Healthy Diets from Around the World

traditional Japanese meal

traditional Japanese meal

Traveling sometimes makes it extra challenging to stick to a healthy diet. But it can also be an eye-opener, especially when you visit places that boast of traditional cuisines that are among the healthiest in the world. From delicious low carb spring rolls and sushis to vegetarian curries, here are some of the countries known for their healthy eats.

Greece
Considered as one of the healthiest in the world, traditional Greek diet continues to be a source of fascination and inspiration for those who want to eat healthily. Many dishes are built mostly around ingredients like whole grains, fish, fruits, and vegetables. Not to mention the use of unsaturated fats. Think Greek salad. Not to mention the Greek yogurt that has become one of the popular healthier options on the market. These and more are just some of the famous healthy eats to enjoy when visiting the country.

India
The rich, thick, and creamy dishes associated with some great-tasting Indian dishes are just some of the diverse foods the country has to offer. Being a vegetarian tourist in the country is not a hardship given the many options available. There are many vegetarian dishes that are as flavorful and delicious as the meat-based cuisines.

Japan
Traditional Japanese food consists mainly of fish, vegetables, and natural ingredients. Unprocessed foods abound and some of the country’s most famous dishes like sushi and sashimi are prepared using the freshest ingredients. Fermented or pickled fruits and vegetables, tofu, and beverages like green tea or matcha are a common feature in the Japanese diet.

Must-Try Foods in 15 Countries

Every country has at least one dish that every traveler should try at least once. But not everyone has the luxury of time to savor all the local food just waiting to be explored and discovered. Picking the best food to try out of the many is a herculean task. With so many to choose from, here are some of the dishes that deserve a spot in your must-try list.

Asado (Argentina)
asado
What is it: Experience the Argentinian way of grilling meats and serving delicious steaks

Ceviche (Peru)
ceviche
What is it: Fresh and raw fish cut or sliced into small pieces marinated and served in citrus juices and seasoned with herbs, chili, and sliced red onions

Francesinha (Portugal)
Francesinha
What is it: Bread, ham, smoked pork sausage, and steak sandwich with a topping of melted cheese and smothered with tomato sauce – often eaten with a serving of fries on the side and a cold beer

Jiaozi (China)
Jiaozi
What is it: Traditional Chinese dumplings made with minced meat or seafood and vegetables and served with sesame oil

Kangaroo meat (Australia)
Kangaroo meat
What is it: It is not every day that you can taste kangaroo meat and there is no better place to experience the real thing but in Australia

Katong Laksa (Singapore)
Katong Laksa
What is it: One version of laksa lemak; a spicy soup made with noodles, coconut milk, dried shrimp and served with toppings like fishcake, prawns, or more

Masala Dosa (India)
Masala Dosa
What is it: Crepe-like food made from lentils and rice batter then stuffed with fillings like onions and spiced potatoes – often served flat or rolled up with side dishes

Moules-Frites (Belgium)
Moules-Frites
What is it: A serving of mussels and French fries – the latter can be cooked in butter, broth, herbs, or wine

Nasi lemak (Malaysia)
Nasi lemak
What is it: Rice cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf often wrapped in banana leaves and served with beef, chicken, fish and with anchovies, boiled egg, peanuts, and more

Pad Thai (Thailand)
Pad Thai
What is it: A stir-fried dish made with rice noodles, bean sprouts, fish sauce, peanuts, and shrimp

Pizza (Italy)
Pizza
What is it: Neapolitan-style pizza with just the right chewiness and crunchiness; often made with the finest ingredients that include basil, buffalo mozzarella, meat, and tomatoes

Poutine (Canada)

Poutine
What is it: French fries served smothered with gravy and cheese curds

Samgyetang (South Korea)
What is it: Soup dish made with chicken which is stuffed with garlic, ginseng, jujube, and rice and often served in a hot stone bowl

Soused herring (Netherlands)
Soused herring
What it: Raw herring fillets drizzled with mild vinegar, other marinade used may have cider, herbs, onions, spices, sugar, and more

Sushi (Japan)
sushi
What is it: Rice seasoned with vinegar topped with raw fish or other toppings like sea urchin roe, shrimp, and more

Food on the Road: Choosing What to Eat

travel food

If you travel a lot, your diet while on the road can make or break your health and fitness goals. Being more conscious about the food decisions you make helps you keep a good diet. Your ability to resist tempting but unwholesome foods can go a long way in protecting your health.

1. Be clear about what you should and should not eat. A healthy diet plan would come very handy when you travel extensively. You do not have to make a detailed and strict plan. Doing so could only become burdensome given the constraints business traveling may present. But you should at least have some strategies in mind on how to make your healthy eating habits stick. What to eat, where to dine, and what foods to avoid are some of the things you have to work out in advance. Having a general idea of what you should do to eat right can help you make informed decisions once you are on the road.

2. Bring your own snacks, if you can. Take the time to pack some healthy travel snacks. You can either bring enough nutritious food supplies for your entire trip. Or you can prepare just enough for you to eat while at the airport and during your flight or on the road if you are driving to your destination. This ensures that you have something healthy to eat if you have trouble finding any while in transit.

3. Stick to nutritious foods. Every meal or snack requires decision-making. And often you may unknowingly make decisions out of habit or necessity. Decide on what you should eat for a healthy diet. This can help you choose the right foods even when things get hectic on your trips. Make every calorie count by picking high-nutrition foods instead of empty calories.

4. Find healthy places to eat. Where you eat can either make it easier or harder for you to stick to your diet. Many fast food establishments nowadays offer more nutritious options. Explore your options well. Doing some research online can help you find healthy food restaurants near you. Vegetarian, organic, or healthy-dining approved menus are just some of the many choices you have. There are also several nutritious international cuisines you can try. So you are actually not short on options every time you travel.