The Mediterranean diet is becoming more and more popular, due to its health benefits, for increasing life expectancy and lowering risk of heart disease and cancer.
Whether you’re considering a life change of adopting a Mediterranean diet, or adding Mediterranean foods to your diet a few days a week, you’re sure to reap the health benefits by having stocking up on these essentials: salmon, olive oil, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
Fish is the main source of protein in the Mediterranean diet; particularly, salmon, which is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids — a monounsaturated fat, or healthy fat. This healthy fat is found in fish such as: salmon, albacore tuna, mackerel, sardines, and lake trout. What if you don’t like fish? Well, these healthy fats are also found in vegetables oils: olive, canola, sunflower, peanut, and sesame. Some nuts and seeds are also a good source.
In addition to fish, the Mediterranean diet includes a lot of fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. People who follow this type of diet rarely eat processed or prepackaged foods in their meals.
So, if you’re looking to incorporate the Mediterranean diet into your daily life, to lose weight or just be healthier, try some of the following recipes:
- Bulgar Salad
- Chopped Greek Salad
- Spicy Escarole with Garlic
- Artichokes Provencal
- Cauliflower Couscous
- Greek Salad Skewers
- Mediterranean Fish Tacos
- Spring Greens with Salmon and Apricot-Ginger Vinaigrette
- Salmon with Skillet-Roasted Peppers