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:
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
23 Metropoleos St., Syntagma
tel.: 210 010 9090
A butcher-shop, a fish-shop, a green-grocer and a deli under one roof, with a bistrot restaurant under a boutique hotel in the heart of Athens.
124 Adrianou St., Plaka
tel.: 210 325 4012
30 Nikis St., Syntagma
tel.: 210 322 9078
Bioshop / Organic Products
HOUSE OF SPICES
11 Nikis St., Syntagma
tel.: 210 323 1277 - www.houseofspices.gr
Spices & Quality Food 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
£6.50 by Sous Chef
Every baker should have the US-made trusty
OXO Good Grips 7-piece measuring spoon set by their side.
With spoons from 1/8 tsp to 1 tbsp, you’ll never have to guess at measurements again.
Each spoon has a soft, non-slip grip and flat bases that sit level on your kitchen surface without tipping. They clip together and fan out for easy selection and come with a hook, so you can hang them within easy reach. The other end of the hook acts as a scraper, for perfectly level measures. Dishwasher safe.
£11.95 by Sous Chef
The French-made De Buyer stainless-steel chinois with 1.5 mm mesh is an excellent utensil for straining soups, sauces and gravies. Also known as a conical strainer or Chinese strainer, it removes large pieces of food or fish bones from stock, or whole herbs and spices from soups for smooth results. You can line the chinois with muslin for pip-free jams and jellies, or for clarifying consommés. Dishwasher safe.