Healthy Hollywood: Fab Food Friday – ‘Glee’s’ Darren Criss Goes Mediterranean!

‘Glee’s’ Darren Criss took Broadway by storm during his 3-week run in “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.” The ‘Glee’ sensation proved he had the chops to sing and dance on stage – a gig that takes tremendous endurance.

To help keep up his energy and physical shape, Criss ate a Mediterranean diet, which emphasizes seasonal vegetables and fruits, olive oil, whole grains and moderate amounts of meat and wine. “The Mediterranean diet is not a diet, as in ‘go on a diet,’ even though it is a great way to lose weight. Rather, it is a lifestyle – including foods, activities, meals with friends and family, and wine in moderation with meals,” reveals James Mallios, owner of the New York City restaurant, Amali. Criss dined at Amali, during his stay in the city.

U.S. News & World Report hailed a Mediterranean diet as one of the best overall diets. Besides promoting a healthier lifestyle, following this type of eating plan can help lower the risk of cardiovascular problems and reduce blood pressure and bad cholesterol.

Also, the Mediterranean diet doesn’t ban any particular foods and the meals can be simple to prepare. James shares with Healthy Hollywood a very easy fish recipe from Amali.

Porgy Stuffed with Meyer Lemon and Fennel:

1 Meyer lemon
1 cup of fennel leaves
salt & pepper
olive oil

Rinse and clean the porgy, remove the gills and fins. Stuff the fish with sliced Meyer lemon and fennel leaves. Brush porgy with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill or roast the fish at 350-degrees until the fish is golden and flaky.

Reserve the fennel bulb for a fennel and parmesan salad, dressed with olive oil and a simple Meyer lemon vinaigrette.

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