Bell Peppers: Yellow and red bell papers are generally sweeter in taste than their green counterpart, but all the three bell peppers serves a lot of carotenoids and vitamins which also plays an important role in reducing the risk of any kind of heart problems.
This bell pepper family contains a big amount of vitamin C in it which is in concentrated form especially in the red one. Bell peppers contains phytochemicals which fills with anti-inflammatory and antioxidants benefits. The green bell pepper also known as capsaicin has multiple health benefits and also very good in taste.
Tomatoes: It is hard to believe that tomatoes are in the family of Mediterranean foods but they are staples in every cook’s larder, canned, fresh and in paste form. Tomatoes are rich in lycopene and vitamin C. Lycopene is a heart protective antioxidant which is also helps in preventing some sorts of cancer (Generally prostate cancer). Also they are versatile enough to take a good taste every day.
Also tomatoes are very rich source of dietary fibers which has many health benefits attached to it including reduced risk of cancer and heart disease. Tomatoes are also a great source of potassium, folate, vitamin K and vitamin C.
Shrimp: If you are living close to sea then seafood is a good source of protein in your diet. In Mediterranean diet all kinds of fish and shellfish are celebrated, often several in the same dish. In this diet, fattier types like tuna fish provides healthy omega 3 benefits, lean specimens like squid, shrimp and sea bass provides required amount of niacin, selenium and protein.
Shrimps provide the main nutrients. Along with protein shrimp also provides a good amount of nutrients. 4 ounces steamed contains over 100 percent of daily requirement of selenium, over 50 percent of Phosphorus and over 70 percent of Vitamin B12.
Hazelnuts: Nut trees are similar to olive trees in Italy. Nuts are used as snacks, sprinkled on salads and ground into sauce. Nuts are loaded with hearth friendly monounsaturated fat. Nuts are also rich in fiber, vitamin E, magnesium, calcium and Protein. Nuts protein contains high amount of arginine, an amino acid which generally helps in maintaining a healthy blood vessels.