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That’s it. For the sake of your health it is time to book a flight to France. Or maybe Italy. Or maybe Israel.  A new study published that a Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil, fresh fruits and vegetables, and nuts can lower your risk of heart disease and stroke by 30%. Forget the American idea that you should be eating a low fat diet because that generally just means you are eating a bunch of processed foods that have no health benefits. Keep in mind, this new study found that the Mediterranean diet does not necessarily contribute to weight loss. But if your dead from heart failure, who cares how skinny you are, right?

To read more about this study:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/26/health/mediterranean-diet-can-cut-heart-disease-study-finds.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0

A great Mediterranean appetizer from The Wishful Chef:

Marinated Olives Recipe

3/4 cup Kalamata olives, or a mixture of green & black
4-6 tablespoons olive oil, or preferred amount
2 whole garlic cloves, crushed
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 whole dried bay leaf
salt and pepper, to taste

1. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl.

2. Store covered in the fridge. When ready to serve, take out and bring to room temperature with a sprinkle of salt and pepper on top.

Recommended to be served with bread, cheese and charcuterie, or simply on its own as a snack.

photo credit: http://www.wishfulchef.com/2012/06/marinated-olives/

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