By Karimah bint Dawoud, muslim chaplain & well being writer.

Summer Fruit Salad
Summer Fruit Salad

Ar-Rad (The Thunder) Chapter 13 Verse 4.
“And within the land are neighboring plots and gardens of grapevines and crops and palm trees, [growing] several from a root or otherwise, watered with one water; but We make some of them exceed others in [quality of] fruit. Indeed in that are signs for a people who reason.”
An-Nahl (The Bees) Chapter 16 Verse 11.
“He causes to grow for you thereby the crops, olives, palm trees, grapevines, and from all the fruits. Indeed in that is a sign for a people who give thought.”

Fruits are like packages of goodness you can carry around with you, 90% water and the rest is essential vitamins minerals and fibre. There is no excuse for obesity except for the rare few people with thyroid or mediation that causes weight gain and this is a small percentage of people.
Slow metabolism is a myth of fat people who either start eating late in the day, which automatically slows the metabolism down because the body thinks it’s starving or of people who are not aware of how much they are really eating.
Fruit is cheap right now, it’s in abundance, its a great re-educate your tongue, time to change your taste buds. It’s a great time to develop some new eating habits and throw away some old.

A big fruit salad first thing in the morning is something the whole family can enjoy and share, before leaving for work, school or college. For growing children give them something more  for breakfast like whole meal toast and egg/beans/dhaal, or cereal after fruit salad.

This also applies for growing teenager or people doing manual work or physical training.Otherwise put something like a whole meal peanut butter and salad sandwich in a bag for them.

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