Today, there is a wide variety of diets and nutrition trends to follow—but how do you tell your plant-based from your paleo? Your DASH from your dairy-free? We’re here to help!
In honor of National Nutrition Month this March, we’re taking a closer look at some of the latest diets and nutritious trends—as well as a few Stonewood dishes that are sure to satisfy! Just read on to learn more.
Named after the Paleolithic era, or “Stone Age,” the Paleo diet is all about eating like our ancestors probably did. That means focusing on foods that could have been easily hunted or gathered, and eating less grains, dairy, sugar and processed foods (or cutting them out altogether).
Prefer more modern ingredients? Don’t worry! The Paleo diet’s not for everyone, but its emphasis on clean ingredients, produce and lean protein is still a nutritious goal you can work into your daily routine—just start with simple swaps! Pair your next roast with greens in lieu of pasta, for example, or snack on almonds and pistachios instead of chips and crackers between meals—these ingredients are all “Paleo approved” and easy to enjoy. Here at Stonewood, a classic Ribeye Steak pairs perfectly with Brussel sprouts and grilled asparagus for a Paleo meal you’re sure to love.
What separates a plant-based diet from a vegan or vegetarian diet? It depends on who you ask—some plant-based eaters might exclude meat and dairy altogether, while others simply place an emphasis on plant proteins without entirely restricting any one ingredient. Either way, though, plant-based nutrition can be seen as a celebration of plants’ power to fuel our bodies and satisfy our appetites. A satisfying Stonewood Veggie Quesadilla, or our Fire Roasted Vegetables with Quinoa & Farro which comes complete with protein-packed quinoa, are two plant-based options every kind of diner is sure to enjoy.
When most of us hear “Mediterranean diet,” we don’t need too much convincing—who doesn’t want to dine like they’re on the French Riviera or the lux, colorful coast of Naples? But it turns out that the Mediterranean diet is as delicious as it is nutritious. As a type of plant-based diet, it emphasizes fruits, veggies and healthy fats such as olive oil over butter. When it comes to meat, fish and poultry are preferred over red meat (which is enjoyed more sparingly), and the actual style of the meals is social and community-based—which no doubt helps make the Mediterranean diet even more delicious. As a result of these healthful choices, the Mediterranean diet comes with a number of body benefits—including, most notably, improved cardiovascular health. So what are you waiting for? The Mediterranean diet is easy to incorporate into your weekly routine, through dishes such as our Tuscan Chicken or any of our fish paired with colorful veggies!
DASH refers to “Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension.” While a doctor may recommend DASH as part of a plan to treat or prevent high blood pressure, this diet is actually good for just about anyone—U.S. News & World Report named it the number-one diet out there! That’s because DASH is low in fat, sodium and cholesterol. A day on DASH will feature lots of high-fiber whole grains, plenty of fruits and veggies, and some lower-fat sources of dairy and meat. When it comes to fish, opt for tuna and other heart-healthy picks. This fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which help to keep cholesterol down, and grilled prep is a great way to go.
A dairy-free diet can be followed by vegan diners, as well as those who cut out dairy to help with their digestion (or both!). At home, you can swap in olive oil for butter to make stir-fry, hashes and other stovetop staples. While dining out, just ask your server about dairy-free picks or simple switches that can help make current dishes dairy-free.
Whipped or baked potatoes and veggies make excellent accompaniments to entrees for our gluten-free guests! Just scan your Stonewood menu for the gluten-free asterisk, and let your server know so they can help find the perfect option for you.
Probiotic-friendly foods are slated to take off even further in the year ahead—and we’re all for it! Ingredients such as sauerkraut, pickles, yogurt, kefir (a fermented milk drink) are easy to work into your existing routine, and are known for their ability to promote good gut health.
Wondering what’s right for you? You and your doctor can work together to find your perfect nutrition plan—and once you do, you can count on Stonewood for a variety of fresh, flavorful options to satisfy your unique appetite!