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At times of crisis we need to take even greater care of our health and wellbeing, while keeping our costs to a minimum. Monica Braga, founder of Moni’s Healthy Choice cafes, shares her pantry list of ingredients needed to make a wide range of healthy and tasty recipes, all loaded with the nutrients our bodies need – no matter what is happening in the world. Beans and pulses Pulses are a relatively cheap, long-lasting and low...

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Drinking sufficient water can support immunity, help with circulation, regulate body temperature and serve as an appetite suppressent — all things we can do with more of in these Covid-19 times. In rare cases, however, you can drink too much, causing nausea and headaches, and in extreme circumstances, vomiting and diarrhea.  So what’s the magic number? How much water should we actually be drinking? It’s not an easy answer, and body weight, activity level and...

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If you’re looking for better nutritional value, it’s natural to gravitate to organic products. But should you? Organic foods are farmed without pesticides and contain none of the array of fungicides and chemical preservatives which get sprayed on to crops in conventional farming. This means organic foods have a shorter shelf life. The rest of the produce you see in the supermarket may contain pesticides and chemical residues that remain in the food even after...

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Chickpea omelettes are popping up everywhere, from slick cosmopolitan cafes to trendy boho breakfast spots, giving vegans a tasty breakfast option that extends beyond avocado toast. Gram flour, or ground chickpeas, are increasingly being used to replace the eggs and when done correctly, they create a light, fluffy alternative with a crepe-like yet crispy crust.  “They’re healthy, nutritious, low in calories and high in protein and fiber,” says Sharmila Shahani-Sewrathan, MS, RD. “They can help...

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Ever wish someone was making your morning smoothie for you? Your wish can be fulfilled by The Daily Prep Co,  with their pre-portioned, flash-frozen, blend-at-home smoothies. You can order smoothie packs of four, six and eight delivered in frozen cups that you can keep in your freezer until needed. Each smoothie contains nothing but real fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds and grains. Launched in Dubai last year, their first nine flavors indicate this is no ordinary smoothie company...

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Proper nutrition and physical activity are the foundation to a healthy body. But that’s a hard formula to teach our young ones. Junk food is everywhere and resisting temptation is difficult, especially for children. Whether it’s a celebration or a simple night at home, cakes, cupcakes, pizza and sodas seem to be a regular part of the fun.  As a physical education teacher and a health promoter I see my students come to class in...

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On the surface, Florence Gillet, 39, looks like a happy-go-lucky mother of two beautiful kids. Naturally slim and a champion of feminism and body positivity, you’d never guess that she’s lived though more than a decade of disordered eating that stemmed from something as simple as increasing her intake of fruit and vegetables. What she didn’t know back then, as a 25-year-old whose plan was to lose a few pounds to “look better” in her...

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Delna Prakashan is the Dubai-born Indian author of Whip It!, a cookbook that takes a no-fuss, joyful approach to cooking. This twist on a Japanese meat dumpling, which is traditionally steamed then pan-fried and wrapped with a thin dough, was born when she was doing the keto diet. “My mom tested a ‘keto-version’ of a gyoza made with cabbage leaves,” she writes. “Now, whenever I have some leftover minced meat, cabbage gyozas it is. Though...

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Delna Prakashan, who recently launched her debut cookbook Whip It!, takes a Nigella-esque approach to food.  The Dubai-born Indian cook sees her approach as a joyful rebuttal to all the earnest Deliciously Ellas imploring followers to steer clear of gluten, dairy, meat, eggs and more, “or terrible things will happen to us.” “While we’re all busy trying to change the world, self-care can take a back seat,” says Prakashan. “Being able to cook for yourself...