If you're thinking about New Year's resolutions, consider making 2009 the year you try eating the Mediterranean way. It's not only delicious but also appears to protect against heart disease and many other chronic conditions. The January 2009 issue of Harvard Women's Health Watch suggests some ways to get started eating Mediterranean-style.
Pile on the vegetables: The key is variety, so eat many different--and different-colored--ones (especially bright yellow, orange, deep green, and red). Vary your cooking method. Make your salad a main course by adding nuts, diced chicken, and cheese. Pressed for time? Buy pre-packaged salads and pre-cut vegetables.
Eat lots of whole fruit: Again, variety is the key. Add pear or apple slices to garden salads. For breakfast, have whole-grain cereals with fruit and yogurt--or top toasted whole-grain bread with peanut butter and sliced banana. Whirl frozen fruit into a smoothie made with low-fat yogurt and half a banana.
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