There are few of us who are still unfamiliar with the varied and conclusive benefits of a Mediterranean Diet. After countless studies touting the healthy benefits (and even money saving perks) of eating as the Greeks and Italians do, it's become common knowledge. We love that households are sharing more colorful and unprocessed meals than ever before. But, we think it's time to move away from the dieting dialogue, the dialogue that connotes restriction and deprivation. As we collectively begin to make more informed decisions about the products we purchase and dine on, we are no longer blindly following a diet trend. We're adopting a lifestyle that reflects a greater belief in wellness.
Though food choices have an inarguable impact on health, the bigger picture here is the Mediterranean Lifestyle -- eating slowly, enjoying meals with others, buying fresh food more often, and being active regularly. Diets come and go, but lifestyles stick. Healthy eating habits naturally correlate with thriving in other aspects of life; they are tied with our personal and social lives.
So, what are the central truths of a Mediterranean lifestyle?
- Share with loved ones
- Cook together
- Move naturally
- Laugh often
- Live simply
Here's a recipe courtesy of Whole Foods that would be perfect to celebrate the last weeks of summer with a gathering of loved ones. Toss baby spinach, artichoke hearts, & walnuts in a simple vinaigrette for a salad to pass and serve with olive bread for dipping.
GRILLED SALMON AND LEMONS WITH HERBS
4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for the grill
1 (2 1/2-pound) skin-on side of salmon, pin bones removed
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 lemons, halved
2 tablespoons mixed chopped herbs such as tarragon, marjoram, thyme and parsley
Oil grill grates, then preheat grill to medium-high heat. Meanwhile, brush salmon all over with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Arrange salmon on grill, skin-side down and cook, gently flipping once, until golden brown on both sides and cooked to desired doneness, up to about 15 minutes total. To flip the salmon, use two large spatulas. Or use a rimless baking sheet to help you flip the salmon and slide it back onto the grill to cook on the second side.
Meanwhile, arrange lemons on grill, cut-sides down and grill until deep golden brown and fragrant, 5 to 7 minutes. When done, carefully transfer salmon to a large platter, scatter herbs over the top and serve with lemons on the side for squeezing.