Breaking Down the Mediterranean Diet

Since May is National Mediterranean Diet month, Chef Steve provides a guide for the diet's key points plus a delicious recipe

Med Diet

Eggs are a good source of high-quality protein and can be especially beneficial for individuals who do not eat meat.

Meats are eaten in small portions by Mediterranean peoples, who prefer lean cuts. Poultry is a good source of lean protein without the high levels of saturated fat found in some cuts of red meat. With ground meats, 90 percent lean/10 percent fat is a sound choice.

Wine is consumed regularly but moderately in the Mediterranean, unless discouraged by religious beliefs. “Moderately” means up to one five-ounce glass of wine per day for women and up to two five-ounce glasses for men. Individuals should only drink wine if they are medically able to do so, and should ask their doctors for more information.

Moderation is a wise approach. A balanced and healthy diet accommodates most foods and drinks, so long as moderation and wise choices are the key characteristics.

Healthy lifestyle habits. Daily physical activity is important for overall good health.

Meals in the company of others. The Mediterranean Diet is grounded on the principles of enjoyment and pleasure. Foods, drinks, and meals are best eaten with others, when possible, and savored.

Click here to see the Smoky Chickpeas with Spinach, Eggplant, Tomato, and Manchego Cheese recipe.