RAMADAN WEEK 3 Let’s talk about staying in control….

RAMADAN WEEK 3 Let’s talk about staying in control….

We’re half way there Livin’ on a prayer Take my hand and we’ll make it I swear… I’m not sure quoting Jon Bon Jovi is the most appropriate for Ramadan haha but that shows you where my headspace is. Two weeks down and two weeks to go! Week 2 has been a lot easier than the first. Coffee cravings have not totally disappeared but they’ve certainly dwindled and I don’t find myself thinking about it as often. I think for most people, where fasting is not a norm, it comes across as odd…”you can’t even drink water!” The most common question I’m asked. No you can’t. No water. No food. From sunrise until sunset. And believe me it’s not as hard as it sounds. After years of fasting I really can see that the process is a lot more about mental training than physical. It’s about self-control and training yourself to see the world from a different perspective. As for food and iftar time, it does take a lot to keep foods you’ve been craving at bay. So what do you do? Well I’ve ask the expert for you! Here are Hiba Jebeile (Nutrition/Dietetics) top tips to manage your cravings…followed by the Ramadan Meal Plan for WEEK 3. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Let’s talk about staying in control…. As we approach the half way point, this is usually the time when all of your pre-Ramadan good intentions to eat well and not overindulge may start sneaking out the window. A combination of food cravings and increased food seeking behaviour are often to blame. While many believe cravings are your body telling you that you...
Guest Recipe by Amina Elshafei

Guest Recipe by Amina Elshafei

On this year’s Ramadan Menu Plan we have been trying to feature recipes from a number of talented bloggers and cooks from around the world. I’ve really enjoyed making their recipes for my own family, as well as photographing some of them too. This week we have special guest Amina Elshafei sharing one of her favourite recipes. We first got to know Amina when she appeared on Masterchef in 2012. My kids & I are huge fans of the show and right from the get go we became big fans of hers as she worked her way into the top twelve. I had the pleasure of meeting Amina in person at one of my recent #spreadhummusnothate events and to my satisfaction she was as warm and as charming as I thought she would be! So here is the recipe Amina very generously shared, which she says, “is one I love making at home for the family as it has elements of Egyptian and surrounding Mediterranean vibes.” I loved making this too and I’m sure you will also! Print Amina's Prawn Kofta Tagine Yield: 4 Ingredients For the Prawn Koftas 1kg fresh prawn meat (shelled and deveined) washed and drained of liquid; reserve heads 1½ tbs plain flour ¼ cup parsley leaves ¼ cup of coriander leaves 1 tsp minced garlic 1 small brown onion sliced into quarters 1 tbs olive oil 1 tsp finely grated lemon zest 1 tsp ground cumin ½ tsp Arabic mixed spices (buharat) 1 tsp sumac ½ tsp chili powder (optional) ¾ tsp salt ½ tsp ground black pepper For the Sauce 2tbs olive oil 1 onion sliced...
Date & Pistachio Topping

Date & Pistachio Topping

Travelling to the Middle East you will find that dates are a staple fruit and have been for thousands of years.   Ramadan is a time when we are inundated with these dates. Every household stocks up on them during the month and it is commonly the first thing eaten to break one’s fast. They’re great to eat, so delicious, nutritious and easy to digest. It is also traditionally narrated, that dates were in fact the food Prophet Muhammad ate when he broke his fast and reiterated their purifying benefits those thousands of years ago. Today many nutritionists and dieticians have highlighted the health benefits of eating dates. Hiba Jebeile (Nutrition/Dietetics) says, “Dates are packed with nutrients including fibre, magnesium, vitamin b-6 and iron.” Now is the perfect time to stock up on fresh #dates with supermarkets loaded with them before the month of #Ramadan begins 👍🏼 Dates are packed with nutrients including fibre, magnesium, vitamin b-6 and iron, BUT they are also energy dense, meaning they are high in calories and carbs for such a tiny serve…. so if you are watching your sugar levels, then limit your portion to just 1-2 dates… I know, I'm sorry 😐 #nutritiontips #sorrynotsorry A post shared by Hiba Jebeile (@shouldieatthis) on May 25, 2017 at 12:49am PDT After chatting to Hiba recently about some healthier dessert options this Ramadan we thought something with dates would be great. After making some suggestions, I decided to experiment a little to create a topping for my rice pudding (you can find the rice pudding recipe here). Here’s what I came up with! Print Date & Pistachio Topping...
RAMADAN – WEEK 2 Where’s the coffee?

RAMADAN – WEEK 2 Where’s the coffee?

Week 1 of Ramadan is pretty much done and dusted! How did you all go? Personally, in the first week, my body struggles a bit and I tend to get headaches. It’s mostly the change in sleep and more than anything the deep caffeine withdrawals. The trick is to keep yourself busy and it’s amazing how quickly the body adjusts. I also find it beneficial to remind myself of the intention behind my fast. The self-discipline, the patience, the remembrance of those who are less fortunate and not allowing it to be a mere act of hunger. Dear Coffee, I need you. ❤️ Me xoxo . . . ( 📸 via @coffeesesh ) A post shared by Lina — Sydney Foodie (@thelebaneseplate) on Jun 1, 2017 at 2:01pm PDT If you have a family with kids, especially tweens or teens who are also fasting, I know things can get a bit frantic. You’re not only managing your own adjustments but sometimes theirs too. I think this is a perfect time to get them to realise how much they take for granted, like their unlimited access to food and water. It would help to also get them to set attainable goals for the month. What bad habits do they want to break (phone usage, tv, internet usage!)? Or what character traits could they work on improving (patience, anger, gratefulness)? I hope you all found the Ramadan Menu Plan WEEK 1 useful. Even if you don’t cook the meals on those same nights, it’s a good reference for inspo when you get stuck for ideas! I’m continuing the series with Hiba Jebeile (Nutrition/Dietetics) and will update the blog...
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