Theresa Dohm, R.D., L.D., CNSC (nbd), owner of RX Nutrition in Joplin, shares her five favorite healthful foods from global cuisines. From fundamental to exotic, these suggestions will take your taste buds on a trip around the globe.
By Ren Bishop
The essential Asian entrée, stir-fry, provides fundamental nutrients to ensure a balanced diet. “Stir-fry is a very general term, but the great thing about it is that it is always very vegetable-heavy,” Dohm says. Diners can enjoy the fiber and vitamins found in stir-fry vegetables, but be sure to go easy on the rice.
The favorite Greek appetizer is made of chickpeas, tahini, lemon and garlic, all combining together to provide a burst of iron, vitamin C and fiber. “Hummus has some healthy fats in it too,” Dohm says. “It’s perfect to dip your vegetables in, as opposed to a type of bread.”
Increasing in popularity, quinoa is a seed from Central and South America rich in flavor and protein. “Quinoa is great because it has essential amino acids in it,” Dohm says. “Plus, it’s also a great source of protein, fiber, phosphorous and magnesium.”
About 80 percent of the world eats insects, and a new trend is embracing the crunchy culinary concept in America. “Insects are a great protein source, and there are a few American companies like Exo that are making cricket flour protein bars,” Dohm says. “They taste pretty good, I promise.”
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