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.

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.

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.

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

Ceviche (Peru)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)

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