Health & Nutrition

Hummus

Our hummus is made in small batches daily and delivered to stores weekly. We use quality, nutritious ingredients and never use artificial preservatives. You can count on us to have consistent incredible flavor that is always fresh and delicious.

Garbanzo beans
  • Garbanzo beans are loaded with fiber, iron, and antioxidants. Because of the high fiber content, they can help to regulate blood sugar and promote healthy and productive digestive health. They have also been shown to improve blood circulation and lower LDL cholesterol level and triglycerides. High LDL levels can lead to heart attack, stroke, and disease.
  • Consuming garbanzo beans regularly can also help lower the risk of colon problems, including colon cancer.
  • Garbanzo beans can be very filling—a little goes a long way for those who are watching their weight.
Tahini/Sesame
  • Tahini/Sesame seeds in hummus (and both baba ghanouj, and garlic tahini sauce) is rich in minerals such as phosphorus, lecithin, magnesium, potassium and iron and is also one of the best sources of calcium out there.
  • Sesame seeds, the main ingredient in tahini, are well known for their robust amounts of protein. What you may not know is that sesame seeds have a higher protein content than most nuts. Sesame seeds also consist of mostly fiber, this makes them easy to digest. Sesame seeds are also an excellent source of calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, zinc and fiber. Because these tiny seeds contain higher than average levels of magnesium, they can help reduce cholesterol, prevent high blood pressure, and protect the liver from oxidative damage.  Additionally, sesame seeds can help to maintain healthy skin and muscle tone.
  • Studies have shown that garlic can help reduce high blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels, and help fight coronary heart disease and artery hardening.
  • The fresh garlic in hummus (and both baba ghanouj and garlic tahini sauce) can help strengthen your immune system and kill bad bacteria in your gut. Garlic is an excellent detoxifier and will help eradicate heavy metals in the body.
Basil
  • Fresh basil contains flavonoids, which provide protection against unwanted bacterial growth.
  • It is an anti-inflammatory food that can provide important healing benefits along with symptomatic relief for individuals with inflammatory health problems like rheumatoid arthritis or inflammatory bowel conditions.
  • Basil is a very good source of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C, Vitamin K, iron, calcium and Vitamin A, magnesium
  • Basil not only reduces inflammation but also help increase circulation and blood flow!
Spinach
  • This healthy leafy green is full of vitamins, antioxidants and minerals.
  • Spinach can help control blood glucose levels, making it an excellent food for diabetics.
  • Spinach has been shown to lower blood pressure, lower your risk of cancer, and lower your risk of developing asthma.
  • Spinach is very low in calories and carbohydrates. It contains an enormous amount of calcium and iron. Iron helps your body use energy efficiently!
  • A good source of vitamins A, B2, C and K, and also contains magnesium, manganese, folate, iron, calcium and potassium.
  • Magnesium helps your body better metabolize energy, maintain muscle and nerve function and maintain a healthy immune system. This means spinach assists with all these things!
Artichokes
  • Clinical and experimental trials have shown that eating artichokes may be useful in treating chronic digestive complaints including IBS, nervous gastropathy, flatulence, and irritable bowel.
  • Artichokes help keep your liver healthy and help greatly reduce your risk or cancer.
  • Artichokes are very low in calories and fat and are high in fiber and antioxidants.
  • Artichokes are an excellent source of folic acid which is crucial for pregnant women.
Chipotle and Jalepeño Peppers
  • Spicy food can energize your metabolism
  • Researchers have discovered that Capsaicin, the compound that gives chili peppers a powerful kick can help burn more calories and help prevent cancer and some cardiovascular disease. Capsaicin is also great for diabetics, especially type 2 diabetics, because it can help manage insulin levels.
  • Hot peppers help reduce cholesterol, triglyceride levels and platelet aggregation. They can help increase your body’s ability to dissolve fibrin, a known substance that forms blood clots. They can also lower free radical damage which leads to the development of atherosclerosis.
Lime
  • Contain calcium and folate, two nutrients that are important for post-menopausal women and women of child-bearing age.
  • Lime can help prevent the formation of kidney stones (see “lemon” notes).
  • Lime can also help to treat constipation, improve digestion, help treat ulcers and respiratory disorders and gout and even reduce fevers.
  • Limes are also great for your skin!
Cilantro
  • High in  antioxidants
  • Helps reduce LDL cholesterol levels
Kalamata Olives
  • Known as a “Mediterranean Superfood” that can help prevent colon cancer
  • Can help ensure proper flow of nutrients to the body by dilating blood vessels
  • May lower blood pressure levels and LDL cholesterol
  • Contain lots of “good” fats
  • Lots of iron
  • Should be noted – high in in sodium
Mint Leaves
  • Can aid in digestion
  • Help to alleviate headaches and nausea
  • High in antioxidants

Falafel

 

Falafel

Falafels are delicious garbanzo bean patties. They are lightly fried in non-GMO rice oil and are gluten free and vegan.

  • Excellent source of protein
  • Low in fat
  • High in dietary fiber
  • Low in saturated fat
  • Low calorie for weight watchers - One small ball is 50-60 calories

Baba Ghanouj

Eggplant
  • Eggplant contains significant amounts of chlorogenic acid, which has been shown to decrease LDL levels, and also serves as an antimicrobial, antiviral, and anticarcinogenic agent.
  • Polyphenols in eggplant have been found to exhibit an anti-cancer effect. It’s loaded with A antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, which prevent tumor growth and invasion and spread of cancer cells. They also stimulate detoxifying enzymes within cells and promote cancer cell death.
  • The fiber, potassium, vitamin C, vitamin B-6, and phytonutrient content in eggplants all support heart health.
  • See also nutritional benefits of tahini and garlic.

