The health scene has been quite the buzz lately. But not just in Egypt – all over the world. I hope it’s not just a trend that comes and goes, but a way of life that will continue to grow. Thankfully, it’s become a lot easier to live healthy in Cairo, and so quickly too with stores like NGS, Gourmet and Sunny Market offering local and imported healthful goods.

I remember just a year and a half ago I couldn’t find kale anywhere, no restaurant in Egypt served quinoa (KEEN-WA we’re still learning how to say it right), and chia seeds were just some weight loss seeds everyone saw on the DR. OZ show. Almost any super food 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 100 LE 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 foreign to Egypt. It’s just not worth it for them in the end.

And I can sympathize. There are certain foods that I would be willing to pay a high price for and there are other foods that aren’t really worth breaking the bank for. Especially when they have local substitutes that are just as strong in nutritional value. That way you won’t stop eating healthy just because of a price tag. Good, wholesome health, should be accessible to all. Plus, it will be interesting to explore these foods in a new, super light.

Local Swaps

  • Qunioa ———> Freek (which has twice as much fiber as quinoa!), wheat berry, barley or bulgur
  • Chia seeds——> Flaxseeds
  • Almond milk—-> Homemade almond milk
  • Commercial cereal brands—-> Quick whole oats
  • 100% orange juice—-> Fresh homemade squeezed orange juice
  • Imported nut butters—–> Local nut butter (Fitnuts) or homemade nut butter
  • Greek yogurt—-> Fresh Lebneh from Gourmet