Health & Physical Activity

My Momma’s Homemade Traditional Meghli Recipe

Oh, how I love traditions! The older I get (yep I am reaching the post mid-30’s mark), the more and more attached I get to traditions. Maybe because they remind us that we are part of a history that defines our past, shapes who we are today and who we are likely to become. Tradition contributes a sense of comfort and belonging. It brings people together and offers a forum to celebrate the things that really matter in life.

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A 10 Minute Deeelicious Skinny Chocolate PB Smoothie Recipe

How many of us crave cold, quenching drinks when the sun is out? How many of us turn to frappuccino’s, iced drinks, packaged fruit juices, sodas and beverages from Starbucks, Costa, Caribou, Dunkin’ Donuts, Pepsi, Coca Cola, Capri Sun and the like? Do we really know how much sugar we are consuming? Or do we just focus on the calorific content and think I will just cut down on what I eat today? 

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A Simply Divine Banana Pecan Pancake Recipe

As highlighted on my Instagram and Facebook post, I started my ‘wholefoods’ journey when I first got diagnosed with H. Pylori, then IBS and then Celiac (even the Doctors are confused) but I am glad it happened (truly, a blessing in disguise) because slowly but surely, I began to discover so many new, easy, yummy recipes and superfoods!
 
It is funny how confused and lost you first get when you are just told to get on a FODMAP diet. Who is FODMAP was my first thought? What is left to eat when they say gluten free, lactose free and avid high fructose? I used to constantly read a powerpoint document I downloaded from my best friend GOOGLE, highlighting in CAPITAL letters what to AVOID everything and I always felt overwhelmed with all the confusing information out there. 

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Coconut Chocolate Chia Cups

At Umbrella, we believe in the concept of bio-individuality – one persons food is another persons poison. What works for me, may not work for you. So, together we tune into your body and choose foods that are suitable for you. No dieting, just sustainable lifestyle changes!

I am highlighting this because one of the most common question I hear from my clients is, ‘but how do I stop chocolate and sugar? I hate dieting.’ When we start working together, there are no restrictions. Yes, we move away from processed and artificial foods. Yes, we cut out a lot of unhealthy sugars but you start to learn how to choose quality foods. You eat wholesome foods that are packed with nutrients and don’t make you feel sluggish or tired. Your energy levels go up, your skin glows, and you still get a healthy dose of delicious treats that don’t comprise of empty calories. 

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Vanilla Matcha Chia Pudding with Yummy Strawberry Nicecream Recipe

Many of you have been asking me, ‘What is matcha?’ Matcha is a special type of powdered green tea that is grown and produced in Japan. The powder can be used to brew a rich, frothy green tea or it can be added into recipes, such as the one I will be sharing today.

To be honest, the first time I tried matcha, I didn’t particularly love it. Maybe it was my not-so-great ingredient combination (yep, I decided to go all out with spinach so it was waaay too bitter). However, I didn’t want to give up on it just yet! One of the main reasons is that this magical powder offers many great health benefits.

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Chocolate Chia Pudding – To Blend or Not to Blend?

Chia pudding has now become one of my all-time favorite breakfast or snack (replacing, what I used to think was ‘heart healthy, wholegrain’ (or should I say processed, sugar packed) cereals).

Chia seeds are protein and nutrient dense! There are many simple and delicious recipes to easily get the benefits of these seeds. Today, I am going to share my ultimate favorite recipe, requiring only 6 basic ingredients.

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A Yummy Dandelion Greens Recipe (Hindbeh bi Zeit)

Meet the Dandelion! Often seen as weeds in a beautiful garden but have also been eaten for thousands of years as a medicine to treat anemia, cholesterol, scurvy, skin problems, blood disorders, and depression. Dandelion is a source of:

IRON: Crucial for generating red blood cells.

POTASSIUM: Helps to regulate heart rate and blood pressure.

FIBER: Helps your body shed waste.

These greens are also prebiotic-rich and contain vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, fiber, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and phosphorus.

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A Simple Potato Pumpkin Soup Recipe

I usually buy pumpkin once a year and carve it so I can use it for some fun Halloween decoration.  That’s all I ever used pumpkins for but now that I have learned much more, I couldn’t resist but share one of my quick, simple, yummy recipes.

Before I begin below are just some fun healthy facts on why we should all start eating pumpkin;

  • Pumpkin is low in calories and contains no saturated fats.
  • It is packed with vitamins, namely vitamin A, vitamin B-complexes, vitamin C and vitamin E.
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A Simple Healthy Homemade Nutella Recipe

I have rarely come across anyone that doesn’t loveeeee Nutella! How many of us can confess to have eaten half a jar at one point in our lives? We start with one teaspoon and then it suddenly becomes 2.. then 3.. then half a jar (or is it a full jar – Who is keeping track anyways. I mean this addictive substance actually has a day in the year, February 5th, that is dedicated to eating Nutella, trying Nutella recipes, sharing Nutella memories and confessing our love for Nutella. In case you would like to partake next year, it is called World Nutella Day.

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4 Ways To Stay Fit Despite Being Busy

Everyone now knows the importance of moving. Globally, we have seen the launch of many campaigns, such as ‘Now We Move,’ ‘Designed To Move,’ ‘Let’s Move,’ ‘Better For It,’ and many, many more, which ultimately have one sole purpose.. To promote sports and physical activity in an ever-increasing stressful, busy, sedentary lifestyle. Why? Because by taking care of our health and ourselves, we strive to be a better, happier person with our families, friends, colleagues and communities but it sure isn’t easy with our busy schedules. Below, I have put together 4 tips on how to fit exercise into your daily routine – no matter how busy life gets.

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