Surprise! No Calorie Counting

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Try fish or poultry rather than red meat. Enjoy fresh fruit and skip sugary, fancy desserts. Eat your fill of flavorful veggies and beans.

The Food is Really Fresh

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Build a yummy salad from spinach, cucumbers, and tomatoes. Add classic Greek ingredients like black olives and feta cheese with a Quick Light Greek Salad recipe.

You Can Have Bread

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Look for a loaf made with whole grains. It's got more protein and minerals and is generally healthier than the white flour kind. 

Fat Isn't Forbidden

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These fats add flavor and help fight diseases from diabetes to cancer. Basic Basil Pesto is a tasty way to get some into your diet.

The Menu is Huge

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Choose foods that stick to the basics: light on red meat and whole-fat dairy, with lots of fresh fruits and veggies, olive oil, and whole grains. 

The Spices Are Delicious

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Bay leaves, cilantro, coriander, rosemary, garlic, pepper, and cinnamon add so much flavor you won't need to reach for the salt shaker.

It's Easy to Make 

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Greek meals are often small, easy to assemble plates called mezzes. For your own serve-it-cold casual meal, you could put out plates of cheese, olives, and nuts. 

You Can Have Wine

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Some studies suggest that for some people, up to one glass a day for women and two for men may be good for your heart. Talk to your doctor to see if it's a good idea for you.

You Won't Be Hungry

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You'll get a chance to eat rich-tasting foods like roasted sweet potatoes, hummus, and even this Lima Bean Spread. You digest them slowly so that you feel full longer.

You can Lose Weight

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You'd think it would take a miracle to drop some pounds if you eat nuts, cheese, and oils. But those Mediterranean basics let you feel full and satisfied.

Your Heart will Thank You

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Almost everything in this diet is good for your heart. Olive oil and nuts help lower "bad" cholesterol. Fruits, veggies, and beans help keep arteries clear. 

You will Stay Sharper Longer

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The same goodness that protects your heart is also good for your brain. You're not eating bad fats and processed foods, which can cause inflammation.