22 Ways to Eat Like A Greek Islander

Greeks consume The Mediterranean Diet in its purest form—and enjoy lower heart disease, obesity, cancer, and Alzheimer's rates. Here's how they do it.

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Pack a healthier picnic

Adopting a Mediterranean diet isn't just about adding in more good-for-you foods, says Mossavar-Rahmani; it's also about getting rid of high-fat and high-sugar processed foods—like potato chips, French fries, cookies, and pastries.

Chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) are another great legume that can add texture and taste to salads. Paired with rice, veggies, pine nuts, and oregano, they make a satisfying—and all-natural—afternoon snack.

Try this recipe: Greek-Style Picnic Salad

Next: Choose whole-wheat pasta

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