The Promoting Longevity through Plant-Based Eating

Nicoyan Cuisine: Embracing the Blue Zone Diet for Health and Well-Being
The Blue Zone diet of Costa Rica's Nicoyan peninsula emphasizes a plant-based approach to eating, promoting longevity and good health in older adults. The traditional Nicoyan cuisine includes wholesome ingredients like beans, corn, squash, bananas, and other whole fruits. Beans, in particular, are a key food group and offer health benefits when replacing animal proteins. To bring the Blue Zone diet to your kitchen, incorporate foods like black beans, whole-grain corn tortillas, and a variety of fruits and vegetables. Avoiding fast food and processed foods is crucial, favoring home-cooked meals with minimally processed ingredients. Additionally, maintaining strong relationships, having a positive outlook, staying active, and managing stress are important for overall well-being.

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