One of the greatest joys of travelling is having the opportunity to try new foods, and while we totally
advocate getting fully stuck in to the breakfast buffet, being on holiday doesn't have to mean eating unhealthily. Without further ado, here's five of our favourite healthy dishes from around the world and, in a bid to cure your post-holiday blues, where to find them once you're home.
Rye bread is – unsurprisingly – made from rye grain, which is packed with fibre and rich in essential nutrients including iron, magnesium and potassium. It’s also low GI, meaning that its sugars are released slowly into the bloodstream, helping to control blood glucose levels. Top it with smashed avo and smoked salmon for a healthy, delicious brunch.
Get it in London: You can buy rye bread in just about any supermarket now, but for the added Scandi touch make a Sunday morning visit to The Bread Station, London Fields, which offers standard, seeded and fruity options. Good luck finding the willpower to resist indulging in one of their pastries too, and if – like us – you can’t then just say #yolo.
As far salads go, tabbouleh is one that has everything: it’s healthy, delicious and easy enough to batch cook for weekday lunches. Made with bulgur wheat, which is low in fat and high in fibre and protein, it also incorporates vegetables in the form of onions and tomatoes, and healthy fats in the form of olive oil.
Get it in London: If you’re in the mood for some properly done tabbouleh then head down to Maltby Street Market in Bermondsey on a Saturday or Sunday and seek out Hoxton Beach, a street food stall with a strong focus on making sure their products adhere to traditional ways of cooking.
A gluten-free bread that you’ll actually want to eat, injera is the national dish of Ethiopia and often served with curries and sauces on piled on top. Made using teff, the world’s smallest grain, this spongy flatbread-style bread packs a big punch when it comes to its fibre content, as well as being a great source of calcium and iron.
Get it in London: Stop by Camberwell’s Zeret Kitchen for injera topped with deliciousness – order their House Special to try a little bit of everything!
Known for having one of the world’s longest life expectancies, Japan often springs to mind when we think of healthy cuisines. However, the powerful fare of its near neighbour South Korea should not be underestimated. Its standout staple, Bibimbap, is the very definition of a balanced meal, containing carbs and a colourful array of vegetables, and being served with lean beef and an egg on top.
Get it in London: Tucked away right next to Waterloo station, with an exterior that looks more like a grungy record store than a restaurant, we'd say that Go Go Pocha is – and we know this is a big claim – one of the best Korean restaurants in London. Head down at about 8pm and you’ll be able to tell which one it is from the queue outside, no matter the weather.
India: Dal Palak
Your Friday night chicken korma isn’t going to be winning any prizes for its health properties, but traditional Indian recipes are generally chocka-block full of antioxidant-rich veggies and immune-boosting spices. Lentil-based heavy Dal Palak, which originates from North India, is a zingy way to get your protein and fibre fix, and is further boosted by its calcium-rich spinach content.
Get it in London: With only six or so tables, Hullabaloo, Deptford, is the hidden gem we’re almost reluctant to let you in on. Specialising in healthy Indian street food, it’s run by a chef that previously worked at Tamarind, in Mayfair – one of the first Indian restaurants in the world to win a Michelin star. What’s more, all dishes are vegan or veggie, and none of them will cost you more than a tenner.
P.S. - If you’re from outside London, you can totally use this list as a foodie bucket list when you’re visiting the city for Balance Festival 2020