Welcome back to Carol’s Bootcamp…I can’t think why I called it that as this is not about being on a diet but Healthy Eating and I know some people like structure but at some point you will either get fed up with the restrictions of the said diet and then pile the pounds back on or spend the rest of your life eating foods which you don’t really enjoy but they are supposed to be good for you… Well, to hell with all that!
Life is for living…Food is for enjoying…
So what I have decided to do is some comparisons …It started with a headline about obesity …Country by country and percentages and then I got to thinking about the difference in lifestyles and options or just what we have always eaten..But then those stats began to make sense to me…
Today I am looking at Germany, they currently sit at numero 95 with a percentage of 20.10%. Just looking at Thailand and Germany I can see why Germany sit higher on the chart although not so high as some nations if you look at their cuisine of lots of meat, processed sausages, bread of all kinds, dumplings sprezle, schnitzels, potatoes and the home of Sauerkraut the list of delicious food is endless…
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Germans traditionally have eaten pretty much the same for breakfast as other countries but now because of busier lifestyles simpler breakfast are eaten and traditional ones eaten on the weekends.
Traditionally the main meal was eaten at lunchtime but because people are becoming more weight and health conscious a light snack is often eaten at lunch.
Dinner is now the main meal usually eaten at home with the family. It looks very hearty, doesn’t it? Rouladen, red cabbage and sprezle with a lovely thick gravy.
Germans have always liked their side dishes. Noodles, potatoes and dumplings in all forms are very common -, especially in the south.
Red Cabbage is another side dish for which Germany is known for and is also one which we love..my recipe was given to me by a dear friend who is sadly no longer with us who was married to a German and gifted me the recipe…It is now a family favourite and one which is always on our table at Christmas.
Potatoes and dumplings are also a favourite on the German plate…succulent roasted pork with a delicious gravy and dumplings made from bread…
Did you know that there are over 1500 different varieties of sausage ( Wurst) and over 300 different types of bread?
Typically German foods… are washed down with beer.
Pretzels…The pretzel is actually the shape, while the bread is called Laugen and comes in a many of shapes and sizes.
Generally eaten as a snack with sausage and mustard either eaten for breakfast or lunch and washed down with beer or two.
Fermented cabbage called sauerkraut is also a German staple which is packed full of probiotics and a great source of iron, fibre, Vitamins A, C, and K… made from just cabbage, salt and water it is served with most dishes in hotdogs as an accompaniment to dinner or with cheeses and sausage.
Just looking at the images you can see how the typical German diet is pretty high in fat — including saturated fat — as well as refined sugars and carbohydrates.
However, in East Germany, the typical diet is more natural and healthy than in the industrialized West.
But they are not fat and definitely not the fattest nation…Why? Do they have a better metabolism, a better attitude to food, they seem to defy all the rules …and eat well…Very well!
I have not even started on the deserts yet…The apple strudel, Black forest gateaux, Kartofekkpuffer which are grated potatoes, shallow fried and served with applesauce, blueberries, sugar and cinnamon… I am now salivating and as much as I love Thai food I think I would quite enjoy a week here tasting all that luscious fare…
these lovely potato fritters are served as a savoury dish or accompaniment or as a luscious dessert…either way it is very, very, eatable.
I will be back next week with another country…Will there be any more surprises?
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