The staples of the Mediterranean Diet are fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins such as fish. Extra virgin olive oil and red wine often complement these wholesome foods, making them even more delicious. Incorporating these foods into your daily eating regimen is essential to take advantage of the Diet’s long-term health benefits.
Not everyone is an ace in the kitchen, and our core philosophy is to keep things simple. We recently published a book about the Mediterranean Diet and included 30 recipes that are easy to prepare. Here are five dishes that that are simple, delicious, and will help you reach your health and lifestyle goals. Enjoy!
Probably the easiest thing you’ll do all day; simply unwrap a SimpleMD bar and enjoy. Or… pop it in the microwave for a few seconds and enjoy the warmed bar with a cup of coffee. It’s a great way to start the day or to take a break.
As the name implies, this simple and hearty dish is for breakfast, and is a variation on oatmeal. Couscous is a grain-like pasta that is high in protein and fiber. Our recipe serves 8, so you can make some for you and your family and keep the leftovers for another day.
Mediterranean Tuna Salad
This may be the quintessential Mediterranean Diet meal. Lean protein in the form of tuna, along with extra virgin olive oil, olives, and tomatoes. Totally healthy, absolutely delicious, and ridiculously easy to make.
Scallops and Orzo
Orzo is traditional Mediterranean pasta, and scallops are sweet and firm and are loaded with protein which will keep you fuller longer. Feel free to add a green salad or vegetable and even some bread dipped in extra virgin olive oil.
The trick with desserts is to eat them in moderation. Usually a few bites of something sweet is as satisfying as a giant bowl. Rice pudding is a delicious dessert that is based on wholesome ingredients such as milk, rice, sugar and spices. Dig in!