What You'll Eat
While there isn’t “a” Mediterranean diet, most versions share common understandings. According to Oldways, the nonprofit food think tank in Boston that helped develop a Mediterranean food pyramid, you’ll load up on fruits, veggies, whole grains, nuts and legumes; eat plenty of fish and seafood; get a little poultry, eggs, cheese, and yogurt; and mostly pick at sweets and red meat. And don’t forget a drizzle of olive oil and (if you want) a couple glugs of wine.
You’ve got lots of wiggle room in food prep. One night might be Spanish paella. The next might be a Greek gyro or an Italian-inspired pasta dish. How much and when you eat is also up to you.
Last updated by Kurtis Hiatt | September 23, 2013
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