Ever heard that saying, “If your grandmother wouldn’t recognise it, don’t eat it.” It pretty much sums up the whole food movement.

More and more research suggests that sticking to whole foods, “foods that are as close to their natural form as possible”, may be the solution to our diet-related health woes. This is because whole foods “retain their fiber as well as the whole portfolio of beneficial phytochemicals and nutrients that are often removed in processed foods.” So ultimately, the less processed, the better. But as a whole food lover, you already knew that. Still, we all occasionally feel stumped when it comes to healthy dinner ideas. We take a look at what sort of adjustments you can make to your meal plans so that your daily healthy dinner ideas come naturally.

Useful whole foods

- Whole grains like oats, quinoa, barley, bulgur wheat, corn and brown rice.

- Fruit, vegetables and legumes.

- Unprocessed chicken and fish.

- Nuts and seeds.

Healthy dinner ideas that make use of whole foods

Interestingly, we see that there are many similarities between a whole food diet and a typically Mediterranean one. A look at the substance and origins of the Mediterranean diet shows us that the health benefits of switching to a Mediterranean diet are numerous because it contains a great variety and large amount of seasonal fruit, vegetables and beans, herbs for natural flavouring, mono-saturated olive or rapeseed oil as opposed to lard or butter and limited processed foods. Plus, “The Mediterranean Diet is not about quick fix ‘superfoods’. Nor is it a strict list of what you should not eat. Rather, the Mediterranean Diet is a formula for healthy day-to-day eating over the long term.” So here are some healthy dinner ideas incorporating natural Mediterranean cooking and a whole food diet.

- Antipasti including olives, marinated artichokes, roasted vegetable bruschetta and Caprese salad.

- Minestrone soup with wholegrain toast.

- Homemade falafel, hummus and tzatziki with whole-grain pita bread and a Lebanese chopped salad.

- Fish stew.

- Orange, olive and anchovy salad.

- Wholewheat vegetarian pizzas.

- Mediterranean chicken stew.

- Tuna, red onion and cannellini bean salad.

- Dolmades made with wild rice.

- Grilled sardines over wilted baby arugula.

- Mussels cooked in white wine, onion and parsley.

- Spanish frittata crammed with courgettes and asparagus.

- Fresh chilled gazpacho.

- Paella with loads of tomato, peppers, onion and brown rice.

All this is not to say that treats are out of the question. Dark chocolate and red wine in moderate amounts are welcome additions to a healthy whole food diet. For the more adventurous out there, why not whip up a Greek yoghurt cheesecake or avocado chocolate mousse for dessert. Or try a dollop of Greek yoghurt, walnuts and honey to indulge in after dinner.

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