Mediterranean diet, low larb, paleo diet… these things come and go. One thing remains: we need to eat something. I have been happy to find out that the New Nordic diet that is based on “the food triangle”, a thing we learn since our childhood here in Finland, is not the hottest hot in terms of diets and one of the healthiest too.
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The New Nordic diet doesn’t ask you to eat strange things or avoid this or that. It just means eating a lot of vegetables, fruit and berries, consuming full grain products, some fish and chicken, milk products too and only a bit of a red meat. Suits me well – the ingredients familiar for every Finn!
I am not going to get involved with nutrition – others do that much better but I decided to make a post inspired by these good news. So this is in honor of the Finnish nature and what it has to offer.
We here in the Nordic countries definitely have abundance of good and fresh ingredients we can (though humbly we are) proud of! Despite of all the previous, I am going to continue to consume olive oil, feta cheese and all the rest of the Mediterranean goodies at the same time 🙂
Antioxidants straight from the forest!
The berries are one of the best things in Finland. When I was living abroad, my suitcase was always full of lingonberry and lingonberry jam. My treat in the weekend mornings was a lingonberry-banana-smoothie which I sipped carefully and with satisfaction.
Nowadays those berry smoothies are no longer only weekend luxury. I try to start my every morning with a berry smoothie. One of my favorites is a smoothie mixed of Turkish yoghurt, milk, red currants, home apples (the hard work in the fall pays off now!), banana, a piece of fresh ginger and one spoon of honey. This drink also keeps the doctor away!
Rye bread was my second personal import article during my years in Israel. May the gluten critics say what they like, I trust the real Finnish rye bread with a decent layer of good butter 🙂
Smoked fish, salt-cured fish, grilled fish… I love fresh fish in every form. What would a summer be without the lovely fish we have.
And what would be lovelier than to carry home a basket full of mushrooms from a forest in the fall? The top chefs globally acknowledge the good quality and aroma of our forest mushrooms.
I believe that what ever you eat, you enjoy it!
And for those interested in the New Nordic diet, there is plenty of articles and research writings about the subject, here just a couple of examples.