7-Day Mediterranean Diet Meal Plan for a Healthy Gut

7-Day Mediterranean Diet Meal Plan for a Healthy Gut

7-Day Mediterranean Diet Meal Plan for a Healthy Gut

Over the past few years, U.S. News & World Report has ranked the Mediterranean diet as the best overall diet. Additionally, in 2024, the Mediterranean diet took the top spot for the best diet for bone and joint health, the best family-friendly diet, the easiest diet to follow, the best heart-healthy diet and the best diet for healthy eating. 

The tenets of the Mediterranean diet are simple: eat more fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, fatty fish and whole grains while eating less saturated fat and added sugar. Research shows that following this diet reduces the risk of metabolic syndrome, obesity, type 2 diabetes, certain types of cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.

Having a healthy gut microbiome also has many of these same benefits. Data has shown that in addition to helping with constipation and digestion, good gut bacteria may help improve mood, sleep and heart health.

Furthermore, both a healthy microbiome and the Mediterranean diet are associated with helping maintain a healthy weight.

To help you increase your good gut bacteria and get the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet, we created this seven-day meal plan filled with foods that follow both diets. Additionally, we set this meal plan at 1,500 calories, a level at which most people will lose weight, but adjustments for 1,200 and 2,000 calories are also listed if you require more or fewer calories. Feel free to modify it to fit your calorie needs. 

Foods to Focus On

Contrary to what you might believe, you don’t need to eat the Mediterranean region’s traditional foods when following the Mediterranean diet. Foods within these groups can fit this diet.  

Mediterranean Diet Foods

  • Herbs and spices
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Healthy fats, such as olive oil or avocado oil
  • Nuts, including natural nut butters
  • Seeds (chia, pumpkin, flax and more)
  • Fish
  • Eggs
  • Meat
  • Poultry
  • Legumes (chickpeas, pinto beans, lentils and more)
  • Dairy, including cheese, yogurt and kefir
  • Whole grains (bulgur, farro, fonio, freekeh, couscous, rice and more)

Gut-Healthy Foods

Probiotics are foods that contain healthy gut bacteria, while prebiotics are foods that feed good gut bacteria. These foods are naturally high in each but are not limited to only these lists.

Probiotic-Rich Foods:

  • Yogurt
  • Kefir
  • Miso
  • Sauerkraut
  • Kimchi
  • Tempeh
  • Kombucha

Prebiotic-Rich Foods:

  • Garlic
  • Leeks, especially the green part
  • Asparagus
  • Artichokes
  • Bananas
  • Seaweed
  • Jerusalem artichokes
  • Dandelion greens
  • Soybeans
  • Mushrooms
  • Oats

How to Meal-Prep Your Week of Meals:

  1. Bake Banana Protein Muffins to have for breakfast on Days 2 and 3, and for snack on Day 4.
  2. On the evening of Day 3, prepare two servings of Creamy Blueberry-Pecan Overnight Oatmeal for breakfast on Days 4 and 5.
  3. Make Everything Bagel Crispy Chickpeas for snack on Days 6 and 7.

Day 1

Breakfast (249 calories)

A.M. Snack (211 calories)

  • ¾ cup blueberries
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted roasted cashews

Lunch (439 calories)

P.M. Snack (163 calories)

  • 2 tablespoons hummus
  • 1 cup sliced cucumbers
  • 2 tablespoons walnut halves

Dinner (429 calories)

Meal-Prep Tip: Save a serving of the Charred Shrimp, Pesto & Quinoa Bowls for lunch tomorrow.

Daily Totals: 1,491 calories, 67 g protein, 168 g carbohydrates, 29 g fiber, 70 g fat, 1,397 mg sodium

Make it 1,200 calories: Omit cashews at A.M. snack and omit hummus and walnuts at P.M. snack.

Make it 2,000 calories: Add 2 hard-boiled eggs to breakfast, increase to 1 cup blueberries and ⅓ cup cashews at A.M. snack, increase to ¼ cup hummus and ¼ cup walnuts at P.M. snack, and add 2 servings Creamy Dill Yogurt Sauce to dinner.

Day 2

Breakfast (254 calories)

A.M. Snack (208 calories)

Lunch (429 calories)

P.M. Snack (101 calories)

Dinner (504 calories)

Daily Totals: 1,496 calories, 81 g protein, 177 g carbohydrates, 27 g fiber, 58 g fat, 1,533 mg sodium

Make it 1,200 calories: Omit orange at breakfast, swap A.M. snack for 1 cup air-popped popcorn, and reduce to ½ pear at P.M. snack.

