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Summertime Soufiko was inspired by the The Blue Zones Kitchen cookbook. The Blue Zones consist of five different geographical locations where individuals live with low rates of chronic diseases.
Five worldwide, geographical locations have been shown to inhabit the highest percentage of centenarians. These locations have become known as the Blue Zones:
Similarly, the populations living in these locations live an active lifestyle, produce and harvest a majority of their own food, socialize regularly, understand their sense of purpose in life, and consume a whole food diet. As a result, individuals living in these areas tend to live higher quality lives.
In addition, the Blue Zones food guidelines focus on a whole-food, plant-based diet. Specifically, they consume certain dietary habits listed below:
Although I agree with many of the lifestyle habits mentioned above – living an active lifestyle, harvesting your own food, socializing, and knowing your purpose in life – I believe one can enjoy a more lenient plant-forward diet, while still reaping the positive health benefits.
Soufiko is a traditional dish from Ikaria, Greece. It utilizes seasonal produce, allowing four variations of this recipe based on the season. The possibilities are endless with this recipe!
Specific to Summertime Soufiko, you may pair this recipe with sourdough bread, or you may pair it with an orzo salad as a traditional Greek dish. Either way, it is absolutely delicious and packed with nutrition!
Have you heard of the Blue Zones before? Comment below and share your thoughts!