Imagine a holiday table piled high with beautiful plates of brightly colored vegetables, fish, salads, grains, and fresh fruit. You may not be in the Mediterranean, but there’s no reason you can’t bring the Mediterranean diet to your holiday table.
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Here are a few healthy, delicious recipes to consider:
A zesty sauce based on the classic Spanish romesco puts a twist on simple grilled salmon and vegetables. You make it with roasted red peppers, tomatoes and almonds, and this sauce is a tasty match for any seafood. Try this recipe
Minestrone soup is an Italian tradition that is full of heart-healthy goodness, including beans and garden vegetables. Nothing beats a steamy bowl of hearty soup in the cold winter months. It also makes a great appetizer at your holiday dinner. Try this recipe
This salad balances oranges, radishes and fennel in an orange citronette — using orange juice as the acid, instead of lemon or vinegar. This flavorful offering is a delicious and light option for your holiday dinner. Try this recipe
What makes these dishes part of a Mediterranean diet?
The Mediterranean diet stresses foods from plant sources, such as vegetables, fruits, cereals and grains, nuts, beans and seeds.
Fish is eaten in moderate amounts and the holidays are a perfect time to indulge! Also, poultry should be limited, and red meat makes an appearance only rarely. Olive oil replaces butter and other unhealthy fats. The less processed the food is, the better.
Multiple studies have even shown the heart healthy benefits of eating the Mediterranean way.
And don’t forget, the Mediterranean diet encourages red wine in moderate amounts. So here’s to your good heart health—Salute!