Making Filipino Food Healthy
The best-known Filipino dishes are known for their delicious taste and their ability to deliver a sense of home no matter where you are. While many do not stand out from a health perspective, dishes like Pinakbet, Laing and Ginisang Munggo are good for the body, not in the least because of their vegetable content. This doesn't mean, of course, that we are limited to consuming (and giving our kids) these healthier dishes. There are also steps we can take to make everyday Filipino meals better while not sacrificing their flavor:
1. Make healthy substitutions:
Switching to brown rice, choosing whole wheat, buckwheat or soba noodles in pancit canton and using fresh ingredients instead of canned or preserved ones can do much to improve the health level of the dish. Also, consider occasionally substituting tofu for meat in dishes such as lumpiang shanghai, where the sauce provides the main flavor (your child might not even notice the switch).
*with 3 balanced meals a day
**Fiber, 25% Lower Sucrose vs. previous formulation, Healthy Calorie Blend in line with expert recommendation