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Who HASN’T heard of the “Mediterranean Diet”?! This traditional way of eating in the countries of Greece, Southern Italy and Spain is not only delicious but is often referred to as the “gold standard” of healthy eating.
SOME of the Key Points of the Mediterranean Way of Eating:
Generous servings of vegetables are included every day.
Seasonal fruit is served for dessert.
Grains are unrefined such as whole oats and barley.
Fish, beans and nuts are important protein sources.
Olive oil is used for cooking and is also drizzled on salads.
Heavily processed items such as chips, fast foods, sugary cereals and soda are ABSENT!
Many families would LOVE to try the Mediterranean diet but have heard that it can be expensive. Good news!! It is possible to enjoy the health benefits of this eating style in a more budget –friendly way. Money saved by NOT buying chips, cookies and soda is a PLUS!!
Check out this website for families who want to try out the Mediterranean diet
Lower Cost Mediterranean Options to Try:
Canned, wild caught salmon
Frozen cod, Pollock
Dry, frozen or canned beans (kidney beans, garbanzo beans, lentils or cannellini beans)
Bulk bags of almonds
Cabbage (white and red)
Bags of whole carrots
Canned (choose those with LESS than 300 mg sodium per serving)
Whole grain pasta