On MindBodyGreen: Nutrition Lessons from Italians

MindBodyGreen Nutrition Lessons from Italians When I was 22 I bought a one-way ticket to Italy. For one year, I worked in Florence as an assistant to the amazing Judy Witts at Divina Cucina. Not only was it the beginning of a long, deep, rich love affair with Italian ingredients and techniques in the kitchen, but it formed my touchstone for how I believe one should value food - in life and in the world. In the New Year, the new currency of food is about Values. Both consumers and some visionary companies are rewriting the values formula of our food system. The Italians, of course, have long held their food unapologetically to a higher standard than we have. There's no elitism or snobbery around it, rather a different vision - shared by seemingly everyone in that boot shaped paradise - all around what matters most. I distilled what I believe are the top four nutrition lessons from Italians - those that still drive my thinking and my messages today with MindBodyGreen.

And, I fished this photo out of a photo box (remember those?) from the very first day I spent in Florence over 20 years ago.

Read the full blog on MindBodyGreen, Nutrition Lessons We Can All Learn From The Italians!



Summer Bliss Peach Smoothie Recipe


Peach SmoothieWhen I lived in Italy the locals had a saying:

"What grows together goes together."

I find it to be a great help when I get back from the farmer's market and am trying to let delicious inspiration strike.

That's essentially how I stumbled on this utterly refreshing yet surprising peach smoothie combination - some of summer's best in a glass, really. Using yellow peaches give this smoothie a warmer color than using white peaches.
Other summer stone fruits like apricots and nectarines are also delicious swaps if that's what's growing near you.
Really ripe fruit is the key to this smoothie-you can add a dash of vanilla extract for extra flavor.

Summer Bliss Peach Smoothie Recipe


2.5 cups of peeled and cubed ripe yellow peaches (3-4 medium peaches)
1 cup chilled Almond Milk (or other non dairy milk)
1 cup ice
15 Basil Leaves (medium to large)
1/2 cup fresh orange juice


Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until creamy and smooth. Serve immediately.

Serves 4


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