Thailand offers some of the world most amazing dishes, thus naturally, Thais love to eat. Thais have a strong love and passion for food so it is possible to indulge in a variety of aromatic dishes sold at food stalls and restaurants throughout Thailand. You may wonder how the average person can stay so thin while constantly eating. Well, first of all, people typically do not eat 3 large meals a day in Thailand.
A deeper look into Thai food.
Instead they will eat smaller meals and snacks throughout the day, allowing their metabolisms to stay active. As some of the spiciest food in the world, the ‘zing’ in most of the dishes causes people to eat slower which gives the body a chance to signal that it’s full, something that fast eating does not allow. Last of all, the ingredients that go into Thai food are very natural and, for the most part, very healthy. With its exotic taste and wide selection, if you’re looking to lose some weight, why not give the ‘Thai Diet’ a try!
Thai Foods that will make You Slimmer.
There are specialty dishes local to certain parts of Thailand, but most can be found throughout the country, and even the world. These dishes are packed with nutrients and antioxidants that will fill the stomach and nourish the body without adding extra unhealthy calories.
Som Tam – Papaya Salad.
Perhaps the most popular salad in Thailand, this flavorful dish is made with garlic, chili, tamarind paste, peanuts, lime, sugar cane paste, raw green beans, fish sauce and grated green papaya. It’s sweet, salty and spicy combination lights up the taste buds and satisfies the deepest hunger. Add some plain sticky rice and cucumbers to side to help calm down the spice. Low in fat and high in carbohydrates, it is a great meal to have during lunchtime to get some refreshing healthy energy.
Khao Yam – Rice Salad.
Originally from southern Thailand, Khao Yam is a simple dish consisting of rice, often brown, and a lovely selection of shredded kaffir lime leaves, toasted coconut, peanuts, shredded carrots, diced lemongrass, and winged beans. It is packed full of flavor, very little calories, and incredibly delicious.
Tom Kha – Coconut Soup.
The unique blend of galangal, kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass, chili, broth, coconut milk, and chicken or shrimp and vegetables make this soup a delight. In addition to all of the vitamins and antioxidants, many of the ingredients have specific health benefits that help with stomach disorders and boost your immune system.
Tom Yum – Hot and Sour Soup.
Tom Yum has all the herbs and spices of its sister soup, Tom Kha, but less coconut milk, added chili paste and often shrimp or seafood. This signature dish is so healthy that Thailand’s Kasetsart University and Japan’s Kyoto and Kinki Universities have found that the ingredients in Tom Yum soup are 100 times more effective in inhibiting cancerous tumor growth than many other foods.
Thai Curry – Red, Green, or Yellow.
Thai curry is made from a paste, which is red, yellow, or green. The paste is a combination of well ground herbs and spices; such as turmeric, chili, lemongrass, garlic, galangal, and kaffir lime. Pair this healthy paste with coconut milk, and a few vegetables and meat of your choice and you have yourself a very satisfying meal that will boost your metabolism while titillating your taste buds.
Raw Vegetable Spring Rolls.
A popular side dish or snack, spring rolls are packed with an assortment of vegetables and sometimes tofu or seafood, then rolled up using rice paper. Dip these light invigorating snacks into a spicy peanut sauce and your good to go.
Mango and Sticky Rice.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with a plate of coconut flavored sticky rice, ripened mango and a drizzling of coconut milk. Rich in protein, fiber, zinc and vitamins it is an exotic dessert that is a perfect accomplice to the Thai Diet.
Advice for Vegetarians.
The above meals can be eaten without meat, seafood and fish sauce. When ordering ask for ‘diyao pak’, which is only vegetables, or you can tell the cook you are ‘gin jay’ vegetarian. If you prefer to have your meal without fish sauce, simply say, ‘mai sai nam blah’, no fish sauce. You will likely get a strange look, but they will understand and follow through with the request.
While following a ‘Thai Diet’ is a great start for a new beginning. Keep in mind that dieting is not the only thing that will make for long term success, lifestyle changes must be incorporated.
Have you lost weight since coming to Thailand? Let us know how you did it!