Wellness Travel: Vietnam

Vietnam

The novel “On the Road”, by Jack Kerouac instills a personal belief that life is an adventure on the road, throwing caution to the wind, visiting and embracing new cultures across the world. Each adventure is wild, it casts light on different perspectives of how people live and that is an invaluable life experience.

Travel

On a recent trip to Vietnam I visited Ho Chi Minh City and Dalat City. As a Wellness Enthusiast, I research health & wellness places prior to travelling. Back in 2009, I would have been hanging from the rafters in Gullivers Tavern in a sea of sam song on Khao San Road, Bangkok. Things change, people change-that is life.

The best way for me to describe Vietnam is colourful. I rooted out  healthy food places in Ho Chi Minh and completed a 70km cycle in Dalat to Nha Thrang. Below I discuss healthy hotspots in HCMC and Phat Tires Bike Trip.

Healthy Hot Spots in Ho Chi Minh City 

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The Kafe

The Kafe is a socially conscious, community-oriented company with a “people first” mentality. The Kafe envisions a world where every person has a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle, with food being a primary foundation to help them achieve that lifestyle goal.

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Tropic land Coffee & Juice Bar

Tropicland serves a chilled Coconut & Aloe Vera juice. Nice pit stop whilst exploring the city.

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L’Usine

The food philosophy is simple, good food, done well. L’Usine offers healthy salad options, Vietnamese coffee and all food is locally sourced.

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HUM Vegetarian Cafe

HUM offers a wide range of vegetarian options to satisfy your hunger. I recommend the banana lotus salad and rice paper rolls with chilli sauce.

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Baba’s Kitchen

Baba brings India to HCMC. Located on the bustling Bui Vien Street and worth the visit if you are fond of Indian cuisine.

Dolphy Cafe

Dolphy Cafe is a quirky coffee shop offering free wifi, coffee and fresh juices.

 

Kokois.Cafe.Bistro.Lounge.Store

The venue is a renovated warehouse, bright and spacious with a nice and busy cafe at the front and a cosy and quiet lounge in the backyard garden.

The food is simple, modern and inspired. The store features a selection of tasteful and quality fashion, accessories, gifts and home deco.

Street Food Tours

Most hotels/hostels have street food tours held in the evening time. Street food tours are a great way to explore the city , walk through various districts and taste vietnamese cuisine.

Dalat City 

Quote from Lonely Planet “You would almost be forgiven for thinking you’d stumbled into the French Alps in springtime”, Read more here: Dalat City by Lonely Planet .

This was the mind blowing view from the bike trip with Phat Tire, Vietnam. The cycling trip was from Dalat to Nha Trang which averaged at 70km. It was a fun way to experience  rural villages,cycle through a rain forest and inhale the fresh air. There is a break mid way which includes lunch in a local restaurant.

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Mountain Top View – Xa Son Thai, Khanh Vinh, Vietnam.

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A village along the route from Dalat to Nha Thrang.

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Three Seeded Porridge Bread

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All sorrows are less with bread.

MIGUEL DE CERVANTES, Don Quixote

I would like to thank my Mammy for introducing the M&B Kitchen, to this delicious creation over the festive season in Ireland. I have created my own recipe calling it “Three Seeded Porridge Bread”. Over the weekend I got my bake on and the bread was devoured. In my strongest Midlands accent “there was a grand smell wafting throughout the house”.

Grotto (2007) discusses the health benefits present in the ingredients:

  • Oats – Vitamin E, B vitamins, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Selenium, Copper, Zinc, Iron and Manganese. Oats contain both soluble and insoluble fibre which have digestive benefits.
  • Natural Yogurt – calcium source and contain probiotics. Research suggests that probiotics contain immune boosting properties and enhance intestinal tract health (Grotto, 2007:353)
  • Flaxseed – Omega 3 source and contains both soluble and insoluble fibre.
  • Pumpkin Seeds – Omega 3 source and phytosterols.
  • Sesame Seeds – contain phytosterols research suggests that phytosterols might fight heart disease.

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Made From Scratch

*10-12 Slices (this will vary depending on the size of the slice you cut)

360g Organic Oats

500ml/450g Tub Non Fat Yogurt (I used Glenisk Non Fat Yogurt)

2tsp. Baking Soda

Pinch of Salt

3 Tbsp. Flaxseed

2 Tbsp. Pumpkin Seeds

2 Tbsp. Sesame Seeds

3-4 Tbsp. Almond Milk or Milk

Made

  1. Preheat oven 180 and grease the loaf tin. I used grapes oil to grease the tin.
  2. Weigh out oat mix and pop in a large mixing bowl. Add salt and seed mixture. Gently mix together.
  3. In a separate bowl pour in yogurt and add baking soda. Allow to sit for a few minutes. It will fizz up! Add 3-4 Tbsp. almond milk.
  4. Next add yogurt mixture to oats and mix until well blended and a dough like consistency is formed. Make sure the oats are well blended with the yogurt mixture.
  5. Pour porridge bread mix into the loaf tin. Pop in oven for 60 minutes. Remove from tin at 60 minutes and pop back in the oven for another 10 minutes to make it crispy. Bread cooking time 70 minutes in total.
  6. Allow to cool or not and lather with kerry gold butter.

Be sure to keep me posted if you try and test these recipes by posting on Twitter: @WhelehanLynne or Instagram @makeandbakefromscratch #makeandbakefromscratch and Facebook: Make & Bake From Scratch

Eat the rainbow, don’t chase it x

References

  • Grotto. D, RD, LDN. (2007) 101 Foods that could save your life. Bantam Books. New York.