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6 Reasons to Add Hummus to Your Diet

In addition to being one of America’s tastiest and favorite snacks, hummus is filled with vitamins, minerals and health benefits. Unlike fried, carb based appetizers, this Middle Eastern chickpea spread is as flavorful as it is good for you. Here are just a few reasons you should be adding more hummus to your diet. Aids in Weight Management Rich in nutrients and protein, hummus can aid in weight management. The abundance of fiber curbs overeating and prevents weight gain, especially around the organs. The spread also balances blood sugar levels, fights off cravings and excess snacking. The high iron content…Read More

The Link Between Healthier Brains and the Mediterranean Diet

As we all have come to learn, aging plays a significant role on our bodies. Wrinkles appear, metabolisms slow, hair greys and brains shrink. Along with the physical changes we experience, we are also faced with the increased risk for diseases, strokes or dementia. For decades, research has indicated that regular exercise, healthy diets, mental stimulation and decreased tobacco use are all contributing factors in healthy brains. However, recent studies have now indicated that the Mediterranean Diet is also beneficial for brain health. A study published in the journal, Neurology, tracked the diets of 400 Scottish seniors ages 73 to…Read More

Vasilopita: A New Year’s Tradition

For Greeks, a New Year’s celebration isn’t complete without Vasilopita. Similar to the King Cakes of Mardi Gras, Vasilopita contains a gold coin or trinket, which is said to bring luck to the receiver. Each New Year’s Day families cut the cake, blessing the house and bringing luck to the family for the coming years. Cake is sliced and given to all those present, in order from oldest to youngest. Depending on the culture and family, bread can also be sliced in order to symbolize God, saints, the poor, and the household. Vasilopita is often associated with St. Basil’s Day,…Read More

Our Message Has Crossed Seas

At Acropolis, we are families serving families. Not only do we serve rich and flavorful dishes, but we strive to also serve our community. As owner, Betty Kyriakidis says, the restaurant is a ministry. It is a means to feed guests both spiritually and physically. We recently learned that our mission had spread beyond Chattanooga. It had made its way back to our roots in Greece. Ms. Betty’s granddaughter, Alexandria George, had been in Greece with The Salvation Army helping Syrian refugees when she met Major Maria Galinou Polis. While they were talking, Alexandria began telling her about her family’s…Read More

Craft Beers at Our Hamilton Place Restaurant

After a long, hard day there are few things more refreshing than an ice cold beer. Our Hamilton Place restaurant offers a wide variety of rotating local and regional craft beers. From light summer wheats to rich stouts and hoppy IPAs, there is sure to be a brew to please your palate. Whether it’s a frosty brew for happy hour or a pairing with a meal, these brews are sure to please. Stella Artois Belgium’s original Stella Artois is a European Pale Lager. This premium lager has a clean, crisp taste and a full flavor. Using the original Stella Artois…Read More

Summer Sangria Recipes

After a long, hot summer day nothing beats a crisp, refreshing beverage. From cookouts to a quiet evening at home, sangria is always a crowd pleaser. Whether you are a fan of red, white or blush wines, we have the sangria to please your taste buds. Mixed Berry Sangria 1lb. fresh strawberries, hulled and washed 6 oz. fresh blueberries, washed 6 oz. fresh blackberries, washed 2 bottles white wine ½ c. ginger ale In a large pitcher, add fresh fruit and wine. Allow the mixture to sit for at least 4 hours, ideally overnight. Mix in the ginger ale before…Read More

The Benefits of Chattanooga Patio Dining

There are few things better than enjoying company and laughter while dining on fresh flavors and sipping wine on the patio. Not only is outdoor dining relaxing, eating al fresco is filled with health benefits. Enjoying the warm sunlight can be a significant mood booster- which is no surprise. Boost your mood and make your meals more enjoyable when you join us for lunch or dinner on the patio. It’s more than just breathing in the fresh air and soaking in the sun. When you enjoy a meal outside your body enjoys an extra dose of vitamin D. Vitamin D…Read More

Bringing Greek Flavors to Your Kitchen

Whether it’s an afternoon snack or an appetizer for guests, Greek spreads and dips are the perfect addition to any meal. The Spicy Feta Spread and Tzatziki are not only filled with flavor, but they are simple to make at home. These dips along with fresh vegetables and pita slices will bring the tastes of the Mediterranean to your kitchen. Spicy Feta Spread 1 c. crumbled feta ¼ c. chopped hot peppers ½ c. roasted red peppers 1 c. Greek yogurt 1 tsp. lemon juice Place feta crumbles in food processor and pulse to create uniformly small crumbles. Place feta…Read More

Health and Happiness in a Glass

Not only can a glass of wine help to put a smile on your face after a long day, it also comes with a variety of health benefits. When drinking in moderation, wine can actually be good for your health. The key is to only consume the recommend serving size, which for women is 1 glass daily and 2 for men. In addition to happiness, there are many other benefits to a glass of wine… Memory and Cognitive Function Moderate drinkers have experienced a decreased risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s. Alcohol stimulates the production of the good cholesterol chemical,…Read More

Start the Mediterranean Diet Today

The Mediterranean Diet has been a way of life and way of eating for centuries. More than a meal plan, this diet is a living style. In addition to healthy eating, the Mediterranean Diet focuses on stress free living and enjoying meals in the company of family and friends. Going Greek is built on foods low in saturated fats, packed with healthy oils and rich in fresh fruits and vegetables. Here are the main components and foods of the Mediterranean Diet. Fruits & Vegetables The most important components of the Mediterranean Diet are fruits and vegetables. When following this meal…Read More

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