5 Ways To Eat More Mediterranean Diet

By.  Robert j. Maatthews

Don't cut out carbs

A lot of diets cut back on carbs, but whole grains, beans, fruit, and veggies are all healthy and contain carbs. 

These foods are full of fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and energy. 

Cook with olive oil

A big part of the Mediterranean diet is olive oil. Monounsaturated fats are found in it. 

This type of fat has been linked to lower overall cholesterol and "bad" LDL cholesterol.

Season with citrus

Instead of always going for the salt shaker, a squeeze of lemon can add a lot of flavor without any salt.

The peel's top layer, called zest, also has a lot of flavor. To get rid of it, use a microplane or a simple veggie grater.

Eat fish twice a week

Omega-3 fats found in salmon, mackerel, and other high-fat fish are good for your heart. 

However, all fish and shellfish are good sources of energy. If you're not sure how to cook fish, try putting it in the microwave.

Include more yogurt

Don't just think of this healthy fermented food as a sweet breakfast or snack. You can also use it to add flavor to meals.

Here's a way to switch to healthy mayo: Add 1/4 teaspoon of salt to 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt and 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. 

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