Perhaps you've heard of the Mediterranean Diet? Yeah, us too. And while we're not a big fan of diet trends or dieting in general (eat real foods, in moderation is pretty good), we can get behind the idea of the Mediterranean Diet.
In a nutshell it's this: stick to lots of fruits and veggies, whole grains, legumes, and olive oil and swap in fish and lean sources of protein over red meat. Wine is allowed, just keep it to a glass a night. Sounds good, right? Right. Here are a few delicious ways to get cooking.
Swap in seafood.
The Mediterranean Diet swaps in lean protein in place of high in saturated fats beef. And that means plenty of fish. And smoked and tossed in a breakfast scramble, grilled and layered on a salad, broiled with seasonal veggies, or served in tacos we'll enjoy them all in these awesome salmon recipes.
Eat more veggies.
It's time to pile on the veggies, they'll keep you full; add texture, flavor, and variety; are high in fiber and low in calorie; and low in sugar. Don't think of them as a side, think of them as the main and try them in these veggie burritos so big they're beefy.
Eat healthy snacks.
You are allowed to eat between meals, just make it account. Stay away from processed foods that are total gut bombs and will only make you feel worse (and hungrier) later. Instead, opt for nuts, cut up veggies, or fresh fruits. Check out these 8 healthy snacks you won't feel guilty eating.
Use olive oil.
The Mediterranean Diet focuses on healthy oils and fats. Not all oils are bad for you so start by using extra virgin olive oil in place of butter and margarine. You can even do it for dessert, like in this Spanish citrus olive oil cake.
Switch to whole wheat and whole grains.
Let's be real, you should be doing this anyway. Whole grains are packed with fiber and will keep you filling full longer (without that carb-crash). Start by incorporating quinoa in place of white rice or pasta. If it was good enough for the Incas, it's good enough for us.
You can still drink, just drink responsibly. Keep it to one drink per evening and stay away from sugary cocktails, instead opt for a glass of wine or one of these low-cal glasses of deliciousness.