Summer Time is a Great Time for a Mediterranean Diet

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4 Features of a Mediterranean diet

Eating more fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, and whole grains.

Reducing the weekly intake of red meat.

Increasing weekly intake of poultry, fish, eggs, and beans.

Consuming dairy products in moderation.

The Mediterranean Diet Lifestyle

So why are people who live in Greece and Italy healthier than those from other countries? Their diet dates back to the Middle Ages and takes advantage of local farming and fisheries that provide a group of foods that are mostly plant-based, include healthy oils, and are packed with seafood and locally grown grains. To accelerate your health and wellness, here are some quick summer eating tips based on the Mediterranean diet:

Aim for 7 servings of vegetables and fruits in your diet (including snacks) every day.

Eat grilled or baked fish at least twice a week, especially salmon, tuna, mackerel, trout, and herring.

Substitute olive oil for butter or margarine when cooking and canola oil for dishes that require high heat.

Reduce red meat consumption by eating more poultry and beans. When you desire red meat, keep portions small and lean.

Instead of salt, flavor dishes with healthy spices and herbs such as turmeric, rosemary, basil, and cayenne pepper.

Choose whole-grain side dishes, which can now be found in pasta products. Whole oats, brown rice, and quinoa also top the list.

Eat healthier dairy products, such as low-fat Greek yogurt and healthier cheeses, such as cottage cheese, mozzarella, feta, and Swiss cheese.

Start this summer off right with a change to healthy eating — the Mediterranean way. And if you're looking for an Atlanta apartment home, contact us at Hannover Grand at Sandy Springs. We feature a great community of health-conscious and active amenities, such as our 24-hour fitness center, two lighted tennis courts, and crystal-clear swimming pool with adjacent tanning deck!

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