Soup beats the heat in humid Singapore
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This tiny island nation is soupy hot, all year long. Even so, a healthy, popular lunch here is fish bee hoon soup. The delicious broth, lusciously garnished with Chinese parsley and fried onions, is low in saturated fat. It’s often served with a small platter of fresh, red chili peppers, which may even give this nutritious lunch an anti-cancer boost. (Did you know cayenne pepper has these six health benefits?) “Fish bee hoon is most commonly sold in hawker centers at an extremely affordable price. Boasting a base of thick rice noodles, the pale, white soup gets its rich, distinct flavor from fish stock, and a little bit of milk, with either boiled or fried fish slices as the star ingredient. Cubed tofu is often added, along with cooked tomatoes and high-fiber, nutritious vegetables,” says Felicia Lim, a food writer, and native Singaporean. “Be prepared to perspire while you eat this dish in hot, humid weather. I can assure you it’s worth every slurp!” she adds.
Go for the fresh fish in Mexico
International etiquette expert, Sharon Schweitzer, has lunched around the world. Mexico’s seminal lunch dish—ceviche—is one of her healthiest picks. “A traditional seafood dish, ceviche includes fresh fish, shrimp, diced vegetables, avocados, cilantro, and lime. It’s commonly found in coastal cities, and seafood restaurants throughout Mexico.” This no-cook delicacy gets its protein chops from fresh fish, such as tilapia, and an alphabet’s worth of vitamins, plus folate, from cilantro, its signature herb.