Erika Brown is our resident foodie fangirl. She is also a Registered Dietitian located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and you can find her at Erika Brown RD. She likes to write monthly posts for us about healthy eating… with a fandom twist. So read on for everything you need to know about how to put together a nutritious Game of Thrones themed feast!
Winter is Coming
Winter is coming. Well… let’s be honest, it’s already here. But House Stark’s motto is more than just an ominous saying meant to remind us that White Walkers could be heading for Westeros at any minute. It’s also a stark reminder that seasons change. And with every changing season comes an offering of unique dishes with distinct seasonal flavours.
Instead of fretting about the snow (or about Jon Snow’s untimely demise), plan a GoT-themed menu like this one that includes everything from hearty root vegetables to bright, sweet citrus.
The Bread Wedding
Bread’s been getting a bad rap for a while now (maybe even more so than the Red Wedding that saw the untimely end of some of our favourite characters). But I say it’s time to end the war between houses with a Bread Wedding.
Whole grains are full of fibre, B-vitamins and minerals, making them an important part of any healthy diet. They also have a high satiety index, which means this hearty rye bread will have you feeling full and ready to go to war with whatever house is getting in your way.
All Men Must Dine
Sometimes, you’re looking for more than (Little)finger food. You want satisfying seasonal rations that stick-to-your ribs on even the darkest of days.
But comfort food doesn’t need to wreak havoc on your waistline. Chase away the chill with simple, one pot meals that use hearty whole ingredients. Lean protein, fibre rich vegetables, and whole grains are sure to satisfy even the hungriest among the Night’s Watch. No army to feed? Portion and freeze your home-cooked creations into easy heat-and-eat meals for later.
Sister’s Stew was served to Davos when he was on the Three Sisters islands in A Dance with Dragons. This vegetarian version is sure to warm you like the fire from one of Daenerys’s dragons. It also features squash, one of my favorite winter foods. So enjoy this delicious dish and squash your health goals like the Mountain squashing Oberyn (apologies for the visual).
They’re Sansa Stark’s favourite, but don’t let that sour you on these sweet treats. Lemons are a great source of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that boosts your immune system, and protects your body from cell damage and disease. Not to mention lemons are a great way to amp up the flavour in any winter dish!
A sweet tooth is meant to be satisfied. The trick is doing it with smart choices. Take advantage of foods that are naturally sweet and steer clear of heavy ingredients like creamy whipped topping or sugary sauces. Pairing this lemon cake with a heap of fresh raspberries will satisfy any craving. Well, unless you’re Tyrion Lannister.
A Feast for Crows
The feast season is upon us which means there’s plenty of reason to celebrate, even if we could be staring down the barrel of another Long Night. So while you anxiously await the start of another epic season, satisfy your cravings for both comfort food and Games of Thrones with a banquet of medieval-themed grub.
We’d love to hear some of your favourite GoT-inspired dishes so send us a raven or comment below!