Hoboken Health Corner: April 2011
Influx of Falafel choices in Hoboken
By Leslie Goldstein, RD
Interested in the new craze hitting Washington Street lately?
Falafel and Mediterranean cuisine has become the newest trend in Hoboken. With an influx of restaurants there’s no doubt that some of you are confused about this new trend in addition to which new restaurant to try out first!
What is Falafel?
Falafel is made of either a combination of chickpeas and fava beans or one of the beans on their own grounded and combined with garlic, herbs and spices. They are then baked, sautéed or fried using oil. If canola oil or olive oil is used the food has virtually no saturated fat. Falafel is a lean protein source, providing fewer calories per serving than meat or chicken. It is also high in fiber, which may help lower cholesterol, reduce weight and reduce risk of disease such as diabetes and heart disease. Additionally, falafel contains B vitamins, iron, zinc and potassium!
It is typically served in a pita with salad, tabouli, and hummus, tahini or yogurt sauce. It can alternatively be served over salad without pita. The only downside nutritionally, is that it can be fried in some restaurants- adding calories, saturated fat and trans fat, in some cases.
On average, a falafel sandwich in a pita has approximately 500 calories, 12 grams of fiber and 20 grams of protein. Forget the pita and have the falafel over salad and subtract 200 calories from the meal. Add on sides and sauces and be prepared to add on calories as well as flavor (below values are approximate)
- 2 Tablespoons tahini sauce: 90 calories
- 2 Tablespoons hummus: 40 calories
- 2 Tablespoons yogurt sauce: 20 calories
- Side order beet salad- 20 calories
- Side order tabouli: 50 calories
Falafel Hot Spots in Hoboken
In Hoboken lately, your options are numerous in choosing the perfect place for lunch or dinner if you crave, or are just intrigued, in falafel.
See below for a selection of Hoboken falafel hot spots, which, by the way are all in a few block radius of each other (except the Pita Truck!)
So feel free to do a taste test one day down Washington Street!
- Mamouns Falafel: 502 Washington Street
- Maoz Vegetarian: 315 Washington Street
- Hummus Bar: 630 Washington Street
- Hoboken Cottage: 516 Washington Street (recently serving both Chinese and Turkish cuisine)
- Ibby’s Falafel: 614 Washington Street (coming soon!)
- Pita Grill: 324 Washington Street
- And don’t forget the Two Pitas in a Pod lunch truck – one of the best in town!
About Leslie Goldstein, RD
Leslie Goldstein is a Registered Dietitian (RD) practicing in North Bergen and Hoboken, New Jersey. Leslie is an avid exerciser who combines her nutrition knowledge and passion with motivational support in counseling to help her clients make lifestyle changes. Leslie specializes in weight management, general wellness, Diabetes, bariatric surgery, hypertension and cardiovascular disease. Leslie accepts most major insurances. www.healthystepnutrition.com 8100 Kennedy Blvd. North Bergen, NJ 07047 Ph: 201-378-3287 Email: LeslieGoldsteinRD@gmail.com