Street snacks are just one of the many perks of living in Egypt. You can’t drive around the corner, or cross the street without stumbling across a food vendor. Some of us have become so accustomed to all these foods in the street, we sometimes fail to stop and appreciate how lucky we are to have an abundance of HEALTHY options, literally just lying around the street.
For a country that is ranked very high on the obesity chart, we happen to have a lot of national dishes that are also ranked high on the healthy charts.
‘Ful Medames’ – Mashed Fava Beans
This protein-rich national dish can be found on every street corner and in a lot of restaurants. Ful has 10g of protein per cup and almost no fat, it fills you up for a long time.
Ask for your ful with olive oil and you’ve comibined both protein and healthy fat to create a perfect snack!
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Termes is made up of protein and carbohydrates; with around 36g of protein and 40g carbohydrate per cup, termes can be a great energy-boosting snack! Watch your quantities and make sure you don’t add too much salt or other condiments to ruin your nutritional snack.
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‘Batata’ – Sweet Potato
We said it before and we’ll say it again, carbs are not our enemy. Especially when they taste so sweet like a batata fresh out of the oven! Sweet potato is rich in nutrients and fibers essential to your diet.
‘Dora Mashwy’- Grilled Corn
While corn is a carbohydrate with very little protein, it does contain a lot of vitamins and minerals essential to a healthy diet. Cosuming grilled corn every now and then won’t harm your diet!
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With 38g of protein per cup, this is a high protein snack, but don’t forget that it has a very high fat content! A handful of peanuts should be enough to keep you going, especially when they’re freshly roasted. Just be sure not to get carried away consuming these tiny pieces of joy.
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Hommos el Sham
This traditional drink/soup keeps the hearts of Egyptians warm on cold winter nights. It is made up of mainly chickpeas, tomato paste, lemon juice, salt, cumin, garlic and onion. Chickpeas are a great source of protein, with around 20g of protein per cup, as well as being a good source of soluble and insoluble fiber. What better way than to drink your protein in a warm cup of culinary genius.
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Our beloved aish baladi is actually made from whole wheat flour, making it the king of breads. Whole wheat flour has more nutrients and fiber than white flour, making it the better-healthier option!
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