I'm sure you've all heard, or maybe even tried, some of the most popular diets these days such as Keto, Paleo, Whole30 but the number one diet in the 2019 healthiest diet ranking by U.S. News * World Report was the Mediterranean diet.
So what makes this particular eating style so beneficial for us?
Explore these 7 staple items and try to add more of them to your own diet for a healthier plate:
Fruits and veggies
Plant foods should be the most important thing on your plate. Aim for at least 4 cups of veggies and 1-2 cups of fruit per day (based on your age, gender and activity levels). Don't eat too many veggies in one sitting, instead, spread them throughout the day.
Eat fish or seafood twice a week.
At least three times a week have some beans, lentils, or peas.
Two to four tablespoons per day depending on your body weight, size and goals.
Nosh daily but in moderation, about 1 oz per day (which equals to 2 TBS nut butter or 1/4 cup raw nuts). Avoid salted or sweetened kinds.
Go with red, and stick to one 4-ounce glass per day. If you are on medications or have medical conditions, probably best to skip it, and definitely talk to your doctor. If you are not a drinker, research agrees that you shouldn't start.
4-8 servings per day depending on body weight, size, goals, and gender. One serving equals a slice of whole grain bread like Ezekiel, or 1/2 cup cooked grains like quinoa, brown rice, wild rice, teff, millet, whole rye, whole barley, whole oats, or bulgur.
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