Cutting your risk of heart disease and stroke is simpler than you think.
Adjusting your diet to incorporate Mediterranean eating habits isn’t hard. Incorporate these five foods into your diet for better health and weight loss:
1. Nuts. “Mix unsalted pecans, almonds, cashews and walnuts together and eat as a snack,” she said. “These nuts increase good cholesterol.”
2. Dark chocolate. “Dark chocolate is associated with longevity,” she said. But stick to a chocolate bar that contains at least 70% cocoa.
3. Small fish. The big fish in the sea — tuna, halibut and swordfish — contain high levels of mercury. Healthier options are wild salmon, snapper, sardines, and anchovies because they’re rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to reduce inflammation and lower the risk of heart disease, cancer, and arthritis.
4. Colorful veggies. Spice up your salad with red and green bell peppers, tomatoes and other colorful veggies and don’t forget to sprinkle some blueberries on your oatmeal or yogurt. Eating a wide assortment of fruits and vegetables guarantees you’ll be getting key vitamins and minerals.
5. Extra virgin olive oil. “Not all fat is created equal". Fat is essential for energy and keeping your skin and hair healthy. Extra virgin olive oil is perfect for dipping bread, providing taste and texture to salads and scrambling eggs.