5 Healthy Brazilian Treats for the World Cup

5 Healthy Brazilian Treats for the World Cup

Brazilian food isn’t known for its health benefits and many of the delights of the cuisine are deep fried so not great for a healthy diet. There are a few choice recipes which can be enjoyed without worrying about the calorie count or the effect on your health. Here are five we think are worth a shot.

Feijão Tropeiro

This is a nutritious bean salad that uses pinto beans, cassava flour, spring onions, eggs and bacon. The bacon can be trimmed if you’re avoiding fats but aside from that it’s a truly tasty dish which can be snacked upon or enjoyed as a main meal. Other ingredients such as sausage and peppers can be added but the traditional Brazilian dish keeps it simple.

Acai smoothie

Acai berries have been touted as a superfruit for some time but they’re also a scrummy snack. They grow in Brazil making them popular over there and they can be popped into smoothies or fruit salads to keep your fresh fruit count up for the day.

Salpicão

Salpicão is a salad which as so many ingredients it’s lifted to a whole new level. It brings together chicken with a range of other ingredients from ham to carrots, apples, olives and raisins. Shoestring potatoes are used as a garnish and in most instances mayonnaise is used as a dressing although fat free alternatives could be tried.

Moqueca de peixe

This fish stew is one of Brazil’s national dishes. Almost any fish can be used and flavour is often provided through fresh cilantro, cumin, green peppers, garlic and coconut milk. There are hundreds of variations on this recipe, giving foodies the chance to experiment.

Caipirinha

It stands to reason you want a slurp of something authentic and alcoholic to go with your Brazilian meal and it’s best to avoid the beer. Try this traditional Brazilian cocktail, using Brazil’s number one spirit cachaça. It’s made from sugarcane juice and is often served neat with just fresh lime and ice, although beware of the sugar content! 

Comments

Phillip H.
9 July 2014

Phillip H.

oh well, at least the Brazilians can now console themselves with their food.

Freya W.
26 June 2014

Freya W.

The salad sounds really good!

Callum M.
25 June 2014

Callum M.

I'm all out of acai berries!!

Phillip H.
24 June 2014

Phillip H.

oh well, let's hope the England team bring home some recipes because they aren't bringing anything else!

Elliot M.
18 June 2014

Elliot M.

Not sure I'm convinced that the picture looks appetizing!

Sasha B.
17 June 2014

Sasha B.

cilantro is coriander, as far as I know

Sarah L.
17 June 2014

Sarah L.

I thought South American cuisine was just meat - I've learned something! The fish stew sounds good - what is cilantro?

Emma C.
16 June 2014

Emma C.

Right, we're gonna have the salpicao salad tonight. Leftover chicken and veggies in mayo - easy, nutritious and hopefully delicious!

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