Also, has anyone tried making those wraps at home...? I was thinking that maybe if I home make these wraps they'll be more healthy , and has less calories and fats. Anyone got any nice recipes?
I think 450 sounds about right, unless it's a really big pita, then add 70 to 100 more calories.
Lunamagae - that link was a great help. I tagged it....lol Thanks
Wait until Joelle hears this...heehee
I assume that the same calories in milk apply to yogurt, since I make it simply by boiling milk. I don't think yogurt can "grow" in caloric content (kind of like how matter is neither created nor destroyed in a chemical reaction...Lavoisier anyone? anyone? Bueller?).
My pita bread comes with nutritional info, and it says that one serving (half of a pita) is 147 calories. I would assume that you are eating two servings. Hope that helps!
hey, i have this recipe try it out
100g - Chicken breast, meat only, cooked or roasted 60g - Pita bread, white, unenriched 30ml - Pickles, cucumbers and dill 1/2 cup - Raw Iceberg lettuce (includes criphead types) 1/2 cup - Raw parsley 2 tbsp - Raw onions 1/2 cup - Raw red cabbage 15mL - Falafel King garlic sauce 15mL - Tahini
the size of the bred is so important there is one place i go that uses a 100gm pita, at least and alother that uses a 60gram pita, i know cause i weighed it, pathetic...sigh. so excited to know it is a healthier choice too!!
I'm in Vancouver and the best shawarma place uses the following approximate ingredients (calorie counts are only approximate):
6 oz chicken (300 cal)
1 whole wheat pita (170 cal)
tabouli (about 153 gr) (110 cal)
tahini (about 1 oz) (168)
Chili (not sweet) this is optional, but we don't use a lot of sweet chili here.
This comes to about 750.
Sorry, but the counts of 400-500 just seem really off from reality to me. These have tons of nutrition and are fine to eat, I just think you need to be aware of your calorie balance for the day.
wow the cal counts on these shawarmas are too hard to believe down here in OZ they are 1000 or higher hmm maybe their counting wrong over here, ohwells that dont stop me from wanting chicken shawarma.. gotta love lebanese food :P
Personally, I back the higher cal content for shawarma from take out places, and would lean toward anywhere from 650-1,000. Like anything, you can control for a lower cal version if you are preparing it at home, but I have always associated having take away shawarma as being akin to having any other fast food. Also, they are pretty high in sodium, if thats a concern.
They are delicious though, and I'd take one over anything from McDonald's any day of the week! What I will sometimes do is have a shawarma salad. The owners are usually more than willing to add the chicken, tabouli, tahini and vegetables to some iceberg. Just a thought!
I used to live in the midle east and love to make shawarmas at home, they are a great low-cal option:
100 g chicken breast, grilled, spiced with cumin, dried herbs, s&p, chili powder, and garlic (100 cal)
1 whole wheat pita (140)
1 pickle, sliced (0 cal)
1/2 tomato, sliced (15 cal)
3T yogurt sauce (drain 1/4C low-fat yogurt until it is reduced to a thick paste, add in chopped mint, green onions, parsley, garlic, and 1/2 tsp of tahini) (45 cal)
hot sauce (0 cal)
That's a grand total of 300 calories. Most of the shawarma places here use to the same pita I do, except white, so I know it's the same calories...I'd add on about 50 extra calories for the chicken because they use thigh meat, though it's still skinless....and the amount of yogurt sauce on there is so small I would not think it would change the calorie content too much. Maybe the ones other people are talking about are way bigger or something, but the ones in my city (Vancouver) I estimate at 400 calories, and that's only if they give a tablespoon of hummous on there too.
True that, shwarma ain't a big mac interms of calories! hehe
depends on the place and the quality of ingredients used but usually the right way to make it is using a small pita bread, chicken breast meat ( although many mix half breast half thigh meat to make more revenue ) , Garlic sauce ( NO yogurt lol, it is garlic blended with canola oil, and some Americanized restaurants put a bit of boiled/mashed potatoes in it to dilute the sharp garlicy taste a bit ), cucumber or turnip pickles, and NO lettuce or tomato people hehe
i would not think that would exceed 350 calories as the portion of chicken, garlic sauce used is somehow small.
to make it great chicken shawarma at home,
1- Slice 1 chicken breast into little stripes. about the size of this hehe
2- chop or mince 3-5 fresh garlic dots and dump in the chicken
3 - Add 3 tble spoons of extra virgin olive oil
4 - add a little bit of hot sauce sriracha works great
5 - add some salt, pepper, and sprinkle some (oregano or thyme) and mix the whole thing and let it marinate for 2 hours.
Buy your garlic sauce/ pickles from some place already made to save yourself the hassle of making it
Grill them chickens in a tefal pan or on any electric grill !
on a pita bread, spread the garlic sauce, put some chicken, pickles, and get ready to have the best Shawarma you will ever taste!