Thankfully, it’s become a lot easier to live and eat healthy in Cairo, with even more local chain markets offering a growing variety of local and imported healthful goods. It wasn’t so long ago you couldn’t find kale anywhere, no restaurant in Egypt served quinoa, and chia seeds were just some weight loss seeds everyone saw on the Dr. OZ show. Almost any ‘superfood’ can be found in Cairo now. But, they come with a price. And sometimes, a really high price. Most people get turned off at the thought of paying 100LE or more for a bag of grains whose name they can’t even pronounce. Others might be willing to pay, but lose interest when they’re not sure how to incorporate the food into daily life as it’s so foreign to Egyptian cuisine. It’s just not worth it for them in the end.

There are certain foods that, if you’re able, are worth paying the occasional high price for and there are other foods that aren’t really worth breaking the bank, especially when they have local substitutes that are just as strong in nutritional value. It is possible, and it also means you don’t have to skip on eating healthy just because of a price tag. All you have to do is find the local alternatives, and swap out the expensive store bought items with them!

Local Swaps 
Quinoa  ————————————->  Freekeh (which has twice as much fiber as quinoa!), wheat berry, barley or bulgur.
Chia seeds ———————————> Basil seeds or Flaxseeds
Almond milk ————————— –> Homemade almond milk
Commercial cereal brands———–>Whole oats
100% store bought orange juice—–>Fresh homemade squeezed orange juice
Imported nut butters ——————>Local nut butter (Fitnuts, Finos, Lychee, Abu Auf, or Gourmet), or homemade nut butter
Greek yogurt —————————–>Fresh Lebneh from Gourmet
Cranberries——————————> Gooseberry (‘harankash’)