Get healthy with Mediterranean cuisine
Did you know that March is Nutrition Month? What better
time to start eating right! Read on to learn all about the
Mediterranean diet, which is widely recognized for its health
benefits-and easy to incorporate into your busy life.
Focus on freshness
Tomatoes, cucumbers, figs, dates and grapes: Fresh fruits and
veggies are a staple of the Mediterranean diet, from breakfast to
dinner! They're packed full of essential vitamins and minerals, so
you can indulge freely. Take advantage of our weekly specials to
stock up on tasty new finds!
Lean proteins take centre stage
Unlike a traditional Canadian diet, the Mediterranean diet is
low in red meat. Because of the region's proximity to the sea,
you're more likely to find fish and seafood on a Mediterranean
dinner table than roast beef. Fish and seafood are low in saturated
fat and cholesterol, but rich in omega-3 fatty acids, essential
nutrients and lean protein, all of which are vital for your health.
Plant-based proteins are also common in Greece, Morocco, Lebanon
and Italy. Legumes, like chickpeas and beans, serve as hearty bases
for many vegetarian dishes.
Ode to olive oil!
Brushed on grilled fish, tossed with roasted vegetables or
drizzled over salads... no matter how you slice it, extra virgin
olive oil goes well on everything! Thanks to its antioxidants and
anti-inflammatory properties, EVOO can help prevent cancer and
chronic disease, plus support your cardiovascular health. Luckily
for you, Marché Adonis is the premier destination for olive oils.
Browse an impressive array of over 40 varieties from the best olive
orchards in the Mediterranean that run the gamut from sweet to
fruity to spicy. It's definitely worth the trip! .
Smart snacks: Seeds and nuts
Seeds and nuts make excellent energy-boosting snacks that you
can enjoy whenever you need a little pick-me-up. Try swapping your
mid-morning muffin for a handful of cashews, pistachios or
sunflower seeds. Craving something sweet? You can also incorporate
seeds and nuts into your favourite desserts, like Baklavas!
Don't forget the dairy
Dairy products made from sheep, goat or cow milk are also a
big part of Mediterranean cuisine. Greek yogurt, halloumi, and feta
are often used in sauces, dips and dressings, and are the star of
the show in many Mediterranean dishes. Firm, soft, crumbly and
sometimes spiced: There are so many varieties of cheese just
waiting to be discovered!