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5 Healthy Korean Foods to Help You Post-Op!


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Healthy Korean Foods

Often times when people think of Korean food they think of KBBQ, Korean fried chicken, and other heavy meals. However, there are many Korean dishes that are not only delicious, but good for your health! What’s more is, typical Korean food is actually very healthy. Because many Koreans believe in eating a well balanced full of colorful veggies, grains, and meat. Indeed, here are 5 Korean dishes that are healthy and can help you recover from any cosmetic procedure you might have while in Korea!

1. Samgyetang (Ginseng Chicken Soup)Herbs used in healthy Korean foods

Indeed, ginseng is renowned in Korean culture for its numerous health benefits. Such as increasing energy levels, boosting your immune system, as well as being an antioxidant. In fact, samgyetang is a chicken soup where a whole chicken is stuffed with garlic, rice, jujube and ginseng. What’s more is that this is a very popular dish at many traditional Korean restaurants. And many have their own secret recipes! Additionally, jujube is chock full of vitamins that can also help you recover from your surgery!

2. Jangeo-gui (Grilled Eel)

Another healthy Korean dish you might not have heard of before is jangeo-gui or grilled eel! Notably, freshwater eel is grilled or broiled and seasoned depending on your taste for this dish. In particular, Koreans like eating  jangeo-gui because it is full of protein. So it helps increase your stamina and helps fight against heat exhaustion. Therefore this is a dish eaten very frequently in the summer! If you’re looking for revitalizing dish then jangeo-gui might be for you!

3. Kimchi

Moreover, the Korean staple food kimchi has a multitude of health benefits! Because kimchi is a fermented food, it helps the microbiome of your body! This results in your gut being healthier as well as giving your immune system a boost. Another reason kimchi is beneficial for your stomach is because it is high in fiber. Overall, kimchi is a Korean staple item that has a variety of benefits for your body. So you can easily find it in soups, rice dishes, or even just on its own as a side dish to your main meal!

4. Hobakju (Pumpkin Porridge)

Even more, hobakju, or pumpkin porridge, is a Korean soup dish that is often served to recovering patients and the elderly. Typically, this dish is made with Korean cheese pumpkins, glutinous rice flour, red/black beans, and small rice cake balls. Above all, pumpkin has numerous health benefits. Indeed, pumpkin is known to help your eyesight, skin, and is full of antioxidants and vitamins. Also, this dish can be served hot or cold depending on your preference!

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5. Seolleongtang (Ox bone Soup)

Finally, another healthy Korean dish you might not know about is seolleongtang, or ox bone soup. In particular, ox bone soup is a light soup made with ox meat and briskets in a milky white bone broth. And it is seasoned based on your preferences with salt, pepper, minced garlic, red pepper,  and green onions. Because seolleongtang is made with a bone broth, it is high in collagen, which can keep your skin looking younger. As well, seolleongtang is full of vitamins and antioxidants which help your gut. So if you’re looking for a lighter dish than seolleongtang might be for you!

How SCS Can Help

Indeed, Korean food is typically very healthy, with many dishes aiding in the health of your stomach. And many of these dishes can be beneficial to you if you’re recovering for a particularly invasive cosmetic procedure. At Seoul Cosmetic Surgery, we not only want to provide you with the best plastic surgery results, but we also want to help you have the best post op recovery! So if you’re interested in any of our services or if you want to eat more healthy Korean food after you’re procedure just contact us today! And let us take care of the rest so you can relax and heal!


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