10 Diet-Friendly Filipino Recipes to Get that Summer Body

by Pauline De Mesa
Eatlist | February 26, 2019

The weather’s not going any cooler as summer is already here. You can’t want to get your bikini or swimming trunks ready and plunge into the beach. Of course, you want to make sure that you’ve lost that belly fat, tone up and have that summer body you’re proud to show off.

Well, here’s the basics of getting that pretty curves: routined proper exercise and meal planning. To start you with planning your meal intakes, here’s a list of healthy Filipino dishes to help kickstart your summer diet. Some of these dishes are vegetarian and vegan-friendly so there are options for every diet.

Vegan Pulled “Pork” Jackfruit Sandwich

You’ll definitely love langka in this recipe. The meat is replaced with flavorful langka strips that have been mixed with spices and barbecue sauce. It makes a great filling for non-meat eaters!

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Vegan Bicol Express

The famous Bicol Express made friendly for vegans and vegetarians alike. Made with tofu cubes, tausi, green beans, and sigarilyas, this vegan dish will surely satisfy! Add Bird’s Eye chillies to spice up your dish if you can handle it.

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This popular vegetable soup from Visayas and Mindanao is one of the easiest and healthiest dishes you can cook to warm up your tummy. Its broth from the rice washing makes every sip flavorful!

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Vegetarian Kare-Kare

Whether you’re a vegetarian or not, this classic Filipino dish will surely excite you. Top your eggplant and sitaw, with a flavorful sauce made with roasted peanuts and glutinous rice flour. Sarap!

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Tofu and Mushroom Sisig

Who knew sisig could be healthy? It’s not that different from your typical sisig dish, the meat is just replaced with tofu – which can be an improvement for some. Guiltlessly dig into this sizzling dish with a cup of freshly steamed rice.

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Chicken Oats Caldo with Malunggay

In this cold season, wake up to a warm bowl of chicken oats caldoStart your day with this deliciously light dish to give you a boost before going on to your daily exercise.

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Ubod Salad


After pigging out on your weekend night, a bowl of fresh salad can do the trick on starting that healthy diet.  A traditional fresh lumpiang ubod from your leftovers can be turned into a tasty bowl of salad topped with sweet dressing and peeled shrimp.

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Pako Salad with Salted Egg Vinaigrette


No need for a stove to make this Filipino favorite, Pako Salad. Proven to be a healthy meal, pako leaves are rich in fiber, phosphorus, iron, and calcium. Made with only 5 ingredients, this dish is jam-packed with vitamins and minerals that your body needs.

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Ginataang Gulay with Turmeric

What to add on your ginataang gulay to make it extra nutritious? Sprinkle your creamy vegetable dish with tumeric powder. It has various health benefits such as antioxidants, improving your brain function, and lowers the risk of brain diseases.

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Sayote Soup with Red Rice and Malunggay

This hearty soup is primarily made with sayote, malungay and red rice. These ingredients is what makes this dish packed with health benefits that your body will definitely thank you for. With Sayote, rich in immunity-boosting vitamin C; malunggay, a good source of vitamins A, C, and E; and red rice, which contains minerals that help your body process fats and proteins. This soup is your total healthy package!

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