Flavors of Health - Tip of the Week - Garlic

GarlicjpgMay is International Mediterranean Month!

The Mediterranean Diet is “not a diet, but a healthy life-style approach” (LSU AgCenter). The diet consists of eating traditional food from around Mediterranean countries, using the Mediterranean Food Guide Pyramid as a tool, incorporating physical activity, and eating meals socially.

Health Benefits

Did you know that garlic is a staple ingredient in Mediterranean dishes? Garlic has health benefits including being heart healthy and it can lower your blood pressure. According to the USDA, garlic is best consumed when it is crushed and lightly cooked.

Follow Old Ways-Mediterranean Diet Resources to view the food guide and learn more about how to adopt the healthy lifestyle tradition. #MEDMonth

Try this Hummus recipe as a dip with pita bread.

Hummus (Old ways)


  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 small cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons tahini or unsalted peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Combine the beans, garlic, lemon juice, tahini, and oil in a blender or food processor. Process until smooth, adding a bit of wateras needed for a spreading or dipping consistency. Season to taste with salt and pepper.


For more information, contact your local Tangipahoa LSU AgCenter Office

Tangipahoa Office | 305 East Oak Street | Amite, Louisiana 70422 | Phone: 985-748-9381 | Fax: 985-748-3787

Office Hours: Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

If you have any questions, please contact Keisha Fletcher at (985) 758-9381

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5/28/2020 7:48:48 PM
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