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Tips for staying healthy🍎 & fit💪🏼 in Ramadan 🌙

🌙Hola Loves❣️

🌙How is everyone doing❓ First I want to wish a very happy & blessed Ramadan to everyone ✨💕 and second getting on with today’s blog post how to stay fit and healthy during this month. Now to those of you who are unfamiliar with the concept of Ramadan let me explain briefly here: Ramadan is the holy month for Muslims all over the world in which they abstain from eating and drinking from dawn⛅️ till dusk🌜. That’s sunrise and sunset in layman terms 😋. Depending upon where you reside in the world that could mean anywhere from 15-19 hours of not eating and drinking 😳. So it’s very important that you focus on your diet and lifestyle during this month to ensure you stay healthy. Most of us tend to look at fasting either as a way to diet or an excuse to over eat and neither approach is correct.

🌙Instead a balanced approach to diet and exercise ( yes you read it correct the first time exercise during fasting) will make the period of fasting easier on your body. So let’s start with the tips you need to know to make fasting a better and healthier experience for you:

🌙1- Eat a balanced 🍎🍞🍳diet- Fasting is not a free pass to eat like a glutton. Instead of loading your system with greasy🍔, fried🍟, sugary 🍩foods just because you abstained from eating all day will only make you a) take in excessive amounts of fat and calories. b) make you feel tired and inadvertently gain weight instead of loosing.

🌙Here is what you can do instead :

  1. At suhoor ( beginning of the fast ⛅️) Eat foods are that are high in energy and low in saturated fats. Start off your fast with fresh juices or fruit, dates, complex carbs like oats, whole meal bread, proteins -eggs so that you have lasting energy to get you through the day. At iftaar ( breaking your fast) try to eat less of the fried foods ( I know eliminating them completely might be a death ☠️ sentence for most people ). A pakora ( fried batter dumpling) or two and a samosa ( fried dough dumpling) or two should be enough, try not to make a meal out of it though. Instead eat a well rounded meal consisting of whole grain carbs, veggies and lean proteins (your digestive system will thank ✨you)❗️
  2. Stay hydrated 💧. Between the hours of suhoor and iftaar try and get between 4-6 glasses of water. I know some people say 3 liters of water but those people are crazy 😵. You know what happens after you force yourself to try and drink that much water after fasting for 15+ hours and then eating ❓ 🤮 that’s what happens either that or your stomach balloons up to resemble that of a pregnant lady completely with water sloshing around 🙄. So be sensible ✨Don’t let yourself get dehydrated but don’t go crazy overboard either.
  3. Lastly try incorporating a workout routine. I know it sounds nuts but trust me fasting is a great time to burn some fat. Since you are not eating your body had to rely on it’s stored fat for energy. You have to be very careful though that you don’t over exhaust yourself or get dehydrated. Workout in a well ventilated cool place, wear loose comfortable clothing, keep cardio limited and focus more on strength and toning🏋🏼‍♂️ workouts. Pace yourself during the workout and take breaks as needed. Pick a time that suits you for some people it’s right before iftaar, for me it’s somewhere during the morning around 9-10 is when I have energy to spare.

🌙 Well guys those were my tips for staying healthy and fit during Ramadan ✨. I hope you guys find them useful and do let me know in the comments what are some tips and tricks you use❓

Until next time loves 💕❣️

✨Shopaholic Bakes🍰🍴✨

  Hello lovelies!💖

Lately I have been craving desert after dinner and cookies🍪 and chocolate 🍫were just not doing it for me 😱. So I decided to roll up my sleeves and whip up something decadent and delicious and here is what I came up with ✨Custard Cheesecake!✨

I love cheesecake but i feel it’s too heavy sometimes so I thought about combining it with my other favorite custard 🍮and it turned out to be the best of both worlds 😋, it has the texture of soft, silky custard with a hint of creamy cheesecake yum!🔆

So here it is peeps 💖! Shopaholic’s Custard Cheesecake!💞

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🍰 4 medium eggs beaten till pale and frothy,

🍰 600 grams of cream cheese beaten till smooth,

🍰10 digestive biscuits crushed till fine crumbs or you can use any cookie or biscuit of your liking,

🍰3 tbsp butter melted ➕ 1 tbsp for coating the cake pan

🍰 1 tbsp all purpose flour for coating cake pan

🍰1/3 cup heavy cream

🍰1.5 cups icing sugar

🍰1 tsp vanilla essence

🍰cocoa powder for decoration optional

🍰All ingredients must be at room temperature🌡.

