Snacking Is an Important Part of the Mediterranean Way


Mediterranean Snack

You've seen that Mediterranean cuisine (and lifestyle habits) are being touted as the healthy way to go. But, it takes a lot more than a few recipes in a cookbook to fit it into your daily routine.  Grocery shopping and balancing your life is really the difficult portion of the lifestyle.  Snacks are part of the lifestyle, as big meals give way to smaller meals with snacks in between.

Fruit, vegetables, and nuts are mainstays of snacking across the Mediterranean region.  Sesame seeds, pistachios, almonds, walnuts, and more are available everywhere, in all sorts of varieties.  Dried fruits make up a great deal of snacking for convenience, as dried raisins, apricots, and prunes are common.

Broiling and grilling are  common cooking methods for much of the Mediterranean, and this can be applied to snacks as well.  Nuts can be tossed with a little olive oil and all manner of seasonings to add flavor and interest.  Dips can be made through grilling and broiling as well, and when vegetables or whole grain crackers or breads are the delivery method, add the tougher parts of the food pyramid to the table. 

Baba ghanoush, or eggplant dip with tahini and yogurt makes a great snack, and the eggplant just gets grilled or roasted.  Roasted red peppers can be made into a dip or spread for snacking as well.  Combined with yogurt or tahini instead of mayonnaise, these types of snacks can help add vegetables and protein to snack time, instead of hydrogenated fats and sugar. 

Snacks can be quick, easy, and keep for the week in the fridge at work, if they are chosen well and planned for.  Shelf stable snacks such as dried fruit and nuts, and whole fruits such as apples, can last longer if stored appropriately.  Planning to have something healthy at 3pm instead of hitting the snack machine is part of healthy lifestyle changes.

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