Lebanese food Healthy
Many Lebanese restaurants serve Moroccan and other regional dishes as well. Lamb is the favorite meat: served stewed, roasted, pressed, ground or skewered.
Unfortunately most dishes have high fat and calories and so should be avoided or eaten in small portions (entre size). Seafood is better choice.
Tahini, a paste made from ground sesame seeds, is a tasty ingredient in favorites such as baba ghanoush, hummus and halvah (a rich sweet ingredient). Tahini is rich in calories.
Bulgur is a staple grain that is added to tabbouleh salad. But this adds calories. Chickpeas, rice and lentils are widely used and although these ingredients are generally healthy the calories accumulate in large portions sizes especially when eaten with bread and dips made with yogurt.
Choose dishes that are rich in vegetables such as garlic, onions, eggplant (can be oily), okra, lemon, carrots, cauliflower, green beans.
Most Lebanese meals include the following:
Tabbouleh: A salad made of bulgur, tossed with mint, tomatoes and parsley. The bulgur grain adds to the calories
Kibbe: Bulgur and ground lamb combined into patties and cooked. Once again this dish is high in fat and calories and should be eaten in moderation
Fattoush: A refreshing salad of toasted bread cubes, cucumbers, tomatoes and mint. The bread adds to the calories in this dish.
Hummus: Pureed chickpeas with lemon juice, tahini and garlic. Very rich and needs to be eaten in moderation.
Baba ghanoush: Charcoal-grilled eggplant combined with olive oil, tahini, crushed garlic and lemon juice. It is served as appetizer with pita bread for dipping or as a side dish. It is very rich and should only be eaten in small quantities.
Pita: A round, flat bread torn into pieces and served with dips. Be careful not to eat too much bread.
Healthy Choices for Lebanese Appetizers
Lentil soup is rich in fiber and lower in calories and fat than most other options
(Nutrition: 190 Cals; Fat: 3 g; Carbs: 30 g; Protein: 12 g ).
Yogurt salad, flavored with parsley, mint, and dill, blended with shredded cucumber and other salad vegetables is a healthy choice. (Nutrition: 80 Cals; Fat: 1.8 g; Carbs: 9 g; Protein: 6 g).
made from tomato, pepper, eggplant and cucumber in olive oil and lemon juice are a good choice. (Nutrition: 265 Cals; Fat: 15 g; Carbs: 40 g; Protein: 6 g). Avoid dishes with a lot of olive oil.
Hummus can be a healthy choice in small quantities. It tends to be very rich because of the olive oil and tahini (sesame paste) - both high in fat and calories. (Nutrition for about 1/2 cup: 100 Cals; Fat: 1 g; Carbs: 20 g; Protein: 5 g).
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What are the main Lebanese foods?
tabboule(vegetable plate) and kebbeh(fresh meat) and they eat meat with rice which is wrapped with grape leaves. they eat zuccini which you stuff rice and meat in it awell which is put in tomato paste or yoghurt sauce. Fatteh is also one of their foods which is fried bread with chicken and rice in yoghurt. they are only a few.