Mediterranean diet vegetarian meal plan. Around the world, few diets are quite as healthy or coveted as the Mediterranean diet. Both sustainable and delicious, it is more than just a style of eating; it is a true lifestyle. With roots that date back throughout the history of the Mediterranean coast, this diet has truly withstood the test of time to become one of the most popular of the modern era as well. Now, with help from Anixi and this Mediterranean diet food list, even those following the cruelty-free lifestyle can make the most of this amazing way of life!
Always available to bring trusted, mouthwatering vegan options inspired by cultures all over the globe, City Roots Hospitality now proudly presents Anixi, the newest restaurant to our NYC family. Conveniently located in Chelsea– though delivery options take the flavor all over this city– Anixi offers a wholly new take on your favorite Mediterranean classics, bringing them to life on our fresh, fully inclusive menu.
Anixi’s menu takes full advantage of all the rich flavors of the Mediterranean coast, with freshly baked bread, hearty salads, hot and cold mezze, and so much more. To sample the flavors of Greece, Turkey, Syria, or Lebanon, simply come down to our Chelsea location or place an order for pickup or to-go.
Vegan Mediterranean Diet Food List
On its own, the Mediterranean diet is traditionally built with a reliance on meat-rich proteins like lamb, fish, and, occasionally, beef. However, with just a few adjustments, there is absolutely no reason that a cruelty-free diner can’t have the best of both worlds.
This easy guide can walk you through all the best components of a Mediterranean diet, helping you make the most of this delicious opportunity.
At its core, the Mediterranean diet is about balance. This is not a diet of restriction; it’s a diet built for true, long-term health and satisfaction. As such, it encourages practitioners to indulge in a host of healthy fats, which are as good for the hair, skin, and joints as they are for overall wellness.
When choosing healthy fats for this diet, always steer in the direction of:
- Olive oil: as rich in flavor as it is in antioxidants
- Avocado oil: an incredibly light, heart-healthy oil with a gentle, nutty flavor
- Avocado: fantastic in preventing heart disease and cancer while also improving digestion
By replacing processed foods with those cooked in and with these healthy alternatives, you can easily maintain all the flavor of your previous lifestyle without the negative downsides.
Doubtlessly, diets that encourage diners to cut down on carbs have been proven effective in encouraging weight loss. Unfortunately, that manner of quick weight loss often proves difficult to maintain in the long term. Without the presence of healthy carbs, it’s easy to slide back into unhealthy, binge-driven habits.
Not in the Mediterranean diet!
This focus on filling, healthy grains like those listed below are guaranteed to help diners meet their health goals in a sustainable, long-term manner:
- Brown rice
- Whole wheat bread
As always, the fresher, the better. Don’t be afraid to experiment with making your own bread and pasta within the boundaries of this enjoyable lifestyle.
No healthy lifestyle is truly complete without the benefit of an assortment of fresh veggies. The Mediterranean diet is no different!
Though no veggie is discouraged under this lifestyle, it won’t be surprising to hear that those most encouraged are the vegetables common on the Mediterranean coast. To start, begin looking for recipes rich in the following:
- Dark, leafy greens like Kale and spinach
- Eggplant, especially useful in dips like the famous Baba Ganoush
- Broccoli and cauliflower
- Potatoes and nutrient-rich sweet potatoes
Beans and Legumes
If you’re a veteran of the cruelty-free lifestyle, you already know how easy it is to gain all your healthy protein through beans, nuts, and legumes. It’s hardly ever been easier within the Mediterranean diet world.
What’s more, by transforming these natural protein sources into cruelty-free meal alternatives, diners can add an extra burst of variety to their day.
Check out just a few of the meals in which Anixi makes the most of healthy protein replacements to offer a well-balanced, cruelty-free take on the classic Mediterranean diet:
- Tomato Moussaka, made using a rich, tomato braised “beef” alternative
- Grilled “Steak” shish kabobs, made using Chunk foods™ steak
- Crispy “lamb” cigars, with harissa-infused “lamb”
- “Beef” Lahmacun, with onions and Aleppo peppers to flavor our ground “beef”
A serving of garbanzo bean hummus ties the meal together with a final burst of flavor and healthy protein, ensuring no one steps away from the table hungry.
Balanced Mediterranean Dining at Anixi
Whether you’re looking for a night out on the town or a cozy night in the comfort of your home, Anixi offers options. At the first chance, explore our full menu, and place an order for pickup or delivery today!