Out with the Sugar and Unhealthy Fats to Make Room for Brain Healthy Foods: Stocking the Kitchen for the Mediterranean Diet

Once you decide to give the brain boosting Mediterranean Diet a try, you will realize that corn syrup, butter, margarine, mayonnaise, and some of the other foods high in unhealthy fats and sugar that may be lurking in your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer aren’t what you need to start cooking. It is time to find those items a new home and re-stock your shelves with the “essentials” for getting started cooking a Mediterranean Diet for brain health.  In fact, once you start actually eating the whole foods in the Mediterranean Diet that are seasoned with healthy oils and fresh herbs and spices, you will realize your old way of cooking was masking the flavors in foods instead of releasing them.

The folks over at The Mediterranean Dish have compiled an excellent shopping list to get you started on your new Mediterranean Diet lifestyle.

Get ready to let nature’s colors and flavors loose in your kitchen. Print out this list for your next trip to the store, so you can start unlocking the flavors in your food. Allison McKeany, the RE:mind program dietitian, just encourages our participants to remember to focus mostly on fruits, veggies, and legumes and not rely too heavily on pasta.

Written by Marci L. Hardy, PhD

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