New research shows this eating plan isn't only packed with flavorful ingredients, but it can hold the key to a longer life. Reap the benefits with these 5 delicious recipes.
The Mediterranean diet has been tied to a range of health benefits, from glossy, healthy hair and glowing skin to reducing your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers. And science has just added one more perk to the list! A new study published last week in the British Medical Journal shows that sticking to the diet, abundantly rich in fruits, veggies, whole grains, nuts, and seed oils may be the key to extending your youth!
The study looked at the diets of over 4,000 women over an extended period of time and found that the women who followed a Mediterranean diet had longer telomeres—DNA sequences that protect our genetic data. With each cell division, they get shorter and shorter until they become inactive or die. The shortening of these sequences has been linked to aging and cancer. Though the Mediterranean diet won’t reverse the shortening of these sequences, it was shown to slow it down significantly.
Regardless of whether you’re a dedicated follower or a curious dabbler, these five Mediterranean-inspired recipes provide the perfect balance of flavor and nutrients that your body will thank you for. (Oh, and add these top 10 get-gorgeous foods to your grocery list while you're at it)!
Olive Crusted Cod in Foil
The muted white, flaky cod provides the perfect canvas for the pop of colors and flavors from the sun-dried tomatoes, parsley, and olive.
Photo Credit: Proud Italian Cook
Lentil Vegetable Soup
This hearty vegetarian recipe features an array of root veggies and earthy seasonings that create a comforting dish for fall and winter months.
Photo Credit: The Perfect Pantry
Greek Farro Salad
This colorful dish is packed with protein and covers a wide spectrum of textures and flavors from the nuttiness of the farro to the crunch of the bell pepper to the saltiness of the kalamata olives. (Gluten-free? Try this Mediterranean Herb Quinoa Salad instead!)
Creamy Mediterranean Kale Salad
This tasty recipe is loaded with nutrient-rich ingredients and flavors. Quick to whip up, this is an ideal meal for a busy week night!
Photo Credit: The Holy Kale
Whole Grain Pasta, Shrimp, and Veggie Salad
This dish features fresh, bright flavors that are sure to delight your taste buds. this is a perfect light pasta dish that's easy to throw together for any occasion. (If pasta doesn't mesh well with your diet, these 10 Healthy Pasta Alternatives may be right up your alley!)