What is the Food Like in Iceland?

Many people dream of a trip to Iceland.  I can happily report, I’ve been there, and I’ve done that.  Today I’m proudly going to tell you all about it.  More importantly, I’m going to focus on the food in Iceland.  As my mouth waters, let’s get right into it.

What do People Eat in Iceland?

Iceland Food

Iceland is a cold nation, rarely seeing temperatures reaching the 50’s, even in the Summer!  If you can believe that, and also know that the country is a remote, quaint island way out in the middle of the ocean, you understand that there aren’t a lot of things available to hunt, gather, and cook. It’s a very small country, and living off of the local flora and fauna means that you are going to have many meals over and over again!

Let’s start with breakfast.  People start their morning with very fine breakfast pastries.  There is a great place on the main street of Reykjavik called the Sandholt that has fresh pastries and amazing coffee.  In addition to pastries, people consume Skyr, which is very similar to yogurt, but with a different flavor profile.

Moving on to the latter parts of the day, this is where you can get very exploratory. Lots of fish is eaten here.  Salmon, Monkfish, and mutton, and pickled herring are all common as well.  You can even eat Minke Whale, which as you can probably guess, is a bit blubbery but very tasty.

Soups are absolutely huge in Iceland.  They have choices of vegan soups, and meat soups.  The vegan soups are mostly made from potato leeks and carrots, among other things, and the meat soups can have a lamb base normally but also mix the beef and pepperoni at times as well.  Made in a hot bread bowl, this was my absolute favorite thing to eat in Iceland, and it’s especially good after a long day in the cold weather or after a long hike.

Bizzarre Foods in Iceland

They have some rare stuff that many people are shocked by.  The first one, is horse.  Yes, horse!

Soup

Horse is a very lean red meat, and I’d compare it to a ribeye steak.  It’s very tasty, tender, and muscular.  It’s not cheap, and it’s not available many places, so if you are lucky enough to find somewhere that has horse, jump at the opportunity to have it. It’s something you can’t get in many places, and it’s truly delicious.

Another Icelandic dish people eat is called Hakarl, which is fermented shark.  Fermented shark will be something you smell from a block away, as the ammonia that accompanies it is very strong.  You’ll be in shock the first time you smell it, but you do get used to it.  Usually this is served with a shot of the local Brennevin, which is akin to a Sambuca, and is considered a local moonshine type drink.

Ram’s head is sold by the bus station and is considered a delicacy in Iceland.  People even eat the eyeballs! They even eat Ram’s testicles, but I didn’t experience that one nor run into a bar or restaurant that had that for sale, otherwise my curiosity would have got the best of me and I’d probably have tried it.

Well, that’s about what I know during my trips to Iceland.  Be ready for a lot of bread, a lot of lamb, and a lot of fish. While that may be different in comparison to what you eat in your neck of the woods, it’s something that will definitely show you the culture of the lovely place called Iceland.

 

 

Which Foods are Best For Losing Weight?

Every day, we make choices on what we put into our bodies.  With so many good foods out there, it’s hard to keep a balanced diet that not only tastes amazing, but that also helps you maintain a healthy body weight.  Keeping up with the latest in food trends is like Keeping up With the Kardashian’s, there are just so many twists and turns that it’s really hard to know what the latest stories are.

Which Foods Help With Weight Loss?

Veggies

You have probably heard a lot about the diets that help you stay on track by eating a regimented diet that falls into food groups or has you avoid certain things like sugars, carbs, or dairy.  Here are a list of the popular diets that have been out there over the last several years.

  • The Keto Diet
  • The Atkins Diet
  • The South Beach Diet
  • The Mediterranean Diet
  • The Primal Diet

The list goes on, and on. It’s really something that evolves over time and many people are out there testing new theories, releasing new weight loss pills, and doesn’t it seem like there is some scientist always finding some magical berry in the Amazon that has the answer to weight loss?

We’ve heard it all, we’ve bought it all, and there are many people getting rich off of people who invest in these types of diets.  Some of these are pure trash, and actually, scams.  Scams to separate you from your money and prey on the people who are fighting obesity. It’s sad, but it happens all over the world.

Fortunately, there are foods that will actually promote weight loss.  Foods you can find in your super market, but they won’t be processed and they will be whole, unrefined foods.  If you eat these foods, and cut out the junk foods, and also combine other healthy living factors like exercise and drinking a lot of water (very important), you can achieve weight loss.