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Have your children fallen into a steady diet of chicken nuggets and pasta with white sauce? Let these parents and experts show you the way to getting your kids to eat healthily. Or at least, healthier. (Hint: it’s not just about hiding vegetables. Just sometimes) Lead by example Dubai mom Hadil Alkhatib, owner of The Roost Rotisserie, has always given her children smaller, slightly more bland versions of healthy adult food. She believes parents can...

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This magical recipe for “nice cream”, courtesy of the new Dubai children’s restaurant White + The Bear, is full of strawberries, which are a fantastic source of Vitamin C and magnesium. If you can find the specialized moulds, want to order all the superfood powders  (and not only pitaya) and have the time, then follow all directions. Or you can just make the base, scoop into a bowl and serve it up to the little ones....

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Dubai yoga and stretch instructor Clare Moukabaa creates the prettiest little lunchboxes for her daughter: tiny slices of sandwiches, bits of cucumber, rolled turkey with cheese, fresh berries, raisins, pretzels – even the occasional fancy dessert.  “If she doesn’t eat her broccoli for her evening dinner, it goes into her lunchbox, where I know she’ll eat it,” says Moukabaa. “Ayla started nursery at 14 months old, so I started early in making her lunches. I wanted...

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The UAE is preparing to make history with its first space mission and the two Emirati astronauts chosen for the job are doing their best to stay fit and focused.  The UAE’s first astronaut, Major Hazza Al Mansouri, takes off for the eight-day mission on September 25 at 5.56pm. When his spacecraft docks with the International Space Station (ISS) at midnight, he will become the first Arab to set foot there.  Al Mansouri and his...

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The signature facial at the Native Club, Zabeel House by Jumeirah, is one of the best I’ve ever had – and with my job, I’ve had a lot.  It lasts a decadent 90 minutes and includes the elements you might expect (cleaning, exfoliating, moisturizing) along with a few of the touches you hope for (a head massage and a face massage, with no pressure to buy products). But the real kicker is the spa’s use...

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People in the UAE like meat. But amid the region’s Arabic grill-loving, Aussie barbecuing, meat-sweat-brunch feasting culture is a growing movement toward all things vegan and vegetarian. Enter Beyond Meat. This US-based company has absolutely sizzled to stardom with its signature “bleeding” burger. With a flavor profile and texture similar to real meat, the Beyond Burger blows away limp, sad veggie patties of the past, all while maintaining a protein and calorie profile similar to actual...

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The ease of food delivery — particularly in the UAE — is a lure like no other. It was back in my Dubai infancy when, for matters of convenience, lack of crockery and an unfettered need to try everything, I summoned my breakfast, lunch and dinner with a swipe. Dangerous. You’d be hard pressed to not find someone who hasn’t at some point done the same.  According to Food for Thought, a UAE Food and...

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As a dietitian who has witnessed body shaming of children, and was also overweight as a child, I know it’s time to put an end to the kind of body shaming of children. A few months ago, one of my clients showed up for her 10-year-old child’s consultation with the sole purpose of reducing his weight.  The moment the boy stepped on the scale, his eyes filled with tears.  “Mommy, I gained weight,” he said...

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Majid Al Qassimi has a big ambition. What he wants is nothing less than to start a food revolution in the UAE and across the Middle East. Already an environmentalist, conservationist, entrepreneur, trained veterinarian and now adviser to the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, Al Qassimi’s goal is to help the population understand the importance of homegrown food, suitable agricultural food production and reducing food waste. “I believe there isn’t just one way to grow...

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Hailed as a health food with numerous benefits for the gut microbiome, kombucha has taken the global wellness world by storm. Yet it was never officially for sale in the UAE — largely due to concerns over whether or not it contains traces of alcohol — leaving fans to brew their own or get their fix elsewhere. But that issue appears to have been addressed, as in recent months kombucha has been turning up for...

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A year ago, I set myself a challenge: Go the whole month without ordering food or going out to eat more than once a week. I was able to complete this challenge, but I did not like it. I felt constrained, anxious and antisocial. And I was sick of doing dishes.  But the important thing is that I made it and I realized I could mentally cope with producing all my own food. However when...