The Spanish feel really proud of their diet. It features quite regularly in the sobremesa (after-dinner chat) And yes, they have some good habits. Collectively, as a nation, they rarely eat sugarey junk foods, they eat plenty of beans and legumes, cook from scratch as a general rule, often favour fish over red meats, and love nothing better after a meal than a piece of juicy seasonal fruit.
On the other hand, whole grains,brown rice and wholewheat bread are very conspicuous by their absence; (up until a few years ago wholemeal bread was with the Special Diet/Diabetic Products in a well-known Spanish supemarket) Processed meats and fried foods are also a favourite; a Spanish buffet tends to be based around cheeses and cured meats. And you know what, I’m sorry guys, a breakfast of a strong coffee and a Danish pastry is not cutting it, if we are talking about a healthy organism.
Of course, if you want a fruit-only breakfast, it is so easy in Spain which has an amazing abundance; melons, cherries, peaches, figs, berries etc etc A wonderful summer breakfast. However, if you want something a little more filling, this is truly, THE great Mediterranean breakfast!
- Take 1-2 slices of wholegrain toast. (Okay, normally in Spain, it’s white, but I go for wholewheat and would encourage people to do the same 🙂 )
- Rub a clove of cut garlic over the top of your toast.If you plan to be alone…all day…throw in a small clove, whole, into your bullet style blender with the tomato.
- Spread over your tomato*
- Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt.
*Either, cut a large flavoursome tomato in half and holding it by the skin, grate the cut sides down all the way to the skin. You end up with the “pulp”; everything but the skin. Or, in a mini chopper or bullet style blender, throw in your cherry tomatoes/chopped tomato and blend it into a “sauce”.
This is so, so delicious. If you are slightly addicted to toast and want to look after yourself better, then switch to a 100% wholegrain bread, (home-made? Even better..) and look for better toppings than butters and margarines.Think plants!
Tomato and olive oil is a great one….or avocado…..or mashed banana and a sprinkling of seeds…..or home made hummous….or a raw nut butter and honey……but my favourite is this. I really hope someone tries it! It tastes best when you have just picked the tomato and garlic from my father in laws veggie patch. Only five days to go!
Buen provecho… 🙂