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Healthy and Nutritious Foods to Have this Ramadan

 

 

Healthy & Nutritious Foods for Aftaar

Thinking of what to offer at your next Aftaar Party? Here are our list of most famous aftaar foods that are nutritious and finger licking good. Without further ado, here we go.

1-Dates 

These can be eaten as it is or you can take their seeds out by creating a slit with knife. Next, fill up the date shell with fresh cream and push a halved cashew in it. You can make a Date Shake, which is very refreshing and healthy drink especially for ramadan. Here is another interesting variation to your regular dates: Take out the seeds, mash them up nicely, make balls and roll these on grounded almonds. You can also place a cashew nut in the center as well. If you want to mix these balls with chocolate, try choco-date balls recipe

2-Shakes and Smoothies

Try this yummy Blueberry shake recipe which combines the goodness of fresh seasonal fruits to provide you all the nutrition you would need especially in this holy month of fasting. This lebanese fruit cocktail recipe is another delicious and fulfilling option to consider. To beat the heat and thirst, try this Fresh Mint and Lime drink. It will rejuvenate you and give you an instant relief from heat effects

3-Sandwiches

Surprise factor makes meals more appetizing. Take your loved ones by surprise this ramadan by offering them a wide range of tempting foods like the amazing sandwich recipes i am about to share here with you. This section does not only contain recipes for sandwiches but also some other snacks that fit in well in place of sandwiches. If you are a beef lover, try Roast Beef French Dip Sandwich. With chicken, try the healthy Chicken Egg Sandwich with bran bread. Chicken Tostadas  and Falafel are also very healthy variations to regular snacks.

4-Salads

Russian Salad, Potato Salad, Chicken Pineapple Salad, and Mixed Beans salad are very popular salads in our part of the region. Here is another variation to the famous Russian Salad. High in proteins, the mixed beans salad ensures that your daily intake of essential nutrients is fulfilled. To engage kids in eating without much effort, try the Chocolate Salad. You can also try the very healthy and nutritious Corn and Potato salad with rice of your choice.

5-Desserts

From the Arabian origin, we have Kunafa or Kunafeh. Here is the recipe of this wonderful dessert Kunafeh Recipe. How can summers in Pakistan be celebrated without enjoying desserts with mangoes! Try this Mango Passion recipe for a mouth watering, refreshing dessert for your aftaar party. Cooking lots of dishes while fasting can be really tough especially in the hot and humid climate around here. Bread Dessert is an easy to cook dish that requires minimal supervision and effort. Eating fruits is very important during this month to supply your body with the necessary vitamins to keep you going strong and healthy. This fruit cocktail dessert is just what the doctor ordered. You can also try making cheese cake with yogurt. Caramel Pudding and Banana Pudding are also very loved desserts at such parties.

5-Kids Special Meals

Kids would love anything to do with chocolate. This recipe of Chocolate Strawberry French Toasts would certainly be a delightful addition to their aftaar menu. Try this Spicy Potato Fries recipe. Or for tiny ones, Cheesy Pasta is a good choice. If your kids love sausages, try this yummy Casserole recipe. French toasts and Chicken Nuggets are also healthy and nutritious snacks that can attract your little ones to the food table.

Reasons Why You Should Not Eat Fast Food

It isn’t a myth that home cooked meals are healthier than fast foods; it has some serious weight behind it. When we can make food at home, why on earth do we have fast food places? Ever thought about it? One major reason could be that its convenient that you dont have to cook or do grocery and yet have a really delicious food at your table. It also takes much less time than other foods, precisely why its called “fast food”!

But before you go out and grab another one of those unhealthy burgers, read the following horrifying facts about fast foods.

IT MAKES YOU FAT: It is obvious that how fast food increases weight and is linked to the condition known as insulin resistance. Eating fast food regularly will make you fat and because of this you are more prone to the dangers of getting diabetes. So, try to avoid fast food and stay active.

IT IS ADDICTIVE: As fast food is the food which has the affinity to attract. In simple words, the more you eat, the more you desire for it. Really, believe this! So, if you eat fast food either regularly or once a week, you may be hooked to it. Take a moment to ponder over your current intake of fast foods.

PROTECT YOUR CHILDREN FROM FAST FOOD: As the research is conducted on kids regarding fast food, it is interesting to find that fast food has twice more impact on children than adults. This actually affects their normal growth, thinking and learning capacity, as fast food is not a good food for them. Ads for fast foods run on children’s channels and they get obsessed with it.

