It should be noted when compared to other cuisines Greek Mediterranean dishes are the healthiest. According to the Mayo Clinic, “If you’re looking for a heart-healthy eating plan, the Mediterranean diet might be right for you.”
BENEFITS OF THE GREEK MEDITERRANEAN DIET
The Mayo Clinic says Greek Mediterranean food reduces the risk of heart disease. A Greek Mediterranean diet is also associated with a reduced incidence of cancer, and Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. Women who eat a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil and mixed nuts may have a reduced risk of breast cancer as well.
You can’t go wrong with almost any Greek Mediterranean menu item for heart health, but if you want to know what the top five healthiest options are, read further.
Fresh, hand chopped parsley, bulgur wheat, tomato, lemon juice, and extra virgin olive oil. Bulgur is a grain that contains 8 grams of fiber per cooked cup. That’s packing a lot of fiber per cup. Fiber slows the rate that sugar is absorbed into the bloodstream. Perfect for those watching their blood sugar.
Blended chickpea, lemon juice, and tahini sauce. Served with warm pita. Hummus is plant-based, so it is a winner coming out the gate, it also packs a lot of protein and fiber. If you are a stickler for calorie counting make sure you share this dish with someone.
Roasted eggplant blended with fresh garlic, lemon juice, fresh herbs, tahini sauce with warm pita. If you are looking to add healthy fats to your diet, this is the dish. These fats can help to: Lower the risk of heart disease and stroke. Lower bad LDL cholesterol levels, while increasing good HDL
Crisp romaine lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, red bell peppers, red onions and our house Greek dressing topped with fresh feta cheese and whole Kalamata olives. *Olives contain pits. Any of the salads on our menu could be on the list. We chose the Greek salad because it is a classic, but you would do well with the Caesar Salad or the Kale Salad.
Aybla falafels, hummus, baba ganouj, dolmades, and Greek salad, served with warm pita. This dish is packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and nutrients. And the fat sources are very heart-healthy.
The common thread in Greek Mediterranean food is high fiber, good fats.
Aybla Grill has recently opened a new Greek Mediterranean restaurant in Portland. Not only do we offer some of the best Greek food in Portland, but we are also one of the few halal restaurants in the city. Please check out our food carts and call 971-328-2041 for catering.