Healthy and delicious: Germany’s traditional spas Cuisine

Even the priest Sebastian Kneipp, who was born 200 years ago, recommended a wholesome diet as part of his holistic health teachings. Indeed, his ideas come very close to the notions of healthy eating and avoiding mass-produced foods that are gaining in popularity today. This doesn’t mean that you have to forego culinary enjoyment; quite the opposite, in fact. Many of the chefs at Germany’s health resorts and spas are at the very top of their profession and work with high-quality, organic regional produce. They use herbs and medicinal plants in their cooking, and are also extremely creative when it comes to vegetarian and vegan dishes.

Healthy eating

Everyone knows what a healthy diet is in theory: fresh dishes with a high proportion of vegetables or salad, low fat and avoiding mass-produced foods can really help towards your general health and well-being. However, the demands of everyday like often mean that things play out quite differently. A wellness vacation gives you the opportunity to take a fresh look at your eating habits and enjoy healthy food.

Clean eating

New trends are constantly emerging from the quest for the ideal diet. ‘Clean eating’ is just one example. First and foremost, this means avoiding mass-produced foods and opting instead for fresh, wholesome produce, ideally organically grown or reared. As such, clean eating relies on sound knowledge. What’s more, adopting this approach leaves your conscience clear, as organic produce helps protect the environment.

Seasonal eating

These days, hardly anyone still insists on eating strawberries in January or asparagus in October. Seasonal eating has become a major concern in professional and home kitchens alike. After all, food simply tastes better fresh from the earth or the tree, and it’s then that it’s richest in valuable nutrients, too. You can look forward to enjoying seasonal regional specialities at the health resort or spa of your choice!

Going vegetarian

A diet containing little or no meat is simply healthier, as this reduces levels of cholesterol and thus the risk of coronary artery disease. Fortunately, steering clear of meat no longer means being consigned to choosing from the list of side dishes whenever you eat out. In fact: Many chefs are incredibly creative when it comes to putting together dishes based on vegetables, salads and fresh herbs.

Medicinal herbs and plants

Medicinal herbs and plants are remarkably versatile: they can be used as teas, added to baths or taken as natural remedies, and impart their flavour to dishes. Not only does sage make a good herbal tea for when you have a cold, but it also lends a delicious herb tang to dishes. Back in the Middle Ages, herb beds were the fragrant heart of monastery gardens. Knowledge about the array of uses for herbs was widespread at the time. Today, it’s experiencing a kind of renaissance.

Regional, seasonal, and simply delicious

Germany’s regional cooking traditions are as diverse as the landscapes from which they originate. Chefs work with seasonal produce from the local area. The best ingredients and modern twists on traditional recipes combine to create exquisite taste experiences. This is the place for healthy, delicious specialities.

Holiday destinations: from the coasts to the mountains

The natural remedies offered at Germany’s health resorts and spas are as varied as the landscapes in which they are set. Whether you’re hankering after sand dunes and seas, forests and lakes, or breathtaking mountain panoramas, you’ll find a selection of over 350 certified spas and health resorts here.

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