This subject, the best all world healthiest street foods, is one of great interest to me, and many people. Especially those of us who love ethnic foods of all kinds. Often the best ethnic foods are sold right on the street by vendors whipping up some wonderful taste treats to enjoy while walking through the marketplace.
But which kinds of street foods are the healthiest for you? I did a bit of research on the topic, and found out some rather interesting facts. So let’s get right into it, and which ethnic groups on the planet have …
The Best All World Healthiest Street Foods
In Thailand you can buy on the streets a yummy and super healthy treat called Som Tam Thai.
The traditional version will include ingredients like: dried shrimp, garlic, bean sprouts, shredded papaya, peanuts, red chilis and tomatoes, and will be seasoned with fish sauce, lime and tamarind juice, and a tad bit of cane sugar.
What makes Som Tam Thai one of the best All World Healthiest Street Foods? Several good reasons:
- High in fiber, but low in fat
- Lots of antioxidants from the chilis
- The peanuts provide a healthy dose of monounsaturated fats – the kind that are good for your heart.
One word of caution, though, about Som Tam Thai: the fish sauce is very high in sodium, so if you chow down on this taste treat early in the day, take it easy on highly salted foods for the rest of the day.
Next up, in our quest for the best all world healthiest street foods, let’s take a flight over to Beliz, and have some Ceviche.
If you like sushi and sashimi, you’ll just love this little tastebuds treat, because it is basically raw fish, usually barracuda or red snapper, acidically marinated in citrus fruit juices, like lemon and/or lime, spiced with chili peppers and seasoned with herbs, traditionally cilantro, and others of the local vendor’s choice. Here’s why Ceviche is good for you:
- Bioflavonoids from the citrus “cooking” of the fish with citrus juices
- Antioxidants from the chilis
- More antioxidants from the herbs
Now let’s hop over to Morocco, take a stroll down into the marketplace, and have a helping of Lamb Kabobs with Couscous – yummy!
There are several reasons why this street food, luscious, tender, marinated chunks of lamb, topped with mint, the skewered and grilled, served with couscous spiced up with nuts, fruits and mint, and also with a side dish of spiced yogurt dipping sauce, is super healthy for you:
- Lamb meat is among the most lean, and highest in protein meats in the world, and is also high in Vitamin B12
- This “appetizer” is a complete, balanced and healthy meal, with the combination of lamb, couscous, yogurt, dried fruits and nuts, providing a good amount of all your daily requirements of protein, carbs, vitamins and minerals
- It has very low, to sometime no salt!
Now we’re off to Indonesia, where we can walk up to a locally popular street vendor who is grilling up some Beef Satay.
Basic in its goodness, not a complete meal, but the lean beef, marinated in a rich, creamy, spicy cashew sauce, then char-grilled to perfection, provides your body lots of protein, and a whole lot of antioxidants. And, it is very low in calories and sodium. Have some!
Now we are going to hop in our jet and fly over to the villages of Punjab provinces in Pakistan and North India.
Once we land and get into the marketplace, we will stroll up to a street vendor offering the tremendously healthy and exquisitely textured and tasting drink, called Mango Lhassi.
This healthy drink is also one you can make at home, by combining fresh mango and Kesar Mango Pulp in your blender. What makes Mango Lhassi one of the best all-world healthiest street foods? It’s all in the mango, man, which is chocked full of omega-3 and 6, polyphenols, vitamins galore, antioxidants, phytochemicals, and more good stuff for you. To top it off, Mango Lhassi flat out tastes great!
Off we go now, to Mexico, where we’ll take a walk down into the central village Zócalo, and have a splendid evening treat, Mexican-style, called Tacos de Cerdo Piña (Pineapple Pork Tacos).
Chipotle chiles, pineapple, cilantro and pork, grilled perfect and wrapped up in a warm taco, folks, it just doesn’t get any tastier and healthy at the same time! Here’s why these tacos are counted among the best all world healthiest street foods:
- As long as the pork is a lean cut, it provides lots of protein
- The natural sweetness of pineapple is relatively low in sugars, so your sweet tooth is satisfied without guilt
- Cilantro, peppers, and spices give your body a whole boat load of good-for-what-ails you antioxidants
Definitely counted among our list of All World Healthiest Street Foods!
So there you have it, our first six offerings of all world healthiest street foods. Trust me, there are hundreds more, and please stop back in here at Ethnic Foods R Us often, we will be posting list after list of the top, tastiest …
All World Healthiest Street Foods!
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