It’s easy—and truly delicious. Follow these simple guidelines to make your diet more Mediterranean and reap the incredible health benefits that come with it.
Do it: Adopt a Meatless Monday tradition! Then, make these 25 Vegetarian Recipes Even Meat Eaters Will Eat or 13 Weeknight Vegetarian Dinners You Can Make in Under an Hour.
Enjoy whole wheat bread and pasta instead of white, and eat more whole grains, like whole wheat, oats/oatmeal, rye, barley, corn, popcorn, brown rice, wild rice, buckwheat, triticale, bulgur wheat, millet, and quinoa.
Do it: There are countless ways you can add more whole grains into your diet. Start with 25 Quick & Easy Recipes For Weeknight Pasta Dinners and then rotate in these 17 Extra-Satisfying Rice Recipes for Any Meal.
Do it: You don't need an expensive budget to enjoy these snacks. Better yet, choose these 5 Nut Butters You Should DIY Instead of Buy and save yourself even more cash.
Do it: Choose the best fats for your kitchen and learn about the best ones in our Guide to Healthy Cooking Oils.
Enjoy fish (especially fatty fish like salmon, tuna, trout, mackerel, and herring) at least twice a week. Limit red meat to a few times a month, and save processed meats, like sausage or bacon, for special occasions.
Do it: Skip the meats. These 17 Healthy & Easy Fish Dinner Recipes will feed the whole family.
Do it: Science agrees, there are 7 Herbs & Spices Everyone Needs to Eat, so it's time to add them to your diet.
Do it: Not all cheese is created equal. These 14 Healthiest Cheese Varieties to Eat should be your go-to favorites.
Sip a small glass of vino with your dinner, if you’d like. (If you don’t drink, you don’t have to start. You’ll still enjoy the benefits of the Mediterranean diet.)