There’s nothing better for your health than a long, lazy holiday on the shores of an exotic isle. But if sailing around the Greek Islands isn’t on your horizon, you can make the Mediterranean lifestyle come to you, thanks to healthy food that will get you glowing all year round.

The Mediterranean diet has long been touted as one of the healthiest ways to eat. Based on the traditional eating habits of Greece, Southern Italy and Spain, the diet favours fish, fresh produce and healthy fats, and is thought to reduce the risk of heart disease and help promote longevity.

To adopt some Mediterranean eating principles in your home, start by increasing your intake of fresh, non-starchy produce. Leafy greens and tomatoes are antioxidant-packed staples, but why not try something more adventurous – eggplant parmagiana, anyone?

Aim for two to three serves of oily fish per week (salmon and sardines are good options), and also stock up on nuts, seeds and legumes. Get your good fats from olives, avocados and quality olive oils, and opt for dairy products made from cultured milk: Greek yoghurt and ricotta cheese provide a calcium boost and contribute to a healthy digestive system.

With layers of grilled vegies and ricotta, fresh spinach and a delish napoli sauce, Raw Energy’s Raw Mediterranean is the perfect introduction to your new island diet. And don’t forget the most important principle of Mediterranean food – eat slowly, enjoy your food and share it with the people you love.

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