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Shawarma Is The Most Delicious, Little-Known Wrap You’ll Love!

Shawarma Wrap

A generous portion of premium cut beef or chicken wrapped in a thin layer of tortilla. Moreover, the shawarma wrap comes with red cabbage, pickles, tomatoes, red onions and tahini sauce. Furthermore, the tahini sauce coats the meat and vegetables perfectly, consequently, you a flavor found around the globe.

Shawarma Origins

This unique dish, commonly found in the middle east and mediterranean region of the world is what you’ve been craving. It can found in thousands of middle eastern restaurants across America. So, it’s hard not to try some. Shawarma, made by placing seasoned-meats and slabs of fat on vertical spit-fires, with an onion placed on top.

Cooking Methods

We roast our shawarma slowly for hours in front of an open-flame. As a result, it keeps its flavor and juices. Some cooking methods include heat-produced by electric or gas, or open flames produced by coals or wood. So, no matter how you slice it, shawarma is delicious.

Nutritional Benefits Of Shawarma

1) Shawarma – Vitamin A

Firstly, shawarma has a bad name of being slightly unhealthy. Moreover, there are claims that it leads to obesity. We disagree, for instance, shawarma is an important source of nutrients like Vitamin A. Vitamin A is essential for good vision, supporting a healthy immune system, in addition, it promotes cell growth.

2) Vitamin B6

Firstly, shawarma is rich in Vitamin B6, secondly, vitamin B6 helps maintain the overall health of the body. For example, it maintains a healthy nervous system, protect the immune system and support brain function. On the other hand, a deficiency in vitamin B6 can lead to anxiety, depression, and muscle pain.

Vitamin B6 helps with mood regulation, as a result, it will help fight depression. Moreover, it creates neurotransmitters that regulate emotions, serotonin, dopamine and gamma-aminobutyric acid. It’s important to note that B6 does not lower the risk of depression. To read more about vitamin b6…

3) Vitamin C

The tomatoes and red cabbage in a shawarma wrap are a good source of vitamin c. So, with every bite, you will help yourself fight skin aging and the common cold. There are many health benefits to consuming vitamin c, for example, it controls infections and helps to heal wounds. Moreover, vitamin c is a powerful antioxidant that neutralizes harmful, free radicals.

Vitamin c makes collagen a fibrous protein in connective tissue found in the bodies nervous-system, immune-system, bones, cartilage and blood. To read more about vitamin c

4) Shawarma – Good Source Of Protein

A shawarma serving provides 30-40g of protein, however, that does not include the protein you get from pita bread. Also. if you add hummus to your shawarma wrap or entrée, your protein intake goes up. Protein helps build up the body’s immune system to fight illness, further, it helps the body heal injuries.

Consuming a healthy amount of protein assist with weight control and cravings, for example, it reduces hunger and appetite levels. In addition, it helps reduce a desire for late-night snacking. To read more about protein…

5) Rich In Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are essential food nutrients. Nutrients that your body turns into glucose, consequently, giving your body the energy it needs to function. There are three types of carbs, for example, sugars, starches and fibers. In addition, when reading the nutrients label on your food and drinks, “total carbs” includes all three.

However, There kinds of carbs, good carbs and bad carbs. Good carbs known as complex carbohydrates, and contains vitamins, minerals and fiber. Above all, are less likely to spike your blood sugar.

On the other hand, bad carbs, known as simple carbohydrates contribute to weight gain, diabetes, heart disease and high cholesterol. At Casablanca, you can find complex carbohydrates in most of our specialty dishes, for instance, hummus, lentil soup, and shawarma. To read more about carbohydrates…

6) Adds Sodium

Consuming sodium helps regulate fluid levels in the body, as a result, helps prevent muscle cramps. Certainly, it improves brain function, eliminates carbon dioxide and prevents sun stroke. Consequently, consuming too much sodium can have a negative impact on your health. That is to say, too much sodium consumption can result in high-blood pressure, high-blood levels and memory loss. To read more about sodium…

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7) Shawarma – Dietary Fibers

Shawarma contains fiber, as a result, it helps keep the digestive system functioning. In fact, it helps prevent bloating, constipation and assist in weight management. Above all, consuming shawarma helps you meet your complex carbohydrate requirements. To read more about dietary fiber…

8) Iron

Iron is a mineral the human body needs for growth and development, furthermore, it needs iron to make some hormones. The body uses iron to produce hemoglobin, as a result, carrying oxygen from the lungs to the body. In addition, it produces myoglobin, a protein that carries oxygen to your muscles.

