What better way to celebrate the Olympic Games than by eating some treats from countries around the world? This week, we rounded up five health-ified traditional eats from cold-weather nations like Russia, Japan, Germany, Norway, and Jamaica (don’t forget about that bobsled team!). So make one (or more) of the recipes below, read up on your favorite sport, and get psyched about the games of the 22nd Winter Olympiad.
Cauliflower Potato Cheddar Pierogi via Healthy. Delicious.
A favorite in cold-weather countries like Russia and Ukraine, pierogis aren’t considered the healthiest of foods. This version, made with whole-wheat flour, Greek yogurt, reduced-fat cheddar cheese, and skim milk, are fairly light. Plus, they’re boiled instead of fried.
Brown Rice Veggie Roll via Vegan Yack Attack
With calorie-heavy sauces and fatty cuts of fish, some sushi can be a dangerfood, but such is not the case for these homemade brown rice rolls. Stuff ’em with avocado, thinly sliced carrot, sprouts, and any other veggies on hand for a light, crunchy meal.
Whole-Wheat Soft Pretzels via Healthy Recipes
This may not be the Beer Olympics, but you can definitely still enjoy a warm soft pretzel. These Bavarian beauties are surprisingly easy to make, especially if you have a bread machine. If you don’t, use these simple steps to adapt the recipe to your low-tech kitchen.
Jamaican Jerk Chicken with Mango Salsa via Prevention RD
This tasty, protein-packed chicken recipe will make you as speedy, resilient, and funny as the Jamaican Bobsled Team. Okay, that might be an exaggeration, but seriously, the spicy meat and sweet salsa might just make you forget the Polar Vortex going on outside.
Knekkebrød (Crispbread) via Ferdakost
We’re not going to even try to pronounce the name of this Norwegian flatbread. Despite its tricky name, making these crackers is anything but difficult. Top ’em with cream cheese and lox (Scandinavian-style) or enjoy them with cheese, jam, or even your favorite nut butter.
What’s your favorite international food to eat during the Olympics? Did we miss a gold-medal treat? Share your thoughts in the comments below or get in touch on Twitter @SophBreene.