Greek food, particularly the Souvlaki needs to be given more attention. As the world knows about other famous grilled and skewered delights like the kebab, the souvlaki needs to take center stage as well. Not only is it delectable, many consider it a healthier grilled food option.
In today’s crazy world living during the global pandemic, everyone is encouraged to stay healthy. Aside from regular exercise and physical activity, healthy eating is strongly encouraged. At this point, anything that can boost the immune system must be done at all costs.
The souvlaki being regarded as a healthy grilled food option has to be recognized. Get to know more about this Greek delicacy and find out why it is relatively healthier than other grilled foods.
What is Souvlaki?
The souvlaki is a Greek version of the kebab. It is widely known and consumed in Greece and neighboring Cyprus. Just like its Middle Eastern counterpart, it is skewered meats (pork, beef, chicken, and lamb). To make it healthier, even fish and vegetables are used.
Its preparation has a simplistic approach. The meat is marinated in olive oil and flavored with lemon juice and other Mediterranean herbs and spices. It can be customized according to one’s preferences. However, oregano is a constant part of the marinade.
Why is the Souvlaki a healthier grilled food alternative?
Because the souvlaki is marinated with mainly olive oil and lemon juice, it almost instantly becomes lower in fat. Some natural and organic herbs and spices are also added to intensify its flavor. Other grilled foods are usually marinated in sauces that are high in fat and teeming with preservatives. Adding freshly squeezed lemon juice makes it figure friendly and high in Vitamin C to boost the immune system.
High in Nutrients
Souvlakis come with a high protein content of 19 grams (without the pita bread). It is ideal for those who wish to bulk up and gain more muscle mass. However, note that the saturated fat and fat contents relatively increase when consumed with pita bread. With the pita bread, the calorie count rises to 360 and 22 grams of fat. For stricter health compliance, it is best to have the souvlaki without the add-ons.
Smaller bite-sized pieces
Instead of having a big slab, it is cut in bite-sized pieces. Portion control is easier to achieve. One is not somehow forced to finish a big piece. Smaller pieces trick the brain for being satisfied. A few pieces may be enough to get you feeling full without the guilt.
Now is the time to try the Souvlaki!
The best souvlaki may just be found around your neighborhood. Most, if not all Greek or Mediterranean restaurants serve souvlakis. It’s a felony if they don’t. It’s like going to a Japanese restaurant without sushi.
If you aren’t allowed to leave home yet, it is easy to find restaurants online. Surely, there are Greek or Mediterranean restaurants with food delivery services. Also, if you are feeling adventurous, why not go online to see how it’s done and make them yourself.