The New Mediterranean Diet

When you think of the Mediterranean diet, you probably picture grilled fish, Greek salads, olive oil and plenty of fresh vegetables from sunny Spain and Italy. But there's so much more! Travel to countries like Turkey, Israel and Morocco, and you'll find bold food that's both chef- and nutritionist- approved.

By Gabriella Gershenson; Photography by Anna Williams

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Spiced Date-Walnut Balls

"Fruit replaces sugary desserts in the Mediterranean diet," says Blake. "And the concentrated sweetness of dried fruit means you only need a little to get your sweet fix." Plus, "walnuts are rich in protein and fiber, while dried fruit is high in potassium, which can lower blood pressure."

Yields: 2 dozen

Prep   15 mins 
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