Tatziki Sauce

Yogurt
  • Yogurt contains good-for-you bacteria, or probiotics.
  • Yogurt is loaded with vitamins, namely, potassium, phosphorous, riboflavin, iodine, zinc, vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), and B12, which maintains red blood cells and helps keep your nervous system functioning properly.
  • A cup of yogurt a day can help you recover faster after a workout because it provides the amino acids your muscles need to repair themselves
  • Studies show that yogurt may prevent high blood pressure.
  • Yogurt is a high-protein food.
Cucumbers
  • Cucumbers contain lignans that have a strong history of research in connection with reduced risk of several cancer types, including breast cancer, prostate cancer, uterine cancer, and ovarian cancer.
  • Eating cucumbers can aid in digestion, promote joint health, and even prevent splitting and spoiling of finger nails.
  • Cucumbers are an amazing anti-inflammatory food – this means they help fight cancer and aid in digestion.
  • High in b-vitamins which can aid in energy and help manage stress

Tabouleh

Parsley
  • Parsley is rich in many vital vitamins, including Vitamin C,  B 12, K and A.
  • It helps flush out excess fluid from the body, thus supporting kidney function.
  • Regular use of parsley can help control your blood pressure. The folic acid in this herb is like a tonic for your heart.
Quinoa
  • Quinoa is a complete protein containing all nine essential amino acids.
  • Quinoa contains almost twice as much fiber as most other grains.
  • Quinoa contains Iron, which keeps red blood cells healthy and is the basis of hemoglobin formation.
  • Quinoa contains lysine, which is essential for tissue growth and repair.
  • Quinoa is rich in magnesium, which relax blood vessels and can thereby alleviate migraines. Magnesium also may reduce Type 2 diabetes by promoting healthy blood sugar control. Other health benefits of magnesium include transmission of nerve impulses, body temperature regulation, detoxification, energy production, and the formation of healthy bones and teeth.
  • Quinoa is high in Riboflavin (B2). B2 improves energy metabolism within brain and muscle cells and is known to help create proper energy production in cells.
  • Quinoa has a high content of manganese. Manganese is an antioxidant, which helps to prevent damage of mitochondria during energy production as well as to protect red blood cells and other cells from injury by free radicals.
Lemon
  • Contains many nourishing elements like vitamin C, vitamin B, phosphorous, proteins, and carbohydrates.
  • Lemon is a fruit that contains flavonoids, which are composites that contain antioxidant and cancer fighting properties.
  • Consumption of lemons and their juices can help to prevent diabetes, constipation, high blood pressure, fever, indigestion and many other problems, as well as improving the skin, hair, and teeth. Lemon juice can eliminate the occurrence of kidney stones by forming urinary citrate, which prevents the formation of crystals.
Olive Oil
  • People who regularly consume olive oil are much less likely to develop cardiovascular diseases, including hypertension (high blood pressure), stroke, and hyperlipidemia (high blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels).
  • Olive oil can also help reduce inflammation, endothelial dysfunction (problems with the inner linings of blood vessels), thrombosis and carbohydrate metabolism.
  • A study has shown that people who consume olive oil in their salad (such as tabouleh) had a 41% lower risk of stroke, compared with their counterparts who never consumed it.
  • A team of scientists in Spain concluded that olive oil can protect the body against breast cancer.
  • It can also maintain healthy cholesterol levels and protect against Alzheimer’s Disease.
  • Eating more foods with olive oil can protect the liver from cell damage and consuming more olive oil could help fend off ulcerative colitis.
Tomatoes
  • Tomatoes are a rich source of vitamins A and C and folic acid.
  • Tomatoes contain a wide array of beneficial nutrients and antioxidants, including alpha-lipoic acid, lycopene, choline, beta-carotene and lutein.
  • People who are sticking to an anti-inflammatory diet or have problems with acid reflux should avoid tomatoes because they are very acidic.
Onions
  • The phytochemicals in onions improve the working of Vitamin C in the body, thus gifting you with improved immunity.
  • Onions contain chromium, which assists in regulating blood sugar.
  • Raw onion (like the ones found in tabouleh) encourages the production of good cholesterol (HDL), thus keeping your heart healthy.
  • A powerful compound called quercetin in onions is known to play a significant role in preventing cancer.

Mhishi (Stuffed Graped Leaves)

Stuffed with rice, veggies, and pomegranate molasses, eating mishi can be a benefit to your overall health.

The health benefits of rice include its ability to provide fast and instant energy, regulate and improve bowel movements, stabilize blood sugar levels, and slow down the aging process rice also provides an essential source of vitamin B1 to the human body. Other benefits include its ability to boost skin health, increase the metabolism, aid in digestion, reduce high blood pressure, help weight loss efforts, improve the immune system and provide protection against dysentery, cancer, and heart disease.

Pomegranate molasses

Contains several B vitamins which can help the body produce energy is an aid to enzymes that help muscles, cardiovascular system and nervous system. Vitamin B3, or niacin, helps to maintain the health and vitality of your skin, nervous system and digestive system. Vitamin B5, or pantothenic acid, helps promote normal growth and development, especially in young people. Vitamin B6, or pyridoxine, helps your body break down proteins you consume and maintains the health of your red blood cells that carry oxygen throughout your body.

Red peppers
  • Contain almost 300 percent of your daily vitamin C intake
  • Great source of vitamin B6 and magnesium
  • Helps support healthy night vision
  • Packed with antioxidants
  • Can increase metabolic rate