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New health from old-fashioned eating

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Weary of counting every calorie? Ready to enjoy meals that taste like you’re in Italy, Greece or Spain?

Then pull up a dinner plate with food that keeps your heart healthy and your stomach happy – just don’t call it a diet.

Call it a new lease on health: A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that the Mediterraneanstyle of eating over the long term can significantly reduce heart attack and stroke.

Questions about this glorious way to dine? Call a Virtua registered dietitian. 1-855-VIRTUA-8.


At least twice a week
Prepare dishes like fresh clams and mussels in white wine sauce over pasta, or salmon filet baked in olive oil over cous cous or lentils.


Enjoy more Mediterranean-style food at meals
These include fresh fruits, vegetables and legumes such as chick peas, navy beans, lentils and cannellini beans – high in protein and health-giving nutrients.


A few eggs go a long way
Whip up an omelet or enjoy poultry such as chicken or turkey; feast on cheese and crackers in moderation.


Olive oil cooks healthier.