The 5 Food Groups to Get Lean & Healthy? (P1)

Protein is considered the foundation of life because it is nutrient forming amino acids promote the growth and recovery of cells. However, the protein-rich foods of animal origin (such as meat, eggs and dairy products) to contain high levels of saturated fats and high cholesterol, are not good for your heart. To protect your health while ensuring adequate supply of energy for daily activities, you can replace animal protein with vegetable protein from the following foods:

1) Grains

Any food made from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley or another cereal grain is a grain product. Grains are divided into 2 subgroups, whole grains and refined grains. Whole grains contain the entire grain kernel — the bran, germ, and endosperm whereas refined grains have been milled, a process that removes the bran and germ.

Unrefined: Whole-wheat flour, Bulgur (cracked wheat), Oatmeal, Whole cornmeal, Brown rice

Refined: White flour, Degermed, cornmeal, White bread, White rice

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Bread sauce with garlic, cucumber, tomatoes, lemon juice, fresh cream – vegetarian dishes absolutely not to be missed at La Badiane

Sources of zinc and iron are found in vegetables such as cabbage, kale, spinach, broccoli; nuts like cashew, almond; the fresh and dried fruits like apricots, raisins, molasses; pure – grains and pure-grain flour.

2) Vegetables

The meaning a vegetable is largely based on culinary and cultural tradition, but usually it means an edible plant, or part of a plant other than a sweet fruit, or seed. Vegetables are further divided into 4 sub-groups: Dark Green Vegetables, Orange Vegetables, Starchy vegetables and Other Vegetables. 

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Appetizer: Zucchini & beetroot cannelloni stuffed with black olives tapenade, arugula with candied lemon & sesame biscuit

Black olives tapenade was softly rolled in zucchini. Arugula was cool. Crispy sesame biscuits accompanied with sour lemon jam. Gently enjoying, you would feel a bit of relief, a little hard to resist.

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