What is the Mediterranean Diet?
The main foods in the Mediterranean diet include leafy greens, fruit, vegetables. cereal, beans, seeds, nuts, and legumes. I had to look up legumes and I was not sure what it was. Common edible legumes include lentils, peas, chickpeas, beans, soybeans, and peanuts. I love hummus so I am glad that it is part of the Mediterranean Diet. Red meat is limited to no more than a few times per month. Fish should be on the menu twice per week.
What can I eat for Breakfast on the Mediterranean Diet?
I looked up some breakfast recipes because when I read the diet I had trouble coming up with breakfast ideas. The breakfast Pita Pizza is my pick. I found more on Allrecipes. There are so many choices on the below.
- Poached Eggs
- Eggs and Greens
- Breakfast Pita Pizza- Spread pesto over pita rounds, top with crispy bacon, scrambled eggs, chopped tomatoes, mushrooms, and spinach. Add avocado if you like.
- Spinach Feta Wrap-Scrambled eggs mixed with spinach, sun-dried tomatoes feta cheese wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla. (this sounds so good)
- Toast, (whole-grain bread) peanut butter and banana slices
- Plain Greek Yogurt with honey, flaxseed or fresh berries
- Almonds and Almond Butter
- Avocados and Whole- Grain toast
- Whole- Grain Bagel with hummus
- Pancakes or muffins using buckwheat flour
Mediterranean Diet and Cognitive Ability
A 2016 systematic review found a relation between the Mediterranean diet and better cognitive performance. Other reviews found the Mediterranean diet may help with weight loss, major depression, and aging. The part about “better cognitive performance” is important to me as my mom has Vascular Dementia. I want to do all I can for her and at the same time improve my health.
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