In his latest TV series, Jamie’s Super Food, Jamie Oliver travels to some of the healthiest places in the world in search of the best recipes that help people to live longer. From Costa Rica and Japan, to an off the beaten track island of Ikaria in Greece, the celebrity chef visits different destinations and reveals the secrets to living a longer and healthier life.
Words: Lyubomira Ivanova, Subeditor: Toni Hart
The first and main tip Jamie gives for a healthier diet is the simplicity of food. As he said in the programme some of the most simple, everyday foods such as eggs, garlic and fresh fruits can help you lead a longer and happier life.
“It’s not about goji berries and green drinks. It’s about cooking smart with simple foods… They’re all using humble ingredients to make some of the simplest and tastiest dishes I’ve ever tasted”, Oliver revealed in one of the episodes.
And while one might think this is just the next “healthy” tip, this time it is not really the case. What Jamie aims to achieve with the show is far beyond that.
He tries to show us that we don’t need to eat foods which don’t really taste good and most likely cost a price that we could not afford spending on daily basis. Rather his “hero” food list consists of foods, which we most likely consume and buy every day.
“When I’ve gone around the world to see the people that live the longest and most productive life, they all have a good breakfast”, the chef said. And apart from that, another really good piece of advice he gave is related to eating fewer portions of meat and consuming as much water as you possibly can over the day.
The best thing about all of the ingredients that are included in the list, is the fact that all of them are affordable and easy to find. The only goods on the list that might be a bit tricky to find are tofu, natural goat milk and in some case black beans.
And here is the full list of “hero foods”, suggested by the Telegraph:
- Goat’s milk
- Sweet potato
- Wild greens and herbs
- Black beans
- Fresh fruit
- Wild rice
If you want to find out more about Jamie’s tips for healthier and longer life, you can find the show on Channel 4.