Eating for Longevity

A top New York-city based chef shares four healthy Italian recipes

The secret to living longer might be a Blue Zone diet: People who live in Sardinia, Italy (one of the earth’s five blue zones) are more likely to to reach age 100. Research has shown that a Mediterranean eating plan focusing on fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, olive oil, and omega-3-rich fish can help protect memory, boost fertility, and improve heart health

At Martina in New York City, chef Nick Anderer offers rustic Italian dishes with an emphasis on quality ingredients that shine on their own, like tomatoes with the perfect balance of tart and sweet.

Here, he shares four recipes (including three riffs on the marinated white beans he serves at Martina) that marry the benefits of Blue Zone nutrition with the delights of Italian cuisine.

Photography by Peter Garritano