No matter what regimen the recipe you happen to find comes from, you can happily adapt it to the Mediterranean Diet by following the following guidelines. Just substitute the following foods where appropriate, and there you have it: a new Mediterranean Diet recipe!
* Fruits and vegetables. If it’s a fruit or a vegetable, it’s likely to be your friend on the Mediterranean Diet. No canned or processed stuff; get it as fresh as it came off of the tree. You might want to give up on store-bought fruit juices and just squeeze your own juice from whole fresh fruit, as even the juices that say “100% juice” add sugar.
* Nuts and legumes. Very often overlooked. Peas, beans, and lentils are chock full of fiber, vitamins, minerals, calcium, zinc, and protein. You can have them in place of meat, even. Note that this does not include coconut, which actually isn’t a nut technically at all.
* Extra Virgin Olive oil. Use it everywhere, for every oil, butter, or fat substitution. Fry in it, simmer meat in it, top bread and toast with it, dress salads in it. Continue reading “Weight Loss Recipes and the Mediterranean Diet”