Before I depart to Oslo, I know nothing about "Nordic diet". Honestly, I didn't even check. All in my mind is just SALMON, SALMON, & SALMON. Well, it's true! I had salmon almost everyday!
Salmon gives good source of fat which is high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids, particularly well known for Omega-3 fatty acids, essential fat to our body.
|Ta da~~~ SALMON!|
berries, fruit and vegetables, whole-grain products, low-fat dairy products, oily fish and rapeseed oil.
Berries are very common food in Nordic diet. It's also the essential part of their diet which provide
plentiful of antioxidants, fiber, low in calories and high in vitamin C. Antioxidants help to prevent cell damage and aging. Berries are also believed to keep us mentally sharp too.
|At least a plate of fruits & vegetables every morning. Red cherry tomatoes tasted sour but yellow cherry tomatoes were just sweet and tasty!|
|Heart shaped cherry tomato! So lovely...|
|It's my first time to see such a GIANT mushroom!|
|Mixed fruits and vegetables for my daily breakfast.|
Moreover, having plenty of fruits and vegetables that rich in fiber and potassium help in management of hypertension or high blood pressure.
|Creative way of eating Nordic breakfast. A slice of wholemeal bread with wild berries yogurt topped with walnuts, honey corns, sunflower seeds and almonds. Of course, side dish of sweet cherry tomatoes!|
|A bowl of well garnished cereal breakfast with low fat and wild berries yogurt!|
|I love this Danish bread! It's tasty, and soft! Unlike other bread, I can't really accept hard bread.|
Each type of vitamin B contributes differently in energy metabolism. Folate (folic acid) is more commonly known by the public due to its importance for women who are at child-bearing age.Sufficient intake of folate before and during early pregnancy would help to prevent neural tube defects among newborns.
|Also, a plate of protein: yellow cheese, bacon (it's so delicious!), smoked salmon, turkey breast ham, and some stir fried vege(my daily choice for vege, because it's served hot, typical Asian's style).|
|I don't really fancy butter, but their butter were in flower shape!|
Egg is a good protein source that provide complete protein to our body needs. However, for people with high cholesterol, you will need to limit egg yolk for not more than 3-4 a week.
|Other than salmon, Norwegian brown cheese is also their local well-known food! I'm usually not a cheese lover, but this is just so yummy!|
|Brown cheese, brown in colour, very rich and it tastes a bit like a rich peanut butter.|
Cheese is a processed dairy products made from milk. Cheese, similar to its original source, has complete protein, good calcium, phosphorus and zinc.However, due to its sodium, saturated fat and cholesterol content, I would advise to have it at moderation.
|Mixture of foods. I like their potato, soft and sweet. Also, their cracker-like pastry(the middle one). It went well with the brown cheese.|
So, below are some food samples that combine Nordic diet concept. Basically, their meals are very light taste, almost no seasonings added. They are very good in making use of spices, herbs and vegetables to enhance the taste, rather than sugar and salt.
|Shell fish wrap includes a lot of veggie with crab meat and prawn, NOK89 (approx. RM40.50).|
|Salmon pastry, include fresh salmon, wholegrain bread and sunflower seeds. Healthy lunch, NOK68. No other seasonings were added|
|Typical Nordic diet: bread with veggies and prawns, NOK45 (approx. RM21). No seasoning were added, only lemon juice.|
Aside of that, I had a berries smoothies, NOK25 as the bread was just too hard to bite.
|Citrus chili chicken pizza from Peppes Pizza. It was a small pizza, 30cm diameter. Ridiculous part is, I finished all of them at once! NOK198 (approx. RM90). It was really delicious, and very different from Malaysia's pizza.|
|This was the only Asian food that I had in Oslo. Spicy pork topped rice, which was served hot, felt so warm when I had it during cold and windy weather. It was my first time to have my meal in a park, it's just so relaxing and cooling!|
|A glass of white wine served during the conference, smooth and sweet.|
Wine, appears to be an alcohol beverage that would probably the common beverages for Norwegians. They could begin their day with wine and end their day with wine, too. Wine, at moderate intake, has certain benefits to our health. Based on several studies, occasional and moderate intake of ONLY 1 glass wine consumption may help to reduce the risk of getting heart disease, stroke and diabetes. But, bear in mind, provided having it OCCASIONALLY and 1 GLASS at a time. Otherwise, heavy drinkers would end up with more health issues and alcohol-related problems, eg. fatty liver, overweight, obesity, heart disease and etc.
Due to their Nordic diet, I can hardly see overweight or obese Norwegians. If you would like to have healthy and slim body, you may also have Nordic diet in Malaysia! Just grab more veggies, fruits and whole-grains, it would really help.
Next, there will be more coming up for attractions in Oslo! Happy reading!