The Mediterranean diet is consistently a top contender on the best-rated diets list, and everydayhealth.com says  no surprise why. Studies show that the diet — rich in fruit, veggies, whole grains, and healthy fats  — promotes weight loss, slows aging, and can even cut your risk of cardiovascular disease in half. And the best news of all is that it may just be one of the easiest diets to adhere to. Surprisingly unrestrictive, you can still enjoy bread and even alcohol on the plan. And you don’t have to completely overhaul your diet to reap the benefits:

Swap Penne Vodka for Pasta Puttanesca

Dining out Italian? Keep the bowl of pasta, but make the sauce puttanesca. Packed with Mediterranean flavors and ingredients like garlic, olive oil, capers, and anchovies, the sauce is a lighter alternative to cream-based vodka sauce. Get bonus points by making it with whole wheat.