✨Beat the cream cheese with the icing sugar, cream and vanilla till well combined.image.jpeg

✨Beat eggs separately and add to the cream cheese mixture and mix well the battery should be smooth with no lumps.image.jpeg

✨Put the cookies in a zip lock bag and beat the crap out of them till they look like a pile of crumbs 😁.image.jpeg

✨Mix the cookie🍪crumbs with the melted butter and spread on the bottom of a greased springform pan ( just rub the 1 tbsp butter on the bottom and sides of the pan and sprinkle the all purpose flour to coat the bottom and sides voila❗️). Take aluminum foil and wrap it around the pan making sure to pinch the foil to seal the cake pan and prevent the batter from leaking.image.jpeg

✨Bake in a preheated 170 C oven for 5 mins. Set aside till cool then stick it in the fridge for 10 mins to cool even 🌬further.image.jpeg

✨ Pour your batter on top of the cookie base and place it a roasting pan. Then fill the roasting pan with hot 💦water half way up the sides of your cake pan. Cheesecakes need to be baked in a water 💧bath to prevent them from drying out and cracking on the top.image

✨Bake for 45 mins in a 170 C oven till cake appears firm, stick a toothpick or knife in the center to check it should come out clean. Cool ❄️cake in the pan completely, decorate it with whipped cream, fresh fruit or cocoa powder like I’ve done🍰. Stick it in the fridge till chilled and enjoy!😋

✨Hope you guys enjoyed that recipe 🍰! Do let me know if you tried it and share some of your favorites with me !

✨Get in touch 💟 For a collab, a guest post or just to say hi💗! shopaholicblogs@gmail.com

 

Shopaholic’s breakfast for dinner 😋

 

Hello peeps! 💞

So lately I’ve been craving breakfast foods for dinner and lunch 🍳.Part of my cravings could be attributed to PMS and the other part could be that lately I have being running out of ideas about what to make for dinner.

Half the time I like a recipe🍲 I end up not having the ingredients🌽🌶🍅 on hand. The other times it’s too bloody complicated 📜 and just thinking about the effort involved makes me feel hungry and irritable 😡. Sounds familiar ? 😉

In the end I usually accept defeat and reach for the carton of eggs that’s always there in the referigetor 😇

You know it’s a real emergency in our house when we run out of eggs🍳.

So to🔪 cut a long rant short,here are some breakfast for dinner recipes that I tried this week that came out pretty good. I promise they are quick, easy and will not require a trip to the ethinic,spice markets of Marrakech 🛩.

                                                           

                           Peri Peri omelet 😋

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🍳One egg

🍳Slice of cheese🧀

🍳Peri peri sauce (Wild herb🌶)1tsp – you can use any flavor you like .😘

🍳Chopped cilantro 1 tsp

🍳Mushrooms sliced 1 tbsp(optional)

🍳Onions fine dice 1 tsp (optional)

🍳Any other veggies of your choosing (finely diced 🍅tomatoes, bell peppers , hey if you like the extra work why not 😉).

✨Whisk the egg add in your veggies , peri peri sauce .There will be no need for any seasoning as the sauce has all the flavor you need.😍

✨Grease your pan, cook egg till done on one side, flip over add your cheese slice or shredded cheese if you want to go all fancy 🙃. Fold the omelet in half cook till cheese has melted and enjoy!

✨The peri peri sauce adds a tangy, spicy kick to the omelette a nice change from the same old … You’re welcome !😘

                  Nutella French toast 😋

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🍳Bread slices 2 ( you can use any bread 🍞you like, fresh,two day old,moldy,whatever floats your boat.Hey it’s your kitchen !)

🍳1 large or 2 small eggs

🍳Fresh ground cinnamon (Its available in every supermarket guys ! Plus you can leave it out if you don’t have it no biggie).

🍳Ground nutmeg ( optional )

🍳1/3 cup milk or cream

🍳Nutella 😍

✨Whisk your eggs with the cinnamon, nutmeg and milk/cream till combined .

