5 top tips for making your meals more Mediterranean
A Mediterranean style of eating is good for your health, and shouldn’t mean a massive change if you’re already eating a balanced diet. Here are some easy tips:
1. Eat more fruit and salad
Make sure you eat fruit and veg at every meal and choose them as snacks and puddings too. For a flavour of the Med, try our orange and date salad (pictured). Make a green salad more interesting by introducing tomatoes and peppers, and fruits such as figs, pomegranates, citrus fruits and grapes.
2. Have meat-free days
The Mediterranean diet typically includes more fish and less meat. Going for fish, beans and pulses is a good way to increase your protein. Try our ribollita (pictured) or seafood paella, both of which are quick and easy to make.
3. Focus on ‘good’ fats
Unsaturated fats are the main type of fat used in the Mediterranean, most famously olive oil. Replace butter, lard and ghee with unsaturated oils from plants and seeds such as olive and rapeseed oil. This can help to lower your cholesterol levels.
4. Make it your own
Mediterranean flavours may not lend themselves to all cuisines, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still adopt some of the elements of this approach. For example, if you are cooking a spicy dish such as curry and you’re looking for a healthier alternative to ghee, coconut or palm oil, why not try rapeseed or sunflower oil? Like olive oil, these are unsaturated fats but they have more of a neutral flavour.
5. Drink sensibly
Many people assume that wine is a key element of the Mediterranean diet, but it is optional. If you do drink, it’s important to keep it in moderation.