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 Granola Bars for a Nut Mix

Granola is one of those so-called healthy foods that doesn’t always earn its good name. Many store-bought brands are made with processed ingredients and refined sugars, which Mediterranean diet shies away from. Skip processed varieties that are usually packed with sodium and hit the bulk section of your grocery store to stock up on assorted unsalted nuts of your choice. Enjoy them raw or toss them with a tablespoon of olive oil and spices and bake at 350 for about 30 minutes.