Spain is one of the world’s top tourist destinations. It boasts scenery and culture that attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world. But perhaps one of the most well known of Spain’s attractions is the cuisine of a country that has an abundance of natural resources that can be applied to delicious foodstuffs. However, in this day and age people are beginning to question whether natural actually means healthy.
The good news is that when it comes to Spanish food there are some amazingly good choices that are both delicious and healthy. Many the famous Spanish dishes can be prepared at home for a fraction of what they would cost when ordered at a restaurant. Some of these dishes are used in the famous diet from Spain called Rejuvenece tu Cuerpo.
The first step is to identify the ingredients that make up a healthy Spanish meal. There are many of these that are absolutely part of the foundation of Spanish cuisine. Here are some that you should keep a look out for when designing your Spanish meal.
Firstly the humble olive. Whether you want to enjoy olives as a snack by themselves (and the various varieties are delicious as stand alone snacks) or you want to use extra virgin olive oil in salads or a cooking ingredient the benefits to health are enormous. Olives contain monounsaturated fats which are great for your heart.
If you’re looking for something to beat the summer heat then you cannot go wrong with Gazpacho. This chilled Spanish soup is made from a blend of local vegetables and is a much better option than heavier soups containing meats. It’s refreshing and amazing for those who want a filling meal without all those extra calories thrown in.
In many places in the Western world when we think of the humble anchovy it’s as a part of a Mediterranean inspired pizza. But these little fish are part and parcel of Spanish cuisine. If you can find them fresh fry them up in some olive oil. They are filled with mono fats, Omega 3 fatty acids and chock full of protein. They also make an excellent addition to salads if you can only find them already canned in oil.
It may come as a surprise to many people but Spain is one of the premier wine producing countries in the world. It may come as even more of a surprise that the wine varietals from Spain such as Rioja and Garnacha are (in moderation) surprisingly good for your health. A glass or two provide healthy doses of antioxidants and also contribute to a healthy heart.
Perhaps unfamiliar to many people around the world Octopus is also featured on the menus of tapas bars across Spain. Properly prepared and tenderized it is a dish that should not be missed. It is full to the brim with omega-3 polyunsaturated fats and huge helpings of Vitamin B. The only drawback is, depending on the way it is prepared it can also contain a large helping of cholesterol.
The fresh ingredients in Spanish cuisine contribute to meals that are not only delicious, but also nutritious and healthy. Explore this healthy choice to add some zest to your meal choices.