Our secret to a longer life.
December 13, 2022
Our secret has nothing to do with cleanses, superfoods, or diet fads. Not that anything is wrong with those. We just wanted to focus on sustainable everyday practices that yield long-term benefits, not just in terms of physical appearance, but also in length and quality of life. After all, what's the point of living a long life if you're not having a good time?!
That's really what inspired our latest dish, the Longevity Bowl. We learned that there are specific areas of the world called Blue Zones, where the largest density of Centenarians live. Centenarians are people who live to be at least 100 years old and are still enjoying a great quality of life
Despite there being several Blue Zones (including one in California), we focused on the Mediterranean region of Greece and Italy. The typical diet there is primarily composed of local, seasonal, fresh fare - think whole fruits, vegetables, healthy fats (like olive oil) legumes, and grains. Animal products are consumed minimally, and when they are, they are naturally raised meat, locally caught seafood, and full-fat dairy. Fun fact: full-fat dairy actually keeps you full longer and it has a natural sweetness and creaminess that doesn't present the need for sweeteners.
Our Longevity Bowl is inspired by this version of the Centenarian diet. It’s composed of slow cooked black lentils with fennel and dried pears, tenderly roasted yellow & purple cauliflower, and baby kale salad with pecorino cheese. It's served with your choice of flavorfully roasted maitake mushrooms or grilled trout.
As we continued our research, we found other major factors that contribute to Centenarians' long and fulfilling life.
- They continue to be active members of their family and community.
- They have a strong spiritual connection.
- They get regular exercise and time outdoors.
- They don't overeat. In fact, they stop eating before they feel full!
- They eat very little processed food.
- They spend quality time with their loved ones.
- They take time to relax (guilt-free).
- They enjoy life (that includes the occasional glass of wine, or 2).
So with that, let's toast to our Longevity!
The Longevity Bowl is available at all of our locations.