4. Fresh Fruit
Like nuts, fruit is delicious eaten in its natural state and requires little or no preparation. The trick to eating more fruit is putting it somewhere your family will be likely to notice and eat it. Try placing fruit in an attractive, eye-catching bowl that you keep in the center of your table or on the kitchen counter. Serve fruit instead of sugar-laden cake or pie for dessert. Slip an apple or an orange into a backpack, purse or briefcase to enjoy as a snack at work or at school. For variety, experiment with some of the exotic fruits that are becoming more readily available in supermarkets.
Even people who usually don’t like beans often enjoy eating hummus. Buy pre-cut carrots or celery and a container of hummus for a no-fuss delicious snack that contains healthful bean protein that your brain will adore. Prepared hummus comes in many interesting flavors, so try as many as appeal to you. You could also make hummus yourself, using canned garbanzo beans and tahini in a jar. It’s easy to make, and best of all, the flavors will be especially intense.
Incorporating foods from the Mediterranean diet into your daily life is one of the easiest changes you can make to improve your health, and it is potentially one of the most valuable. After you have experienced how simple it is to prepare and enjoy these brain-nourishing foods, you are likely to want to add even more of them to your table. Consequently, both your health benefits and your mealtime enjoyment will increase many times over.