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The Marvellous Mediterranean Diet in Antalya β€οΈπŸŒž

April 4, 2015

I am writing to you from sunny Antalya, overlooking the deep blue Mediterranean sea, bordered by the majestic Taurus Mountains, on the southern coast of Turkey. The boys are on their Easter break from school, so we are at my parents beautiful home by the sea for some much needed rest and relaxation.

Antalya is a great holiday destination and I am preparing a seperate post on things to do, places to stay and eat in this wonderful city, coming soon. 

This week I will be writing up some amazingly healthy and delicious recipes using fresh ingredients from the weekly market near my parents home here in Antalya. These ingredients can be found in your local supermarkets so there is no excuse to give them a try at home. 

 
For those of you who are not familiar with Antalya, it is the largest city on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, and is rich in history and natural beauty. 

Antalya’s agricultural production includes citrus fruits, cotton, cut flowers, olives, olive oil and bananas. Antalya is famous for its orange trees which can be seen all over city.


 


The Mediterranean diet is renowned for its health benefits. The National Health website explains how following a Mediterranean diet can reduce your chances of getting heart disease or having a stroke by 30%. 

Whats good about this diet too is that its not too costly, can easily be incorporated into your current diet and as its so delicious, kids will love it too!

Olive oil is a major part of the Mediterranean diet, used in cooking vegetables and meats, drizzled on salads, or even just poured in a dish to dip freshly baked bread into. Extra Virgin Olive Oil has even been hailed as the ‘healthiest fat on Earth,’ reducing cholesterol, preventing blood clots and lowering blood pressure. The best part is it tastes scrumptious! 

 
Here are a few delicious ingredients bought from my parents local farmers market this week. Also some beautiful goodies from our local supermarket! Recipes using them with other wonderful grains, fruits and vegetables will follow!

    

 

  

  

Afiyet olsun! (Bon appetit in Turkish)

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2 Comments
  1. keran permalink

    Looks absolutely beautiful!. Hope you and boys are having a lovely time. Miss u loads xx keran

  2. My dearest friend!! Sooo lovely to hear from you! Miss you so much too! See you next week 😘😘😘

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