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You probably know I love the Mediterranean lifestyle and diet if you’ve followed The Spicy RD Blog for a while. This healthy anti-inflammatory diet is based on the traditional diet and eating habits of people who live in countries near the Mediterranean Sea.
In my opinion, it’s the best diet to try if you’re looking to discover the joy of eating again! A Mediterranean diet is also my first recommendation for anyone with Sjogren’s, like I have, or any autoimmune disease.
Health benefits of the Mediterranean diet
U.S. News and World Report ranked the Mediterranean diet as the best overall diet in 2022. Numerous studies have reported positive health benefits and lowered risk of chronic diseases associated with adherence to a Mediterranean diet, including:
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Your 7 Day Mediterranean Diet meal plan centers around high-fiber, nutrient-dense whole foods, including fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains featured in the Mediterranean region.
In addition, extra virgin olive oil, avocados, nuts, and seeds provide heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. And quality lean proteins from dairy, poultry, and fish round out your Mediterranean diet plan.
This Mediterranean Diet 7 Day Meal Plan is a well-balanced diet created with four key nutrients in mind:
Good-quality fats are associated with a lower risk of heart disease and cancer. This plan is rich in heart-healthy fats from olive oil, avocado, nuts, and seeds and lower in saturated fat, meats, and dairy products. Olive oil is the primary source of fat in a Mediterranean diet.
It contains tocopherols, polyphenols, and a balanced linoleic/alpha-linolenic acid profile, which benefits the immune system and inflammatory responses.
Note: If you are looking for high-polyphenol olive oils, I recommend AmphoraNueva Organic Tunisian Chetoui or Spanish Hojiblanca. If you are an APOE4 carrier, you may benefit from consuming high-polyphenol olive oil.
An important source of protein in a Mediterranean diet is fish. Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish provide cardiovascular benefits and reduce inflammation. In addition, fish contains eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) associated with improved cognitive function.
This Mediterranean diet meal plan incorporates salmon, trout, and tuna into several meals and snacks. In addition, plant-based sources of omega-3 fats, like walnuts, are included in your meal plan.
Adequate dietary fiber intake has several health benefits, including better digestive health, lower blood pressure, weight loss, and reduced inflammation. Therefore, this meal plan provides ~ 35 grams of fiber daily from plant foods such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains.
Essential fat-soluble antioxidants like vitamin A and vitamin E support various cellular functions of our immune system, reduce oxidative stress in cells and are helpful in the treatment of inflammatory diseases. This meal plan is packed with vitamin A sources like sweet potato, carrots, and salmon and incorporates vitamin E through a daily dose of healthy oils, nuts, and seeds.
These foods are paired with healthy fats to increase absorption. Antioxidant-rich dried and fresh herbs plus spices also star in this delicious Mediterranean Diet Meal Plan.
What’s NOT on your 7-day menu?
I don’t believe in strict rules when it comes to meal planning. However, your 7 Day Mediterranean Diet Meal plan is free of red meat, trans fats, refined carbohydrates, and excess sugar. Like me, if you have a sweet tooth, I’ve included one healthy treat each day. Wink, wink!
The plan is also gluten-free, but keep in mind that whole wheat and wheat derivatives like spelt, farro, and bulger, along with barley and rye, are traditional staples of the Mediterranean diet and can be enjoyed if you don’t need to follow a gluten-free diet.
Regarding beverages, stay away from sugar-sweetened drinks and fruit juice (limit to 8 ounces or less per day). Instead, enjoy still and sparkling water, coffee, and tea. If you consume alcohol, moderate amounts of red wine are part of the Mediterranean diet pyramid, which amounts to no more than two 5-ounce servings per day for men and one 5-ounce serving for women.
7 Day Mediterranean Diet Meal Plan
Check out all the super-duper yummy recipes included in your Mediterranean diet menu! Click the links for all the individual recipes. Or, scroll to the bottom of the post to download your printable meal plan with all the recipes and a shopping list.
Please note that if you want a sustainable weight loss plan, this Mediterranean Diet meal plan provides ~ 1660 calories daily. If weight loss is not your goal, you may need to add snacks or meals to increase calories.
- Breakfast: Pomegranate Kiwi Pecan Oatmeal
- Lunch: Strawberry Arugula Salad with Chicken, Goat Cheese, Almonds, & Strawberry Vinaigrette
- Dinner: Grilled Mediterranean Chicken Kabobs; Easy Greek Panzanella Salad
- Snack/Dessert: No-Bake Cocoa Lemon Energy Bites
7-Day Mediterranean Diet Meal Plan Printable Pdf
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