spring 2013_Healthy_topIf you are looking for a healthy eating plan, the Mediterranean Diet recommended by the world-famous Mayo Clinic might be right for you. People who follow the Mediterranean-style diet tend to live longer and have less risk of heart disease.

The Mediterranean diet includes lots of plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, beans, and nuts. It replaces butter with “healthy fats,” including olive oil. It also recommends using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods.

Red meat is limited to no more than a few times a month, while fish and chicken should be on the menu at least twice a week. Use the pyramid as a guide to help you plan your healthy meals. For more information and great Mediterranean recipes, visit the Mayo Clinic website at www.mayoclinic.com.