When you think of healthy food, what comes to mind? Do you picture bland salads and flavorless meals? A common misconception is that anything tasty or delicious is most likely unhealthy. This, of course, is false as there are unlimited varieties of tasty Moroccan meals that are actually good for your health. Here are just a few of the many reasons a well-balanced Moroccan diet may be exactly what your body needs.
Fruits and Vegetables Galore
Mediterranean diet trends, such as the Paleo diet, are known for their all-natural approach to eating. The Moroccan diet, however, consists of healthy meats, fruits, and vegetables as well, also mixed with a variety of sweet and spicy flavors. It's rare to eat a meal in the Moroccan culture without a few servings of vegetables mixed into the main course. A typical lunch or dinner may include carrots, onions, garlic, chickpeas, eggplant, tomatoes, squash, peppers, and several of the same options found in other healthy diets.
Slow foods refer to meals that are made naturally, as opposed to quick, microwave-heated and fried meals that are harmful to your body. A few examples of traditionally made meals include Beef Tagine, Veggie Berber, and Harira Soup. Slow cooked dishes such as these allow the meats and vegetables to maintain a higher concentration of nutrients according to an article written by a registered dietitian, Sharon Palmer.
That which separates Moroccan food from all others can be summed up in one word: spices. The rich and savory flavors created by different combinations of spices are what make Moroccan dishes taste delicious while also being nutritious. Saffron, for example, is an antioxidant that rids the body of harmful free radicals (which lead to diseases). Mint and cinnamon are also spices rich in antioxidants. Some of these are found in popular foods such as rice, B'stila roll, Ahi Tuna Steak, and Lamb chops (which are cooked with cinnamon); and mint tea is commonly served after a meal. Cinnamon has also been proven to reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. Cumin and ginger regulate the digestive system and are helpful in reducing bloating. Cumin can be found as an ingredient in tasty vinaigrette dressings, Shak-Shouka, and Zaalouk.
Every meal at Kous Kous is packed full of protein and nutrients, yet also bursting with delicious flavor. Eating healthy doesn't ever have to be tasteless and boring. Taking care of your body should never be a burden. When you sit down to a meal with family, you should be able to do so knowing that what you're putting into your body is good for you and will contribute to a long, satisfying, and healthy life.