Big family get-togethers are hard on any diet. Kale and sweet potatoes aren’t foods you would expect to see in your Vietnamese spring rolls or your Sunday dim sum baos, but it’s not impossible to find a healthy dish at your next family gathering. From bok choy to taro, there are plenty of nutrient-rich foods that are used in traditional Asian dishes.
The key to reaping the full health benefits of these foods is to be mindful of how you prepare them. Many Asian dishes—particularly of the takeout variety, as we all know—are doused in heavy sauces or fried and breaded with refined carbs. Stick to steaming, stir-frying, poaching, and stewing. Here, we consulted with Keri Glassman, celebrity nutritionist and founder of The Nutritious Life, for healthy ways to incorporate these Asian superfoods into your diet.