Thailand is mostly known for its beautiful beaches and delicious foods but little is known about the wonderful and nutritionally dense food that are provided from their meals.  Since most Thai meals are cooked over a high heat and relatively quickly, it helps to maintain the nutritional value of the food as opposed to microwave cooking that is prominent in the United States. Because of the high heat used, most meals in Thailand can be cooked in 15 minutes or less! Imagine the amount of time saved every single day in a kitchen!

Popular authentic Thai ingredients - turmeric, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal, coriander, star anise, basil and fresh chilies - are some of the few immune boosting and disease fighting ingredients. There have been countless studies of the effects of each of these ingredients and how they benefit not only the body but also the mind.

In recent years, Thai cuisine has become popular on a global scale. Dishes like Som Tum (Papaya Salad) are full of healthy ingredients and is served raw. Green or raw papaya is one of the main ingredients that are full of antioxidants, fiber and essential minerals such as, copper, magnesium, and potassium.

Thai hot chili peppers are another delicious ingredient that is available year-round that adds zest and zip to your dishes as well as aids in pain relief, fight pain inflammation, and reduce blood cholesterol. If you just add a bit of Thai chili peppers to your omelette in the morning or even a dash in your soup for lunch your body will thank you for it.

If your New Year’s resolution was to eat healthier or to be more hands on with your cooking, Thai cuisine is one of the best decisions you can make. Not only will it be quick and easy but it also will teach you that even the simplest of ingredients can benefit your body and bring some exotic flavors into your everyday life. Now, get cooking!