Greek Tzatziki...Live better...live longer.
Greece is popular for its beautiful beaches, mild temperature and picturesque villages. Food also plays a major role in the daily life of this country bringing together friends and relatives. Not only do popular dishes ‘decorate’ tables, promising a delicious mix of flavors and tastes in the mouth, but also offer a great variety of nutritional benefits which provide a sustainable way to lead a healthier life.
Choosing a Mediterranean diet on a daily basis helps reduce the risks of many diseases such as diabetes, depression, cardiovascular problems, obesity, Alzheimer and Parkinson. The use of unprocessed ingredients is significant and promotes longevity, great mood and of course low rates of diseases.
Today I am going to share with you a very popular and delicious Greek sauce which is present almost on a daily basis on every table as it can accompany numerous dishes and especially meat.
Let's get to know the traditional recipe of 'tzatziki'.
- 300 g Greek yogurt, thick and strained
- 1 cucumber
- 2 cloves of garlic
- a small bunch of dill
- 2 tablespoons virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup of lemon juice
- salt and pepper
How to do it
- Peel the cucumber and slice it in half so as to remove all the seeds from the inside. Next step is to grate the remaining cucumber.
- After that you are going to see a lot of water in the bowl. We all know that cucumber if full of water but in this case we do not need it. A lot of people place the cucumber in a sieve and leave it for a whole night in the fridge to stir it. But this will take a lot of time. The best way is to put the grated cucumber in a towel, like a small swag, and squeeze it hard until all the water is gone and the cucumber is dry.
- Peel and smash the cloves of garlic or if you like you can also grate them or cut them in small pieces. (that depends on your preferences)
- In a big bowl blend gently the smashed garlic with the olive oil and add the cucumber. After that combine with the yogurt until it feels smooth.
- Finally chop the drill and add it to the mixture along with the lemon.
- Season with salt and pepper
- Enjoy it with friends and relatives and of course with great mood!!
- Serve especially with grilled meat, next to salads, as an appetizer, spread it on warm bread or simply if you feel alone try to cheer up with this tangy and delicious dip.
Health benefits of garlic
1) No calories but rich in nutrients , garlic contains manganese, selenium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C , fibers, calcium, copper, iron, potassium, phosphorus and Vitamin B1 along with other nutrients.
2) It is strong enough to combat the common cold or flu up to 65% just by using a garlic supplement every day. Simply add garlic to your diet and help boost your immune system.
3) LDL cholesterol is truly a nightmare. Good news: garlic can help those with high levels of cholesterol thus reducing the risk of heart attacks.
4) Allicin , formed when garlic is crushed, can help us avoid cardiovascular diseases, as it helps reduce high blood pressure or else hypertension.
5) Athletes who participated in ancient Olympic Games used to consume great amounts of garlic as it helped them enhance their performance and reduce the amount of fatigue.
6) Garlic has been proven to be antioxidant. Its sulfur compounds help clean our body and organs from heavy metals responsible for toxicity and headaches.
7) When garlic is consumed, bone loss can be significantly avoided or minimized during menopause
Taking all these facts into consideration, we can easily assume that garlic offers a healthy eating option while helps us clean our organs and improve their function. In addition we should never forget the value of exercising as well as the absence from bad habits such as smoking or consuming too much alcohol. Everything ought to be performed or consumed in moderation while it is good to abstain from stressful situations as far as this is possible. Of course everything concerning our health demands medical advice but it’s not bad to start taking care of ourselves, and as Hippocrates used to say:
‘Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food’