Top 5 Mediterranean diet staples to try

Offering both flavour and nutrition, this is the best diet to stave off chronic disease.

The Mediterranean diet is like no other. It’s so vibrant in colours, flavours, and health benefits. We’ve got plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats that give us the nutrients we need while reducing the chances of chronic diseases. For today’s listicle, here are some of the staple foods you’ll always find in my kitchen.


Creatures from the sea are so flavoursome and rich in protein that there are plenty of ways to cook them. Salmon, shrimps, tuna, mackerel are all rich in omega-3 fatty acids and work well baked, tossed in salads, or grilled. Fun fact: seafood is particularly known for its brain health.

Fresh fruits and vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are essential for fibre, antioxidants, and vitamins. Leafy greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, peppers – the whole lot count for a great side dish or salad. I also love keeping blueberries, oranges, figs, and apples in my kitchen as they all make healthy snacks when I’m feeling peckish.

Herbs and spices

Add-ons like garlic, basil, mint, thyme, and oregano can add a whole lot of flavour while keeping those calories low. They also have several anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that will keep your immune system up.

Nuts and seeds

We’re talking about almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pine nuts, chia seeds, and so many others. Nuts and seeds are a great source of fibre and healthy fats when eaten in moderation. They make great snacks or additions to salads, granola, or overnight oats.

Whole grains

Farro, barley, bulgar, and whole-grain breads are staples that we all typically have with almost every meal. Whole grains are an essential source of fibre, vitamins, and minerals. They are also helpful to maintain a healthy weight and to regular blood sugar levels.

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