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9 Money-Saving Tips for Following the Mediterranean Diet

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Dr. Michael Mosley, author of THE FAST 800 DIET, loves the Mediterranean Diet and recommends it as part of a long-term solution to healthy eating. Here are a few of his money-saving tips for following the diet…

#1: Extra-virgin olive oil for drizzling on salads can be expensive. But most supermarket brands are cheaper and virgin olive oil or light olive oil are good too.

#2: Fresh vegetables may be nicer, but there’s not always much difference. Frozen or canned are just as nutritious.

#3: Try to eat berries such as strawberries and raspberries in season. Frozen berries are great for cooking.

#4: Apples and pears are normally quite cheap and long-lasting. We buy cooking apples when they are in season, and chop them and put them in the freezer. We never bother to peel them as that’s where lots of the goodness lies.

#5: Canned or frozen fish is much cheaper than fresh fish, and lasts a lot longer.

#6: It is relatively easy to make your own live yogurt. All you need is milk and a dollop of fresh yogurt from a store-bought product. You can also use a yogurt-making machine.

#7: Fermented vegetables are very cheap to make and contain much higher levels of probiotics than the store-bought stuff. You can watch Clare making delicious sauerkraut at

#8: Plain, unprocessed oatmeal is much cheaper than the instant stuff you buy in packets and much better for you.

#9: Making and taking your own lunch to work is going to be cheaper and healthier than dropping into the nearest sandwich bar.

For more tips and recipes for following the Mediterranean Diet as part of a sustainable healthy eating plan, pick up a copy of THE FAST 800 DIET by Dr. Michael Mosley.

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Excerpted from The Fast 800 Diet by Dr. Michael MosleyCopyright © 2019 by the author. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.

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