Savor Healthy Comfort Food
Food has a major impact on the body. It is an age old wisdom to describe food as medicine, that we can enjoy and maintain our body’s health. Food heals and balances the body and mind. As the saying goes, “ An apple a day, keeps the doctor away.” However, eating apples everyday can be boring. Why not find other “apples”?
Major part of the retreat is discovering and enjoying new food and dishes that are indigenous to the retreat venue. Learn about the country’s culture through meals, spices, and flavour that will surprise your palate and at the same time provide alternatives to further nourish your body and create health.
The world is a big place, with so many things to offer. Let our retreat introduce you to other exciting and at the same time nutritious food.
Let us look at “other apples” in Bali, Indonesia. At first glance, Indonesian food can be described as deep fried, spicy, and uses too much sweet soy sauce (kecap manis). However, if you look closely, there so many wonderful dishes and drinks that are healthy to the body and exciting to the palate. So many cultures, such as India, China, Middle East, Spain, and Portuguese, have influenced Indonesian cooking techniques. Thus, indonesian cuisine uses a wide variety of spices combined into a balance flavour which will ignite your taste buds. Here are some examples that you don’t want to miss out when joining our retreats:
Jamu is a 5000 years old Indonesian drink made from turmeric, tamarind, raw and palm sugar, ginger and spring water. Today, there are approximately 300 types of blends from traditional family recipes handed down from generation to generation. One glass of Jamu a day, keeps the body healthy and strong. The drink is a blood cleanser, health tonic and slimming agent. Since it is an excellent source of enzymes and cucumin, the drink is anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, antiseptic, and aids in reducing cholesterol levels in the body.
Gado Gado, which means mix-mix, is a traditional Indonesian salad rich in essential nutrients . It is a plate of different vegetables, some cooked, some raw combined with crispy barbequed tempe and garnished with peanut sauce. It is rich in essential nutrients like carbohydrates, protein, fats, vitamin and fiber.
Tempe, considered as a cultural heritage in Indonesia, is a fermented soybean flat cake. With its high nutritional value, it is deemed as one of the World’s healthiest food. It is a good source of protein and non dairy Calcium. Other nutrients include manganese, copper, phosphorus, Vitamin B2, magnesium, and fiber.
Today, Bali still offers old fashion and traditional Indonesian cooking and at the same time modern Indonesian variations. Many healthy organic restaurants are popping up, offering new and exciting meals, inspired by traditional meals and uses traditional Indonesian ingredients.