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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 Goes Greek🔷🇬🇷

🔷Hello Loves!🔷

🔷Today we are going Greek! 🇬🇷 Well with the food atleast😋 I have been wanting to try Greek cuisine ever since I first watched “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” which 💕I LOVE💕 and have watched a gazillion times already 😍. I recently watched the sequel as well and throughly enjoyed it though to be honest it doesn’t come close to the fabulousness of the original 💖.   

🔷 A couple of days ago I was at the Mall of the Emirates, and my family and I were trying to decide where to eat when I caught sight of the familiar blue and white decor as well as a sign “Eat Greek“! I dragged my family over excitedly and luckily since it was still early afternoon we were seated immediately.

🔷I was immediately taken by the decor of the restaurant which is classic Mediterranean, with weathered limestone and wood floors, stone washed walls and cheery blue and white checkered napkins on the tables.  🔷There is a huge open kitchen towards the back of the restaurant where you can see the chefs preparing the delicious, Greek specialities 😋    

   

 🔷Our waiter was very friendly and helped us make our selections. I was looking forward to try out the Moussaka🔹(I remembered it from the movie😇). 

 🔷 Moussaka is basically Greek lasagne, it’s a layer of mince meat, topped by thinly sliced eggplant, mashed potatoes  and finished off by a thick layer of bechamel and cheese and baked to tasty perfection !😋Yum!

🔷We also ordered Butter Fish with bechamel sauce and roasted veggies. The fish was incredibly tender and moist and the sauce was delish!💕 

 🔷 A Greek meal is so not complete without lamb! I usually hate Lamb because I have never liked the taste but our waiter encouraged us to try it. So we ordered the Lamb pita which is basically Grilled lamb skewer mixed with tzatziki, tomato, onions & chips, wrapped in pita bread

🔷 First of all the presentation had me oohing and aahing💖! Second the taste was awesome, the pita bread was freshly baked the tzatziki was creamy and delicious and the special touch was the hand cut discs of fried potatoe chips that were absolutely delicious! 💕 

 

🔷Lets not forget the freshly baked warm bread dressed with olive oil and flecked with herbs that satisfied the carb freak in me 😍.  

🔷The fantastic meal was followed by Greek coffee which I was so eager to try😇!  

🔷Check out the cute presentation! Greek coffee tastes a lot like Turkish coffee except that it is finished off by a serving of juicy figs in warm honey 😋. Yumm!

🔷Of course there was no way I was leaving without trying dessert! Once again our waiter helped us out by suggesting,we order the dessert sampler so we could get a bit of everything 💖.  🔷Our platter included starting from the left Sokolatopita (dark chocolate pie)

🔹Loukoumades – Grandma’s doughnuts with honey & nutella,(melt in your mouth good!),

🔹 Galaktoboureko – milk custard pie, vanilla scented ( so creamy and topped with crackling pastry😋),

🔹Orange Pie – with vanilla ice cream ( sweet and citrusy) and finally the tiramisu💖💖!

  
  🔷The most unusual tiramisu (that is the actual name!)above was served in the tiniest jar I have ever seen ! And it was soooo good !💕

🔷Below is the Sokolatopita – baked to order Valhrona dark chocolate pie with orange ice cream in the tiniest little ramekin because it was so rich ! 💟

 

🔷We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at “Eat Greek”!💕 The decor was warm and welcoming and felt authentically Greek 🇬🇷. The service was our unobtrusive yet friendly and attentive and the food was delicious! If you are in the area I highly recommend a visit to “Eat Greek”! 

🔷For more details and locations and delivery you can visit their website at http://www.eatgreekkouzina.com/

🔷Hope you guys enjoyed this culinary trip to Greece with me 💕! Now I’m off to watch “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” again😉.

🔷Until next time loves xoxo!💋

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✨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!💞

✨You will need:image.jpeg

🍰 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 !

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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 😋

Nutella-on-Spoon

🍳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!💋