Coming to USA since 2011, I realized healthy eating is more and more important. After seeing there are a lot of fast food chains in USA such as McDonalds, Burger king, InNout, etc, I presumed that is what people eat in everyday life. After coming to America from living in Vietnam, I have put on a lot of pounds, and have recently working hard to get rid of them. Living in America, I was struck in contrast in eating habit compared with the more healthy food in Vietnam. But later on, I found out that I can keep such a good and healthy Vietnamese diet with all the ingredients found in local Asian market. I can see how important it is to keep up with a healthy diet when people around me are tend to gain weight due to meat consumption and fast food.
A typical meal for the average Vietnamese family would include a bowl of rice and vegetables, with a lot of fruits. Rice can be replaced with noodle occasionally. Sometimes unripe fruits such as green banana flower or green mango with sour taste can be considered can be considered vegetables. Another fundamental component of Vietnamese meal frequently used in Vietnamese dishes is fish sauce (Nuoc mam) - a liquid sauce made from fermented fish. Fish sauce can be paired nicely with unripe fruits. Like many other South East Asian country, a healthful meal should have the balance of yin and yang - hot and cool, sweet and salty, fresh and fermented. Vietnamese food can be simple, but will never boring.
In America, I used to have a bowl of cereal with milk for breakfast, beside instant noodle, a sandwich for lunch with a lot of meat...