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Get the culinary secrets to living longer from a California community

As part of our Eating to 100 series, we're exploring recipes that promote longevity from the book The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World's Healthiest People.

In this installment, you'll learn how to make vegetarian recipes from Loma Linda, California, whose residents are largely Seventh-day Adventists that follow a "biblical" diet focused on grains, fruits, nuts and vegetables, and drink only water. Refined sugar is considered taboo, along with smoking and drinking.

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TODAY visits the California town where many people live to 100

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TODAY visits the California town where many people live to 100

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Learn how to cook recipes from the place in the U.S. with the lowest rates of heart disease and diabetes and very low rates of obesity — including nutrient rich vegetables like a healthy sautéed veggie mix of chickpeas, cabbage, carrots potatoes and green beans and a leafy green-filled soup with creamy coconut milk.

Chickpeas with Potatoes and Carrots
Vegetable Mix
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We like to serve this for lunch or for a light supper. We sometimes place the vegetable mix in a rice or lettuce wrap for our kids' lunch or snack. You can serve this as an appetizer in a wonton wrap and steam or fry it.

Kale, Spinach and Coconut Soup
Cynthia Chea Pean
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Bursting with calcium and iron, this phytonutrient-packed soup made of kale, spinach arugula and coconut milk, will both satisfy and nourish you. A delicious soup that just so happens to be good for you!

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Reprinted with permission from The Blue Zones Solution by Dan Buettner, National Geographic. Copyright © 2015.

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