Laksa is a lip smacking dish of noodles drenched in an aromatic coconut broth. Even though this is a soup based meal, laksa calories are indeed relatively higher than plain broth noodles. Consuming the entire bowl can amount to as much as 600 Cals, which is slightly less than one third of the caloric requirement for an average 2000 Cal intake recommendation.
Furthermore, this dish is high in saturated fats and sodium, with little nutritional content. As such, having this too frequently for your meals is not advisable, however, when you do, there are some tips to make the meal healthier.
We will discuss them as follows.
Nutrition Information (Per Serving)
- Energy: 591 Cal
- Protein : 17 g
- Total fat: 32 g
- Saturated Fat: 17.8 g
- Carbohydrates: 58 g
- Dietary fibre: 7 g
- Cholesterol : 81 mg
- Sodium : 1588 mg
Making Your Bowl of Laksa Healthier
Moderation is key
Moderation is always important, consume this dish occasionally, maybe once every fortnightly. Also, try to reduce drinking the entire bowl of it’s soup as this is where much of the fat and sodium content resides. If possible, try to avoid the broth entirely and make sure you keep yourself hydrated with plain water.
Choice of noodles
Choosing the appropriate noodles for laksa can also help mitigate some of the calories. Opt for rice noodles instead of egg (yellow) noodles as they are generally lower in calories. Vermicelli noodles are also a good alternative. 
Sides and toppings are key
Request for more tofu puffs or an additional hard boiled egg to increase the overall protein content. It would also be beneficial to add on vegetables such as bean sprouts or leafy vegetables to increase the fiber content.
Remember to go easy on the chilli paste so as to reduce sodium intake.
Last but not least, even though cockles are okay to be included, just inform them to have it thoroughly cooked to avoid the incidence of Hepatitis A.
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