How to make a healthy Iftaar snack!


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If you’re a Muslim.. RAMADHAN MUBARAK! Living in London means that our fast is 20 hours long giving us just 4 hours to eat food that keeps us nourished for the day! So my family and I have developed a new meal system which means that we’re eating healthy but still feeling full enough!

Bare in mind.. This recipe is just a snack and not a good replacement for a whole meal!

Serves: 3-5

Ingredients:
• Handful of rocket or mixed leaves (spinach, watercress, lettuce, lambs lettuce, mixed leaves, basil are all good alternatives and I love mixing loads of these together too)
• 6-10 Mixed olives (If you live in London, go the Delicatessen of your local supermarket and you can choose some of your favourite flavoured olives and if not, just buy the jarred type)
• 2-3 inches of Cucumber
• Half a red onion (medium sized)
• 6 Picollo red cherry tomatoes (quartered)
• 2 tablespoons of sunflower seeds (you can of course swap for pumpkin, sesame seeds etc. but I love the subtle taste and soft crunch of these)
• 1/4 red/orange or yellow bell pepper
• 1 inch cube of feta cheese
• 1 tablespoon extra Virginia olive oil
• Optional to add lemon
• Can add grilled chicken, leftover steak etc
• Can also add pepper but the kick for mine comes from jalapeño olives!

Method:
Here’s the beauty.. It’s up to you! You can cut these however you like, but I like to keep mine relatively small just for the ease of eating it. Mix it all together and serve however you like. As a side salad (although I find it very filling) or you can eat it alone!

A lot of Asians have the habit of opening their fast with fried food and all sorts of unhealthy foods. Remember, you may not have eaten for some hours so that doesn’t mean to stuff yourself to he brim of fatty food. Instead, try making this salad (which takes less than 10 mins) and feel good about yourself!!

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How to love your body


When it comes to food and my skin and general health, I’ve spent a little bit of time trying to master what my body likes and dislikes! There’s a lot of things I’ve noticed over time which my body reacts to positively and here they are:

When it comes to my skin. A few years ago, I would get painful and mountainous spots on my face for no apparent reason that I would blame to my teenage years! BUT NO.. The reason was milk which, I would drink like water! After not drinking it for a while because I was on holiday, my skin looked like it was brand new! The lack of this then led me to my doctor who confirmed that I had a slight lactose intolerance to dairy so that meant cheese, cream, yoghurt etc. would break my skin out. So I have swapped my cows milk for soya milk and rice milk which isn’t great and to be honest I miss my old milk but I’m happy my skin is cleaner than ever now!

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In keeping with what I noticed from my holiday, I also noticed how well the sun affected my skin! I noticed how beautiful and glowing I would notice my skin after sitting in the sun for a while. We don’t get a tonne of sun in the UK but, when we do I slap on my sunscreen and sunbathe like a dog out of a window!

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The way I eat is another big factor! I have always loved eating salad and fruit and for me the best lunch was a big bowl of hearty salad! I noticed that whenever I eat it regularly, my skin becomes so smooth, my scars vanish quicker and I don’t break out at all.

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Drinking water which is the age old tale! I notice when I drink water in the morning and before I go to bed, I feel refreshed and calm down quicker! My skin feels and looks amazing! And also, my body feels so good! I lose weight quicker too!

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The main thing I think is that I have trained my body to react or not react to certain foods! There’s a lot of folk tales about what happens when you eat certain food but eating a little of everything and changing your meals on a daily basis is a big deal! You should let your body know that if it doesn’t like milk, you’re still going to drink it every now and again (just like I do and now my body has adjusted to it better).

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A lunch so healthy, you’ll turn into Superman!


I’ve been on a health kick recently and one of my favourite things to eat, as you guys know, is salad! I’m trying to eat a bowl (a bowl the size if my head) everyday! Whenever I have salad, I feel like I’m hungry an hour later again and I start binging so I cracked it.. Glug down some milkshake after! It keeps me full for so much longer and tastes yummy!

Cut up whatever vegetables/fruit you like in your salads. You can see this one isn’t too extravagant!

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I like to pour in 1-2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil which helps to remove the dryness of the salad and half a lemon-ish for extra flavour!

