It’s amazing how one cuisine can translate into the perfect healthy Asian recipe. Asian cultures have many ingredients and each of them has a specific health benefit. Your Asian recipes are just as important as your Western ones and it is essential that you keep up with all the ingredients in your repertoire. In this article I am going to share some great healthy Asian recipes with you.
One health benefit of being Asian is that Asian cuisine is very low in calories. That doesn’t mean that Asian food is fat free, but you do eat foods like rice and noodles which are calorie dense. The low calories actually come from the amount of fruits and vegetables you eat. Instead of eating lots of greasy fried foods, you will eat more salads, steamed vegetables, stir-fried chicken, fish, and other protein heavy foods. These foods are loaded with vitamins and minerals and are very filling.
Now lets take a look at a healthy Asian recipe that you can make for dinner tonight. You might be surprised to find out that your next dish can be made using nothing but vegetable and fruit.
Broccoli. A very famous Asian food and surprisingly low in calories. Just a handful of raw broccoli can have a lot of nutrients. Not only will this help you to lose weight, but you will also eat more vegetables which can have an added benefit of losing weight if you are a vegetarian.
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Lemon Grass. This is very low in calories and can add a wonderful flavor to just about any Asian dish.
Green Tea. A little bit bitter, but if you add it in the right amounts it can be a nice light drink and can even help you lose weight.
Garlic. Your Asian cuisine may not have a lot of garlic in it. But you can still add garlic to just about any dish. Just use fresh garlic in Asian dishes and you will be surprised at how flavorful it can be.
Ginger. Many Asian dishes already include a few teaspoons of ginger in them. But adding a few more is a great idea. Using the ginger in dishes like Kimchi. And stir frying is a great way to get your ginger in while saving the oil for other uses.
Cilantro. While some people think that cilantro is for Mexican food. I have found that cilantro is a great addition to just about any Asian dish. If you don’t have the time to buy cilantro in the grocery store, use the dried cilantro. That you can buy at Asian grocers or Asian food stores.
Sesame oil. This oil is made from seeds from the Sesame plant. And is great for creating tasty sauces and stir fries, and is especially great for stir frying spicy chili.
Rice. Make sure that you use rice and not noodles. Beans and vegetables have a much lower glycemic index than rice. So it will help you lose weight without adding more carbohydrates.
So there you have it, a few Asian recipes that can be easily converted to a healthy Asian recipe. There are plenty of Asian foods out there to use in your next meal so start making some.