After a week of nothing but pastries and baguettes in Paris I was so revived to find the Spanish did not live off butter and carbs. A few years ago I made the decision to live a healthier lifestyle and eat a 90% plant based diet. Not only did I lose weight but working out was easier and I was finally gaining some confidence. Travelling is still hard for me when it comes to food, I gain weight quite quickly, but in Barcelona it was so easy to eat good.
Barcelona is a place full of veggies, fresh fruits, sangria and lot’s of other healthy foods which you’ll find below. It was refreshing to eat a cuisine that wasn’t just starches and butters.
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10 Healthy Foods To Try In Barcelona
Smoothie – You can find so many smoothies for 1 Euro at La Boqueria Market. You can get every fruit combination you can imagine. After a heavy baguette and croissant diet these little cups of nutrition were a saviour. A must try in Barcelona! Mango, strawberry and coconut were amazing choice as well as pineapple and coconut. Sooooo good.
Nachos – Seriously, the Boqueria Market is your best friend in Spain if you’re on a budget but still want top notch dishes. You can buy a loaded, and I mean loaded, plate of nachos for 6 Euro if you get 3 toppings! 2 Giant scoops of guacamole (your healthy fats and potassium and much needed fibre), so many beans (for us plant based foodies) and peppers and tomatoes. This is how nachos are supposed to look. None of that tiny little dollop of guac for an extra $3 nonsense.
Empanadas – Hot pockets of goodness. These little pasties can have so many different fillings and are extremely tasty. I think Aaron had about 6 at one point. You can find ones filled with hearty potatoes or other soul fulfilling veggies.
Churros – Not healthy – but who cares. If you’re in Barcelona, or Spain even, then you need to try a churro because you love yourself. Like a mini donut stick that you dip in chocolate. Sometimes the calories and grease are worth it.
Paella – My boyfriend got a dish to himself from a place called Cellar De Tapa which I can’t recommend enough. This seafood dish is full of spice, calamari, shrimp, octopus and rice served with lemon wedges. I got a vegetarian version from the market and it was so nice being able to try a staple cuisine from Spain. They are very accommodating with diets there,
Tortilla Española (spanish omelette) – This doesn’t look like an omelette – It looks like a giant slice of potato pie and can be found everywhere. Potato and egg is the traditional way but potato and onion is the norm! It is literally egg, potato and onion. That’s it! I think it tastes like scalloped potatoes but without all the fattening heavy creams. Anyone agree?
Patatas Bravas – As far as healthy foods go this one might not be at the top – but it is fresh and delicious. You will find these little bad boys at almost every tapa’s place. They are soft little potato wedges smothered in a slightly spicy bravas sauce. Perfect with some sangria on the beach 😉
Pan Con Tomate – Again you will find these everywhere for super cheap. About 1.50 Euro and they are usually home made from the restaurant. These little waffers are as a must try in Barcelona. They are home made bread (think cracker/ baguette / bubble bread) drizzled with tomato puree and olive oil. It is such a nice light snack before your main dish or just a great accompaniment to your other tapas. It pairs really nice with white wine.
Gazpacho – Like a superfood of the Spanish. I felt like an idiot for a while trying to pronounce this. It’s a vegetable puree full of vitamins and is supposed to be a cure-all magical drink perfect for a hot summer day.. And a hangover. According to wikipedia this drink includes “stale bread, tomato, cucumber, bell pepper, onion and garlic, olive oil, wine vinegar, water, and salt.” Which sounds.. interesting. If you have tried it let me know!
Banana plantain patty – One of the best healthy foods you can find. You can find these at the Boqueria Market (I spent a lot of time there if you haven’t noticed) and you can try these awesome little patties for 2.50 Euro. So good and different. Plantain is full of potassium and aids the digestion system because of its fibre content. I highly recommend giving them a shot. I was weirded out by the plantain part at first but they are actually amazing even though they look like a banana gone wrong.
What are some foods you would try in Barcelona? Any recommendations? Sorry I didn’t take photos of everything I kept eating them before I snapped a photo!! Share in the comments and as alway don’t forget to Subscribe or follow my Instagram <3