Eid Cookies

Cardamom Cookies

It’s almost time for Eid! Have you started prepping for it? I am using cardamom to spice up my cookies!

For my non-Muslim readers, Eid al Fitr is a time that Muslims all over the world celebrate to commemorate the end of the month long fasting of Ramadan. Ramadan is the 9 th month of the lunar calendar. This is one of the two celebrations in the Islamic calendar. The other one being Eid al Adha which is celebrated after the annual Hajj pilgrimage to sanctify the Abrahamic tradition of sacrifice. Continue reading “Cardamom Cookies”

Chicken

One Pan Sumac Chicken

This recipe for chicken has been a long time coming! It is a favorite here in my home and I am almost certain it will be a hit in yours!

I know life can get busy and most week days we just want to be able to throw together dinner, feed our families, clean up and get on with other activities. Well, this is where easy recipes like this one come in. It’s a one pan wonder and ready in about an hour, prep and all.  Continue reading “One Pan Sumac Chicken”

Quinoa Bowl

Black Bean Quinoa Bowl

Have you tried quinoa yet? Or tried having quinoa in a bowl? Well I did, not that I haven’t had quinoa before but I am just loving eating everything in a bowl! This one was extremely delicious and totally hit the spot.

I was in Miami for a conference through my  school, The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. It was over the weekend and for lunch my friends and I decided to get some tacos a bunch of our other Health Coach friends had recommended. While traveling it is often hard to find  good, healthy, gluten free food but we did  at https://www.taquizatacos.com/menu.htm and it was super delicious too! Continue reading “Black Bean Quinoa Bowl”

Chocolate Muffins

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Ok so let me just start by saying that these chocolate muffins are just amazing! They have become a hot favorite in my home and I have two growing boys who can safely be described as chocoholics  so you know anything sub par will just not cut it! The beauty however is that I get to sneak in some zucchini without them having a clue. Continue reading “Chocolate Zucchini Muffins”

Life Lessons

A Purposeful Life~ Lessons Learnt

There’s nothing more powerful than the death of a loved one to get you to wake up and question the meaning of life. A life with purpose is after all, the sure way to set and crush ones goals.

It was the death of my mother almost nine years ago that had me question what my purpose in life is. A tragedy often throws one towards spirituality and I was no different. I enrolled myself into Quran studies, being Muslim I knew that my faith talks a lot about life and the transient nature of it. It talks of action rather than going through life heedlessly and hoping for the best later. Because there is a later, it’s called the After Life. Continue reading “A Purposeful Life~ Lessons Learnt”

Speaking To Middle Schoolers About Healthy Eating

Career Day 2018

Last week I spoke to the youth at my middle schooler’s career day. It was not easy preparing a presentation that would engage a room full of teenagers. Health and wellness is the last thing on their minds and anyone who comes in and tells them to take it seriously is not going to be a friend. Despite the fact that these were great kids from good families, I did have a couple of snarky comments fly about and it wasn’t until I shared my story that I got their full attention and some good questions!

The very next day, the elementary school my younger one goes to was hosting their very own career day which I figured would be a cake walk after the one with the eight graders! I may have been a tad over confident because as tech savvy as I thought I was, my presentation for the little ones didn’t work! I winged it of course, and survived to tell the story but here are a few lessons I learnt from speaking to the young: Continue reading “Career Day 2018”

Health Goals, Spirulina+ A Green Smoothie Recipe

Ok so let’s talk goals….

Have you set your goals for the year yet? Well if you haven’t, consider making this year the year you take care of YOU. Yes, health and wellness is a big  part of self-care and adding Spirulina to my diet is my health goal for 2018. Upping my intake of greens and regular exercise being on the list as well.

So have you ever heard of Spirulina? Well, it’s only the most talked about superfood out there these days! My introduction to this antioxidant bursting, energy boosting nutrient happened years ago but it wasn’t till just recently that I went out and bought myself a bottle. You see, I have been on a path to increase my intake of superfoods and I had put off this alien substance long enough. So out I went and bought the best variety out there. And that is absolutely important, that you ensure the variety you buy is pure and unadulterated. Continue reading “Health Goals, Spirulina+ A Green Smoothie Recipe”

Cookie Bars

Dark Chocolate Cookie Bars

 

This super easy “Cookie Bar” recipe  is sure to be a winner in your home. It  has wholesome ingredients that are good for you, repairing your body even as you enjoy it. This recipe boasts a pretty impressive lineup. It has almonds, flaxseed, coconut oil, honey and the feel good drug, DARK CHOCOLATE! Continue reading “Dark Chocolate Cookie Bars”

Physical Activity

Physical Activity- How Important Is It?

So let’s talk about exercise shall we? How much of it do you get in a week? Is it something you prioritize or is it a once in a while activity?

I personally had always looked at exercise as a means to lose weight and get in shape. We are such a visual beings right?  It had always been for vanity’s sake rather than to better my health. One workout here, another there. It was never something I committed to. Until….I entered my FOURTIES! Continue reading “Physical Activity- How Important Is It?”

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!”