It’s that time of year again. January means everyone is excited and determined to fulfill their New Year’s resolutions. We’re going to go ahead and guess that one of your 2015 resolutions is to eat healthier. Well have no fear! We’re here to help you tackle that goal while still eating yummy Asian food. Here are five flavorful and healthy Asian foods that can be incorporated into anyone’s diet:
Love noodles but want to eliminate carbs from your diet? Try japchae, which is made from Korean sweet potato noodles called dangmyeon. Topped with healthy veggies and occasionally fried eggs, japchae is usually served as “banchan” or an appetizer to a meal. Eat up!
2. Bok Choy
Bok choy is essentially a Chinese cabbage. With only nine calories per serving and 0.1 grams of fat, bok choy is great for when you are ready to eat lots of tasty, flavorful green veggies.
Now, it’s time for Korean cabbage. If you can handle the spiciness, load up on the kimchi. Low in calories, but high in fiber and antioxidants, kimchi helps regulate the cardiovascular and digestive system while providing vitamins that help reduce aging effects and blood sugar levels. Like japchae, kimchi is a quintessential Korean banchan dish.
Dal is quite simply spiced Indian lentils. Lentils themselves are one of the healthiest foods out there: lentils help lower cholesterol, regulate blood sugar, and have a lot of protein without a lot of the fat. There are many different ways to make dal but all add flavor and comfort to the superfood that is lentils.
Yes, really. The cult of sriracha has practically taken a life on it’s own and it’s all for the better. The red pepper chili sauce boosts metabolism and endorphins (which make you feel happier) while lowering blood sugar levels and cholesterol levels. Pour it up!