- While the asparagus roasts, make the aioli by whisking together the mayonnaise, Greek Freak, lemon juice, lemon zest, and garlic. And salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve on a platter with a bowl of the aioli in the center for dipping. Yum.
Team Member Highlite
This month we’re getting to know Nick Trankito, Director of National Accounts at Incite.
Here are 3 things you didn’t know about Nick:
- Nick lives in Cleveland, OH with his wife, six-year-old daughter, and new puppy, Vito.
- He is an avid golfer and his daughter is taking lessons so that she can play with Dad.
- Nick is a HUGE fan of Cleveland sports teams and hopes to one day see the Browns win the Super Bowl.