Longevity Diet Exclusive Lunch Recipes

An exclusive recipe direct from The Longevity Diet book and Dr. Valter Longo1.
Lunch: Spinach with Pine Nuts and Raisins



  • 4-5 cups of spinach, to boil
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts
  • 1 tablespoon raisins
  • 2 tablespoons of N4L Olive Oil
  • Salt, to taste
  • Optional: 40g (about 12-16) gluten free crackers of choice


  1. Bring 1-2 cups of water to a boil in large pot. Add the spinach and cook until volume reduces and spinach is dark green in color and soft in texture.  Drain the water.
  2. Mix the cooked spinach with the pine nuts and raisins. Bring pot back to heat and cook for a brief 1-3 minutes. Avoid drying by adding 1 tablespoon of water if needed.
  3. Turn off heat and remove pot from burner. Add oil and stir. Let the mixture rest, covered for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Serve warm and enjoy with crackers!


 Lunch: Wild Rice and Green Beans with Garlic and Fresh Tomato


  • ¼ cup wild rice
  • 1 cup string beans, trimmed and chopped
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of N4L Olive Oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • ½ fresh lemon
  • 1-2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped


  1. Cook the wild rice according to package instructions. Set aside.
  2. In a separate pot, cover the green beans with water and add the tomato, garlic and pinch of salt.
  3. When the beans are tender, add the oil and desired amount of fresh basil.  Let rest 2-3 minutes before serving.
  4. Plate wild rice, top with beans and tomato mixture, and squeeze fresh lemon juice on top. Enjoy!


  1. Dr Valter, L., 2016. The Longevity Diet. Penguin Random House LLC, p.234.
  2. Rachel Roddy. Spinach with Pine Nuts and Raisins. Leite's Culinaria. https://leitesculinaria.com/17580/recipes-spinach-raisins-pine-nuts.html. Published December 10, 2020. Accessed March 5, 2021.
  3. String Beans. The Family Dinner Project. https://thefamilydinnerproject.org/food/green-beans-with-lime/. Published September 9, 2013. Accessed March 5, 2021.