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Fa-la-la-la falafels

on December 1, 2012
Photo de falafels Photo prise par Jerem ja:画像:...

Photo de falafels Photo prise par Jerem ja:画像:Photo de falafels.jpg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Falafels are everywhere these days. They are very delicious but what is a falafel and should you eat it? In this post, I will address these questions as well as give you some tips on how to maximize your nutritional benefit of falafel. The falafel are middle-eastern (not Greek!) and are made of garbanzo beans which are high in fiber. I think everyone knows they need more fiber in their diet, and it’s easy with the falafel. If you buy them frozen and make them yourself either baked or deep fried in a unsaturated oil such as peanut oil or canola or vegetable oil combined with cucumbers, tomatoes, tahini (yogurt) sauce, cabbage/carrot coleslaw filling on whole wheat pita bread they are good for you. especially if you are trying to lose weight.  Foods rich in fiber such as cabbage, carrots, beans, grapefruit produce the melanin to burn fat cells.

There is almost no such thing as a bad falafel. I’ve had them from carts, high-end restaurants, and I’ve made them at home. They are pretty much always the same but I think the fresher the better. They don’t taste as good once refrigerated. You can also buy frozen falafel at Trader Joes but you will sacrifice quality with this route. Instead, head to the healthy section of the supermarket where they have grains and you can buy falafel mix. It’s very easy to do at home.  If you are in San Jose, I highly recommend the falafel cart at Santana Row in front of the Starbucks. They will make you a fresh and easy- not to mention cheap- meal. The falafel is also a great snack when you are on the go. I have heard they are a good substitute for chicken mcnuggets because of the texture.

If you are making them at home, I recommend putting inside of a whole wheat pita with lettuce and cucumbers and sour cream or tahini sauce. This is very filling and a great source of fiber and protein. It’s a perfect meal for your friends. If you have the time and patience to make home made pita bread then you will never forget it. (But it takes 5+ hours of prep work and 8+ hours for the dough to rise.) If you want to save a lot of time then a good tip is to just combine coleslaw with the falafels.

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