What to Eat in Israel

Israeli Food: What to Eat in Israel?

When you are planning a trip to Israel, you may wonder what to eat in Israel on a low carb diet. As a low carb traveler, you can still be very adventurous with the Israeli cuisine, especially when you know what you are eating.

Israel is a very diverse country; therefore, the Israeli cuisine is broad and comprehensive in nature. Watch this 5-minute video to start seeing the amazing breadth and cultural depth of Israeli food cuisine.

After watching this video clip you will understand why this simple, “What to Eat in Israel?” guide is by no means comprehensive! – Far from it! However, it will help you decide what to eat in Israel from a stereotypical point of view.

With all of the amazing multicultural food twists in Israel, you do not have to worry about what to eat on a low carb diet. (This is not always the case in some countries!) In Israel, the high-carb food temptations will be there. However, you will not have to worry about actually being able to find something to eat on a low carb or keto diet. Plus, you can always pack a few low carb travel snacks to take with you.

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What to Eat in Israel

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Shakshouka is a tomato vegetable-based dish with poached eggs and fresh herbs. The tomato sauce is generally spicy with chili pepper, cayenne pepper, onion, cumin, paprika, and nutmeg. So, this dish can be enjoyed on a low carb diet. In Israel, Shakshouka is often served for breakfast. You can try the Israeli shakshouka eggs at home before you go! They are yummy and easy to make.

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Moussaka can be made with an eggplant base, with ground meat in the middle, and topped with a custard milk-based sauce that has been thickened with egg. When traveling to Israel, this version of Moussaka will be low carb. However, it comes in a variety of local and regional variations. So, some may use a potato base and top it with a flour-based sauce. And others may serve a Vegetarian Moussaka, substituting vegetables for the meat.

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Sabich is an Iraqi-Jewish vegetarian pita sandwich that is very popular in Israel. The main ingredients include Israeli salad, fried eggplant, onions, boiled eggs, hummus and tahini. The hummus will contribute to your total carb intake, but overall the inside can be enjoyed for a low carb snack or meal in Israel.

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Challa is just one of the many gorgeous and interesting breads that are popularly served in Israel. But clearly this is a no-go when you are on a strict low carb diet.

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Falafel balls are made from high-carb chickpeas and/or fava beans. They are deep-fried and served in a variety of ways. Of course, you will have to try at least one falafel! However, since falafel is as a common street food in Israel, you will have to remember to steer clear of it on a low carb diet. Especially when it is served with hummus and fries! Hopefully, they are low carb jicama fries.


So, with the help of the video,  you have an idea of what to eat in Israel – a variety of flavorful meats and vegetables.  And you also have an idea of what popular foods you may have to avoid on a low carb diet in Israel – falafel, hummus, and challa. Israeli food will be a real adventure for a low carb traveler! Photos: Lunch in Tel Aviv, Lunch in Old City of Jerusalem

If you are serious about planning a trip to Israel, you may want to look into the best time to go to Israel. Subscribe to get more Israel travel planning tips and updates. Thanks for reading! If you are planning a trip to Israel, from Israel, or have vacationed in Israel, please leave your comments and suggestions below.

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2 Comments on “Israeli Food: What to Eat in Israel?”

  1. The food in Israel is fantastic– fresh produce year round. You’ll find plenty of options. I’m fascinated about your low-carb diet and will read more. Have a great trip!

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