Eating Out Tips: Greek and Lebanese

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There are lots of healthy, low-fat foods to choose from in Lebanese and Greek cooking styles. Dips, in particular, are a good choice, especially if low-fat varieties are available. Hummus, tzatziki and baba ghannouj make great choices.

Other good choices include Greek salad with low-fat dressing, and tabouli (cracked wheat salad). Try to avoid pastries, such as spanakopita (spinach triangles), as well as moussaka, deep-fried calamari, kebabs and souvlaki. When it comes to desserts, baklava and other pastries are laden with fat and calories, so try to avoid these if you're watching your weight or your fat intake. Opt for a gelato or sorbet instead.

 

Food Calories Fat (g)
Tzatziki, 1 tbsp 20 1
Baba Gannoujh, 1 tbsp 35 3
Hummus, 1 tbsp, 0.5 oz 23 1
Moussaka, 1 serving, 8 oz 350 22
Greek salad, 1 cup 93 4
Kafta, 1 skewer, 1.5 oz 85 5
Cabbage roll, 3 oz 100 3
Spinach pie, 3.5 oz 290 21
Couscous, sundried tomato, 1/2 cup 168 7
Tabouli, 1/2 cup 180 12
Shawourma, 4 oz 280 15
Falafel, fried, 1 medium, 1 oz 60 4
Baklava, 1 piece, 1.8 oz 245 18