The Mediterranean diet is best known for its inclusion of fresh fruits and vegetables, minimally processed whole grains, heart-healthy fats from nuts, seeds and olive oil, moderate amounts of fish, and low amounts of meat.
Research suggests that the benefits of following a Mediterranean-style of eating are far-reaching: a strong, healthy heart, reduced risk of depression, improved vision and bone health, weight loss and lower rates of cognitive decline, to name just a few. The nutrient-dense, whole-food focus of the Mediterranean diet is why it can do a body good. And because it doesn’t call for any serious diet restrictions (yes, you can eat bread, especially if dipped in extra virgin olive oil), the flexible diet is one of the most sustainable long-term.
Not only is the Mediterranean diet delicious but it also boasts many health benefits. Did you know that it even supports brain health as you age? Follow this one-week meal plan to help nourish your brain and support your overall health.