The amount of iron you need depends on your age, sex, diet and health. For instance, vegetarians will need twice as much iron as non-vegetarians. Moreover, women, children and cancer patients will need more iron than healthy adult males. Shawarma is a good source of iron, but consuming shawarma with hummus, and lentil soup achieves your DRI. To read more about iron…

9) Magnesium

Consuming 340 mg of magnesium daily lowers your risk of cardiovascular-disease, type-2-diabetes and fracture risk, certainly, loss of muscle mass. Magnesium promotes brain, nerve and muscle function. Because magnesium is vital to so many bodily functions–more than 600 reactions–the slightest deficiency has consequences. That is to say, it helps in energy creation, muscle movement, gene maintenance and protein formation. To read more about magnesium…

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Hummus Recipe

Recipe By Casablanca Restaurants
Course: Appetizers Cusine:Mediterranean Difficulty:Easy

Servings

2 minutes

Preparing Time

15 total minutes

Cooking Time

55-70min. minutes

Calories

300 kcal

INGREDIENTS

  1. 1 cup dried chickpeas (about 6 1/2 ounces), rinsed and drained

  2. 3 cloves garlic

  3. 1 dried bay leaf 

  4. Kosher salt

  5. 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

  6. 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 1 large lemon)

  7. 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling

  8. 1/3 cup tahini, well stirred

  9. Sweet or smoked paprika, for sprinkling

  10. Sliced fresh vegetables and pita chips, for serving 

DIRECTION

  1. Main Ingredients

    Add the dried chickpeas, garlic, bay leaf, 2 teaspoons salt.

  2. Main Ingredients

    Add 6 cups water to a 6- or 8- quart Instant Pot® multi-cooker.

  3. Main Ingredients

    Pressure cook on high for 55 minutes

  4. Main Ingredients

    Transfer the chickpeas and garlic to a food processor, discarding the bay leaf.

  5. Main Ingredients

    Add the cumin and 1/2 cup of the olive oil and blend until smooth, about 2 minutes.

  6. Main Ingredients

    Add the lemon juice, olive oil and tahini and blend until smooth.

  7. Main Ingredients

    Transfer to a serving bowl, drizzle with more olive oil and sprinkle with paprika. Serve with sliced vegetables and/or pita bread.

NOTES

    You can also add pickles, pickled turnips, roasted red peppers, etc..

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Is Hummus Healthy? 4 Proven Reasons Why It Is!

Packed With Plant-Based Protein, Hummus is Rich In Nutrition

Hummus is rich in plant-based protein, in addition, hummus includes iron, folate, phosphorus and B vitamins, all of which are important for vegetarians and vegans, as they may not get enough from their diet.

What Is Iron?

The human body uses iron to make hemoglobin, a protein found in red blood cells. It carries oxygen from the lungs to the entire body, for instance, your muscles. 

Hummus – How Much Iron Do I Need?

  • Calories: 166
  • Fat: 9.6 grams
  • Protein: 7.9 grams
  • Carbs: 14.3 grams
  • Fiber: 6.0 grams
  • Manganese: 39% of the RDI
  • Copper: 26% of the RDI
  • Folate: 21% of the RDI
  • Magnesium: 18% of the RDI
  • Phosphorus: 18% of the RDI
  • Iron: 14% of the RDI
  • Zinc: 12% of the RDI
  • Thiamin: 12% of the RDI
  • Vitamin B6: 10% of the RDI
  • Potassium: 7% of the RDI

Iron intake requirements depends on age, sex and if you consume a plant-based diet, so check your requirements. Some vegetarians don’t consume meat, poultry, or seafood, as a result, iron intake will be double of people who do. Because the body doesn’t absorb nonheme iron found in a plant-based diet as well as it does animal-based foods. 

