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Easy German Recipes- It Doesn’t Have to be Unhealthy

Easy German Recipes for Eating Healthy

Bratwurst and Sauerkraut are Common Foods in Germany

Germany has become one of my favorite places to visit, and the people, culture, along with those easy German recipes make it a fun experience.  The food is rich, hearty and full of flavor, but most of us at first glance wouldn’t think of it as healthy eating.  But here we will make an attempt at finding German food that is considered traditionally German, but also healthy.

But first, if German food is truly inherently unhealthy, it would be interesting to know statistically if the German population has weight issues on a whole.  The answer is that they are experiencing obesity levels on a par or slightly less than the United States.  That certainly isn’t a great compliment, but weight issues are plaguing people around the world, and for more reasons than poor diet.  Decreased physically activity almost everywhere is also playing a part.  So much of the German diet, unlike Mediterranean food, is not ideal.  But there are more healthy German alternatives to the diet.

Easy German Recipes Does Not have to Lead to Obesity

So although Germany is addressing the problems of obesity, their issues aren’t significantly different than anywhere.  But there are certain differences in the foods Germans eat.  Take sausages, for example, of which there are over 1500 different varieties.  This is one of the staples in the German diet, and it has on average about 280 calories.

The Food and Cooking of Germany

The Food and Cooking of Germany

But here are some differences: they are made up of almost all meat, with no added chemical substances.  They are usually served on a bed of sauerkraut or dipped in mustard sauce. In contrast, its American counterpart will have more calories, have more fat and additional fillers, and contain preservatives and chemicals.  Finally, you will eat this sausage with a highly processed white bread roll.  Two sausages, but obviously very different health wise.

A Few Healthy Ingredients that go into Easy German Recipes

So preparation will have a great deal to do with a healthy diet, but you have to start with good raw ingredients.  It’s safe to say the German diet doesn’t have the types of foods you will find in a Mediterranean diet.  But there are some:

1.    Sauerkraut. This German food, like sausages, is a signature food and extremely popular.  Its use is primarily as an accompaniment to cheese, meat and sandwiches.  It is white cabbage that is thinly sliced, then fermented, and can be presented in multiple ways. Cabbage provides vitamins B6 and C, in addition to manganese, high in fiber and folate. Additionally, good bacteria called probiotic, which assist digestion, are created during the fermenting process.  It will not be pasteurized, as the process will kill the bacteria.

2.    Horseradish. This is really a very healthy food, as it has about ten times as much of the compound glucosinolates as has broccoli.  It is a wonderful natural detoxifier of the liver, and is usually served with cheeses and meats.

3.    Apples. Mostly used in butter, jam, pancakes and strudel, along with of course applesauce. The major health benefit of apples is they act as powerful antioxidants.

4.    Whole-grain rye bread. Quite unlike much of the bread consumed in the United States, which is white bread, German breads will typically be made with whole grains with no sugar added.  One of the favorites of Germans is rye bread, which is a very rich in fiber.

5.    Red Cabbage. Used similarly to sauerkraut but sweeter in flavor, it is a great source of calcium and fiber.  As a comparison to white cabbage, it will have higher amounts of vitamin C plus certain antioxidants.