Do it yourself – Cook these healthy Mediterranean recipes!

Now that you’re aware of how benefits the Mediterranean diet can provide, we thought that we would help to encourage your new way of eating with some recipes to get yourself started!

To help we have enlisted the help of some top cooks with extensive knowledge of the authentic Mediterranean way of cooking. Try your hand at one and let us know how it goes @TuscanyNow

Francesco RomanoFrancesco Romano:

Running food blog and business, Francesco champions his Italian heritage in reproducing authentic Italian recipes passed down to his from his Grandmother Nonna Sera and Mama Francesca. Born in Italy and now based in the USA as of 25 years, Francesco provided some recipes to getting started on Italian cooking.

“In Italy, the cuisine is based on a few basic ideas—simplicity, freshness and what is local and in season. We eat a lot of simply prepared vegetables, seafood, olive oil and legumes. We use poultry and fish in many dishes. Of course a nice glass of Italian red wine with dinner with your family has been a tradition for centuries, and it is proven to be good for you! Authentic Italian food isn’t masked by fancy sauces; each component is treated like the star of the meal. For example, a tomato tastes like a tomato, and with the addition of herbs and spices, a basic tomato is elevated to a delicious accompaniment to a wonderful entrée. I hope you try this recipe and that it will give you a taste of what the Mediterranean and Italy has to offer.”

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The Mediterranean Healthy Eating Guide – Food for the Mind, Body, and Soul

When speaking about the Mediterranean way of life, the positives of living in the sun blessed countries around the clear Mediterranean sea water can make it sound like a paradise for those who love good food, beautiful weather, and of course good wine!

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Italian traditions have long been associated with Mediterranean culture as one of the most historically steeped and successful in exporting the Italian way of life globally. One of the main exports of course being the food as traditional to Italy, pizza and pasta are readily available to eat in most countries around the world.

Recent reports and news articles have once again highlighted the health benefits of Mediterranean and the traditional Italian diet. Most recently, it was covered by leading doctors who suggested that advising patients at risk of stroke or heart attack that adopting the diet could be as effective as taking prescribed statins.

Dr Aseem Malhotra, from Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey, received coverage from his team’s latest analysis of research showing the benefits of a diet – mentioning the Mediterranean as a key example – focussing on the balance of nutrition that food gave, rather than simplified portion advice and misconceptions about calorie intakes.

So why is it that the Mediterranean diet is highlighted as meeting this balance that we need? We spoke to diet and nutrition experts to give you answers into what makes the Med diet so healthy. Our experts:

John J Anderson – Deputy Editor of the British Journal of Nutrition and faculty member at the Department of Nutrition at the University of North Carolina, co-author of The Mediterranean Way of Eating

Marilyn Sparling – Registered and Licensed Dietitian retired from Duke University Medical Center, North Carolina, co-author of The Mediterranean Way of Eating

Liz Weinandy – Dietitian at the Ohio State University Medical Center

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Vote for Tuscany Now in the Independent Travel Awards!

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Thanks to you, Tuscany Now has been nominated for The Independent Travel Awards, a prestigious collection of awards that aim to celebrate travel providers that offer exceptional experiences. It’s like the Oscars but for travel companies and it means a lot to us. It’s enough that we were nominated in the Place to Stay – Luxury category but we would still really appreciate your vote!

The awards are based solely on the nominations and votes of readers. All you need to do is register and fill in the nomination form available here by the 14th September 2015 under the category, Place to Stay – Luxury.

Each participant is automatically entered into a competition to win four nights at Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, three nights at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, return flights London Heathrow to Cape Town and internal return flights from Cape Town to Johannesburg, plus tickets to the awards ceremony at the Corinthia Hotel London. Four runners-up will also receive tickets to the awards.

Thanks for helping us out,

Simon Ball
Founder & CEO

Casa del Poggio

Casa del Poggio

The house’s location at the edge of San Gemini, a lively hilltop village steeped in history, provides direct access to shops and restaurants through the front garden.

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Cortile Pratolino

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Situated at the eastern edge of the Chianti wine-producing area, and midway between Florence and Arezzo, the property could not be better designed and located for a holiday that combines lazy days of dolce ‘far niente’ with sightseeing in some of the most beautiful areas of Tuscany.

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Villa di Petroio

La Villa Di petroio

The elegant 12th century Villa sits on hillside blessed by stunning views of the rich hills near Ruffina, a famous Chianti region near to Florence. The owners of Villa Di Petroio have found the perfect balance between the modern and the traditional. Every salvageable feature of the original building has been preserved and incorporated into an exceptionally tasteful design that offers all the practical benefits of an entirely new building.

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Knit Picks Autumn Fashion: A Cozy Shoot at Villa di Petroio

We had the pleasure of working with the Independent and The i Paper’s award-winning fashion publication at our very own Villa di Petroio for a glamorous fashion photoshoot. A beautiful Tuscan backdrop for next season’s cozy knitted look.

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The Independent Online, 10th August 2015

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