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7 Green Mediterranean Diet Recipes for Healthy Aging

Green Mediterranean diet recipes are packed with nutrients that support healthy aging!

All of these Dietitian-designed recipes include whole foods, plant-based ingredients, and healthy fats.

What is the Green Mediterranean Diet?

The Green Mediterranean Diet is a variation of the traditional Mediterranean diet. It prioritizes plant-based foods and sustainability.

Like the traditional Mediterranean diet, it encourages whole, minimally processed foods – fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, and olive oil.

How is it different from the Mediterranean Diet?

The Green Mediterranean Diet places a greater emphasis on plant-based proteins like legumes while discouraging red and processed meats. Fish, poultry, and dairy are encouraged in moderation.

The diet also promotes sustainable food choices. Including choosing locally sourced and seasonal foods, reducing food waste, and limiting the consumption of foods with a high carbon footprint, such as beef.

Benefits of the Green Mediterranean Diet

  • Decreased risk of heart disease and stroke
  • Lowered risk of type 2 diabetes and some cancers
  • Healthy Aging
  • Increased lifespan
  • Weight loss (when combined with calorie restriction)
  • Reduced environmental impact

Characteristics of Green Mediterranean Diet Recipes

The fantastic recipes below all have components of the Green Mediterranean Diet.

When searching for a Green Mediterranean Diet recipe, look for the following characteristics:

  1. Lots of vegetables: Green Mediterranean recipes are loaded with veggies!
  2. Whole grains: Instead of refined grains, Green Mediterranean recipes feature whole grains such as bulgur, farro, and quinoa.
  3. Legumes: Chickpeas, lentils, and beans are a staple in Green Mediterranean dishes.
  4. Healthy fats: Olive oil is a key component of Green Mediterranean cuisine. Other sources of healthy fats may include nuts, seeds, and avocado.
  5. Herbs and spices: Green Mediterranean recipes rely on herbs and spices to add flavor instead of salt.
  6. Limited use of animal products: While not strictly vegetarian, Green Mediterranean recipes typically use animal products sparingly, with an emphasis on fish and seafood.

1. Spiced Chickpea Grain Bowls & Creamy Tahini Dressing

Green Med Recipe Spiced Chickpea Grain Bowl

Registered Dietitian Tori Vasko MS, RD of Easy Chickpeasy created this Spiced Chickpea Grain Bowl.

Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are a nutrient-packed legume.

High in protein and fiber, chickpeas may lower cholesterol, promote weight loss, and support bone health!

Spiced Chickpea Grain Bowls and Creamy Tahini Dressing
This warm and satisfying chickpea grain bowl is big on flavor with only a few ingredients. With just 10 minutes of prep, it's easy to throw together on any weeknight!
Check out this recipe
Green Med Recipe Spiced Chickpea Grain Bowl

2. Salmon Nicoise Salad

Salmon Nicoise Salad

Chef Julie Andrews, MS, RDN, FAND created this Salmon Nicoise Salad.

It’s packed with Omega 3 fatty acids – antioxidants that fight “Inflammageing”!

“Inflammageing” describes the chronic, low-grade inflammation that occurs in the body as we age.

Salmon Nicoise Salad
Niçoise salad is traditionally a French salad served with greens, tuna (and in this case, salmon), potatoes, green beans and hard-boiled eggs with other veggies like tomatoes, cucumbers and olives.
Check out this recipe
Salmon Nicoise Salad

3. Ultimate Vegan Bomb Meatloaf

Vegan Bomb Meatloaf - Mediterranean Green Recipe

Registered Dietitian Kiran Campbell created this Ultimate Vegan Bomb Meatloaf, a twist on traditional comfort food.

Kiran’s vegan meatloaf has tons of vegetables and is lower in sodium than its’ counterpart.

Ultimate Vegan Bomb Meatloaf
This vegan meatloaf is packed with nutrients and tastes amazing! Serve with mashed or roasted potatoes of choice (I like sweet potatoes), green beans, asparagus, or whatever other yummy side you like!
Check out this recipe

4. High Protein Pasta with Broccoli & Red Peppers

High Protein Pasta - Green Mediterranean Diet Recipe

High Protein Pasta with Broccoli & Red Pepper is brought to us from Registered Dietitian Melissa Altman-Traub at Plant-Based Nutrition.

Melissa introduces us to black soybean spaghetti, a pasta that is packed with protein. This pasta contains 25 grams of protein per serving, more than a 3 ounce portion of chicken!

High Protein Pasta with Broccoli & Red Peppers
Try this Black Soybean Spaghetti for tasty Italian-style pasta with veggies and garlic for a quick, nourishing meal. Vegan and gluten-free.
Check out this recipe
High Protein Pasta - Green Mediterranean Diet Recipe

5. Wild Rice Grain Bowl with Kale & Roasted Winter Vegetables

Wild Rice Grain Bowl with Winter Vegetables.

Marie Dittmer from Healthy Ideas Place concocted this wild rice grain bowl. This dish is loaded with healthy aging nutrients, such as kale.

Kale is an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants!

Wild Rice Grain Bowl with Kale & Roasted Winter Vegetables
Wild rice, kale, and roasted winter vegetables star in this nourishing wild rice grain bowl. Top with a homemade balsamic dressing for a super yummy dinner!
Check out this recipe
Wild Rice Grain Bowl with Winter Vegetables.

6. Mixed Bean & Lentil Salad

Mixed Bean & Lentil Salad

Registered Dietitian Jamie Adams, MS, RDN, nutrition expert at The Mediterranean Movement created this Mixed Bean & Lentil Salad.

Beans and lentils are high in fiber, which supports digestive health, lowers cholesterol, and promotes fullness after meals.

Mixed Bean and Lentil Salad
This bean and lentil salad recipes is so versatile! A light, delicious dressing pulls together all the flavors. You can use whatever veggies and beans you happen to have on hand.
Check out this recipe
Mixed Bean & Lentil Salad

7. Mediterranean Ancient Grain Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette

Ancient Grain Salad; Green Mediterranean Diet Recipes

Registered Dietitian Ashley Petrie, RDN, LDN of Everyday Homemade brings us this Mediterranean Ancient Grain Salad.

Ashley describes this nutrient-dense dish as a “perfect make-ahead lunch that can be used as both a vegetarian main dish and a side dish“!

Mediterranean Ancient Grain Salad
This grain salad is fresh, flavorful, and full of fiber. Made with farro, quinoa, chickpeas, and lots of veggies, you can have this healthy grain salad ready in just 30 minutes.
Check out this recipe
Ancient Grain Salad; Green Mediterranean Diet Recipes

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