Small Pieces, Big Calories!

You’ve been doing really well this Ramadan, you are avoiding all those sugary drinks and keeping up with your fitness routine, and yet somehow – SOMEHOW the scale keeps moving up. You’ve scratched your head and taken off layers of clothes and that scale won’t budge, and then you ask yourself: I haven’t been eating anything, except maybe that piece of [insert-delicious-fatty-arabic-sweet-here]! Could that be it?

Let’s take a look at some of those not-so-hidden calories in these delicious arabic treats. You might want to take a few deep breaths, or if you prefer to live in denial and enjoy your dessert – look away now!

  • Znood el sit [pastry and cheese] (60g – 1 or 1.5 pieces) = 215 calories

  • Maamoul bi joz 50g [biscuit stuffed with pistachios] ( 6cm or 1 large piece) = 230 – 260 calories

  • maamoulMaamoul bi tamer 50g (6cm or 1 large piece) [biscuit stuffed with dates] = 245 calories 

  • Halawi 1 Tablespoon [sweetened sesame seed paste] = 80 calories

  • Jazariyeh 25g (1 small amount) [carrots, sugar and pumpkins] = 77 calories

  • Halawet el jibn (1 small piece) [lots of cheese and sugar] = 60 calories

  • photo by avlxya http://www.flickr.com/photos/10559879@N00/4906822641
    photo by avlxya 
    photo by avlxya 

    Baclava 25g (1 small piece) = 130 calories

  • Mafrookeh (25g)  [semolina with sugar] = 100 calories

  • Knefe 240g (about 9cm)  = 500 calories

 

Don’t hate the messenger! Again, the point here to just make you more aware of the calories you are consuming. 100 additional calories here could add up to more than just a few pounds. Moderation is essential, but if you don’t know HOW much is in your daily meal plan, it will be that much more difficult for you to manage your overall intake.

If you are invited out and feel like it would be impolite to avoid the desserts, share your plate, opt for the lower calories items or items where you can control portions (as opposed to pre-divided pieces) – or just share this post with them and you’d be off the hook then!

 

T

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8 thoughts on “Small Pieces, Big Calories!”

  1. Interesting! I suppose anything that features the demon sugar is going to be a problem. I get around that by avoiding it altogether and using stevia when I just have to have something sweet. And of course on special occasions, I’ll indulge in a small piece of wickedness so I don’t feel completely deprived.

    1. Anything in moderation is completely acceptable. the problem is that most of these sweets are fried and then dipped in syrup – so double the trouble here!
      By the way, I’m totally making your shrimp quesadilla recipe this weekend (will probably alter it as much as I can to keep it lower in calories/fat) so thank you so much for posting that! 🙂

      1. Glad to hear you’re trying the quesadilla! I had already redued the fat, but did think it could be baked rather than fried. However, I decided I liked the browning and I think coconut oil is a real health trest, so don’t mind using a little from time to time. What else were you thinking? I suppose there was a rather lot of avocado – but again, the fat there is omego 3 and so needed for good health. I’m researching a piece on fat for the fall. In the meantime, check out this link if you’re interested: http://cookupastory.wordpress.com/2012/10/03/ive-got-a-loverly-bunch-of-coconuts-tra-la/

  2. I could swear I replied to this earlier :s must be my buggy site! Anyway just wanted to say that I would bake instead of frying and go for less avocado. It’s true that its all good fat, but too much of a good thing can be counter-productive! haha. thanks again for the recipe and sorry for the late reply! (hoping to finally try the recipe this weekend!)

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