When it comes to food, Brazil is a melting pot of flavours, combining Portuguese, African and even Asian ingredients for some of the most colourful and exuberant dishes.
While many meals in Brazil are fried, there are equally wonderful recipes that promote good health and nutritious eating. With the 2016 Rio Olympics and Paralympics rolling up this summer, here are three winning recipes inspired from the streets of Brazil.
If you happen to be in Rio for the Games, Feijoada, Acai bowls and Pao de Queijo are Brazilian favourites that any self-confessed foodie should seek out. For those who can’t make it to Copacabana Beach, try these recipes at home.
Ingredient Inspiration from Brazil
Part of every Brazilian recipe, Cassava is extremely versatile and can be used instead of the potato. Full of minerals such as calcium, iron and phosphorus. A gluten free food.
Brazilians love eating yam, even if it is fried and stuffed with meat. Yams are anti-inflammatory, potassium–rich and full of vitamin B6 to help repair damaged blood vessels.
Rich in fibre, protein, carbohydrates and amino acids, this is a power nut full of minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus and magnesium. Known to prevent cancer and osteoporosis, cashews have high levels of calcium, selenium and zinc.
Refresh yourself after a hard workout with coconut water to replenish you body with vitamins and minerals. Cleanse your stomach, kidneys and intestines too.