FAST FOOD BURGER: The research and the studies on the fast food burger suggest that they contain about 50% of water and the meat ranges from about 2 to 15%. So, one should ask what should be the rest? Well, the rest is chemical fillers and the preservatives used mostly in fast food burgers. So, that’s why burger is not recommended food in the fast food restaurants.

Chicken Nuggets even worse than Burger: Most people like chicken nuggets because of their taste. However, these taste is usually enhanced because of the addition of chemical preservatives. The chemical used in it, namely, TBHQ, which is very dangerous and cause nausea and also dead. When eat such food the feeling of vomiting may occur. It may contain stuff present in silly putty. Moreover, nuggets are also made from the mechanically separated chicken, which is absolutely dangerous for you. It is a mixture which is made from a processed bone and also from the leftover chickens.

HEALTHY FAST FOOD ONLY LOOK HEALTHY: Fast food only looks healthy and in actual it is not. They are producing food according to the demand, but the food is not that healthy as it looks. For instance, if we take an example of Burger king salad, then we can that it contains almost 600 calories and 30 gm of fat in it. It’s worth nearly the quantity of sodium in it. So, avoid the fast food as much as you can.

FAST FOOD RAPIDLY KILLING ANIMALS: Even animals are in danger of it. The fast food is killing the animals quite rapidly. Recent studies suggest that around 9 billion animals were slaughtered in the United States in the year 2012. The food utilized for the fast food and sandwiches. Farm people usually used chemical to grow animals faster. These chemicals have a direct impact on the consumers’ abilities. Whenever an animal catches a disease, antibiotics are used to overcome it and it enables the animal to run rampantly with it. Thus a diseased animal can be slaughtered just like a healthy one.

FAST FOOD DESSERTS & SODAS FILLED WITH SUGAR: Many fast food products, like sodas, desserts, and other products contain high quantity of corn syrup which is pretty fattening and doesnt do much good. So, try to avoid foods that contain corn syrup in them.

At the end, we can surely conclude that the fast food is the most “dangerous food” among all. It does look quite clean and healthy, but in actual it is not and produces hazardous effects in the long term . Therefore, don’t just see the taste of the food, rather shift your focus to the internal effects of it.

Freezing Tips and Techniques

There is no doubt that taste and nutritious are at their best when food is fresh. This is not true just for cooked food but also for the raw food. Quality of food deteriorates with the passage of time due to several factors such as chemical changes, enzymes and microorganisms.

Despite of the said fact, there are numerous occasions which require food to be preserved for extended period of time. Thanks to modern technology and enhanced understanding of food we can easily preserve food for longer period of times without losing the taste or nutritious. It’s really important to note that one technique cannot be used to preserve all types of food because of their different composition and contents.

Following are the instructions to cover most of the raw food.

Raw meat and fish

  1. Remove as much fat as possible from meat. Fat do not preserve very well so presence of fat would affect the taste of meat.
  2. Think about your meal size and divide meat according to what is required for a meal.
  3. Use the air tight containers or plastic bags to freeze the meat. It’s best to use special freezer bags and make sure that they are moisture proof. This will also avoid unpleasant smell of other things in your freezer.
  4. Remove all excessive air from the bag.
  5. Label each bag and write down the date and content of the bag, this will help when you might not remember the date of freezing.
  6. Place each bag such that circulation of air maintains to ensure quick and complete freezing of the meat bag.
  7. Do not overload the freezer, overloading the freezer would make the freezing process slow. Meat should become rock solid within 12 hours.
  8. Do not freeze the food once defrosted.

Fruits and Vegetables

  1. Wash fruits and vegetables and remove pieces that look already damaged.
  2. Blanch vegetables first and then quickly put them in icy water to cool down. Make sure that vegetables are dried thoroughly.
  3. Peel off the fruits and cut them in pieces. Cutting allows quick freezing which keep them from losing their texture when thawed.
  4. Now put vegetables or fruits in an air tight container, or freezer bag. Fill the bag or container as much as possible to reduce the air inside.
  5. Put the container in the freezer, a quick freezing of vegetables and fruits reduces the texture damage because quick Colling results in smaller crystals which inflict less damage to cell structure.