A few months ago, on the Clearly blog, we highlighted the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet. One of the big factors that make this traditional way of eating so healthy is that the Mediterranean diet places a large emphasis on healthy fats particularly omega-3 fatty acids. This is a type of polyunsaturated fat that helps decrease triglycerides and reduce the risk of heart failure. Omega-3 fatty acids also reduce inflammation in the body which helps reduce the risk of blood clots and stroke.
Foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids are fish such as salmon, lake trout, albacore tuna, sardines and anchovies. The Mediterranean diet encourages consuming fish at least two times a week. If cost is a factor in purchasing fish consider canned and frozen options. A wide variety of frozen fish and shellfish are available at most local grocery stores. Fish goes well served on top of a salad, made into tacos and baked with seasonal veggies. Here are two great fish recipes found on the Clearly blog.