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Balanced plant-based meals to keep you healthy and happy Approved by our in-house dietitians
The Mediterranean diet is rooted in an abundance of fresh plant-based foods including fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans, and legumes, with olive oil being the primary source of monounsaturated fat. Fish and seafood follow as a primary source of protein with moderate amounts of poultry, dairy, and eggs to follow. Red meat and sugary treats should be consumed relatively rarely and in moderate portions.
The Mediterranean Diet was identified in the 1960s as research continued to show populations from Mediterranean regions, particularly Southern Italy, the isle of Crete, and Greece, were considerably healthier, with less incidence of disease and longer lifespans than seen in other regions. Studies indicated that the way these populations ate seemed to be the common denominator and through research, the Mediterranean diet was formally born.
To supplement the Sun Basket Mediterranean Meal Plan dinners, here are a few ideas for other meals.
Acclaimed by a range of clinical publications, the Mediterranean diet was recently named the #1 Best Diet Overall and #1 Diet for Healthy Eating by the U.S. News and World Report.
Olive oil is an important staple in the Mediterranean diet. Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) is a good source of monounsaturated fat, which is shown to improve cholesterol levels. We recommend keeping a good-quality olive oil on hand for cooking your Sun Basket Mediterranean Meal Plan dinners.
As with any diet, physical activity is essential in establishing your a healthy lifestyle. Even light exercise, such as walking or yoga, is enough to get your heart rate up and benefit your overall well-being. We recommend finding a routine you're likely to stick to, like a nightly stroll with your family after dinner or a spin class with your best friend.