Make it 2,000 calories: Add 2 hard-boiled eggs to breakfast, add ¼ cup slivered almonds to A.M. snack, and add 2 ounces low-fat Cheddar cheese to P.M. snack.

Day 3

Brie Passano

Breakfast (373 calories)

A.M. Snack (173 calories)

  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 ounce low-fat Cheddar cheese
  • 3 tablespoons shelled pistachios

Lunch (353 calories)

P.M. Snack (200 calories)

Dinner (408 calories)

Daily Totals: 1,506 calories, 84 g protein, 164 g carbohydrates, 41 g fiber, 64 g fat, 1,916 mg sodium

Make it 1,200 calories: Omit clementines and reduce to ½ cup kefir at breakfast, reduce to ½ cup edamame at P.M. snack, and omit baguette at dinner.

Make it 2,000 calories: Add 2 scrambled eggs to breakfast, increase to 1½ cups raspberries at A.M. snack, add 2 servings Creamy Dill Yogurt Sauce to lunch, increase to 2 cups edamame at P.M. snack, and increase to 2 slices baguette at dinner.

Day 4

Jennifer Causey

Breakfast (291 calories)

A.M. Snack (176 calories)

  • 1 medium apple
  • 2 tablespoons walnut halves

Lunch (430 calories)

P.M. Snack (193 calories)

Dinner (411 calories)

Meal-Prep Tip: Save a serving of the Lentil Salad with Feta, Tomatoes, Cucumbers & Olives for lunch tomorrow.

Daily Totals: 1,501 calories, 80 g protein, 162 g carbohydrates, 26 g fiber, 63 g fat, 1,394 mg sodium

Make it 1,200 calories: Reduce to 1 tablespoon walnuts at A.M. snack, omit chicken at dinner and swap P.M. snack for 1 small banana.

Make it 2,000 calories: Add 2 tablespoons peanut butter to breakfast, increase to ¼ cup walnuts at A.M. snack, add 1 ounce dark chocolate to P.M. snack, and increase to 4 ounces chicken at dinner.

Day 5

Breakfast (291 calories)

A.M. Snack (210 calories)

  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter

Lunch (368 calories)

P.M. Snack (206 calories)

  • ¼ cup unsalted roasted almonds

Dinner (414 calories)

Daily Totals: 1,489 calories, 86 g protein, 147 g carbohydrates, 24 g fiber, 67 g fat, 1,580 mg sodium

Make it 1,200 calories: Omit peanut butter at A.M. snack and swap P.M. snack for ½ small pear.

Make it 2,000 calories: Add 2 tablespoons peanut butter to breakfast, add ½ whole-wheat pita to lunch, increase to 5 tablespoons almonds at P.M. snack, and add 1 ounce dark chocolate to dinner.

Day 6

Breakfast (311 calories)

A.M. Snack (301 calories)

  • 1 large pear
  • 22 unsalted roasted almonds

Lunch (333 calories)

P.M. Snack (220 calories)

Dinner (330 calories)

Daily Totals: 1,494 calories, 63 g protein, 168 g carbohydrates, 24 g fiber, 68 g fat, 2,384 mg sodium

Make it 1,200 calories: Omit English muffin at breakfast, omit almonds at A.M. snack, and reduce to ¼ pita at dinner.

Make it 2,000 calories: Increase to 1 whole English muffin at breakfast, add ½ cup kimchi and 2 tablespoons chopped peanuts to lunch, increase to 2 servings chickpeas at P.M. snack, and increase to 1 whole pita at dinner.

Day 7

Jen Causey

Breakfast (296 calories)

A.M. Snack (121 calories)

  • ¾ cup low-fat plain kefir
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon honey 

Lunch (488 calories)

1 serving Crispy Smoked Tofu & Coleslaw Wraps 

P.M. Snack (220 calories)

Dinner (383 calories)

Daily Totals: 1,508 calories, 77 g protein, 141 g carbohydrates, 25 g fiber,  66 g fat, 2,473 mg sodium

Make it 1,200 calories: Omit honey and chia seeds from A.M. snack and reduce to ¼ cup kefir and swap P.M. snack for ½ cup air-popped popcorn.

Make it 2,000 calories: Add 1 large banana to breakfast, increase to 1 cup kefir, 2 teaspoons chia seeds and 2 teaspoons honey at A.M. snack, increase to 2 servings chickpeas at P.M. snack and add 1 hard-boiled egg to dinner.