There are no statistics yet, but surely every few seconds a person in Spain orders a potato omelette skewer. This bite is, without a doubt, one of the most popular in the bars of our country and much of its success is due to the fact that we feel like it at any time of the day. It is an essential choice when we have an aperitif away from home or when we have a tapas lunch or dinner, but it has also earned a place of honor at our breakfast time.
Unfortunately, the potato omelette —and even more so if it is accompanied by a good piece of bread— should be saved for rare occasions. This is because it is a recipe with a high amount of calories and, in addition, few interesting nutrients for health: it provides too many carbohydrates and fats. The first step to make one of these skewers is peel the potatoes—and with the skin goes most of the fiber and vitamin C— and fry them in oil — greatly increasing their calories because the potato absorbs this liquid.
To finish off, we place the tortilla portion on a piece of bread, which is almost always made with refined flour. White bread and potatoes —which, according to Harvard University, we should not treat as just another vegetable— they have in common their high content of fast-absorbing carbohydrates. In other words, after eating them, they cause an accelerated rise in our blood sugar levels and, consequently, increase our risk of type 2 diabetes and obesity.
[Esto es lo que le pasa a tu cuerpo si tomas un pincho de tortilla cada día]
If our diet is, in general, healthy, we should not worry about eating a potato omelette skewer from time to time. Anyway, there are equally delicious breakfasts, tapas and snacks and that can be taken more regularly. Here are four alternatives to the potato omelette skewer recommended by nutritionists.
bread with tomato
One of the best substitutes for the tortilla skewer for breakfast is the classic bread with tomato that is eaten for breakfast in many areas of Spain. Now, to make it recommendable for day-to-day use, we have to change the white bread that we usually prefer for wholemeal bread, that preserves more fiber and minerals.
This is because this type of bread is made with full grain flour, that is, in which the bran is kept. Thanks to this content, whole wheat bread has a lower glycemic indexwhich means that after eating it, blood glucose levels increase slowly and steadily, reducing the risk of disease.
Pickle skewers are a classic in Spanish bars: some are banderillas and others, more typical of the north, are gildas. Now, they are not the same. The gildas consist of a combination of olives, chillies and an anchovy skewered on a toothpick. All of these foods are considered very healthy.
Pickles are very low-calorie vegetables, although olives are an exception due to their healthy fats. In any case, olives are a very healthy snack, such as anchovies, which contain heart-healthy fats typical of oily fish. The only drawback is that some pickles contain too much salt.
If what we are looking for is a snack or a meal between meals that is healthy, nuts are the answer. Nuts contain a good supply of vegetable proteins and heart-healthy fats, but we do not give them the importance in our diet that they deserve. For this reason, incorporating them into the aperitif is a very positive option.
Specifically, pistachios are a source of heart-healthy fats that help reduce high blood pressure, cholesterol levels and the risk of diabetes. Also, pistachios stand out for their high content of vitamin Ea compound with antioxidant power that fights cell damage caused by free radicals.
Another very typical tapa from Spain that is very healthy is the octopus ration. It is because it contains very few calories and most of them come from their protein content. Being of animal origin, these proteins are of high biological quality; that is, they contain all the essential amino acids and, therefore, must be incorporated through the diet.
As for its micronutrients, the octopus is rich in minerals such as selenium, which has an antioxidant function and contributes to reproductive health and the reinforcement of our immune system. Octopus tapas in Spain are usually served to fair and, therefore, contain potato. Now, that potato is cooked and is much healthier than the tortilla skewer.