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4 Healthy Filipino Recipes That Feel Indulgent

It’s more likely that you can’t think of any Filipino meals that are healthy given that we mostly eat pork. However, there are still plenty of healthy and nutritious dishes that you can find – and eat – that is Filipino made. Plus, what’s awesome is that it can satisfy your cravings. From Filipino salads to main dishes, here are some of the healthy recipes that are easy to prepare.

1. Chicken Tinola

Chicken Tinola has been part of Filipino tables. The ginger-based soup cannot only give you a comfortable feeling because of the broth, but it’s also healthy due to the malunggay leaves (or moringa leaves) that are commonly steep in the said meal. Moringa’s health benefits include liver protection, bone health, and skin and hair nourishment.

2. Lumpiang Sariwa

A roll of this version of lumpia is packed with all sorts of fresh vegetables that are good for boosting your immune system. What makes it unique from other lumpia meals is that it doesn’t need to be cooked at all, which is why it’s so easy to prepare.

Some of the vegetables you can find in it are ubod, carrots, cabbage, cucumber, onions, and singkamas, which are all great sources of vitamins A, B, and C and fiber that helps keep our digestive system healthy.

3. Ginisang Monggo

This delicious and savory mung bean soup can be eaten on its own or paired with rice. You know it’s Friday when your parent’s made this meal for the day. Packed with nutritious vegetables like tomatoes and Ampalaya leaves, and of course, mung beans which are rich in magnesium and potassium. This meal is also a great antioxidant said by experts.

4. Pinakbet

If you’re looking for an entire meal full of vegetables, this is the meal you’re looking for! Usually made with Bagoong (or Shrimp Paste), some of the vegetables you can include are eggplants, okra, string beans, ampalaya or bitter melon, and squash. This meal is high on fiber and Vitamin A. You can also choose to add chicken, fish, or pork if you want to.

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