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When thinking about what to include in a healthy diet, you can’t miss some key ingredients that are included in the Blue Zones diet. Learn what these are and how their foods are probably the main source of longevity and wellbeing!
The Blue Zones are those places in the world where scientists found the oldest and healthiest people. This term was coined by Dan Buettner and his colleagues from the National Geographic when searching for these areas. Every time they discovered one, they drew a blue circle around them on a map.
When studying the factors that could help longevity, the experts found out that not only the lifestyle but also the diet played a key role. So they focused the research on the nutritional habits from the Blue Zones communities and they concluded that there are some foods that could be part of their secret to longevity.
Fortunately, these products aren’t exotic and are easy to find almost worldwide in any grocery store. The best part of this is that you can store them in your freezer and have them on hand for any occasion. Just make sure to include them in your next grocery shopping list!
Fruits and vegetables
Surely, when you come from the grocery store, you fill your refrigerator shelves with fresh fruits and vegetables. As they last fresh just a few days, you should put away some to freeze. Fruits like blueberries, pineapple, peaches, strawberries, and mangoes are rich in fiber and phytonutrients, both important nutrients for your health.
You can pick bags full of frozen veggies to store in your freezer too. They provide the same nutritional benefits as they do in their fresh form. You can freeze almost any vegetable: spinach, cauliflower, riced cauliflower, butternut squash, broccoli, asparagus, green beans, and more. They may not taste the same in a fresh salad, but they’re an excellent ingredient to be roasted in the oven or grilled on the barbecue.
Whole grain bread is another ally of longevity diets. Not only are they delicious, but also gut-friendly. To freeze bread, you can cut it into slices. This way, whenever you want to have one for breakfast, you can take a loaf and put it in the toaster.
Brown rice, quinoa, steel-cut oats, farro, millet, and barley are great sources of fiber and should be included in your diet. To freeze them, you should cook them, separate into single-serve portions and store them. Don't forget to label the bags, as they look similar when frozen. You can easily warm them up in the microwave whenever you want to eat them.
As nuts are part of the Blue Zones’ diet, they should never be missing in your kitchen. Although they last long in the pantry, when putting them into the refrigerator or in the freezer, you'll assure that their oil won't turn rancid. You can store cashews, walnuts, almonds, and peanuts.