Heart healthy recipes can be delicious, too
There are numerous health benefits of the Mediterranean diet, especially when it comes to preventing heart attacks and strokes. But even if you're not concerned about your heart health and just want to eat healthier, it might be worthwhile to consider following the Mediterranean diet. According to the Mayo Clinic, the Mediterranean diet is mainly plant-based—fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains, specifically—and replaces butter with "healthy fats such as olive oil and canola oil." That means all the walnuts and figs and tomatoes and olive oil (with even a bit of feta cheese or Greek yogurt) that you want! And though it's easy to come up with Greek-inspired dinners and lunches, figuring out what to eat for breakfast on the Mediterranean diet can be a little tricky if you're not totally familiar with the ingredients.
Fortunately, these Mediterranean breakfast recipes are relatively easy to work into your regular routine, and you don't have to spend a ton of time in the kitchen to eat healthy, because each of these Mediterranean diet breakfast recipes takes 30 minutes or less.
If you're in need of a weeklong Mediterranean diet meal plan, consider starting your day with each of these breakfasts. You'll feel like you're starting each morning on the calm and quiet of a Greek island, and what could be better for breakfast than that?
Mediterranean Scrambled Eggs
This recipe for Mediterranean-inspired scrambled eggs from Ahead of Thyme takes about five minutes to make. Make sure you cook the eggs and vegetables in olive oil to make sure you're following the diet, and serve with extra tomatoes on the side.
Mediterranean Egg Salad
This Mediterranean egg salad recipe from The Healthy Maven is easy to throw together, and it tastes as good for lunch as it does on a grab-and-go breakfast sandwich. Just make sure your bread is whole grain, not white, to make the most of your Mediterranean diet.
Spanakopita is a classic Greek pastry that's made with spinach and feta cheese. This pastry-less spanakopita removes the generally buttery crust, making it a great breakfast option for those who are avoiding gluten or carbs.
Greek Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
This Greek quinoa breakfast bowl from Organize Yourself Skinny is loaded with protein and vegetables, including eggs, spinach, and tomatoes. It takes about 30 minutes to make, but the batch is so large it could last you a week.
Date and Walnut Overnight Oats
Even though you're supposed to limit sugar when you're following the Mediterranean diet, you can still enjoy a sweet breakfast. These overnight oats from Dollop of Yum come topped with Mediterranean diet-approved walnuts and dates for a heart-healthy, ready-to-go breakfast.
Honey-Caramelized Figs with Greek Yogurt
Breakfast on the Mediterranean diet doesn't have to be that fancy, either. This recipe for honey-caramelized figs from Martha Steward only calls for two ingredients: honey and fresh figs. Place them on top of some Greek yogurt, top with pistachios and a drizzle of honey, and you've got a Mediterranean-friendly breakfast that you'll be dreaming about for days.
This Mediterranean frittata from A Mind Full Mom contains two types of olives, tomatoes, spinach, and feta cheese that's baked into an egg custard. It's an easy meal to make for a weekend brunch, especially since it only takes 25 minutes to make!