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Choosing Healthy Foods Of The Mediterranean Diet

The traditional Mediterranean diet consists of a majority of vegetables and fruits and little meat in your daily diet. This is the exact opposite of the typical American diet in which meat provides the primary source of nutrients. While new and daunting at first glance, incorporating the large amounts of plant produce fundamental to the traditional Mediterranean diet will become a natural part of your daily life. In time, this new way of eating will become second-nature. The Mediterranean diet will be found to be so beneficial to your health that you will not miss your old diet.

The first step of the transition into a Mediterranean style of eating and the key to sustaining your new health benefits is to change how you view food. Never again should produce be consumed for the simple reason of coincidental placement in a supermarket aisle. Food sustains your body, and therefore should be selectively chosen with pride. The preparation of a meal involves one of the highest forms of craftsmanship with a pinch of imagination to create harmony within and without, an edible art. As art brings a feeling of pleasure and appreciation to all who view it, your food should strike a similar chord in your palate and soul. Every day is a gift, and should therefore be celebrated with food, friends, and family.

To emphasize taste, produce should first be chosen seasonally according to your area. Fresh produce is the most vibrant and flavorful, as nutrients and flavor are lost in time and processing. Local grocers, farmers’ markets, and produce stands offer the best of the season at the peak of flavor and nutrition. While what is ripe at home may not be ripe at the time in the Mediterranean, fresh is always the Mediterranean way. Re-discover the taste of vegetables, they will taste better than what you remember from your childhood.

Despite the natural goodness found in fresh produce, sometimes a little extra flavor is needed. Herbs and spices will enhance the flavor of your meals in ways you never dreamed of. As a bonus, herbs and spices are low in calories but high in flavor. Vegetables, and even fruit, will take on flavors you never thought possible. No Mediterranean diet would be authentic in flavor without these components. Salt will be less needed with all the flavor herbs such as oregano, parsley, thyme, rosemary, and black pepper provide.

Similarly, who needs a lot of calories, sugar, and saturated fat with spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, and vanilla available? Dried fruit is a sweet, delicious, and nutritious way of re-imagining dessert. It is also more fulfilling than cakes, brownies, and such as dessert. The reason for this seeming-paradox is due to the additional nutrients found in dried fruit. Even so, if you make fruit the basis of your desserts when you do splurge occasionally, it is still the Mediterranean way.

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