by NatureBox Nutritionist Kat Brown, MS RD RYT
Inspired by our August “Snacks From Around the World” box, we’re taking a quick trip to the Far East to explore some different Asian cuisines. Grab your
passport appetite, and come join us!
We’re back to our “Beyond the Takeout Menu” series, which we hope will give you a quick guide to the healthier side of Asian cuisine and open your eyes to the vast array of options to choose from. Missed the first two? Check out “Curry On Over to the Spice Cabinet.” and Part II here!
Fresh unprocessed ingredients, herbs such as basil, cilantro, and mint and steaming or boiling food lend Southeastern Asia’s foods their delicious and healthful appeal. While Northeast Asia’s preparation methods often emphasize using soy sauce for flavoring, southeastern cuisine focuses on using fish sauce, tamarind, and lemongrass for flavoring- often for a lower sodium dish. Thai curries use heart-healthier coconut milk rather than cream.
By no means is this a thorough review of these rich and diverse cultural eating patterns but rather an overview to the healthful cooking styles from each region. Hopefully this guide to the healthier side of Asian cuisine has opened your eyes to the vast array of options to choose from. Trust us, there’s life outside the greasy Lo Mein from the Chinese takeout place!
The NatureBox team.
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Kat Brown, MS RD RYT is a San Francisco Bay Area based Registered Dietitian and Yoga Teacher. As a nutrition counselor, writer, cook, and yogini she seeks to inspire others to nourish themselves and live balanced, fulfilled lives.