Originally based on the diet of the people of the Greek island of Crete, and later expanded to include most countries around the Mediterranean basin, Mediterranean Diet is a delicious and healthy way to eat, based on typical foods and recipes of Mediterranean-style cooking.
Mediterranean Diet incorporates the basics of healthy eating, with the addition of replacing butter with flavorful olive oil, eating primarily plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, limiting red meat to no more than a few times a month, eating fish and poultry at least twice a week, frequently eating whole grains, legumes and nuts, using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods, and even drinking red wine in moderation.
Research has shown that the traditional Mediterranean Diet reduces the risk of heart disease as well as the incidence of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases. The Mediterranean diet is one your whole family can follow for good health.
The diet also recognizes the importance of being physically active, and enjoying meals with good company.
In the following stores in central Athens you may sample, purchase or just browse some of the finest ingredients of the Mediterranean diet cuisine:
10 Kydathineon & Sotiros Sts., Plaka
tel.: 210 323 3687
BAHAR Herbs & Spices, Cereals, Dried Vegetables, Flour, Rice, etc.
31, Evripidou St., Athinas St. area
tel.: 210 321 7225
8 Hatzichristou St., Acropolis
tel.: 210 922 4060
ELIXIR Herbs & Spices
41, Evripidou St., Athinas St. area
tel.: 210 321 5141 & 210 331 7371
124 Adrianou St., Plaka
tel.: 210 325 4012
30 Nikis St., Syntagma
tel.: 210 322 9078
Bioshop / Organic Products
KOSTARELOS GREEK DELICACIES
30-32 Patriarchou Ioakeim St., Kolonaki
tel.: 210 725 9000 - www.kostarelos.gr
excellent Cheese and Dairy products along with select delicacies from artisan producers
3, Aghion Anargyron Sq. Psyri
tel.: 210 325 5407 - https://www.facebook.com/lalades.gr
healthy, organic, traditional Greek food products
34, Dimitrakopoulou St., Acropolis
tel.: 210 325 4890
greek authentic products, open 9:00 -22:00
PANTOPOLEIO STOAS ATHANATON
2, Armodiou St.,
Varvakeios Agora, off Athinas St.
tel.: 210 321 9855 - www.stistoa.gr
THE GREEK SHOP
120 Adrianou St., Plaka
tel.: 210 322 6850
|The Food and Wine of Greece |
Greece and its many islands are rich with traditional and regional culinary dishes that go far beyond the standard fare of moussaka and spinach pie. To gather these special recipes and the culture that surrounds them, Diane Kochilas spent over 15 years living and traveling in Greece. From home cooks and professional chefs she coaxed a wonderful array of authentic recipes to augment her own creations.