  • Life Stage – Recommended Amount
  • Birth to 6 months 0.27 mg
  • Infants 7–12 months 11 mg
  • Children 1–3 years 7 mg
  • Ages 4–8 years 10 mg
  • Children 9–13 years 8 mg
  • Teen boys 14–18 years 11 mg
  • Teen girls 14–18 years 15 mg
  • Adult men 19–50 years 8 mg
  • Adult women 19–50 years 18 mg
  • Adults 51 years and older 8 mg
  • Pregnant teens 27 mg
  • Pregnant women 27 mg 
  • Breastfeeding teens 10 mg
  • Breastfeeding women 9 mg

What Is Folate?

Folate (B-9) is important in red blood cell formation, moreover, for healthy cell growth and function. Folate helps reduce the risk of birth defects of the brain and spine during early pregnancy.

Hummus – How Much Folate Do I Need?

The recommended daily amount of folate for adults is 400 micrograms (mcg), however that amount increases with pregnancy. But, adult women who are planning pregnancy or could become pregnant should be advised to get 400 to 1,000 mcg of folic acid a day.

What Is Phosphorus?

Phosphorus is an essential mineral found in many foods, in addition, is a major component of bones, teeth, DNA, and RNA. Phosphorus is also a component of cell membrane structure and ATP, the body’s key energy source in the form of Phospholipids. 

Hummus – How Much Phosphorus Do I Need?

Age – Male – Female – Pregnancy – Lactation

  • Birth to 6 months *100 mg – 100 mg
  • 7–12 months *275 mg – 275 mg
  • 1–3 years 460 mg – 460 mg
  • 4–8 years 500 mg – 500 mg
  • 9–13 years 1,250 mg – 1,250 mg
  • 14–18 years 1,250 mg – 1,250 mg – 1,250 mg – 1,250 mg
  • 19+ years 700 mg – 700 mg – 700 mg – 700 mg

Packed With Ingredients Proven to Fight Inflammation

Hummus Ingredient – Olive Oil

Inflammation is the bodies way of protecting itself from illness and infection, on the other hand, too much inflammation (Chronic Inflammation) can last longer than it should. Moreover, chronic inflammation can lead to many different health issues. Hummus is packed with ingredients that can help fight chronic inflammation, for instance, olive oil being one of them. Olive Oil is packed with powerful antioxidants, therefore, have anti-inflammatory properties.

Hummus Ingredient – Sesame Seeds

Sesame seed is another important ingredient, and is used to make tahini. Tahini helps reduce inflammatory markers like IL-6 and CRP, in addition, commonly found in inflammatory diseases like Arthritis. Furthermore, studies have shown that consumption of chickpeas helps reduce blood markers of inflammation. 

Promotes Digestive Health

Hummus Ingredient – Dietary Fiber

Dietary Fiber is vital for improving digestive health, above all, hummus is loaded with it. There’s 6 grams of dietary fiber in every 100 grams of hummus, in short, provides women with 24% of their daily recommended intake and men 16% DRI. Dietary fibers helps to soften and add bulk to stools so it passes easier. As a result, it helps keep you regular. 

Hummus Ingredient – Healthy Bacteria

Consuming hummus adds healthy bacteria like bifidobacteria, consequently, suppresses the growth of harmful bacteria. Gut bacteria is known to convert fiber into short-chain fatty-acid butyrate, therefore, nourishes colon cells. Furthermore, fibers converting to butyrate or butyrate production can lead to a lower risk of colon cancer. 

Consuming Hummus May Help Control Blood Sugar Levels, Risk for Heart Disease, and Promotes Weight Loss

Hummus – Low Glycemic Index

Made mostly from chickpeas, hummus has a low glycemic index, as a result, it slowly digest and causes a more balanced rise and fall of blood sugar levels. Hummus is rich in soluble fibers and healthy fats which slows down the absorption of carbs, allowing for a slow and steady release of sugar into the blood stream. 