✨Spread Nutella on one side of each slice and put them together nutella sides facing on the inside.

✨Dip the sandwich into the egg mixture and fry in greased, heated pan or griddle till golden and puffed up on both sides.

✨Sprinkle with icing sugar if you plan to Instagram it 😉and dig in! 😋 Drizzle with maple syrup for a sugar high that will last till breakfast 🌞!

                         Egg n Cheese Mc Muffin 

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🍳One english muffin

🍳Shredded cheese🧀 (Mozerella, Parmesan whatever tickles your taste buds).

🍳One egg

🍳salt and pepper to taste

🍳1 tsp Sacla sundried tomato pesto (you can use 1 tsp of salsa if you can’t find this 🍅)

🍳chopped cilantro 1/2 tsp ( just chop a few leaves roughly or use a scissor to snip off a few leaves easy peasy)

🍳butter

🍳one round cookie cutter

✨Beat the egg with the salt, pepper, cilantro, cheese and pesto. Heat your pan and using a pastry brush or your finger if you dont have one. Grease the inside of the cookie cutter or you can use a mason jar lid just pop out the center.

✨Grease your pan and place the cookie cutter or lid in the pan.

✨Using a dish cloth press the lid/cookie cutter firmly onto the pan and pour in your egg mixture. Let the egg cook on medium to low heat.

✨Once you see its starting to set slide a spatula under the egg and flip in over on the other side. Once its cooked all the way through remove onto your serving plate and using a butter knife loosen the egg from the edges of the lid/cookie cutter.

✨Heat the muffin and butter it on both sides place your egg onto one half of the muffin and top with the other enjoy!

There you have it peeps✨ my favorite breakfast for dinner recipes🍴.

Until next time xoxo!💋

 

Shopaholic and the last 5 pounds! 🏋🏻

I have been fighting the battle of the bulge for as long as I can remember. I was a carefree chubby toddler, an oblivious, rotund preteen and by the time I had gotten my bearings I was officially deemed fat.

Some people are blessed with the skinny gene. I unfortunately am not one of them . My gene pool handed me down among other things I resent, a pear shape 🍐 which resulted in the lower gargantuan half of my body to forever be in an awkward contrast with my petite upper half. Plus a metabolism that would finish in last place even in a snail race🐌.😒

As a result of this, I have been engaged in a lifelong battle with those pesky pounds which I have beaten down to a handful of five. This was several lifetimes ago, 😖 and yet “The loose five pounds”resolution somehow makes it to the top of my list at the start of every new year 😠.

Several failed attempts that ranged from: Dieting which transformed me into a ravenous , wild eyed beast intent on giving the third degree to anyone who dared to eat in my presence.👿

To yoga, where after several maddening  chants of “find your inner peace”the only thing I ended up finding was my inner aggression.😡

And lastly to strength training 💪🏼🏋🏻which resulted in me resembling a five foot michelin man with caramel highlights.

Frustrated and defeated , I finally resigned to the fact that there was nothing I could do to part company with the fat cells seemingly super glued to my lower half.😪

The only other options available to me were a)surgery which I couldn’t afford 💸, or b) praying for a miracle 🙏🏼 which according to Cindrella’s fairy god mother “take a little time✨”.

Leaving me with no choice but to indeed wait it out. All alone, depressed, hungry… Which reminds me it’s almost dinner time  Nutella sandwich anybody? 😋

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I confess I am a shopaholic

As a teenager I was never really interested in shopping. I remember accompanying my mother on her many shopping excursions, book in hand, engrossed in my reading while she dragged me from shop to shop. Going over the floor to ceiling bulging shelves with a practiced eye, selecting , rejecting fabric, haggling over prices while constantly admonishing me to keep an eye on her countless carrier bags.

It wasn’t after I had been on my own for a while that I felt the dormant shopping genes within me rise to the surface with a vengeance. I began to enjoy what I once considered to be an arduous chore .

Going into shops , sifting through piles, all the while keeping an eye out for bargains. Coupons being the holy grail of the entire experience.The surmounting anticipation of watching the $$$ amount go lower and lower as the scanner ran over the coveted bar code , and the resulting feeling of triumphant as I calculated my savings 🤑

Shopping became an addiction, a kind of therapy. The feeling of accomplishment at scoring a great deal. Especially if it’s an item you have been hankering after for ages is immeasurable. Though I do wish the stores wouldn’t hand me my precious merchandise in bags with the word sale slapped on 😡 . ( I actually keep all my nice carrier bags to tote around stuff in later 😇).

