Health Benefits of Eating Eastern Mediterranean Cuisine

Mediteranean Mezzes - Manakish Oven & Grill

An Eastern Mediterranean diet is one that has many of the same health benefits that are more commonly known as the “Mediterranean diet.”  Although the middle eastern influence of the cuisine changes the rich flavor palates, the benefits are just as profound. Eastern Mediterranean foods incorporate the flavorful foods of the countries around the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. The food is conducive to a healthy diet as ingredients support a healthy body, heart-healthy ingredients, and spices that are known to stave off many chronic diseases.  Here are some benefits you can find by eating at Manakish Oven & Grill.

Mediterranean Spices

Heart-Healthy Ingredients 

Eastern Mediterranean foods emphasize the use of fish, olive oil, whole grains, legumes, and fresh vegetables.  Although not all our dishes are vegetarian, we focus on using lean meats. That being said, many of our dishes are vegetarian and vegan, which means heart-healthy with bold, savory flavors.  Eastern Mediterranean food is generally low in cholesterol and saturated fats. But, heart-healthy fats, such as omega-3s are found in olive oil and are a basis for our cooking. 

Tabouleh - Manakish Oven & Grill
Tabouleh – a vegetarian salad with fresh ingredients like chopped parsley, tomatoes, mint, onion, bulgur, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Made fresh daily!

Indulgent and Delicious Spices 

Middle Eastern foods garner their flavors from savory, bold spices.  One of the most commonly used spices you will find at Manakish is zaatar.  This spice is an aromatic blend of spices that generally include some variation of combined dried thyme, sumac, oregano, marjoram, sesame seeds, and salt. This spice is commonly found sprinkled over bread, yogurts, and olive oil.  

Zaatar Manoush - Manakish Oven & Grill

Recent research shows that zaatar herbs have significant health-enhancing properties as they are all packed with flavonoids.  These are organic compounds that are an important source of antioxidants that can protect cells from damage. Some scientists think zaatar’s components may actually boost mood and cognition.  

 

Indulge in the Flavors of Eastern Mediterranean

Following a Middle Eastern Mediterranean diet is beneficial for heart health and overall health due to the high level of antioxidants in different spices and ingredients. There are so many varieties of food available that help you stay healthy while enjoying the exciting flavors of the Middle East. 

Mediteranean Mezzes - Manakish Oven & Grill
Mezzes or sides like Baba Ganoush, Hummus, and Tabouleh are delicious and healthy options to add to your meal.

If you are hosting an event, want to impress guests at your home, or are just looking for more options for a tasty, yet healthy lunch or dinner, visit Manakish in Walnut Creek, CA.  Our menu offers quick, healthy and delicious Eastern Mediterranean cuisine that you can enjoy and will keep you energized throughout the day. Visit us at <insert address> during <hours> or check out our menu online to order your food for pick-up. 

 

We are excited to bring the traditional flavors Eastern Mediterranean to our establishment at Manakish Oven & Grill. Stop by for some great tasting and Mediterranean food that is fast, healthy, and delicious.  We are located at 2905 N. Main Street, Walnut Creek, CA and are open

Monday – Thursday 10:30 AM – 9 PM

Friday – Saturday 10:30AM -10PM

Sunday 10:30 AM – 8 PM

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