It’s February, which means we’re getting closer to Songkran! If you follow us on social media (and you should!) then you know that we’re on a mission. For February, we are focusing on cleaning up our diets in preparation for all the shirtless water fights of Songkran! When March comes, we’ll hit the gym and discuss the best ways to get in shape for the celebration – but for now, we need to take a look at what we eat!
There are many clean and healthy dishes throughout Thai cuisine, just as there are many tempting and calorie-dense ones! They key with any diet is to make sure you enjoy everything in moderation, that way you can ensure that you’re getting all the delicious tastes you crave without overdoing it on the portion sizes.
Remember, you should never be too stressed or obsessed with your food intake, so make sure you have a mindful mindframe for this culinary adventure!
One easy way to make sure you’re staying on track is to have a good support system around you, so make sure you tell your friends about our month of healthy Thai food. Plus, you know that you’ll be celebrating Songkran with loved ones, so why not have them join you on this wellness journey?
Let’s take a look at some of the most delicious and healthy choices for food in Thailand:
This green papaya salad originated in northern Thailand but is now a popular Thai food staple across the globe. Ranging in spice levels depending on your taste preferences, this dish is incredibly satisfying! Cooking at home is a great way to truly appreciate and take your time with the food you eat, and this is a great dish to try out on your own.
Pad Pak packs a punch of vegetables to really get your healthy diet going. This dish is made up of seasonal fried veggies with chili and garlic flavors. Whenever you go for a stir fry, make sure that it is not too heavy on sauces, as that is where the majority of the calories will come from. Again, invite over a friend and try this dish out at home! Cutting veggies has got to be a good exercise.
Here’s a dish that provides you with a crash course in protein and healthy fats. When you think about having food in moderation, this may be the dish for the subject. Between the fat content of cashews and the protein content of chicken, you’re sure to be filled from a moderate portion of this one! Perhaps try this dish out after strenuous exercise so that you can give your muscles all the nutrients they need to grow strong.
Taking you back to the flavorful salads of Thailand, this dish is similar in structure to Som Tam. This Thai Mango salad will have you hitting every flavor combination you could ask for on a diet. If you’re looking to cook this at home, try going very light on the sauce, as it contains a good amount of sugar. During this healthy eating month, the goal is to cut back on sugar to make sure cravings don’t take you over!
With this dish, we invite you to explore the wonder that is Morning Glory in Thai cuisine. Also referred to as ‘water spinach’ this veggie sports a deep green hue and is full of nutrients! If you’re someone who is not used to eating such a green plate, head out to a restaurant and see just how flavorful this meal can be!
Two major players in this dish’s flavor palette are lemongrass and shrimp. Lemongrass is known for its medicinal properties, so how could you go wrong? This dish is both satisfying in taste and scent. The more you surround yourself with natural flavors, the better your eating experience will be. Tom Yum Goong is such a delicious shrimp soup, and because it’s a clear soup, you don’t have to worry about the fat content that a coconut based soup might have!
This spicy beef salad will give you the protein you need and the crunch of veggies to know you’re doing well in your eating habits! This dish is a great combination of savory and refreshing. The flavors that the onion and cucumber give this dish make sure that you’re not too weighed down by the beef!
Fried rice! That’s right, you’ve arrived at a dish you probably weren’t expecting to see. Here is a reminder that you can have the food you crave, just take it easy! Khao Pad is easily customizable to your choice of veggies or proteins to mix in, which will make it a complete meal for you!
Behold the simplicity that is Khao Man Gai, or chicken and rice. This is a meal that will make you feel full, satisfied, and comforted. You have to invite some comfort food into your diet during a clean-eating regimen, and this is a great dish for that. The key is to make sure the chicken is tender and the rice is fragrant. As mentioned before, make your meal an experience and you will feel satisfied!
Finishing off the list of healthy Thai foods to try is a delicious vegetable soup. Soup is one of the easiest and most creative meals to cook yourself, and with this dish you can really make it your own. With this dish, you’re getting your protein from shrimp (if you choose to add it) and the nutrients of the veggies you have on hand. Check your broth contents to see where you can cut sugar, salt, or fat and really taste the true flavors of the vegetables.
Dieting is often daunting and exhausting, but with Thailand’s cuisine at your fingertips, you’re invited to have a colorful, flavorful, and fun time! By the end of the month, you will feel brand new and ready for the upcoming self-care of exercise. Remember to always drink water during your clean eating journey so that you can make sure your body is well hydrated. Here’s to a beautiful Songkran approaching!