The 17 Best New Groceries If You’re Trying Out the Mediterranean Diet
If you haven’t heard of the Mediterranean diet, it’s pretty much what you’d expect from the name: You eat a diet that’s full of plant-based foods, seafood, healthy fats, whole grains, and even a daily glass of red wine. It’s not JUST fish and tomato salads, though. In fact, thanks to the growing popularity of the diet, there are more and more groceries hitting the shelves to help people stay on-plan.
If you’re trying out the Mediterranean diet for weight loss or better health — and there has been research that proves eating this way may help you live longer, keep certain health conditions at bay, and help you lose weight — these 17 new to new-ish groceries will help you follow along. Note: Not all of the flavors may feel perfectly Mediterranean, but the overall product is in line with the Mediterranean way of eating.
1. Flax4Life Gluten-Free Wild Blueberry Muffins
These muffins are a great way to get in more good-for-you omega-3 fats, which is common in the Mediterranean diet, but typically via seafood.
2. Cedar’s Original Snack Pack with Hommus Chips
Get a double dose of legumes with this snack pack — there’s hummus (obviously) and the crackers are made of chickpeas, too.
3. Cedar’s Stuffed Grape Leaves
Making stuffed grape leaves can be a labor of love, but this pre-made version is much simpler and quite delicious.
4. 365 Almond Butter Squeeze Pack
Nuts, and thus nut butter, are prevalent in the Mediterranean diet. This re-sealable squeeze pack makes upping your nut intake easy and mess-free, but these Justin’s pouches, which can be easily bought online, would also work.
5. Birds Eye Steamfresh Ranch Cauliflower
Up your produce count (some say to aim for 10 servings a day on the Mediterranean diet), but with loads of zesty (ranch) flavor. You can easily find this bag at Walmart.
6. Monterey Farms Natural ArtiHearts
If you love artichokes, but aren’t a fan of the canned variety, this cryo-vacuumed version is for you! Look for them in the refrigerated section of your store.
7. Cascadian Farms Frozen Riced Cauliflower Blend with Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Kale
Veggie variety is another component of the Mediterranean diet. This blend delivers three.
8. Healthy Choice Power Bowls White Bean & Feta Salad
This freezer-aisle vegetarian meal is brimming with classic Mediterranean flavor.
9. Veggieful Roasted Red Pepper Veggie Bowl
Another Med-inspired veggie dish, this one is best served as a side and can be found among the other shelf-stable vegetable products.
10. Lean Cuisine Marketplace Vegetable Stir Fry
Though the phrase “stir fry” doesn’t sound Mediterranean, this brand-new freezer meal is brimming with veggies, many of which are a key part of the Mediterranean diet.
11. Safe Catch Elite Wild Tuna Pouch
Like tuna, but worry about mercury? This brand is for you — they test their tuna and use only those with lower levels of mercury. And now it’s available in a neat little pouch.
12. Bumble Bee Cracked Pepper & Sea Salt Seasoned Tuna
This new flavor is simpler than some of the other previously available flavors. It also comes in an easy-to-eat package — spoon included.
13. Love the Wild Rainbow Trout with Salsa Verde
Seafood is a go-to protein when you’re following the Med diet. This rainbow trout delivers good-for-you omega-3s and is oh-so-easy to cook.
14. Barilla Ready Pasta Gemelli
Pasta just feels so Mediterranean. This microwave-able package makes putting a gourmet pasta shape on the table quick and easy.
15. Ronzoni Turmeric Rotini
Good-for-you spices are a key element of the Mediterranean diet, so why not boost the healthfulness of your pasta with some anti-inflammatory turmeric?
16. Banza Tricolor Rice
This “rice” is more in line with a Med way of eating … because it’s made of legumes.
17. Underwood Nouveau Pinot Noir
A daily glass of red wine is pretty common in Mediterranean communities. This can is not only filled with quality wine, but it also means you don’t have to open an entire bottle. Be sure to enjoy it among friends for the ultimate Mediterranean experience.