5 Global Foods to Eat Weekly for A Long, Healthy Life
Christine Chen | My Body
Tap into the world’s secrets for a long, healthy life! Each day we’re learning about specific foods from global diets that can help us from the inside out. Which ones can you add easily to your weekly food routine for creative options packed with universal health benefits?
Here’s our pick of five worldly choices to add more flavor and wellbeing to your life.
Korean: Seaweed Soup
Low in calories, high in calcium, protein and iron, Korean Seaweed Soup contains a rare component: iodine, which is needed to maintain a healthy thyroid. When your thyroid is working well, it helps regulate and produce hormones to keep fatigue, muscle weakness, and high cholesterol at bay.
North African: Spiced Mint Tea
This ceremonious and socially healthy drink from Morocco is rich in antioxidants, which prevent cell damage. You can make your own (heads up on the sugar, which you can reduce) or buy a designer blend.
Indian: Curried Lentils and Rice
This dish is full of all-star health ingredients, such as lentils (high in protein and fiber, but low in fat), turmeric (an anti-inflammatory in the tummy), and ginger, which also helps your stomach and increases circulation. Serve it over brown basmati rice, which boasts benefits that include weight maintenance.
Japanese/Chinese: Steamed Shitake Mushrooms and Bok Choy
In the Okinawan diet, famous as the food plan of the healthiest people in the world, steamed vegetables are key. Bok choy is a mega provider of vitamins A and C for vision and immunity, while shitake mushrooms support cardiovascular health and immunity. To add flavor, steam with ginger or garlic.
Middle Eastern/Mediterranean: Hummus with Olive Oil and Walnuts
Made of chickpeas, hummus is an amazing source of protein, fiber and iron. Drizzle hummus with extra virgin olive oil that is packed in a dark bottle and not more than one year old to help reduce cholesterol, then, sprinkle your snack with one tablespoon of walnuts to add antioxidants and omega-3s for heart disease prevention and improved brain function.
And, look no further than California for a taste of wellbeing. Health experts say because locally grown fruits and vegetables bursting with flavor are easily available, they’re prepared simply and purely, with no preservatives, making California Cuisine is one of the healthiest in the world.
So, get global in your food perspective, but also do as the Californians do – shop as locally as possible for flavorful ingredients that are farm fresh – for a long, healthy life.