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For the milkshake you should choose your fruit of choice! Just ensure its extra ripe! You can my bananas are briefing so were really sweet.. Having a riper fruit means you won’t need to add sugar or unhealthy sweeteners

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Break them up into small pieces and put in your blender

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The consistency I was aiming for was not a smoothie! I don’t like bits or smoothie-like consistencies so, I want to add as much milk as possible to keep it light. You can see I’m using semi-skimmed milk

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To 2 bananas I added 3 & 1/2 cups of milk (875ml) which is a lot! But you can share with someone or make 1 banana or keep it in the fridge until tomorrow! Start blending…

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And you’ll have a thick but not gloopy milkshake which doesn’t need anything else added to it

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This is a really easy and quick lunch (will take you 20 mins to make the night before and leave it in your fridge until tomorrow)!

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How to bake something in the oven without the nappies.. CUPCAKES!!


You want to always measure your ingredients beforehand when making yummy food for baking! I like to pre-measure and weigh because you can’t help be like.. YEAH! When you pour in that ready-to-use-flour!

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You will need:
• 110g (1/2 cup) butter (room temp so pop in the microwave for 10-15 seconds)
• 110g (1/2 cup) Sugar (they always say caster but I just use granulated)
• 110g (1/2 cup) Self raising flour
• 1-2 tablespoons of milk
• 2 large eggs
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• Marshmallow fluff
• Flavourings (I used powdered coconut, strawberry flavouring, lemon flavouring and marshmallow fluff).
• Decorations

You want to put the cake cases in the cupcake tray

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And pop the oven on to 180C/350F/Gas 4

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Grab the butter and put it in a bowl

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Grab your sugar and add that to the mixture and stir in together..

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.. Until it look like this..

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..You want to then get your vanilla extract and add this in

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In a separate bowl, whisk not one but two eggs..

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Add this into your mixture..

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.. Until it looks like this..

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Grab your flour and sieve this in as well as the milk..

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And the mixture will look like this..

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You then want to grab an empty clean bowl and the mixture..

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And grab your flavouring (I’m using coconut powder first) which, I’ll stir in (I used 2 teaspoons)

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Stir this in well and make sure it’s not lumpy and then pour into your cupcake cases

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Grab the rest of your flavourings and do the same

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For the marshmallow fluff I added about a heaped tablespoon and although its squire clumpy, remove most of the clumps using the back of the spoon

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Pop the whole tray in the middle shelf of the oven..

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The recipe I was following said 12-15 minutes but mine took around 20mins to bake

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Remove them when they look like this. The marshmallow fluff ones will feel very soft but they’ll set

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For an extra bit of something, I dug out the centre of a few with a sharp knife, filled it with marshmallow fluff and decorated

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THEY TASTED DELISH

How to make a healthy sandwich!


What you’ll need:
• Home made brown bread (ok, you can use bought too but it’s so worth it to make it at home)
• Turkey Salami (Or any kind you can find at your grocery store)
• Cheddar cheese (but again use any cheese you like)
• Garlic Mayonnaise (or any sauce you like) What’s Ranch? That looks like similar but I have no idea what it is? (I should add that you should use low fat but a little unknown fact about me.. I put garlic mayonnaise in every single sandwich I eat!)

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How I lost my stomach using my stomach..


I’ve struggled with losing my stomach for a while. There’s too many times I look in the mirror and everything is fine, apart from my bulging stomach! Because I’m lazy, exercise won’t work for me.. I prefer to just keep active..

.. Or, just change my diet. I’ve been eating really healthy recently because I’m not at work. Taking advantage of the time I have, has been tasting good so far.. If you’ll pardon the pun! So here’s a simple salad which I love making!

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What you’ll need:
Half a lemon
1-2 inches of cucumber
5-6 basil leaves
3 pieces of salami (any meat of your choice)
1/6 of a bell pepper (I prefer red or yellow)
1-4 of tomato (minus the gooey inside bit.. YUK)
5 olives
Handful of salad leaves
1cm round of an onion

You want to finely chop all of these ingredients minus the lemon which you want to squeeze in at the end. Add a bit at a time and as much as a you like. I like to also add a small drizzle of extra Virgin olive oil (1tbsp).

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You could eat this:
By itself
On flatbread
In a pitta
On pizza
As a side
In a wrap
In a sandwich

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Wrap in cellophane and let it marinade in the fridge for extra flavour!

Or try making a basic pesto by making the basil and olive oil a purée using a purée machine and crushing. And use it as a paste or sauce on any of the above methods!

If you want, try adding last night dinners meat in there too! That will help make the salad a little heavier if you’re not a fan of a light lunch.

Since I’ve been having this once a day, I’ve noticed a big change in how hungry or HANGRY I get.. Because it keeps me full for ages without giving me a massive bloated stomach (which I get quite badly after eating). It’s a great weight loss treatment and the olive oil has hydrated and given my skin such a shine.. Even though its a minute amount!

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