Healthy food and gastronomy typical of Sant Cugat del Vallés

The agrarian tradition together with the influence of the Mediterranean has endowed Sant Cugat and the entire Vallés Occidental region with a rich, diverse diet with a wide variety of healthy recipes . We show you all the secrets of healthy eating in Sant Cugat and its typical gastronomy.

Local markets in Sant Cugat del Vallés

In my nutrition consultation in Sant Cugat del Vallés we usually discuss with patients the fortune of being able to count on local markets . Proximity and seasonal foods can give dishes greater flavor and concentrate more nutrients. In addition, they are kinder to the environment as they require a minimum of transport and processing.

Specifically, the residents of Sant Cugat have markets such as: the Torreblanca market, the Vell market, the Valldoreix market, and the Mirasol market. In addition, they also have numerous greengrocers and fishmongers that allow access to different seasonal products .

Other examples of nearby markets would be the Rubí municipal market and the Fontetes de Cerdanyola municipal market. Both offer local food daily to all their customers.

Collserola Park: a perfect natural space for cultivation 

The Collserola park is where a large part of the fruits and vegetables that supply the markets, school canteens, restaurants and residents of Sant Cugat del Vallés are harvested . 

Currently, there are different cooperatives such as L’Ortiga, La Rural de Collserola, Jardins de la Serreta, Francesc Bancells Borrà and Can Domenech. These cooperatives are responsible for the production of local products and are highly appreciated by the people of Sancuga.

What fruits and vegetables are grown in Sant Cugat del Vallés? 

Among the vegetables grown in Sant Cugat are: aubergine, garlic, Swiss chard, pumpkin, courgette, onion, cucumber, red cabbage, lettuce, green beans, carrot, potato, red and green pepper, leek, radish, beetroot and mushrooms. Different varieties of tomatoes are also grown, such as cherry, ox heart, Montserrat, pear, traditional…

The local fruits that are most commonly seen in the orchards and greengrocers of Sant Cugat are nectarines, apricots, melon, lemon, apple, peach, Paraguayan, plums, watermelon, kiwi and orange.

The territory of Sant Cugat has an agroecological revitalization program. This program includes an agreement with the Collserola park consortium to promote this type of crop.

What healthy foods do Sancugatens include in their diet? 

Woman buys in the market

The inhabitants of Sant Cugat del Vallés are faithful to the Mediterranean diet . In addition to the fruits and vegetables that we have discussed, they also consume a good variety of cereals, legumes , nuts, fish, shellfish, and eggs, which are their main source of protein. In addition, they also consume different types of meat and gourmet products that are sold in different establishments in the city. 

Among the most used spices in Sancugate cuisine would be parsley, garlic powder, basil, paprika, pepper and cinnamon. The consumption of turmeric and grated ginger is also on the rise. And of course, you can not miss olive oil as the main source of healthy fats .

The variety and gastronomic flexibility of Sant Cugat del Vallés 

The city of Sant Cugat del Vallés offers a great gastronomic variety for all tastes. From healthy Mediterranean cuisine restaurants, to vegan and international restaurants. Let’s say that the city makes it easy for us when it comes to choosing healthy options and taking care of ourselves. Therefore, if our way of eating is not the most appropriate, it will not be for lack of options. 

The importance of personalizing food

All this variety and gastronomic offer helps each person have a healthy and flexible diet according to their personal tastes. The problem in many cases is not knowing “what suits us”. And this aspect is one of those that we dieticians-nutritionists work the most in our personalized nutrition consultations . 

Each person has particular health and enjoyment needs. The diet must be adapted and personalized based on this. However, this does not have to mean giving up social life or having to make complicated recipes to achieve the health goals and habits that we want to achieve.

Medieval Sant Cugat: What did our ancestors eat? 

Historically, the life of the people of Sant Cugat revolved around the monastery of Sant Cugat . This emblematic monastery of Sant Cugat has managed to witness the daily life of the monks who lived there in medieval times. The diet of the monks in medieval times was basically made up of vegetables, fruits, legumes, bread, cheese, olive oil and fish , so already at that time the inhabitants of the area enjoyed what we know today as the “Mediterranean diet”. ». 

During the New Year, the religious always ate a plate of mortarl . Moretrol consists of rice cooked with almond milk, breadcrumbs and beaten eggs. In addition, they consumed wine, wafers and nougat, which were the unhealthy foods that they used to consume throughout the year and at celebrations.

A long Mediterranean gastronomic tradition 

In Sant Cugat, during medieval times, the rest of the population followed a healthy Mediterranean diet . Food was local: from the garden and from the sea to the table. As an exception were spices, especially from the East. Cocoa and potatoes were also introduced later, with the arrival of Europeans on the American continent.

Healthy traditional recipes from Sant Cugat and Vallés Occidental

Take note of these two tasty healthy and traditional recipes typical of Catalan gastronomy and Sant Cugat that, among other healthy options, I usually recommend to the patients of my nutrition clinic in Sant Cugat . Enjoying food is not at odds with your health goals or good lifestyle habits!

Traditional paving 

white beans with cod

  • Ingredients (2 people): 1 large tomato, 1 green pepper, 1 onion, 2 cod or hake fillets, 300 g of boiled ganxet beans, 2 tablespoons of virgin olive oil, salt and green pepper. 

Elaboration of traditional paving

Wash and cut the tomato, the green pepper and the onion and reserve them. In a frying pan, prepare the grilled fish and cut it into portions. Pass the beans in water and drain them. In a bowl place the vegetables that you had reserved, along with the beans and the fish. Finally, season it with oil, salt, pepper and mix until smooth. 

Toasted “pagès” bread with homemade escalivada and tuna .

  • Ingredients (2 people) : 2 toasted pagès bread, 1 red pepper, 1 aubergine, 1 onion, 1 head of garlic, 2 cans of natural tuna, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, salt, parsley and pepper.

Elaboration of toasted “pagès” bread with homemade escalivada and tuna

Wash the pepper, eggplant, garlic and onion. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Put the tray in the oven at about 170-180ºC for 40-50 minutes. Next, remove the vegetables from the oven and reserve the sauce they have released. When the vegetables are colder, remove the skin, seeds and cut them into strips. Once cut, mix them with the sauce you had reserved, the oil and season to taste.

Toast the bread in the toaster, then place it on a plate. On the bread, spread the escalivada, the crumbled natural tuna, the parsley and…. enjoy!

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