Famed for its fruit and vegetable-rich meals, full of healthy fats and whole grains, the Mediterranean attitude to food is often cited as the secret to good health.
However, thanks to the region’s laid-back attitude, you don’t have to overhaul your eating habits completely to get a slice of the diet. Instead, just try these five simple, wholesome alternatives.
1. Swap ice cream for sorbet
We all love something sweet at the end of a meal, however, instead of reaching for dairy-rich ice cream, try a refreshing sorbet, instead. No Italian dinner would be complete without a zesty granita to cleanse the palate. Serve in our Elgin Dessert Dishes to impress your guests.
2. Substitute red meat with oily fish
Cut your meat intake and up your quota of ‘good’ fats by serving oil-rich fishes, such as salmon, sardines and tuna. Rub your chosen fish in plenty of olive oil and a squeeze of lemon before grilling or barbecuing, and serve up in our Artisan Serving Dish with Lid.
3. Opt for olives over crisps and dip
Greet your guests with a taste of Italy. Olives are a healthier alternative to crisps, crudités and dips, as they are full of good fats to promote skin, hair and heart health. Place small bowls around the table for people to snack on in place of canapés.
4. Replace Caesar dressing with olive oil
Season an oversized bowl of fresh greens with a generous drizzle of olive oil in place of creamier dressings. The antioxidant-rich oil is a source of good fats, as well as vitamin E.
5. Trade potato wedges for roasted artichokes
Warmer days call for lighter sides. For a delicious alternative to heavy potato dishes, try slow-roasting artichoke hearts in the oven for a healthy take on that hearty texture. Present them in our olive wood bowls and add to your mezze of dishes.