Low Bad LDL Cholesterol- Hummus

Most hummus contains Chickpeas and Olive Oil which can lead to lower risk of bad LDL Cholesterol which leads to a higher risk of heart disease. Moreover, it lowers the risk of heart disease, and death from heart disease. Hummus is rich in dietary fibers that boost levels of the “fullness hormones” cholecystokinin (CCK), peptide YY, GLP-1 and ghrelin. 

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Salmon, And Its Many Health Benefits

In this article, we will discuss the many health benefits of salmon. For instance, consuming salmon decreases inflammation, lowers blood pressure, improves arterial function, and reduces your risk of cancer. This fatty fish is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. You meet your omega-3 fatty acid needs when you consume at least two salmon servings per week. Furthermore, experts recommended you consume at least two 100g portions of the fish per week.

Consuming salmon is an excellent source of protein. As a result, protein, just as we discussed in our blog health benefits of lamb chops, is considered an essential nutrient your body needs. Your body does not produce the protein you need; therefore, you have to get it from your diet. A 3.5-ounce serving of Salmon (Daily Intake) contains 24 grams of protein. Consequently, it’s a great source of protein.

These days, it’s vital to focus on excellent health and quality of life, that is, better well-being. There are many nutrients and vitamins we need to help us get there, but vitamin b takes the cake. Consuming vitamin b helps improve energy levels, cell metabolism, and brain function. Also, vitamin b helps promote red blood cell growth, good eyesight, good digestion, healthy appetite, and muscle tone. According to a Healthline.com article written by Emily Cronckleton and medically reviewed by Natalie Olsen,

The RDI (Recommended Daily Intake) of vitamin b should be as follows for women.

      1) Vitamin B1 (thiamin): 18% of the RDI – 1.1mg

      2) Vitamin B2 (riboflavin): 29% of the RDI – 1.1mg

      3) Vitamin B3 (niacin): 50% of the RDI -14mg

      4) Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid): 19% of the RDI – 5mg

      5) Vitamin B6: 47% of the RDI – 1.3mg

      6) Vitamin B9 (folic acid): 7% of the RDI – 400mg

      7) Vitamin B12: 51% of the RDI – 2.4mcg

The RDI (Recommended Daily Intake) of vitamin b should be as follows for men.

      1) Vitamin B1 (thiamin): 18% of the RDI – 1.2mg

      2) Vitamin B2 (riboflavin): 29% of the RDI – 1.3mg

      3) Vitamin B3 (niacin): 50% of the RDI -16mg

      4) Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid): 19% of the RDI – 5mg

      5) Vitamin B6: 47% of the RDI – 1.3mg

      6) Vitamin B9 (folic acid): 7% of the RDI – 400mg

      7) Vitamin B12: 51% of the RDI – 2.4mcg

We gave you three great reasons to consume salmon that will promote health and quality of life. However, there are many other health benefits that you should know about, so keep reading.

Potassium, classified as an electrolyte, is one of the most abundant minerals in the body; however, a vast majority is in your cells. 80% can be found in your muscles, while the remaining 20% is in your bones, liver, and red blood cells. Consequently, potassium is one of the essential minerals a human needs. Moreover, salmon provides 18% of the RDI of Potassium per 3.5 ounces.

Among other fresh and saltwater fish, salmon is loaded with Selenium, moreover consuming 3.5 ounces of salmon provides about 60% of Selenium’s RDI. The antioxidant properties in selenium help protect your cells from damage. Casablanca’s Grilled Salmon Dinner provides your recommended daily intake (RDI) of Selenium.

Foods in your diet containing the Antioxidant Astaxanthin, for instance, Casablanca’s salmon dinner, provide many health benefits. Salmon contains between 0.4-3.8mg of astaxanthin per 3.5oz. Astaxanthin helps treat serious diseases, for example, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and Stroke. Moreover, astaxanthin can improve sleep, prevent sunburn and male infertility.

Consuming two salmon servings per week increased omega-3 blood levels by 8–9% and decreased omega-6 levels. May Benefit Weight Control. Research suggests that the omega-3 fats in salmon and other fatty fish may promote weight loss and decrease belly fat in overweight individuals.

