Meet The Mediterranean Diet

Meet The Mediterranean Diet

While it may be some time until we can pack our bags, grab our passports, and feed our sense of wanderlust, we can start feeding our families healthier meals right away by taking inspiration from the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.

The Mediterranean Diet & Its Benefits

The word “diet” often goes hand in hand with fads that involve changing one’s eating habits for a limited time. But the Mediterranean Diet is actually more of a long-term dietary pattern that’s been gaining advocates in the medical community since the 1960s, when researchers noticed that people in countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea generally suffered from fewer cardiovascular issues than people in Northern Europe and the U.S. In studying cultural differences between the various regions, researchers pointed to the traditional cuisines of the Mediterranean region as a key piece of the puzzle. Since then, numerous studies have proven a connection between the Mediterranean Diet and a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, and other conditions. Being healthy by maintaining a healthy diet can only succeed if the diet becomes a lifestyle, and for food to be part of a lasting lifestyle, it has to be delicious. The Mediterranean Diet is delicious!

What Can You Eat on The Mediterranean Diet?

The Mediterranean Diet provides a set of guidelines that are clear but also provides plenty of room to be creative and adjust for dietary preferences. In general, it encourages the consumption of plants over animal products.

Diet staples include vegetables, fruits, legumes (like beans and lentils), nuts, seeds, potatoes, whole grains, breads, fish, seafood, extra virgin olive oil, herbs and spices (which provide an array of flavors and lessen a reliance on salt).

“Sometimes” foods include animal products like poultry, eggs, cheese, and yogurt.

What Not to Eat on the Mediterranean Diet?

Red meat is a special occasion on the Mediterranean Diet, with the following foods being on the list of items to avoid: Added sugars, refined grains (like white flour and rice), refined oils (like canola oil), processed meat, and other processed food.

As for what to drink, water is the go-to, and moderate amounts of red wine (approximately one glass per day) are welcome at the table.

Which Wholesome Crave Soups Align With The Mediterranean Diet?

All of our plant-based soups (even those that draw inspiration from other regions of the world) are made with the highest quality vegetables and legumes, so they are not only consistent with, but a flavorful and healthy addition to the Mediterranean Diet. We don’t add any sugars to our recipes, and we use herbs and spices to keep things flavorful and not too salty. For the most Mediterranean-inspired soup flavors, we recommend our Tomato Basil, Spicy Lentil Veggie, and Tuscan Bean and Mushroom. What’s even better, all our soup flavors help you travel the world right from your kitchen table. Try a curated soup box to find your favorite.

Another important part of the Mediterranean Diet? Staying active and socializing. Because our soups come ready-to-eat, you’ll spend less time cooking, and more time enjoying your family and friends. Send someone you love a box of soups and share a meal over zoom. Don’t forget the red wine! Another staple in the Mediterranean Diet that we can definitely get behind.