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We’ve gathered an array of traditional meals from different cuisines around the world, so that you can enjoy some of your favorite meals without them interfering with your Xero Lipo programme.

Mediterranean

Healthy and tasty are almost synonyms of the famous Mediterranean diet. As a diet it reduces the onset of heart diseases, reduces the levels of the LDL “bad” cholesterol, while increasing the protective HDL. To boot, the benefits do not stop here! The Mediterranean diet has also been related to a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s, cancer, Parkinson’s and many more. For these reasons, most scientific organizations encourage healthy adults to adapt their eating habits and adopt those of the Mediterranean diet so as to prevent their body from developing a vast majority of chronic illnesses.

Our favorite body boosters are:

Greek yogurt

Greek yogurt is possibly the healthiest version of yogurt worldwide. It comes in various flavors, as well as in plain natural flavor. In addition it has the highest levels of protein that can be found in the supermarket.  For instance, one cup of plain, low-fat conventional yogurt usually contains 5 to 10 grams of protein, whereas Greek yogurt averages about 13 to 20 grams of protein. In addition Greek yogurt is an amazing source of probiotics that can be extremely beneficial to the gut microbota.

Greek Salad

The Greek salad is by far the most famous Greek dish worldwide, with various studies demonstrating multiple health benefits to those who consume it. The salad itself is made up of leafy greens, tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, peppers, olives, and feta cheese. Most of its components are low-calorie and nutrient-dense foods that should be included in your daily diet. Salad greens provide you with a healthy dose of vitamins A and C, as well as potassium and iron. On the other hand, olives can help lower your blood cholesterol and help neutralize free radicals that can lead to cancer and other chronic illnesses. Finally, feta cheese (in moderation) can provide high quality protein, as well as 0.82 mg of zinc and 120 IU of vitamin A.

Horta (Steamed Greens with fresh lemon juice and olive oil)

In every Greek restaurant you will find the traditional “Horta” dish in the salad section of the menu. The dish itself consists of steamed or boiled weeds that have been growing on the Greek landscapes for decades. A typical Horta salad will have various different types of green weeds often drizzled with lemon and oil making it an ideal antioxidant combo.

Japanese

Did you know that the “ capital of Sushi” is in fact the healthiest and longest-living population on earth? Japanese men and women are expected to live until 86 and 79 respectively, whereas in the United States of America the figures demonstrate approximately 5 years less per gender. Even more, although obesity is now regarded the number one reason of early age deaths in the Western countries, and 33% of Americans are classified as such, in Japan only 3% of the population are obese.

The combination of healthy foods, healthy ways of food preparation and of course small food portions are key towards an overall superiorly healthy cuisine. So the next time you think of Japanese food and you are on the Xero Lipo programme, consider one of the combinations of food choices displayed below:

Miso-soup

Miso soup is a delicious Japanese recipe made of fermented soybeans providing all the essential amino acids, thus making it a complete protein source that contains many isoflavones that can aid against cancer, and is also high in antioxidants that can protect against free radicals.

Edamame

Edamame are fresh soybeans and a great way to start a meal. They can be regarded as a Japanese type of salad that can provide nevertheless a mix of nutritious proteins, omega-3 anti-inflammatory agents, and adequate amounts of fiber.

Sashimi

Regardless of whether you are on a low carb, a high protein or a typical low caloric diet, eating thin slices of raw salmon, squid, tuna and other fresh seafood, can always pose a strategic way to facilitate your body with high quality protein that regulates your hunger.

Wasabi

This green spicy paste has also been documented to have powerful anti-cancer compounds, similar to those found in broccoli, asparagus and cabbage.

Vietnamese

Although Vietnamese is not one of the most well known cuisines in the world, their cooking techniques in combination with their basic ingredients, make it a healthy choice. More specifically, some of the most traditional meals are prepared with seafood, vegetables and herbs, cooked in water and broth instead of oils. If you’re planning on going to a Vietnamese restaurant, here are your go to plates:

Pho

Pho is a typical Vietnamese starter that can be found even by itself in Pho-shops. It can be made in different ways, and therefore we suggest you ask for the tailor-made version. More specifically, ask for the vegetable broth instead of the beef broth, replace ¾ of the noodles with veggies and finally add in some tofu to balance your meal with some nutritious protein.

Nuong

Nuong are very tasty, high in protein skewers made of chicken or tofu. Protein can help towards the prevention of blood sugar spikes, as well as appetite regulation.

Goi Tom

Goi Tom is a nutritious and tasty salad that will blow your mind. It consists of a wide range of healthy vegetables - rich in vitamins and antioxidants, like cabbage, daikon, jalapenos and cucumber. Additionally, grilled shrimp is also included, creating an ideal combination.

Argentinean

You can always tell when you pass by an Argentinean restaurant because of the amazing smells of freshly grilled steaks from Latin America. Argentina is well known for the passion of its citizens, and the same applies to its food. However, when choosing to dine in such a restaurant it is important to choose wisely and avoid heavily cooked meat recipes. Ideal recipes can be:

Grilled Provolone

Grilled provolone cheese is an ideal, light, protein-based appetizer. It is usually served with pure, herbal ingredients like oregano, crushed red pepper, and extra virgin olive oil.

Milanesa de Berenjenas a la Parmesana (Eggplant Milanesa)

This Milanese is one of the most popular dished in Argentina. Although the original recipe uses meat, we suggest you try the tasty, vegan alternative, with eggplant coated with breadcrumbs. For those out there that prefer salty tastes, parmesan cheese can also be an ideal addition to the breadcrumb coating.

Asado

How could Asado not be in the top rankings of yet another food list? It is a holy tradition for Argentinean families to meet up and cook/eat delicious grilled beef. Asado is a great, high quality animal protein, which can pose as a prefect dish for those who are on a diet. 

Indian

When you hear "Indian food," aromatic spices typically come to mind, such as turmeric, ginger, red chilies, cumin, cardamom, coriander, and other spices. All of the spices above create tasty recipes such as curries, tikka masala and so on. When dining at an Indian restaurant, keep an eye on for the following diet-friendly recipes:

Tandoori Chicken

This delicious chicken is marinated in yogurt and seasoned in tandoori masala and many more spices. It can pose an ideal lean piece of protein, which is perfect for those managing their weight..

Chicken Curry

This popular Indian food can be a lot healthier, and not that calorie dense, if certain changes were made in the way the curry is cooked. For example the core ingredients of this plate, which are turmeric and ginger, have been found to help fight Alzheimer's, and generally pose anti-inflammatory agents.  Therefore, try selecting curries that are made out of scratch, and most importantly made by people with trustworthy cooking skills. 

Vegetable Dhal

This Dhal recipe uses a healthy and calorie cautious combination of vegetables. The vegetables that can be found in this delicious vegan curry are cauliflower, carrots green beans & peas. Be cautious of how much basmati rice you serve on your plate as it can easily add up to your daily carbohydrate intake.