Healthy Eating in Riyadh

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is working hard to promote health-minded lifestyles. Efforts range from the promotion of healthy food to creating 135 kilometres of walking and cycling paths around Riyadh.

The country’s high obesity rate is also being tackled with the help of the public and private sectors. A number of food outlets are offering low-calorie, plant-based and gluten-free options. Some even have nutritionists to consult customers and advise on dietary changes. “Although the prevailing culture in the city is not conducive to the promotion of a healthier lifestyle, people are increasingly conscious of their health,” says dietitian Karin Evans.

A healthy diet consists of a balanced combination of the main food groups: cereals, vegetables, fruit, meat and dairy products, and fats, sugars, and oils. It is important to eat a variety of foods from each group daily, with special attention to protein sources, fibers and healthy carbohydrates.

Healthy eating is not only good for one’s diet, but also for the environment and the local economy. Studies have found that eating more fruits, vegetables and whole grains contributes to lower environmental pollution levels.

Harees is a staple of the traditional Arabic kitchen, combining wheat with meat and spices to create a hearty dish that’s both delicious and filling. Often served with a meat broth, the slow-cooking process tenderizes proteins and absorbs flavors into the grain, making it an exceptionally comforting meal. A dash of ghee adds richness and a hint of sweetness to this dish. أكل صحي الرياض

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