More and more people are becoming aware of the benefits of eating healthily.
Current food trends surround all things organic, meat that is ethically raised and an increased intake of fruits and vegetables for increased energy levels, longer life spans, a slower aging process and the lowering of risk when it comes to chronic diseases. But eating well is not just for adults, in fact you want to help your children get necessary nutrients and to create healthy habits as young as possible. Children however, seem to have a sixth sense when it comes to food that is healthy for them and will do anything not to eat it. Which makes coming up with healthy dinner ideas extremely tough. The Spanish diet is one of the healthiest in the world and tends to be high in fibre and low in fat. With base ingredients that include olive oil, beans, vegetables, fruits, nuts and for many dishes: fish, you can’t go too wrong with delicious Spanish cuisine.
To get you inspired, we have compiled a list of Spanish-inspired healthy dinner ideas. Created with family-style eating in mind, many of these dishes are considered ‘tapas’ — perfect bite-size portions of Spanish food made for sharing — while others are perfect as a meal themselves. This short healthy dinner ideas list, based on these mouth watering recipes (<http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/tapas>) comes with a word of warning: we cannot promise that your children won’t be begging for Spanish food and tapas every night.
One of the most popular and most scrumptious dishes in Spain, paella originates from the Valencian community. This delicious, and relatively easy, dish is perfect for healthy dinners and is sure to have your children asking for seconds. A smorgasbord of flavours, typical ingredients include prawns, monkfish, mussels, peas, olive oil, garlic, onion and spices such as paprika, pepper and saffron.
Even the most picky of children will enjoy a tortilla (the Spanish version of an omelette) as a tapas dish or a light meal. Filled with pan-fried potatoes and onions, this delicious dish is sometimes served with slices of baguette topped with garlic, chopped tomatoes and sprinkled with sea salt. The tortilla itself is made up of eggs, onion, garlic, olive oil, potatoes and parsley (sprinkled over the top). It can be served hot or cold (perfect for lunch the next day) and is traditionally cooked into a round, cushion-like shape.
Probably the easiest of these healthy dinner ideas, these are bound to delight your little ones. Easy, as a one, two, three, this dish is simply made up of sweet peach slices, basil and serrano ham.
Light, easy and moreish, these should go down a treat with your children. All you need is five simple ingredients: blanched almonds, asparagus, a dash of unsalted butter, freshly squeezed lemon juice and Manchego (sheep's milk). This makes a wonderful starter and a perfect plate of tapas.
Small, golden cubes of potatoes roasted to perfection in olive oil, this popular tapas dish is often served with a slightly spicy dipping sauce, and your children are bound to love it. Swap the spicy sauce for mayonnaise for children who do not enjoy spicy food.
Simple grilled, healthy chicken skewers that are not only a great addition to a tapas dinner, but lunch boxes the next day. Skinless chicken breasts, olive oil, garlic, fennel seed, cumin paprika all contribute to a really tasty and healthy dish that your children will love.
Last but not least in the healthy dinner ideas list, is this wonderful tapas dish. Made from pieces of serrano ham, tomatoes, garlic, olive oil and fresh baguette, it takes near to no time at all to whip up. Great as a little snack or as a tapas dish, your children are sure to enjoy it.
Spanish tapas are a great and fuss-free cuisine that the entire family will love, so why not take your family to Spain on your next trip away to experience the cuisine first hand? Get in touch with us to find out about the best and healtiest dishes to try in Spain as well as the top family-friendly luxury hotels in Costa Blanca perfect for a holiday filled with healthy food, beaches, sunshine, the outdoors and adventure.