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.
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.
If you have been around my website, you have more than likely read up on my journey to health. Hashimoto’s, H.Pylori, Vitamin D deficiency, I had it all. Read more about my story here . Friends have asked me in the past to write about the steps I took to get my health back. Here goes!
I can’t tell you how excited I am to finally get my hands on this book! When I first started eating healthy I remember drinking one green smoothie or juice a day. Along with the other lifestyle changes I made I have no doubt that this manner of eating or rather drinking my fruits and vegetables aided in my recovery.
I first came across The Simple Green Smoothies duo, Jen and Jadah while listening to a podcast featuring their fascinating story. Intrigued, I started following them on Instagram. When I learnt that they had a book out, I knew I had to have it. Continue reading “Simple Green Smoothies by Jen Hansard and Jadah Sellner~ Book Review”
Ghee has officially made a comeback. You see it being recommended by nutritionists and dietitians and lately it has made its way into coffee as well. Ghee, as it is known in the South Asian Subcontinent, is clarified butter, which simply means that butter is boiled to separate the liquid fat from the milk solids. The milk solids sink to the bottom and the liquid fat can be strained and stored in a cool dry place for later use. Continue reading “To Ghee or Not To Ghee, That Is The Question.”
My relationship with diet soda began about sixteen years ago. It’s as old as my marriage. “Fresh off the boat” and straight into life in the good old U.S of A.where “diet” everything was a sign of being fit. I don’t recall the diet variety being available back home and even if it was, it wasn’t very popular. Back in college days, I was always the one shunning regular soda because of it’s sugar content but this, this was different. I could have my cake and eat it too! Not once did it occur to me that it could be detrimental to my health. I even remember reading an article about it being as safe as water!
Articles such as these, aggressive marketing and the general lack of information as to the adverse affects of the component in these drinks had a whole generation guzzling down diet pop without a care in the world. I, for one was hooked. I loved the stuff. When eating out I would nod every time the waiter asked if I wanted a refill, usually two or three and at home I would chug down at least one a day. Not as bad as some I guess but everybody’s tolerance level is different and it wasn’t long before my habit caught up with me. Continue reading “Why You Need To Give Up Diet Soda Today”
This past weekend I had the opportunity to meet with My Halal Kitchen’s Yvonne Maffei. I’ll be honest, I was star struck! But her friendly and down to earth personality made it easy to talk to her. The expertise with which she swaps out the haram (prohibited) for the halal (permitted) in global cuisines is pretty commendable and one that has gained her much love and respect within the community and outside. Continue reading “What’s Really in our Food – A Presentation by My Halal Kitchen’s Yvonne Maffei”
Fasting seems to be catching on lately. Every type. From juice fasts to water fasts and even intermittent fasts. Medical professionals and health aficionados alike swear by the advantages of intermittent fasting and studies are proving them right. Read more here