Have you ever wondered why people who live in Mediterranean countries seem on the whole to be so happy, healthy and active? Could it be the sunshine? Or perhaps the more relaxed pace of life? These could well be factors, but possibly the secret to their health and longevity is the Mediterranean diet. Many of us struggle to eat a healthy diet, because the healthy food we try to add into our diet just isn’t tasty, so we find it hard to stick at and often give in to temptation. But a Mediterranean diet is delicious, and naturally very healthy. Summer is the perfect time to try eating the Mediterranean way, you’ll find yourself eating a healthier diet without even noticing. It just comes naturally. Here are 5+1 great Mediterranean foods to add to your summer dinner plate...
1. Olive Oil
Extra virgin olive oil is just so good for you and it’s incredibly versatile. You can cook with it, it’s perfect for making your own healthy salad dressings with, and it’s even wonderful as a dip for breads. A little olive oil goes a long way, so spend a little extra and get the best you can find, you’ll notice the difference. When it comes to health, olive oil has a lot of benefits. It’s full of beneficial vitamins, fatty acids and antioxidants making it ideal for looking after your heart health.
2. Rice, potatoes and pasta
Eaten in moderation, rice, potatoes and pasta can all be beneficial for bulking out your meal and the slow release energy helps you to stay full for longer. It’s a great way to stop you snacking between meals.
3. Poultry and fish
Poultry and fish are low in calories, as long as you discard the skin of the poultry, and they are also full of goodness. Oily fish in particular is very good for you, packed full of omega-3 fatty acids which can help with your health, and they’re good for your brain too. Fish is also a good source of vitamin D, which many people are deficient in. In addition, poultry and fish offer a good source of protein.
4. Plant based foods
There’s no such thing as too much fruit and vegetables. Pack your plate with a rainbow of fresh fruit and vegetables and you’re doing your health a huge favour, getting the very best natural vitamins and minerals. If you like to snack, then opt for nuts and seeds instead of crisps and biscuits.
5. Red meat and wine on occasion
Sticking to a diet is always easier when you can have a treat, so opt for good quality red meat on occasion, and a glass of red wine if you like a drink. The red meat will ensure you’re getting enough protein in your diet, and red wine can help to give your immune system a boost and lower your risks of heart disease and stroke.
Want to know more?
If you think the Mediterranean diet could be just the perfect sustainable healthy eating regime you’ve been looking for, then please visit the Cyprus Healthcare Tourism Board blog for more information on this proven way of life. You’ll be healthier, you’ll feel more energetic, and if you’re looking to lose weight, you’ll soon be shedding the pounds too.