Healthy Turkish Food For The Weight Conscious!

As pastries, fat and meat-based dishes constitute a large part of delicious traditional cuisine of Turkey, there has been a tendency in Turkish food culture to change and adapt to lighter and healthy dishes in recent years.

Healthy Turkish Food For The Weight Conscious!

As pastries, fat and meat-based dishes constitute a large part of delicious traditional cuisine of Turkey, there has been a tendency in Turkish food culture to change and adapt to lighter and healthy dishes in recent years.

Although heavy meat dishes like kebab, kavurma, pide and heavy desserts like künefe still remain their favored place in dinner tables, there has been increasing preference for olive oil dishes of the Aegean Cuisine, and almost all restaurats now include more vegetable dishes on their menus. Similarly, in cities, an increasing interest in different cuisines of the world is making the consumption of light and fresh food a trendy alternative in Turkey.

 

 

In addition to main courses in traditional Turkish cuisine, snacks including börek’s, çörek’s and dough-based sweet specialties constitute an important place in the Turkish diet. However, the impact of such traditional meals on general health and weight has been a subject of increasing awareness and sensitivity especially among women living in cities. Thus diet programs are becoming ever more popular and a career as a the dietitian is becoming a preferred profession. There has also been an increasing number of TV programs on healthy food, and as a result the homemade food culture is being transformed across Turkey.

Aegean Cuisine, a part of traditional Turkey’s traditional cuisine, which is famous for its light dishes, has been gaining popularity within this overall trend towards more healthier lifestyle. In addition to olive oil dishes like stuffed grape leaves, artichoke, sea beans, squash blossoms, these dishes are commonly cooked all over Anatolia, In terms of desserts dough specialties are gradually being replaced with milk-based desserts. Sütlü muhallebi, tavuk göğsü and kazandibi are among the more popular milk-based desserts in the Turkish cuisine.

In terms of breakfast, traditionally in addition to rich cheese and olive varieties, honey and jam, boiled or scrambled eggs are favored. Börek varieties, which had been an important part of Turkey’s breakfast culture for many years, has slowly been replaced for a more healthy nutrition almeal. Authentic breakfast cultures of eastern Turkey are becoming favored breakfast choice of people in big cities. What is known as “breakfast of Van” (a city in Eastern Turkey), which includes various herbal cheeses, has become a favorite breakfast in recent years.