Eating Healthy is All Greek to Dieters

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Be careful of baba ganouj, a potato-based dip. A small two-tablespoon serving is close to 100 calories and 13% of the fat RDA. It should go without saying that the flaming saganaki is to be avoided. Cheese drenched in ouzo and ignited cannot be good for you, but it certainly is fun to watch. Let diners at other tables order and then just sit back and watch the show. If your meal comes with traditional soup or salad, you may want to go with something a little less calorie-laden. Avgolemeno soup (chicken with rice and egg in a lemony broth) is delicious. It is also over 300 calories per serving and covers 26% of the RDA (recommended daily allowance) for fat and 35% of the RDA for sodium. A standard serving of Greek salad (greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, feta cheese, kalamata olives and Greek dressing) will not only cost 384 calories, it also provides a whopping 46% of the fat RDA and 39% sodium.

Main dishes in Greek restaurants are simply wonderful. Unfortunately you should steer clear of pastitsio (sort of a Greek lasagna) as well as the popular moussaka (meat, eggplant and potato). Both are smothered in bechamel sauce before being baked. High calorie, high fat, high sodium.