Each week I browse the web searching for interesting health topics, to use for writing my blog posts. I was excited to find out that May is International Mediterranean Diet month, since I absolutely love Mediterranean food!
So much has been in the news about the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet. It is said to be the best diet for good health and longevity. But, what is it about the Mediterranean diet that makes it so much better for you?
Well, let’s take a look. First, the Mediterranean diet is not a fad diet, but a lifestyle. People who follow the traditional diet consume daily portions of grains, vegetables, fruits, olives and olive oil, nuts, legumes, seeds, herbs and spices, cheese, yogurt, fish and shellfish, lean meats and poultry, and eggs. Wine is also consumed daily, but in moderation.
With slight adjustments, you can add Mediterranean foods to your everyday meals, without much hassle.
Here are a few tips for adding Mediterranean foods to your meals:
- Use olive oil to saute and stir-fry vegetables
- Eat flatbread with olive oil and garlic instead of white bread and dinner rolls (sprinkle flatbread with olive oil and fresh garlic and place under broiler until slightly browned — yum!)
- Broil or grill fish instead of frying (lightly brush fish with olive oil)
- Cut-up fresh fruit and top with your favorite yogurt, for a dessert, instead of ice cream and cake or pie — watermelon is wonderful!
- Eat plenty of leafy, green vegetables and eat salad often. Romaine lettuce is said to have more nutritional value than Iceberg.
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