Yes, the fountain of youth just might be gushing olive oil. A recent study published in the medical journal "BMJ" showed that the Mediterranean diet (lots of vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, whole grains, olive oil, and fish; very little dairy, meat, and saturated fats; and a regular glass of wine with meals) boasts anti-aging benefits on top of its often lauded heart-healthy appeal. Here, we've compiled a day's worth of Mediterranean-friendly recipes from "Clean Slate," our newest book for healthy, delicious whole-foods meals.

By Embry Roberts
January 07, 2015
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Johny Miller

Start the day with figs, honey, and yogurt, long considered some of the Mediterranean region's most luscious exports. Use dried figs in the off-season, and try adding antioxidant-rich pistachios and a dash of blood-sugar-balancing cinnamon for extra benefits.

Savory lovers can breakfast on steamed salmon -- a wonderful source of omega-3 fatty acids that has plenty of anti-inflammatory properties. Avocado is high in compounds and fiber that can support liver detoxification, aid digestion, and improve blood sugar and cholesterol levels. (And yes, this also makes a great lunch.)

An almond-date smoothie makes an energizing snack or light breakfast. High in vitamin E and healthy fats, almonds also help facilitate healthy digestion to reduce stress on the body.

Ready for lunch? Whole grains such as farro and bulgur make a tasty backdrop for tabbouleh -- and they're packed with insoluble fiber, which aids the digestive process. If you have gluten sensitivities, sub a gluten-free grain such as quinoa instead.

Christopher Baker

This succulent salad, which pairs roasted peppers and carrots with detoxifying citrus and heart-healthy hazelnuts, is nutritious without an ounce of green. Take roasted peppers on a savory flavor trip with anchovy-marinated white beans -- if omega-3s aren't enough to compel you, the umami factor should be.

Bryan Gardner

Instead of hummus, try a minted pea dip that will make your chickpeas green with envy. Mint contains volatile oils that relax the stomach muscles to relieve any post-lunch indigestion.

Bryan Gardner

Any dried fruit and nut can be used to make these sesame-studded energy balls. Get the most bang for your Mediterranean bite with a combination of apricots, Medjool dates, almonds, and walnuts -- one of the only sources of alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 that reduces inflammation.

John Kernick

And for dinner? You know and love spaghetti -- but what about pasta con le sarde, a heart-healthy Sicilian classic? We've added fennel and celery, both natural diuretics that help remove toxic substances from the body.

Johnny Miller

Skip the spanakopita and try this vegetarian tart, which sets spicy sauteed spinach against an olive-oil cracker crust. Olive oil has strong concentrations of polyphenols, which have both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Finally, feed your Nutella tooth with dark chocolate-hazelnut bark. With or without the orange zest, you'll get plenty of vitamin E, folate, and antioxidants to spare.

Which Mediterranean-inspired recipes will you try?

Comments (20)

Anonymous
July 8, 2019
I was not able to access the Honey Caramelized Figs and Yogurt
Anonymous
July 3, 2019
U too can not access the spinach tart recipe
Anonymous
July 3, 2019
Totally enjoying your recipes . I am trying a low carbohydrate diet and I am so happy with the recipes you have sent me . Thank you so much !🤗🤗🤗🤗
Anonymous
July 3, 2019
I would like to try the spinach tart with olive oil crust but I was not able to get the recipe. Could you help me?
Anonymous
April 23, 2019
Website defective - none of recipes will load!!!!!
Anonymous
April 17, 2019
Would love to have the spinach tart recipe but there a website problems - can not download or view! It's happening a lot and sometimes with service error noted below!!
Anonymous
April 9, 2019
Lately site has ongoing technical issues. Not only recipes refuse to download time to time, but I get a blank page with 400 Service Error every other time I try to connect to website. Their software and QA people are not doing a good job. The site became frustrating at times.
Anonymous
April 8, 2019
I had same issue ...😂
Anonymous
March 20, 2019
same for me.. can't get recipes
Anonymous
February 11, 2018
Not only are the recipes delicious, I have never had a problem getting them on this site. Perhaps someone is going about it the wrong way.
Anonymous
January 17, 2018
Tried to get a recipe. Site REFUSED to connect me. Very DISAPPOINTED WITH MARTHA STEWART!
Anonymous
January 15, 2018
this site is terrible. Tried to get 1 of the recipes and the site just kept going around in circles. so much for the recipes and good eating.
Anonymous
January 15, 2018
With All Martha Stewart videos only Target comes up
Anonymous
January 14, 2018
I also cannot get the recipes to load. I have been having trouble opening numerous recipe links from my Martha emails for about 2 weeks now. Very frustrating!
Anonymous
January 14, 2018
The dried fruit and nut bites
Anonymous
January 14, 2018
The links to the recipes above don't work! And judging by the incongruous comments below, I think the webmaster needs to test the site before he uploads. I'm commenting on the page with 10 Mediterranean Recipes.
Anonymous
January 14, 2018
I just made your edamame, chicken and soba noodles stir-fry and it was excellent! I'd like to substitute a soy product for teh chicken...any thoughts?
Anonymous
January 14, 2018
My neighbor's son followed a street tarring truck one summer day and came home in leopard camouflage. Nothing would remove it, absolutely nothing. Until the grandmother tried olive oil. It worked!
Anonymous
February 20, 2015
Some research on the negative effects of soy on human bodies would be helpful here.
Anonymous
January 19, 2015
Fish is not a healthful food. It comes with accumulations of mercury, PCBs, and dioxins, along with cholesterol, saturated fat, parasites, etc. All of the nutrients we need to thrive can be obtained more healthfully, humanely, and environmentally responsibly from plant sources. Good sources of omegas include walnuts, flax seed and flax oil, chia seeds, hemp seeds, soy products, and algae supplements - algae being the source from which fish derive omegas. More information is at Fish Feel.