The Mediterranean diet has long been recognized as one of the healthiest ways to eat. The Mediterranean way of eating is not only delicious, it's also been linked with improved heart health and decreased obesity risk. The concept of the Mediterranean diet is simple—fill your plate with fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, whole grains, legumes and fish and enjoy moderate amounts of red wine. This week's meal plan makes it even easier to follow the Mediterranean diet with seven days of fresh and healthy dinners.
Eating healthy on a budget is easier to do when you have a meal plan and stick to it. We've done the planning for you and pulled together a week of absolutely mouthwatering dinners that use (and re-use) everyday ingredients in creative ways to make nutritious cheap meals without breaking the bank. With every recipe in this meal plan coming in under $2.00 per serving, you'll save some serious cash and still enjoy delicious, healthy meals all week.
For those weeks when you just can't, this 7-day meal plan is a no-brainer. The seriously delicious dinners in this plan come together quickly in a half hour and clock in under 400 calories—making it easy to eat well and keep your calories in check. Enjoy a healthy take on dishes like creamy fettuccine alfredo, crispy chicken schnitzel and spicy shrimp stir-fry. These satisfying meals will get you through the week with ease.
Forget those last-minute trips to the grocery store after work—with this week's dinners already planned out, you can start the week with a big shop and get everything you need to make seven healthy and undoubtedly delicious meals. Not only will this meal plan help you save precious time in the evenings, it will keep your grocery bill in check by re-using ingredients in creative ways.
Sugar lurks in more places than you think—in pre-made salad dressings, sauces, cereals, crackers, and flavored yogurts, to name a few. So it's not surprising that on average, most Americans eat almost twice as much added sugar as they should. Natural sugars, found in fruits and dairy, don't count towards that total. It's hard to overeat them and they come with a bevy of other nutrition benefits.