Research tells us that more and more people are worried about weight problems such as obesity. In the Philippines alone, it has been found out that there are about 24 -27 out of 100 people suffering from severe weight gain and this keeps on going higher and higher as years go by. Considering the nature of our very own Filipino foods and recipes, I actually will not wonder why most Filipinos can’t help but let go of their sexy figure and accept the fact that they are starting to get bigger and bigger despite the known health threats that they are bound to face if they tolerate their cravings.
I am entirely aware that Filipino cuisine is indeed irresistible and depriving yourself from eating such things would seem like the end of the world and this is sad. I am pretty sure that most people are torn between a battle of whether eating weight gaining Filipino food or not. Is this scenario familiar to you? If you are bound to have this dilemma then I guess, I have an answer to your problem. Being someone who would want to ensure a well trimmed figure, doesn't mean depriving yourself from enjoying the so called “Genuine Filipino Treat”. As a Filipino, you have to remember that there are these dishes which satisfy your taste buds yet help you maintain the ideal figure you want especially when eaten moderately. What we have for you are 5 Filipino Dishes that contain ingredients that could trim down your weight while you enjoy eating.
1. Bicol Express – I have read many articles that suggest eating spicy foods to boost your metabolism. The principle behind this idea is the fat burning effect given by Capsaicin, which is found in chili pepper. Thus, we Filipino’s are so lucky to have a perfect Bicolano dish that would definitely fire your mouth with overwhelming spice.
2. Dinengdeng (Vegetable stew) – It is an Ilocano dish that is made from boiling vegetables particularly green leafy vegetables and tasted with a bit of Bagoong (fish paste). Merely thinking about this food makes me crave for a really healthy meal being set on my dinner table. Aside from the known vitamins and minerals given by vegetables, their fibrous nature makes it ideal for people to include this dish in their diets.
3. Ginisang Kamatis(Sautéed Tomatoes) - Aside from the lycopene content of tomatoes, health experts say that tomatoes are indeed low in calorie and this makes it an ideal “dieting” food for everyone. They found out that a large tomato has 33 calories while a smaller one has 22 calories. This then makes the genuine “Ginisang kamatis” a perfect side dish for someone who wishes to have good skin and good body figure.
Sauteed Tomatoes and Mozz with Fresh Basil and Olive Oil