Can Help Fight Inflammation. Consuming daily 3 ounces (80 grams) of salmon and other fatty fish led to reductions in the inflammatory markers TNF-a and IL-6. May Protect Brain Health. People with normal brain function who consumed fatty fish regularly have more grey matter in their brains. 

Consuming salmon could reduce their risk of memory problems later in life. Delicious and Versatile. Salmon is undeniably delicious. It has a unique, delicate flavor with a less “fishy” taste than much other fatty fish, such as sardines and mackerel. It is also extremely versatile. You can steam, sautée, smoke, grill, bake, or poach. It can also be served raw in sushi and sashimi.

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Lamb Chops Have Many Health Benefits, Here Are Five.

Consuming a moderate portion of lamb chops that have been mildly cooked is both safe and healthy. Lamb, common red meat used in Mediterranean and American fares, is safe to eat if you are trying to watch your cholesterol levels, in moderation, of course. Choosing the right cut of lamb and preparing it healthily is a big factor. In short, Casablanca Restaurants takes care of that for you.
Eating lamb every day has negative health benefits because your body already produces all of the cholesterol you need. For Instance, Cooked lamb has an equal amount of saturated fat and mono-saturated fatty acids. Saturated fat can increase cholesterol level raising levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), considered bad cholesterol. Monosaturated fatty acids can lower your cholesterol so eating them in moderation results in many more health benefits.
High consumption of overcooked processed meat, according to some studies, increases your risk for heart disease, cancer, and high cholesterol. When consuming mildly-cooked, lean lamb, consume it no more than a couple of times a week, as you already produce all of the cholesterol your body needs.

Five Important Health Benefits of Lamb Chops

▪️A Fantastic Source of Iron
▫️ As a red meat, lamb inherently has a lot more iron than other protein sources like chicken or fish.
🔹 Consuming lamb is a healthy dietary option, as a result, you can help to improve and prevent iron deficiency and anemia symptoms.
▪️A Vitamin B Powerhouse
▫️ Lamb is an awesome source of B12. Consume just 3 ounces of lamb meat, which will result in half of most people’s daily B12 requirements.
🔹 Eating Lamb results in the consumption of vitamin B12 and other B vitamins, helps our nervous systems function as they should, and ensure that the actual nerve cells are in a healthy state.
▪️A Way to Boost Your Immune System
▫️ Consuming just 3 ounces of lamb contains 4.4 mg zinc, which is 30% of our daily value.
🔹 Zinc is essential to optimal immune health, along with wound healing, DNA, and protein synthesis.
▪️Anti-Inflammatory Assets
▫️ Lamb does contain fat, but a significant portion of that fat is anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids.
🔹 Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). As a result, you lose fat and improve lean muscle mass.
▪️A Healthy Source of Protein ▫️ If you consume just one 3 ounce serving of lamb meat, which contains over 23 grams of protein.
🔹 Protein does so much for the body, including providing it with slow-burning, sustainable fuel. It also helps your body build, repair, and maintain muscle mass.

The Healthiest Methods To Cooking Lamb

When cooking different cuts of lamb, it’s best to use the proper methods. Like for instance, when cooking a shoulder cut, making a stew is the healthiest option. When cooking ground lamb, doing a “healthy sautéed” is best, according to www.whfoods.com
How the sheep are raised and fed on the farm is equally important to the health benefits. It has as much to do with the cut of lamb, cooking methods, and how often you consume it. The best way to cook lamb chops is “medium/rare” with an inner temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit. The reason being is, most of the micro-organisms on this kind of meat are on the outside. Therefore, lamb doesn’t need to be cooked as thoroughly as poultry.

Lamb Options At Casablanca

Lamb has always been a large part of Casablanca’s menu and will be a large part long into the future. Our lamb chops dinner is one of our customer favorites and remains our top-selling dish. Our lamb chops are charcoal-grilled to specification, but, for health benefits, we recommend ordering them medium/rare.
Casablanca also offers lamb kifta as a kabob and a burger, a recipe dating back more than 60 years. We offer popular dishes like our lamb kabob dinner, baked lamb dinner, and on special occasions, lamb shank. For more information about the health benefits of lamb, this article goes into specific details about it Read More
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