Pickles

Pickling, a tradition that is good for your health!

I had no idea how good fermented foods are for gut health till I started looking into fixing my Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Pickling has been in my family ever since I can remember. In fact it was somewhat of an event at my grandmother’s home. All the women in the family would gather and help. We would form an assembly line and each of us had a job. There was the rubbing gently of the vegetables to remove the moisture, my grandmother would be in charge of mixing the  spices since she was an expert. There was the meticulous cleaning and sanitizing of the canning jars before everything was brought together and bottled up.

Then there was the waiting patiently for the Achaar or pickle to marinate. This is important because if you want to get the maximum flavor and, as I now know, the health benefits, you must wait. Continue reading “Pickling, a tradition that is good for your health!”

What is a Health Coach?

So, with all my posts on Instagram, Facebook and even around here, you may no doubt be wondering….

what exactly is a Health coach?

Well, I thought it was time to define it for you and give you some insight into my chosen profession.

If I were to define it in a few words,  a health coach is a life coach but with a nutritional bend.

According to The Institute of Integrative Nutrition, my alma mater, “ A Health Coach is a supportive mentor and wellness authority who works with clients to help them feel their best through food and lifestyle changes. Instead of prescribing one diet or way of exercising, Health Coaches tailor individualized wellness programs to meet their clients’ needs.” Continue reading “What is a Health Coach?”

How To Pack A Healthy and Wholesome Lunch like a Pro!

Greetings Friends!

How has your summer been? Busy? Mine sure has been. We kicked off the break by getting our spiritual high since Ramadan fell right at the start of summer this year. Then there was travel and spending time with family. We made a trip to Pakistan again this year. It was a lot of fun as always and it was tough for me to return home. I am always so sad to leave loved ones!

We are back home winding down summer and gearing up for the school year ahead! Whether you start the school year late August or early September, this post here is to help you pack lunch like an expert!

How prepared are you to send the kids off with healthy, nutritious lunch? If your answer is “NOT SO MUCH” don’t fret, I’ve got your back! Continue reading “How To Pack A Healthy and Wholesome Lunch like a Pro!”

Lemon Mint

I think LEMONADE is the official beverage of summer no matter which part of the world you live in. It changes it’s face across different cultures and borders but essentially the lemon with its tangy and tart flavor is the most popular citrus.

In Pakistan, the country of my birth, it is often referred to as SHIKANJBEEN or even simply as LEEMBOO PANI.

It wasn’t until I arrived in the Middle East, more specifically, Saudi Arabia, that I saw the addition of mint in the mix. Lemon Mint was every where. From the prepackaged to freshly squeezed versions at high end restaurants, it was the beverage of choice for the Saudi population. Much like berry flavored drinks are here in the United States. Continue reading “Lemon Mint”

Barley Bread

Barley Bread

I had no idea barley could be used to make bread. One day, on my quest to in corporate the sunnah into my diet, and knowing how barley was one of the Prophet’s favorite grains, I decided to research it and scope out ways I could consume it. Continue reading “Barley Bread”

Towards A healthier Ramadan- An interview with Yasmin Essa of Wellness With Yasmin

If you’ve been around my blog and social media you more than likely know that I recently enrolled in nutrition school. Yay!! A big step for me. It was something I had been contemplating for a while but I just couldn’t bring myself to commit to it. I guess I was waiting for that one last push, a sign that I was taking a step in the right direction. And then I came across Yasmin Essa’s interview on The Productive Muslim podcast. I knew it was a sign from God because she mentioned her alma mater as being the very school I was looking into! She seemed focused, humble and spiritually driven. Her desire to genuinely help people over come the global health epidemic was clear. I was sold! Continue reading “Towards A healthier Ramadan- An interview with Yasmin Essa of Wellness With Yasmin”

Yvonne Maffei

Towards A Healthier Ramadan ~ An Interview With Yvonne Maffei of My Halal Kitchen

With Ramadan right around the corner and my commitment to eating healthier this year,  I thought it would be fun to take a peak and see how some of my favorite personalities in the blogosphere stay energized and fit during this month and learn their tips and tricks. This week we have Yvonne Maffei of My Halal Kitchen! Continue reading “Towards A Healthier Ramadan ~ An Interview With Yvonne Maffei of My Halal Kitchen”

watermelon juice

Watermelon Juice

Here’s a great alternative to the age old favorite, Rooh Afza. I grew up consuming this drink but now that there is more awareness we know how the ingredients are a dangerous cocktail of disease causing agents. Continue reading “Watermelon Juice”

towards a healthier Ramadan

Towards A Healthier Ramadan

Ramadan is barely a month away and I am panicking. I have full plans of eating healthier this Ramadan and it really helped to demonstrate some healthier recipes to reenforce my resolve this past weekend. My dear friend Sameera hosted a talk and cooking demonstration in honor of the fast approaching month and I had the pleasure of speaking to a group of ladies on using this month as a means to jumpstart our road to a healthier lifestyle. After the talk we had fun making a couple of recipes. I offered these as alternatives to old, unhealthy favorites. Like Watermelon Juice in place of Rooh Afza and Granola Bites for sahoor.

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What is Kombucha And is it Halal?

What Is Kombucha and is it Halal?

Have you heard of Kombucha? It is only the latest health craze taking the world by storm!

Last Saturday, on one of our visits to the local farmer’s market, I came across the stall of a local business, The Kombucha Company. Having heard of this very popular elixir  and keen to try it out, I ventured over with my boys in tow. They had many different flavors for people to sample and we wasted no time in trying them all out. There was peach, blue berry, yerba mate and original. The winner though, was cherry. I wasn’t surprised, that was my sons’ choice in almost every thing, medicine, candy etc.

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