Seasonal Street Food

Alongside the beautiful autumn colours and falling leaves there is the beginning of a chill in the air. Not often do we at Eat Well Shanghai talk about street food, but the seasonal colours of these ‘street treats’ have any food nut salivating. Baked sweet potato, roasted chestnuts and corn on the cob offer a feeling of warmth whilst still being fairy nutritious.

Chestnuts – roasted whole in their shell, peel away the shell delicately and you reveal the soft centre. The presence of the shell makes chestnuts a more hygienic option compared to other street food. Chestnuts offer a good source of vitamin C and are also high in fibre and B vitamins.

Sweet Potatoes – no oil is added to these lovelies, they are cooked simply in their skin. They make a good meal accompaniment to take home or as a meal on the go. High in fibre, sweet potatoes have a low glycaemic index which means they will keep you fuller for longer.

Corn on the cob – unlike some preparations of this vegetable, these don’t have any oil added to them. Providing a source of fibre and vitamins and minerals these can count as 1 of your 5 fruit and vegetables a day.

Obviously there is always the questions of food hygiene and sourcing when it comes to street food. However these foods are generally low in fat and are a more nutritious option compared to most for those trying to eat off the street. So, who said healthy eating couldn’t be cheap?

Sophie Thomas