Most diets can help you look great in a bathing suit. But what about an eating plan to make you a happier person?
The answer could be the Mediterranean Diet, according to a recent study published in BMC Medicine. Researchers monitored a group of people with depression for 12 weeks as they followed the diet, and the majority reported a big improvement of their symptoms. So the proof is in the pudding (or, um, the hummus).
You’ve probably heard of this diet before, but there’s no better time to try it. It’s comprised of foods that are popular in Greece, Israel and other areas of the Middle East, with a focus on whole grains, veggies, beans, low-fat dairy, nuts, fish, lean red meat, chicken and olive oil (aka the best stuff ever invented).
Ready to give the Mediterranean Diet a whirl? We asked top R.D.s and nutritionists to share their picks for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert.