Cardamom Date Balls

I have been wanting to make something that would give me the satisfaction of methai (a popular South Asian dessert/sweet meat made with milk and sugar) yet without the dairy and refined sugar. I was surfing the internet and came across detoxinista’s version and thought I’d give it a try. I tweaked it a little, added some more nuts and seeds than called for and voila! They are so so good and I got my in house critic, my husband Ali to give it his seal of approval and call it blog worthy before posting it on here! 

1 cup Dates (I used both Medjool and Deglet Nour on separate occasions and both worked out great)

1/2 cup walnuts

1/2 cup pumpkin seeds

1/2 cup almonds

2  cardamom pods, seeds removed

1 tablespoon coconut oil

pinch pink salt

In a processor, blend the walnuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds and cardamom seeds to a sandy, granular consistency. Add the dates and blend again. Add the coconut oil and salt and process one last time. The mixture should be easy to form into balls. Make balls the size of ping pong balls.

Makes about 20 balls. 

Give these date balls a try and if you want more such recipes try my Healthier Coconut Truffles 

Coconut Shrimp Curry

It’s been a while since I posted any recipes here, infact its been a while since I posted anything at all! Well I just happened to make something really wonderful the other day and thought I’d share it with you guys:) I mean we can all use some inspiration for week night dinners and this recipe totally works because it comes together in under 30 minutes! 

And bonus points because it’s nutritious too! 

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30 Day Jumpstart

30 Day Jumpstart

I am so excited to finally share The Eat.Drink.Pure 30 Day Jumpstart  with you all and just in time for the new year too!

The premise is simple. Eat whole foods e.g. fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds. Take out the bad (processed junk)  bring in the good (healing anti inflammatory foods, herbs and spices) and get moving at least 30 minutes a day. This can mean any physical activity. You can do yoga, running, walking, weight training etc. but do it you must, for 30 minutes every day. That’s it. 30 days of keeping to this lifestyle is bound to heal you of so many common issues. Continue reading “30 Day Jumpstart”

Four Ways You Can Cultivate Gratitude in Yourself and Your Kids

Gratitude is crucial when it comes to your health. A grateful heart reaps the benefit not only spiritually but physically too.

Studies show a person who is grateful tends to have fewer aches and pains and is in better health than one who is ungrateful. According to Robert Emmons, a leading expert on the scientific effects of gratitude, being grateful has a host of physical benefits, amongst which are:

  • a stronger immune system
  • lower blood pressure
  • better sleep patterns
  • and the ability to exercise and be more in control of ones health.

There is a whole community on Facebook dedicated to gratitude and it offers motivation and inspiration to those with chronic illnesses and has seen the positive outcome of this emotion on their members. Here’s what Lauren Blanchard Zalewski, the founder of the group, in a comment on this article had to say about it. Continue reading “Four Ways You Can Cultivate Gratitude in Yourself and Your Kids”

Coconut curry

Gluten Free Khao Suey

Ok so this recipe is a long time coming! I have been meaning to post it for a while since I make it often enough. I just never got around to it but a comment I made on Instagram about sharing Khao Suey with friends sparked so much interest that I decided it was time to share my recipe. My family has asked me to post it on the blog many times because it is a favorite and a regular in our dinner rotation. Continue reading “Gluten Free Khao Suey”

7 Healthy Snack Ideas for kids

I am often asked about healthy snack ideas for kids so I figured I’d do a post to tell you what my kids eat for snack either in school or after. Continue reading “7 Healthy Snack Ideas for kids”

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”


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 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”