Enjoy A Healthy January Eating Thai Food
Thai cooking is renowned for its health benefits and being highly nutritious. So for those of you who over indulged over Christmas and New Year and want to be good you can enjoy a healthy January eating Thai food. To create authentic Thai food you need to use Thai herbs and spices. These include Thai basil, lime leaf, lemongrass, ginger, galangal, kachai, coriander and of course Thai chilli’s. All of these will be found fresh in the kitchen of Sabai. You can read more about each one of these below.
Basil is an excellent source of vitamin K and manganese. It’s also a very good source of copper, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids such as beta-carotene), and vitamin C. You will also find it is a good source of calcium, iron, folate, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids.
One of Thailand’s most famous dishes is Holy basil stir fried with your choice of meat or seafood. Pad Ga prow
Lime Leaves are full of vitamins and antioxidants. They are used in Asian medicine to cleanse the digestive tract and to encourage a healthy mouth and gums and revitalise the hair.
Do not let this humble grass deceive you. It is packed with so much goodness that it can help improve so many chronic conditions. Nutrition-wise, it is a good source of vitamins A and C, folate, magnesium, zinc, copper, iron, potassium, phosphorus, calcium and manganese; with minute traces of the B vitamins. For further information follow this link.
The health benefits of ginger are vast. Read here for more information.
The medicinal benefits of galangal are in many ways the same as its close relative ginger. It is a bitter herb that is used to promote digestion and stimulate appetite and production of digestive fluids. The herb is therefore used to treat anorexia, indigestion (dyspepsia), colic and stomach ache.
In folk medicine, this is used to treat urinary problems, dysentery, dizziness and inflammations around the mouth. It also makes a tonic for improving bodily strength.
Coriander leaves are particularly rich in vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin K, with a moderate content of dietary minerals. However, coriander can produce an allergic reaction in some people.
Some of you might be scared of chillies, however, fear not as there are many health benefits if you can get beyond the pain it can cause your tongue. Most chillies are valued for their soothing effects on the digestive system, relief from symptoms of colds, sore throats and fevers, circulation, especially for cold hands and feet, and as a hangover remedy. They can act as a heart stimulant which regulates blood flow and strengthens the arteries, possibly reducing heart attacks. Nutritionally, fresh chilli peppers are an excellent source of calcium and vitamin C.
So now you can not only enjoy a healthy January eating Thai food, hopefully the whole of 2016 and beyond! So now you know your ingredients it’s time to get cooking but if you don’t fancy doing it yourself, you can always pay us a visit and our chefs will do it for you!