Hi, I’m Keri Glassman, registered dietitian.
We make choices about our health everyday… and some of the most important choices are
the foods we choose to eat! One easy way to make the healthiest choices is to think Mediterranean,
as in the Mediterranean diet. It’s based on the eating habits and cooking traditions
of the countries that surround the Mediterranean Sea. It’s high in fruits and vegetables,
low in meat … and very low in red meat. It also includes lots of whole grains like
oats, barley, and whole wheat breads, along with healthy nuts and seeds. And one of the
main components of the Mediterranean diet is olive oil. It’s full of “good for you”
fats called monounsaturated fats. To work the foods of this diet onto your own
plate, keep these guidelines in mind. Fill half of your plate with fruits and veggies.
Select lean protein … it’s okay to eat some meat, mainly lean meat like chicken without
the skin, or fish. You can also get plenty of protein from non-meat sources like beans,
tofu and even some grains like quinoa. And, speaking of grains … pick whole grains
like brown rice, and opt for whole wheat breads and whole wheat pastas.
and regarding dairy … choose low fat options like skim milk, and low fat yogurt and cheese. It’s all about foods that are as close to
nature as possible: less processed food, less meat, more plants and more beneficial oils.
In short: head towards the Mediterranean!