There are plenty of travelers who visit a country or region specifically to sample local cuisine — pasta in Italy, wine in France, or steak in Argentina. So why not plan your next trip around one or two of the world’s healthiest foods? Plain and simple, food tastes better when it is local.
Why eat local?
Eating local produce, fish, dairy, meat, etc. is among the freshest you can get it. Additionally, when you eat local, you are being earth-friendly and eco-conscious. You are supporting the local industry, often individual, nearby farms. You are also making the farm-to-table process a lot simpler.
Often those foods, especially produce, don’t have to be packaged — usually in plastic — and the foods don’t have to be trucked across the country. It is usually always best to buy something grown or from the town or nearby towns, or at least region or state, you are in.
Check the milk cartons, the yogurt containers, the honey labels, the egg cartons. See if you can find the closest one to where you are, and then buy it.
Same healthy foods all the time
We are creatures of habit and generally speaking, the 80/20 rule applies to many or most things in our lives. This is the rule that suggests that we do the same things over and over again as in, we wear 20% of our clothes, 80% of the time. While you may have a lot of friends, there are 20% of them that you visit/talk to 80% of the time.
Think of the stores you frequent. It is the same with grocery shopping and eating in general. If you take a few minutes to really think about it, you will come to realize that you buy the same 20% of the foods in your refrigerator, cabinets, or pantry, 80% of the time. Much to my dismay, I know my kids eat the same foods over and over again. Think about when you go out to eat?
Do you try new places each and every time? Maybe while on vacation, but at home, probably not. You generally want a “sure thing” that everyone is happy with so you go with the 20% of the restaurants you have had positive experiences with.
So every once in awhile, it is nice to try one or two different things on a food shopping trip to see if you can incorporate some new entries in your 20% list. Maybe you will consider one of these, the world’s healthiest foods.
What are the world’s healthiest foods?
The following foods are known to be high in antioxidants; lower in cholesterol; able to reduce your risk of heart disease; control blood sugar; and/or prevent cancer. Some people call them “super foods.” If given the opportunity, why wouldn’t you eat these amazing nutritional powerhouses?
Visit these countries to taste the foods as fresh as they come.
Acai Berries in Belize, Brazil, and Peru
Almonds in Spain, Italy, Portugal and Morocco, and California
Avocados in Florida, California, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Brazil and Colombia
Learn how to incorporate more avocado in your life with these avocado smoothies recipes.
Beets in Russia, France, Poland, Germany, and United States
Cabbage in Russia, Poland, China, United States, and Japan
Figs in California, Turkey, Greece, Portugal and Spain
Goji Berries in China, Mongolia, and Tibet
Green Algae (Kaipen) in Laos
Green Tea in India, China, Russia, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Indonesia, Turkey, Japan, Iran and Bangladesh
Guava in South Africa, Egypt, and Brazil
Kiwi in New Zealand, Chile, Japan and China
Pineapple in Hawaii, Thailand, Philippines, China, Brazil, and Mexico
Pomegranate fin Afghanistan, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran, India, Pakistan, Syria, and Turkey
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Quinoa in Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Chile
Salmon (Wild) in Alaska, Canada, Norway, and Greenland
Seaweed (Red Algae/ Nori) in Japan, Korea, and China
Shiitake Mushrooms in China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan
Incorporate some of these foods with others for healthy lunch ideas. With the wide variety of choices, there are some foods that are sure to please on this list of the world’s healthiest foods. Surely you will find something for everyone’s palate at your table. It is worth buying them when you can. You will feel better and do more for the earth when you can buy them local too.