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Weight watchers: Low-calorie Iftar ideas

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Feeling like your body with implode with all them fried goodies you’ve been binging on? Or are you someone who takes the month of Ramadan as an opportunity to lose a few pounds? Whichever side of the spectrum you fall on we have a few recipes that won’t add up to the numbers on the scale so that you can indulge all you want without compromising on taste.

 

Zucchini, Onion and Tomato Bake with Low Fat Mozzarella

Calories: 80

What you need:

3 -4 zucchini (Tori)

1 -2 large white onion

Olive oil

2 large ripe tomatoes

Low fat Mozarella cheese

Salt and black pepper

 

Method:

Slice onions and sauté in olive oil until they are soft. Then slice zucchini and tomato into thin slices. Take a dish and start layering the vegetables (you should have a minimum of 3 layers). One layer of zucchini, then sautéed onions in olive oil then tomatoes. Sprinkle with low fat mozarella cheese and salt and pepper according to taste.

Keep layering until you run out of the sliced vegetables then top it with a layer of low fat mozzarella cheese (you can go as thick or thin as you want). Bake in 350 oven for about 45 minutes or until brown around the sides and on the top.

 

Papaya Salad (Som Yam)

Calories: 124

What you need:

Small green raw papaya, shredded

2 small tomatoes cut into quarters

4 garlic cloves (you can make it 6 if you want the taste of garlic to pop)

6 red or green chilly

2 Tbsp sugar

3 Tbsp lime juice

2 Tbsp soy sauce

3 Tbsp ground roasted peanuts

Fresh lettuce and chilly for garnish

 

Method:

Put garlic and tomatoes in a bowl and pound a few times to release their juices. Add chilies and crush lightly to release the heat. Remember to crush lightly and make sure the tomatoes and garlic don’t turn into a paste. In a separate cup, dissolve the sugar in a mixture of lime juice and soy sauce. Mix the tomato-garlic mixture with the sweet and sour dressing. Add shredded papaya, peanuts, lettuce to the sweet and sour juice and mix all the ingredients together well. Serve in a shallow bowl and top with garnish.

 

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Lazy girl’s guide to eating healthier

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When it comes to eating healthy, many of us are plain lazy. There are no words to describe it. It’s like you want to improve your health but you don’t necessarily want to put in the hard work that’s required. The good news is, eating healthy doesn’t have to be complicated. Just swap your everyday junk food for these delicious, guilt-free superfoods, and get a step closer to living a healthier lifestyle.

Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate is a natural energy booster packed with antioxidants and rich, authentic taste. Make sure you pick up the least processed one with a teeny tiny bit of sugar (75% or more if you’re not weak at heart!). The more processed and sugary the chocolate, the unhealthier it is.

Chia Seeds

Did you know “Chia” is an ancient Mayan word for ‘strength’? Need we say more? This superfood is packed with the goodness of Fiber, Protein, Fat, Calcium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine), and Vitamin B2. Trust this bubbly little superfood to give you an instant hit of energy when added to your fruit bowl or cereal.

Bananas

Bananas are a great pick-me-up superfood to snack on after a long exhausting day. Chug a glass of banana milkshake in the evening, or mix it with some cereal and milk, for an instant energy boost. It’s quick, easy to make, and full of rich nutrients that help you refresh! 

Got more super food ideas? Share them with us in the comments below!

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Matcha Tea – New Fad or Superfood?

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Dubbed the elixir of longevity, Matcha tea is what makes the Okinawans live to be 100 (yes, Okinawa, Japan has the most number of living centenarians). Although it has been around for more than eight centuries, this grassy green tea has become a staple on every fitness enthusiast’s Instagram visual feed much recently.

Before you decide on whether you should jump the Matcha Tea bandwagon (or not), let’s give you a lowdown of all the incredible health benefits this antioxidant powerhouse has to offer.

Weight Loss

If you’re weight watching, Matcha Tea can help you burn those calories four times faster than your basic brew. It improves the metabolism and helps burn fat – sans the terrible side effects of synthetic health supplements and detox drinks.

Detox

Matcha Tea gets its brilliant green color due to the high chlorophyll content that is great for detoxing. Just one cup of Matcha Tea every day helps you get rid of harmful chemical toxins and free radicals (but don’t overdo it).

Rich in Antioxidants

Matcha Tea is also rich in skin-loving and cancer-fighting antioxidants called polyphenols and catechins that boost immunity and give skin a youthful appearance.

Boosts Concentration

If Monday blues really get to you, start your day with a cup of warm Matcha Tea. Certain antioxidants present in this tea help boost concentration and improve memory.

Strengthens the Immune System

In addition to all the amazing health benefits Matcha Tea has to offer, it is packed with the goodness of vitamins A & C, protein, calcium, iron, and potassium that promote overall health.

Fancy a cuppa?

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