The aftermath of a shopping expedition is just as exciting. The little fireworks that go off everytime you unpack and inspect your haul at home, it’s like a mini Fourth of July show in your own bedroom ✨💫☄

Bored with your workout routine? Shopping is the new crossfit! 💪🏼What could burn more calories than lugging around heavyweight shopping bags for miles at a stretch? I hail it as the best no sweat, workout ever for women, with immediate gratification and rewards. No 30 day waiting period here.

Shopping is an anti depresant. No matter how down in the dumps or tired you are , there is no faster way to induce a surge of adrenaline than a “sale” sign . Want to get over a breakup? go shopping, its the mother of all cures and no nasty hangovers the next day. I’ll toast to that .

Had a bad day at work/school? Nothing cheers you up faster than closing your fingers around the handles of a brand new, uncreased carrier bag.

Lastly its a great bonding experience, with your gal pals that is 👩‍❤️‍👩. Nothing beats a day of bargain hunting with your girlfriends with a round of lattes and red velvet cupcakes to end it all on a sweet note . ☕️🍰

Which reminds me there are still a few last minute sales still around that I might have missed …lattes anyone? 😉

Shopaholic tells a lie 😳

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We live in an ageist society . It’s been said before and I am saying it again. Maybe forever 21 came up with their slogan on a whim but today it’s the widespread norm.
There was a time when the formula youth = success was limited to the Fashion and entertainment industry. The ordinary, everyday people took aging as a natural phenomenon and went about their daily lives and jobs unaffected.
Neither was older than 20 something need not apply was a box that needed to be ticked on a job application .
However in the recent years this obsession with youth has trickled down and become mainstream in our society and culture. Every where you go , you are bombarded with the latest in anti aging innovations , ranging from high tech skin care, makeup, supplements , gadgets , surgical procedures and the last I checked anti aging water and even drinkable collagen !😕
It doesn’t matter where in the world you live or which ethnicity you belong to. Once you cross the 20 something threshold you are guilty of committing a grievous sin.
Owing to circumstances beyond my control it was well into my late twenties that I had the opportunity to start crossing items off my dated and yellowing bucket list.
Little did I know I was ineligible for over half the things on my list since I no longer fit the 15-20 age bracket anymore.
I remember signing up for dancing lessons and considering penciling in the 25-30 age box myself in exasperation.
For me at 16, finishing homework and passing exams was the limit to my ambitious thinking. What I learned that day while attempting to blend in with the other 18 year old somethings , was that life goals today are not only planned out but close to being achieved when you hit the 20 something age mark.
As I stood there , I realized that I had completely missed “The young and The successful” boat ages ago. I remembered the time when our mothers would lie about their ages out of sheer vanity and getting older meant becoming wiser , smarter and more graceful.
As I crossed out the 18-20 age box and handed over the form grudgingly I realized lying about my age was going to be more out of necessity than of vanity.

Memoirs of a Shopaholic – A daughter reminisces 💞

Ever since I was a teenager I was notoriously bad at crossing the street having invisible blinders strapped to either side of my face which enabled me to look straight ahead not on either side and therefore step brazenly albeit dreamily right into incoming traffic read mad, speed happy, crazy, graffitied rickshaws, taxis, buses and motorcyclists who were forced to brake, holler and shake their fists in mid air in order to startle me from my reverie.
Today years later I happened to be walking to the supermarket with my dad and just as we approached the busy street and waited to cross Papa immediately clasped my hand firmly and guided me across the street all the while chatting nonchalantly about this and that and didn’t let go until we were safely on the sidewalk.
The fact that my incredibly busy and seemingly unassuming father took note of and remembered this habit of mine years later made me feel ridiculously happy , incredibly touched and left me a wee bit misty eyed which I attempted to cover under the age old got a speck of dust in my eye alibi.
I as a daughter may or may not remember his quirks and oddities but I hope as a parent I will be as mindful of my kids as my parents are of me 💕💗💖💓❤️.