Fill Your Plate’s Collection of Mediterranean Diet Articles

By Sarah Hunt, AZFB Communications Intern



What do you know about the Mediterranean Diet? Before I discovered Fill Your Plate, I had never heard of it! When I heard Mediterranean, I instantly thought, Olive Garden. You know, those amazing white flour breadsticks and fettuccine alfredo pasta dish with loads of butter, cheese, and cream? I was thinking, boy this will be the best tasting diet ever!

Unfortunately, it does not actually include fettucine alfredo or white flour breadsticks. But in my opinion, the Med diet really is the best tasting diet! While it does include pasta and Italian foods, it also includes cuisines from other countries along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. The main foods it includes are listed below.

“With the Med Diet, the basis of every meal is vegetables! A good rule of thumb is that vegetables should fill half of your plate. The Med Diet also includes whole grains (including whole grain breads), healthy fats, legumes, olive oil, nuts, fruits, lean protein, eggs, seafood, low fat dairy, and red wine! These are the things that you can eat every single day.

Did I lose some of you when you realized that bacon and steak weren’t on that list? Well guess what, this diet doesn’t exclude those things it just encourages you to not overindulge. That means you can still enjoy your favorite red meats a couple times a month!” – Everything You Need to Know About the Mediterranean Diet

As Evens states in this article, the Med diet isn’t actually a diet; it’s a lifestyle. People have eaten according to these guidelines for centuries. It’s proven to help with many health aspects.

“The research supporting the Med Diet is extensive. The Mayo Clinic says that research has shown that this diet reduces the LDL (the bad cholesterol) build up in arteries as well as reducing the risk of cardiovascular caused mortality. The Med Diet has also been linked to reduced risks of certain cancers, Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease. The Mediterranean Diet has also proven to have a positive impact on weight and BMI, meaning that it can help you lose weight,” Evens said.

So what are you waiting for? Educate yourself by reading up on the Med diet using the articles below, and we even have a grocery list for you at the end of this article to give your Med diet a successful start!


Med Diet Articles:


Shift to the Med Diet May Help Fight Depression

Growing the Med Diet in the Desert

How to eat a Mediterranean diet

Fill Your Plate with the Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean Diet and Olive Oil: A Buying Guide

Enjoy Arizona Olive Oil with Your Mediterranean Diet!

The Mediterranean Diet: Heart Healthy and Delicious

Arizona Agriculture Grows the Mediterranean Diet

University of Arizona Nutrition Mediterranean Diet Conference

Learn More About The Health Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet (with an Arizona Twist!)

The Mediterranean Diet: Does it Work?

It’s Not Me, It’s You: Breaking Up with Diet Culture

7 Ways to “Spice” up your Mediterranean Cooking


Med Lifestyle Grocery List:

  • olive oil
  • nuts and seeds (low sodium versions if available)
  • beans
  • avocados
  • Any vegetables you like that are in season
  • Red wine (if you drink alcohol)


Fishes with “good fats” and Omega-3’s:

  • albacore tuna
  • mackerel
  • salmon
  • herring
  • lake trout
  • sardines


Lean proteins for daily consumption include:

  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Seafood


Other meat that you can eat sparingly:

  • Beef
  • Pork
  • Lamb
  • Duck



  • Greek yogurt
  • Feta
  • Chevre
  • Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • Ricotta
  • Alternate using dairy milk and almond/soy milk


Whole grains:

  • Oats
  • Brown Rice
  • Whole grains pasta
  • Dave’s Killer Bread (which is whole grain)


  • Whole grains are grains that are eaten in their original whole state. This does not include white rice or breads made from white flour, as those are processed and refined (Evens). The most commonly consumed ones are oats and brown rice.
  • If you’re looking for pasta, look at the nutrition facts on the box. Make sure any grains listed as ingredients specifically say, “whole grains”. It does not have to be made of wheat; it can be barley, buckwheat, bulgar, farro, millet, polenta, couscous, etc.


Find more recipes for the Mediterranean lifestyle by searching by ingredient on Fill Your Plate’s recipe database here!

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Vitamin C and Vitamin D

By Sarah Hunt, AZFB Communications Intern



You can always learn more about vitamins and their benefits! Today we’re focusing specifically on vitamin C and vitamin D.

Read Two key vitamins to stay healthy by Times News Online to learn more about them!


Find more nutrition focused articles on Fill Your Plate’s blog!

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Frozen Treats You Can Make This Summer

By Sarah Hunt, AZFB Communications Intern



As we all know, it can get pretty hot in Arizona in the summer. Cool down with these frozen treats! This Food Network article as well as these Fill Your Plate articles have tons of great ideas for homemade treats that will satisfy your sweet tooth and keep you cool.


Fill Your Plate:


How to Make Your Own Popsicles

A Passion for Popsicles: 13 Fun Facts

11 Fun Popsicle Facts

Ice Cream was Made for Arizona: A List of Some of Our Favorite Places to Buy It!

Sweet Treats to Beat the Heat!

7 Little Known Facts about Ice Cream

Spring and Summer Ice Pops


Food Network:


Watermelon, Chili and Basil Ice Pops

No-Churn Mango-Coconut-Lime Ice Cream

Fresh Mint Chip Gelato

No-Churn Coffee-Caramel Crunch Ice Cream

Frozen Peanut Butter Bites

Ice Cream in a Bag

Oreo-Stuffed Ice Cream Sandwiches

Frozen Strawberry Cheesecake

Blueberry, Thyme and Sweet Cream Ice Pops


There are over 80 recipes in this Food Network article so be sure to click the link in the introductory paragraph to find them all! And as always, we have tons of delicious recipes waiting for you to try them out on Fill Your Plate’s recipe database!


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Easter Lunch and Dinner Ideas

By Sarah Hunt, AZFB Communications Intern



Easter is a wonderful time of year to celebrate. But what would a celebration be without good food? Here are some of our favorite springtime recipes to help you find the perfect thing to make for your family on this special day.



Cucumber Sandwiches

Apple Bacon Slaw

Avocado Appetizer

Bacon, Pesto, and Tomato Bites

Melon-Cucumber Salad

Tortellini & Vegetable Salad

Fettuccine and Ham Salad

Artichoke Chicken Salad

Chicken Enchilada Dip

Chopped Medjool Date Salad

Crunchy Apple Salad


Green Salad

Grilled Romaine with Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette




Creamy Chicken Spaghetti Casserole

Ham and Potato Casserole

Chicken w/Shallot Cream Sauce

Honey-Orange Glazed Ham

Citrus Chicken

Twice-Baked Potato Casserole

Cheese and Chicken Casserole

Chicken Broccoli and Sweet Potato Sheet Pan Dinner

Chicken Spaghetti

Chicken Picatta

Creamy Chicken Wild Rice Soup

Greek Chicken

Herb Roasted Chicken

Honey Butter Chicken

Italian Chicken Sheet Pan Supper

Brent’s Honey Bacon Green Bean Bundles


Find more delicious recipes on Fill Your Plate’s recipe database!



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Breakfasts With Antioxidants

By Sarah Hunt, AZFB Communications Intern



Antioxidants are an essential when it comes to your daily nutrition! According to the Mayo Clinic, “Antioxidants are substances that may protect your cells against free radicals, which may play a role in heart disease, cancer and other diseases. Free radicals are molecules produced when your body breaks down food or when you’re exposed to tobacco smoke or radiation.”

Read up on 9 Antioxidant-Rich Breakfasts We’re Making Right Now by Mind Body Green Food.

Remember to find more delicious and healthy recipes on Fill Your Plate’s recipe database!

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