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Healthy Middle Eastern Dishes

            Move over Quinoa it’s time to get Freekeh            

This ancient super grain is the healthiest food you didn’t know about. Freekeh has been a staple of Middle Eastern diets for decades. Freekeh works well with both savory and sweet foods making it really easy to include in your daily diet. Freekeh is low in fat and high in protein and fiber. You might be thinking, “so what! Who needs protein and fiber anyway”. Well, protein is an important component of every cell in the body and our body uses it to build and repair tissues. Fiber promotes a healthy digestive system. Not convinced yet? Are you quinoa lover because of its nutritional benefits? If so, then you should know that when it comes to nutritional benefits freekeh has the upperhand! We offer freekeh as a base with any box, pita, or pocket. We also have a signature item of freekeh that is topped with falafel and yogurt mint. 

                                                                                                   

  Hummust!

We already know you have heard of this tasty and healthy Middle Eastern cuisine mainstay. Hummus is not only one of the most delicious snacks you will eat this week, it is also one of the healthiest. The main ingredient in hummus is chickpea, which oh by the way is another superfood. Other than the soybean, chickpeas are the most grown and eaten bean in the world today. Chickpeas are not only a tremendous source of protein, they also contain lots of starch, fiber and minerals. Chickpeas can be considered a “good carb” because it is digested slowly. The slower your body digests food the more stable your blood sugar levels will be. Another essential ingredient in hummus is olive oil.  Olive oil is loaded with unsaturated fatty acids and a large number of antioxidants, olive oil is known to lower cholesterol, prevent strokes, heart disease and many other illnesses.

   Baba Ghanoush

Baba Ghanoush, which consists of roasted eggplant, tahini, garlic, olive oil and lemon juice, is another Middle Eastern dish that promotes a healthy diet. This dish is a good source of fiber and healthy fat. There is such thing as healthy fat? Yes, there is! Healthy fats help the body transport vitamins through your bloodstream, give you energy, and help maintain healthy skin. Tahini is a traditional and popular Middle Eastern sauce. Because tahini is made from sesame seeds it is rich in protein and Omega 6 fatty acids. 

Now that you are hooked, you are probably thinking where can I find all these healthy dishes. Well look no further because Panorama makes all of these traditional Middle Eastern dishes in-house every day. We are located at 820 Broadway just South of Union Square. See you there!