The Spanish diet is one of the healthiest diets in the world. This is due to the existence of the famous ‘Mediterranean diet’. Every day the Spaniards consume olive oil – a fundamental ingredient in every preparation – and other fresh foods such as fruits, vegetables, meat produced in the country. To this we must add cereals, which are essential in the daily diet of a Spaniard. For all these reasons, it is easy to find typical Spanish foods that are also healthy.
In this article, we will show you various healthy recipes from Spanish gastronomy. From meat to fish and vegetables. Eating healthy in Spain is easy because you can easily find fresh and healthy products.
Unfortunately, considering that junk food has gained ground in recent years, typical foods from Spain are becoming an almost lost tradition.
Gazpacho was born in Andalusia, where it is very common to eat it especially in summer. The consumption of this food is extended to all of Spain, so much so that it can also be bought ready-made at the supermarket.
This recipe dates back to the sixteenth century, when tomatoes began to be consumed in Spain after the conquest of America.
It was a typical food of Andalusian peasants, being cheap and at the same time energetic and fresh to withstand the long days in the fields.
To prepare this cold soup, you will need the following ingredients:
- Half a kilo of ripe tomatoes
- Half a cucumber
- A piece of green pepper
- Olive oil
You just have to cut the ingredients and blend them together. It is important to prepare it in advance to give it time to cool down in the fridge. It can be served with pieces of tomato, parsley or just a little olive oil.
We cross the peninsula from tip to tip until we reach Catalonia. Here, among the typical foods of Spain, we have the famous escalivada. This dish is also popular in Valencia, Murcia and Aragon. For its low calorie and high fiber level, it has earned a place in this Spanish health food ranking.
The name ‘escalivada’ comes from Catalan and means to roast. In fact, the recipe simply consists of roasted vegetables. Sometimes, for a more elaborate preparation, you can add some cod. If you want to try this dish, do it in large quantities. You can keep it in the fridge and use it as a condiment for many other recipes. It is ideal as a garnish for meat and vegetables, for sandwiches or toast or as a main dish with cod or anchovies.
Although you can roast the vegetables you like best, the typical recipe contains onion, tomato, eggplant and red pepper. You just have to roast these vegetables and then peel them and cut them into strips. To complete the dish, just add some salt and olive oil.
Ternasco: one of the best typical foods in Spain
In Aragon we find the Aragonese ‘Terni’. Ternasco is the young lamb, which weighs about 10 kg and still feeds on mother’s milk and cereals. Given its age, it is a very tender, juicy and tasty meat.
Lamb from Terni is part of the list of typical foods of Spain and is a healthy dish due to its low cholesterol content.
In addition, it contains a lot of proteins and vitamins. It is a perfect meat for children, adults and people who want to lose weight, as it contains very little fat.
The most common way to prepare it is roasted on the grill or in the oven. It goes well with baked potatoes. But it can be prepared in many other ways!
The latest proposal has its roots in southern Spain, in Malaga. Spit refers to the action of skewering fish. As the name indicates, therefore, to prepare it, the fish is skewered on rods and placed next to the fire.
Usually sardines are used, but also other types of fish, such as sea bass or horse mackerel. This preparation can also be made at the barbecue, although it is usually eaten in the coastal places of Andalusia.
Even if the preparation seems simple, cooking the spit is an art. The sardines are skewered and salt is added. Then you put the rod next to the embers to cook the fish. This is one of the healthiest and most natural ways to eat it, as it contains just a little salt.