It’s official! After five long years, medical researchers have come to conclusion that the healthiest diet is (drum roll….) the Mediterranean diet. Wondering what people by the warm Mediterranean Sea eat, to live healthy and happy? The New England Journal of Medicine has listed the following to be the components of a Mediterranean diet – olive oil, nuts, fruits, veggies, white meat and red wine. When food containing these items is consumed on a regular basis, the risks of heart and cholesterol problems are reduced! How relieving is that?
Most times, when we hear the word “diet,” we literally starve ourselves and cry at the sight of chocolate or anything sweet. The best part about this diet is that chocolates are allowed (in small proportions of course). Since olive oil, nuts and wine are the staple ingredients of the Mediterranean, here is a collection of chocolates that would be approved as perfect dessert options.
Olive oil and chocolate may initially seem to be an awkward combination. But, did you know that this was a traditional snack enjoyed by the Catalans of Spain during World War II? They would melt chocolate on bread, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle some salt and eat it occasionally as a treat.
Similarly, we bring to you delicious bitter-sweet chocolate infused with olive oil and sea salt by Poco Dolce. When you bite into this smooth bar of chocolate, you will encounter mild saltiness which blends perfectly with the flavor of olive oil, followed by a creamy after taste of dark chocolate.
If you are looking for something a little more extravagant and luxurious, why not treat yourself to a dark chocolate olive oil truffle sprinkled with sea salt by Bissinger’s? Salty on the outside, sweet on the inside is the motto behind these delicately handmade truffles filled with rich cocoa butter, making them blissful and extravagant.
The diet advocates nuts – all kinds of nuts. Here is a bar that gives you the nuttiest experience ever. The Caracas by Chuao is milk chocolate embedded with broken pieces of almonds, hazelnuts and pistachios – a delightful bundle of crunchiness which is not only delicious but also gives you a wholesome serving of healthy nuts.
For a more elegantly nutty experience, here is Italy’s famous Cioccolato Fondente Con Mandrole – Dark Chocolate with Almonds by Amedei. This is a more traditional bar that showcases the union of an exclusive cocoa blend made in Tuscany, and famous almonds grown in the Avola region of Sicily. With one bite, you will be convinced that you can never go wrong with such chocolate.
The hazelnut and almond nougat by Antica Torroneria Piemontese is simply divine from the very first bite, taking the Mediterranean diet to a whole new level by using natural ingredients. Sticky, chewy and strikingly sweet nougat embedded with raw hazelnuts and almonds will take you to the Piedmont regions of Italy.
The Mediterranean diet ends with a glass of wine; we can conclude with heart-warming chocolate covered wine grapes by Bissinger’s. Premium wine grapes infused with Shiraz wine, coated with a layer of dark chocolate will walk you through a vineyard where you pick delicious grapes and create your own bottle of exquisite wine. Relish the taste of real wine in every bite!
Check out the NY Times article on the Mediterranean diet to learn more. Cheers!