The Mediterranean diet is the traditional way of eating in countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea. Its main components include vegetables, olive oil, whole grains, legumes, fruits, nuts, fish, and lean protein. Adhering to a diet consisting of these food groups can significantly lower the risk of health issues such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. What makes this diet so beneficial is its nutrient-dense sources of carbohydrates, protein, fats, and fiber.
Key Components of the Mediterranean Diet
Carbohydrates, such as rice, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, are excellent sources of energy, vitamins, and minerals. Lean proteins, including chicken, turkey, beef, and fish, help repair and grow muscle tissue. Healthy fat sources like olive oil, avocados, nuts, and fish are low in saturated fat and rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, regulating blood pressure, cholesterol levels, brain function, and energy levels. Lastly, foods like chickpeas, beans, and lentils are high in protein and fiber, promoting digestion, satiety, and regulating the body’s use of sugars.
Try the Mediterranean Diet at Aladdin’s
At Aladdin’s Eatery, our menu is filled with delicious, healthy choices for each component of the Mediterranean diet. Appetizers such as hummus, with chickpeas and extra virgin olive oil, and menu items like falafel, containing chickpeas and fava beans, a plant-based source of protein, fiber, and antioxidants, showcase our commitment to this lifestyle. Our lentil soup, made with lentils, Swiss chard, celery, golden potatoes, and fresh garlic, is a great vegan option providing essential micronutrients.
Aladdin’s also offers foods with lots of whole grains, another key component of the Mediterranean diet. Bulgur, a fiber-rich ingredient in our tabouli and kibbie plate, supports digestion and gut health. The Mediterranean diet is an excellent way to optimize overall health and wellness, and Aladdin’s menu provides endless options following this lifestyle. We are committed to making healthy, nutrient-dense dishes taste amazing, using only the freshest ingredients.