Today I got the latest issue of Science magazine in the mail. As I was flipping through I found an interesting study. A team of scientists fed one group of mice a low carb high protein diet and fed the other a high carb low protein diet. Which group lived longer you ask?
Paleo dieters (low carb, high protein) will be disappointed to hear their respective mice only lived 100 days. The counterpart mice (high carb, low protein) were healthier and outlived them to 150 days. Fat intake levels made no difference in the mice health or appearance. It should be noted that the Paleo mice were skinnier, but this translated to illness and decreased longevity. You can read more about the study here.
Basically, the research supports the importance of a balanced diet. (Woohoo balanced meal plans!) Ok now onto the recipe…
1 cup cooked whole wheat israeli couscous (pearl couscous) [2 grains, 1 protein]
1 tsp olive oil [1 fat]
2-3 small whole button mushrooms
1/2 small onion, chopped
1 roasted red pepper, chopped
1 tbsp dijon mustard
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp toasted pine nuts [1 fat]
>> Sauté onion and mushrooms in oil until brown. Add cooked couscous and remaining ingredients. Stir together and add salt/pepper to taste. Top with toasted pine nuts.
*I forgot to picture the toasted pine nuts, but try not to leave these out as they complete the protein found in couscous.