The Greek diet has evolved into one of the healthiest in the world, with its foundations built on simple, nutritious food that offer a host of health benefits. These immunity boosting ingredients help to fight against heart disease, cancers, diabetes, and cognitive decline. Here are some tips from GRK Fresh Greek’s Business Head Andres Gonzales, on how to get healthy the Greek way, leading up to the holiday season
The best of GRK Fresh Greek
The Greeks consume their food in the purest form, with a variety of nutrient-rich recipes consisting of raw fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fish, and a small amount of cheese and yoghurt. Dairy products, poultry and fish are consumed in moderation, whilst red meat consumption is kept to a minimum. These elements are key to a balanced, healthy diet.
GRK Fresh Greek offers a range quality produce imported from Greece, including extra virgin olive oil, pure and natural Greek honey and Greek yoghurt, with the highest quality local meats, fresh herbs, vegetables and fruits, in order to deliver an authentic dining experience.
Snack on fruits and vegetables
GRK Fresh Greek’s Aged Feta and Watermelon Salad
Fill up on fresh fruit and vegetables, native to the Mediterranean landscape. This includes fruits such as apples, oranges, lemons, apricots; and vegetables such as eggplants, artichokes, leafy greens, tomatoes, and cabbage. The high levels of antioxidants in these foods help fight against diseases that affect the nervous system, and generally contribute towards good health.
GRK Fresh Greek’s Portobello Mushroom Pita
GRK offer a range of mouth-watering vegetarian options, including flavourful, fresh salads, Portobello mushroom Pita, Grilled Mediterranean Vegetable Souvlaki, paired perfectly with fresh Tzatziki sauces and healthy sides such as Brown Rice, Aegean Slaw and Grilled Halloumi.
Prepare your meals the traditional way – GRK Fresh Greek’s Chicken Yeero Plate
GRK’s menu also offers a range of delicious and authentic meat based dishes, which are prepared using traditional healthy methods, such as chargrilling or roasting on a traditional vertical spit. Greek people are famous for their love of olive oil, which contains less saturated fat than butter and is a healthy choice for cooking. Other traditional seasonings include nuts, tahini, garlic, herbs, cinnamon and cloves, which add an intense flavour to dishes without fat or sodium and supports nutrient absorption.
GRK Fresh Greek’s iconic Yeero is prepared using all natural, grass and grain-fed meat, marinated in a special blend of aromatic spices and fresh herbs, served with a range of unique house-made Tzatzikis.
Stick with healthy carbohydrates
GRK Fresh Greek’s Meatballs with Rice
Whole grain breads, rice and potatoes are the ideal carbohydrate choice as part of Greek cuisine, with another popular choice including Filo dough, which is a light flaky pastry.
The Greek diet is rich in fibre which helps slow down digestion and prevent surges in blood sugar and supports the combat of diabetes.
Include healthy servings of yogurt and cheese
GRK Fresh Greek’s Yoghurt with toppings
Greek yogurt has become a diet staple in most households today and has a number of health properties. Consuming Greek yoghurt is a great way to get more protein into the diet. It is also packed with probiotics which are great for the digestive system. GRK Fresh Greek imports its yogurt from Greece, which is served with a variety of fruits, traditional preserves, nuts and pure and natural Greek honey.
Cheese is also a rich part of Greece’s culinary history, with Feta cheese being the most popular local option. Feta cheese is vitamin rich and serves as a low fat and protein-rich alternative to other cheeses. GRK Fresh Greek’s house made lentil soup is made with a lentil puree and Greek yoghurt, topped with Feta and fresh mint, incorporating the best of dairy from Greece.