Five reasons to eat the mediterranean way
Dreaming of a Mediterranean summer? You're not alone. Inspired by the culinary traditions of Greece and Italy, the Med diet has been celebrated for its health benefits and delicious flavours. But it's not just about eating like the locals – it's about understanding the principles that underlie this lifestyle.
Don’t fear fats: Healthy fats such as olive oil, nuts, seeds and avocado are brimming with vital nutrients said to help nourish hair, nails and skin, not to mention they’re super filling. Consider drizzling olive oil over a roast vegetable salad, sprinkling nuts and seeds over your morning bowl of porridge, or including avocado in your green smoothie.
Eat an abundance of fruits and vegetables: Fill your plate with fresh, seasonal fare that is either raw or lightly cooked to preserve its nutritional value. Build each meal around your vegetables – like a hummus bowl with fresh crudités, Greek salads loaded with cucumber, tomatoes, olives and feta or Mediterranean-style baked fish with a medley of fresh herbs, lemon and olive oil. The rainbow is endless.
Choose whole grains: Opt for whole grains like oats, brown rice, rye, barley, corn, buckwheat, whole wheat bread and pasta. By replacing refined grains with whole grains you could help lower cholesterol and enjoy more fibre, vitamins and minerals.
Cultivate connection: Beyond the food, the Mediterranean way of life emphasises the importance of sharing meals with loved ones. Eating mindfully, being present in the moment, and enjoying the company of family and friends are key to this experience. So, gather around the table with your loved ones, pour a glass of red wine, and toast to the joys of life.
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Make a plan to gather with friends and family for a med-inspired meal - feel the energy boost and enjoy that sense of togetherness.
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