In the day-to-day strive to eat healthy, our regular meals can become boring. It is all too easy to fall into a rut and eat the same dishes over and over again. So to try and help you add a bit of variety to your meals, I thought I’d take you on a trip around the world! Here are five super healthy cuisines from around the world that you can enjoy in your very own kitchen.
Japanese cuisine features a lot of nutritional fish and seafood. Plus, the Japanese are really into their sea vegetables. Wait, what’s a sea vegetable? As the name suggests, they are just veggies that come from the sea, like seaweed. They are very low in calories but are packed full of essential nutrients. Many of them are even superfoods! A lot of ingredients regularly used in Japanese cooking are very high in natural fiber, which is great for your digestive system!
Chinese food has got a bad rep, as many people enjoy it has a takeout. However, you need to step away from the Americanized Chinese food you find in takeouts. You’ll find that traditional Chinese cooking is a lot healthier. Many Chinese dishes are very well balanced and provide you with a lot of nutrients and fiber. Try to stay away from some of the deep-fried options, though. Feeling adventurous? Why not treat yourself to an edible swiftlet nest.
French food isn’t just croissants and huge baguettes! There are loads of healthy options in the French diet as well. The French are experts at salads, and you will always find a variety of suggestions in French cookery books. They also do soups very well too. Their most popular one is French Onion Soup. Just don’t add all the cheese to the top! That’s an easy way for unnecessary calories to enter your diet.
Who doesn’t love Italian food? And the best thing about it isn’t just the fabulous flavors – it can actually be super healthy too! Italians cook with lots of olive oil which is high in healthy fats. You will also find that Italian food uses a lot of vegetables, legumes, and grains. All of which can provide you with a range of essential vitamins and minerals. There is also an emphasis on lean chicken and seafood rather than red meat.
Some of the best curries come from Vietnam! Vietnamese cooking is super fresh and uses only the best fresh herbs and vegetables. Many of the herbs used in recipes are also used to treat common ailments. You also won’t find any heavy carbs such as pasta and bread. Instead, you can have lots of light curries and lightly spiced salads. The country’s favorite soup, pho, is super healthy too as it is packed full of antioxidants.
So why buy a flight ticket when you can go traveling in your kitchen? Cooking world cuisine at home works out super cheap and super healthy! And you’ll make dishes the whole family will enjoy.