Savoring new dishes and delicacies is one of the best parts of traveling. But you don’t have to ditch your healthy eating lifestyle because you’re in a new place. There are many countries where healthy eating is ingrained into the culture we have made a list of the top destinations to tuck in without compromising your diet.
It may be the home of Groningen sausages and Gouda cheese but that doesn’t make the Netherlands a bad to place to eat healthily — in fact, it’s quite the opposite. The Dutch government’s food policy is aimed heavily at healthy eating and responsible food consumption, encouraging food producers, supermarkets, caterers and the hospitality industry to get involved too. They have low rates of diabetes, some of the most affordable foodstuffs throughout Europe and an excellent sustainable food movement in Amsterdam too.
A popular destination for travelers over the past few years, Bali may be known for its idyllic beaches, but the food is what keeps people visiting again and again. Healthy food options are certainly not hard to find in Bali. If you’re looking for vegan, vegetarian, organic, raw or gluten-free food,
Bali has it all.
For breakfast, you can grab Aussie-inspired dishes, consisting of fresh eggs and avocados. Or if you’re looking for something a little more traditional, why not try one of the many variations of Bali bowls — a jam-packed smoothie bowl, full of fruit and oats, filled with vitamins and nutrients.
Nordic countries (Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, and Iceland)
The Nordic diet is known to be low in sugar, high in fibre and contains plenty of fruit and vegetables. You’ll typically see rye bread, oily fish, root vegetables and local fruits in the diet, with very little processed food, instead focusing on eating and preparing food from fresh. In a survey taken by a Swedish app, the results showed Sweden’s population as having a very low intake of junk food — a major contributor to their healthy lifestyle. If you’re looking for healthy fine-dining options whilst in this corner of the world, head to Denmark’s Copenhagen, which has become known for healthy food with incredible flavor.
Home to people with the highest life-expectancy in the world, it’s understandable then that Japan’s diet is very healthy. The food here tends to be high in certain carbohydrates with plenty of fruit and vegetables, as well as fish and meat. Instead of processed, fizzy drinks, you’ll find Japanese people drinking water and fresh teas. Back in 2005, the Japanese government even went as far as producing a recommended food guide. The guide explained how a healthy diet consists of low saturated fats, minimal processed food, and eating plenty of foods with high carbohydrates, such as rice and vegetables.
And there you have it, these are some of the top countries in the world to eat healthily. So if you’re looking for a guilt-free but food-heavy holiday, why not add one of these destinations to your bucket list?