Food guide through your summer in Bali

If you are reading this, it means that you landed in the paradise of Bali and are lucky enough to spend here part of August, which is one of the best months on the Island of Gods! You will probably want to try every- thing and savor the culture and different tastes because the food is a big part of Indo- nesian lifestyle. But it is also very different from western food and might give you some troubles because it can be very spicy. So the first rule is to avoid foods that heat you up. When the body is already hot the last thing you need is to rev it up with spicy food. Bare that in mind when they ask you spicy or not in restaurants and say tidak pedas (not spicy). With that said let’s take a look what are the best options for eating during summer in Bali.

• Watermelon
Refreshing, tasty, and hydrating, watermelon needs no dressing up to provide the nutrition and flavors we crave. You will find red and yellow watermelons in Bali and yellow is a sweeter one. The inflammation-fighting anti- oxidants in watermelon may reduce the risk of complications of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and arthritis. Watermelon is also high in vitamins C and With about 92 percent of weight coming from water, watermelon also contributes to fluid intake specially important during warm weather. You will find it in a tasty fruit platers but also in the streets in many vendor shops. Nothing beats watermelon juice on a hot, sweaty day!

• Tomatoes
They are a superior source of vitamin C and vitamin A as well as vitamin K – important for bone health. They are cheap at this time of year with prices from 10 000 to 15 000 ru- piahs per kilo. You will also notice that Bali tomatoes taste like real tomatoes! There is nothing artificial about them and once you try them, you just won’t be able to stop!

• Cucumbers
Keep cool as a cucumber and include these versatile vegetables into your summer cui- sine. In Indonesia, you will get it with every serving of nasi goreng or mie goreng and you can always ask for more. One cup of sliced cucumbers has only 16 calories and
4 grams of carb. Health benefits of cucum- bers are numerous. The skins and seeds of cucumbers are rich in nutrients and higher than the flesh, so consuming the whole fruit is desirable.

• Eggplant
It can be found everywhere on the island and Balinese simply adore this veggie. An excel- lent source of dietary fiber and manganese, eggplant is also a good source of molybde- num and potassium. Eggplant is also rich in vitamin K, magnesium, copper, vitamin C, vitamin B6, folate, and niacin. They grill it and put it in a stew, eating it as a side dish or a side. But they tend to eat it very spicy, so be careful.

• Red snapper
It is a healthy, low-calorie option instead of red meat and one of the most popular fish here on the island. You can literally find it everywhere! Red snapper has a subtly sweet flavor, with a firm texture and it is a great source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Take the opportunity and eat it grilled over coconut wood fire. Delicious and healthy!■

Bali Pocket Magazine