Mediterranean recipes include lots of vegies, fruit, beans, wholegrains, nuts, fish and using olive oil to cook with. Why choose these ingredients? Because the Mediterranean diet has been associated with improved health including reduced risk of heart disease.
Even if you can’t live in the Greek isles, you can eat as if you do by simply...
● Learning to cook with olive oil instead of butter.
● Enjoying a wide range of vegetables with every meal.
● Eating legumes (such as chickpeas and kidney beans) and wholegrains.
● Consuming at least two serves of fish a week (oily fish, such aas tuna, salmon, is best for a dose of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids).
● Serving up red meat only one or two times a week.
● Choosing fresh fruit every day and nuts for snacks.
● Dolloping on 99% fat-free plain yoghurt for healthy bones and protein.
● Saving sweets for special occasions.
Quick Tip: If you’re trying to cut back on salt, you can substitute reduced-salt products such as sauces, stocks and canned vegetables in our recipes without affecting the SmartPoints®. You can also omit seasoning the recipe with salt during cooking and at the table.