The summer travel season is in full swing, offering the opportunity to experience new cultures and foods firsthand. Even within the United States, you’ll see significant differences in local food and culture, and traveling abroad can offer insight into some of the healthiest eating habits from around the world.
If you don’t have a trip planned, there’s no need to worry. Several registered dietitian nutritionists are sharing their favorite international healthy habits and some globally inspired recipes to help you put them into practice at home.
Focus on vegetables
“One of the healthy habits we have here in Greece is eating vegetables as a main course. We cook seasonal vegetables in olive oil and tomato and herbs, and have a big plate accompanied by bread and feta cheese,” says Elena Paravantes at Olive Tomato. A recent study from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts shows Greeks boast the highest vegetable intake in the world, and Paravantes says that one meal may include three to four servings of vegetables.
To get a taste of that Mediterranean tradition, try Greek Style Green Beans-Fasolakia Lathera.
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