Junk foods tend to win the race against healthier foods in the contemporary lifestyle of the society, leading to health issues like cholesterol, belly fat, obesity and high blood pressure.
Binging on American fast food like burgers and fries, takes a toll on our health, no matter how tasty they might be.
Speaking of Asian food, have you ever imagined how much tastier and healthier it can be than western cuisine? Here's a list of the top 10 healthiest Asian food low in fat and additives, but with a flavor, sure to last long.
1. Vegetable Fried Rice
While most of us associate fried rice with Chinese cuisine, vegetable fried rice is common in South East Asia and the Far East, making it their staple food. Rice has a high carbohydrate content and vegetables add a tinge of twist to this dish. Although fried rice with vegetables might not sound tempting. we can always add flavors like soya sauce, olive or sesame oil to enrich the taste.
2. Vietnamese Pho
Pho is a Vietnamese noodle soup containing meat along with veggies, herbs, and spices. Basically, this dish contains ample of protein and has less fat and more of energy, with vegetables adding extra nutrition to it. Pho is often eaten in breakfast and can be made with varieties of herbs to add a flavor to it
3. Thai Green Curry
Thai Green curry is an easy dish which can be made in 20 minutes and is way more affordable in and around Thailand. There are two versions of Thai curry, one is creamy and traditional which is served outside Thailand, whereas the authentic Thai version of the curry is spicy, but is the healthier one. The main ingredients of this dish are protein, vegetables, green curry paste made with chillis, lemon grass, coriander and different herbs, along with a splash of coconut milk. It can be served with rice or rice noodles. And it's the best starter with lean meat or fish.
4. Japanese or Korean Sushi
Although Korean sushi is referred to as Japanese balls, it is one of the healthiest snacks. Sushi is usually deeply fried. The main ingredient is either brown or white rice. We can also add variety of flavors to it like ginger, soya sauce or wasabi.
5. Stir Fry
Stir fry is a more innovative way of eating vegetables, specially for those who hate having boiled or tossed veggies. As it involves less of cooking, the nutrients and vitamins stay intact. It mainly includes ginger, chilly, soya sauce and sesame oil. The dish is colorful, making it all the more attractive to children.
6. Grilled Fish
Grilled fish is a healthier way of consuming fish. Oil usage in this dish is limited, keeping the protein content intact. It can be served with simple dishes like salad, rice, and noodles, providing little or no hassle to the chef.
7. Japanese or Korean Barbecue skewers
Japan and Korea share the common style and tradition of barbecuing. The skewers, loaded with meat are placed on the grill, and the fat drains gradually from a larger meat chunk. The dish is rich in protein and vitamins and is also served as street food
8. Thai Pomelo Crab Salad Avocados
Pomelos are high in protein and magnesium and has variety of flavors and textures. It is a ready to eat dish. Pomelo, stuffed with avocados and crabs are sugar-free.
9. Cashew Chicken
It is undeniably the most addictive dish and easy to cook. It contains cashews, flour, and soya beans.
A Korean dish which literally means mixed rice, is served in the form of white rice, topped with sauted veggies, soya sauce, egg, and sliced meat. The dish is high in protein and low in fat.
If you are a lover of Asian food, consider checking these dishes out.