Who says eating right to lower blood pressure has to taste bland?

I'll tell you one thing, it certainly wasn't us! This time, we are bringing you dishes of the Mediterranean that are so flavorful, the word healthy wont even cross your mind! You'll be lowering blood pressure without even knowing it. How great does that sound?

What is a typical Mediterranean diet?

A typical Mediterranean meal shifts the balance from lots of meats, saturated fats to a greater percentage of vegetables, healthy fats, and whole grains. Eating meals that are heavier on the vegetable side than on the meat side plays a huge factor in lowering cholesterol, blood sugar and hypertension. Of course, we understand making this switch all at once can be a bit rough so try to make the change gradually. Replace one meal a week with a Mediterranean dish or if you can't do that, than add a half cup of broccoli, beans, artichokes or other green vegetable to every meal. Your body will start craving those veggies in no time if you give it a chance!

Eating a Mediterranean diet brings many benefits, including the best parts from the DASH Diet

A study has shown that eating typical Mediterranean dishes for several years can reduce the risks of developing heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure (hypertension), type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease. Following the diet has also been linked with a reduced risk of early death and has proved a successful strategy for healthy weight reduction. The typical Mediterranean diet closely mirrors the DASH Diet. This way of eating contains the essential components that are responsible for lowering blood pressure and preventing and controlling diabetes.

Try these dishes with a glass of red wine - great for heart health

Many of the following dishes go really well with red wine, which has also been linked to lowering blood pressure! The antioxidants in red wine may help prevent heart disease by increasing levels of "good" cholesterol (HDL) and protecting against artery damage. Just remember, everything in moderation!Excellent Eggplant and Tomato CompoteAmazing Spinach and Artichoke Penne Pasta Salad Delicious Creamy Caprese Quinoa BakeYummy Greek RiceSources:

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