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Hungry? The most mouth-watering and healthy local delicacies you should taste

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Hungry? The most mouth-watering and healthy local delicacies you should taste

The theme of World Health Day this year is food!  With that in mind, here are some of the healthiest local delicacies you should try.  Be sure to only buy from reputable vendors to avoid sick stomachs later in the day!

Japan

Eating in Japan

Filled with omega 3 and protein you can be guaranteed that eating sushi won’t leave you feeling guilty. Try to go with the healthier and safer fishes low in mercury - sake (salmon), edi (shrimp) or ika (squid).  This dish can come with or without another healthy ingredient – rice. The Japanese also believe in having smaller portions and a colourful plate which includes vegetables.  This leaves the dish more pleasing to the eye and much more enjoyable.

India

India is known for its spices of all different levels of heat. They help lower cholesterol and speed up metabolism. Don’t try to go too spicy if you can’t handle it – a little goes a long way.  Whether it’s the less spicy tikka masala or scorching madras you know your body will benefit.

Mexico

Burritos in Mexico

It may not seem like it but a burrito or fajita doesn’t have to be an unhealthy option for a meal. Burritos come with the superfood, beans, but avoid getting them refried as this increases the calories. Fajitas can be served with shrimp or vegetables only, which makes them instantly healthier.  An extra step to a healthier fajita?  Leave out the sour cream!

Mediterranean

Covering the likes of Italy, Spain and Greece, among others, you’ll be introduced to so many healthy local dishes throughout these countries. Mediterranean cuisine is rich in fruit, vegetables, pasta, beans and fish.  But don't forget it will be what you put with these foods which will determine whether your dish remains a balanced one. Try a Greek salad, paella or ravioli to fill you up while maintaining a healthy body.

France

Cafe in France The French tend to see their mealtime as a time of pleasure where food is to be enjoyed. While some may think the French tend to eat big meals, it’s the length of time it takes to eat which is the secret here.  Eating over a longer period of time as oppose to rushing meals means there is more time for you to digest your food, therefore no heartburn! Along with many other countries French people enjoy their wine.  However, the healthy side to this is not over-doing it and instead, enjoying it with a meal.

Ethiopia

Injera is a traditional Ethiopian flat bread and looks like a pancake.  It’s made with teff flour which is rich in fibre, vitamin C and protein. You can have anything you like with this but traditionally you will have it served with root vegetables, beans and/or lentils.

Thailand

Market food in Thailand

Thai cooking involves lots of ingredients from local markets.  But it also contains a lot of garlic and coconut milk which each have health benefits. Garlic is a good anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant while coconut milk while high in fat, also is rich in calcium and vitamin D. The locals also use chopsticks for eating which encourages taking smaller portions and therefore ease of digestion.

South Africa

While China offers the healthy green tea which is high in anti-oxidants, South Africa offers Rooibos Tea. It has a sweeter taste than green tea but it also keeps you hydrated.  This is helpful when you may think you are hungry when really you are dehydrated.  

 

Siobhan Maguire is a budding journalist studying at the University of Salford in Manchester. A well-seasoned traveller, she blogs at A Girl Gets on a Bus, and you can follow her Twitter here.

 

Thanks to Duncan Holmes, Guian Bolisay, Paul Joseph, Zoetnet, and Oleg Sidorenko for the excellent pictures from Flickr. Please note they were under Creative Commons Licence at time of publishing.

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