Prophetic Diet….Fruit Smoothies

START YOUR DAY THE QURAN AND SUNNAH WAY

FRUIT SMOOTHIE SO SIMPLE- JUST FRUITS AND WATER

 

fruit smoothie

Fruit smoothies are great as a meal starter or for breaking Ramadhan fast, packed with loads of natural fruit sugar , fibre and water

INGREDIENTS

2-3 cups Fruits of your choice

2-3 cups of water depending on size of your jug blender, you can alos use hand held belnder for most fruit  smoothies

For  The Moor Smooth Operators; spices cinnamon and turmeric, as well as spirulina

QURANIC INFORMATION

English fruits

 Arabic fakihah

The word fakihah (), which means ‘fruit’, is mentioned 11 times in the Quran.

  1. And for them there is fruit, and for them there is what they ask for. [36:57]
  2. Therein they will recline; therein they will call for fruit in abundance and drinks. [38:51]
  1. Therein for you will be fruit in plenty, of which you will eat (as you desire). [43:73]
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KHEMETIC SUHOURI

KHEMETIC  SUHOURI

I was taught this recipe years ago by an Egyptian brother before Allah guided me to Islam, he was a gentle man maashallah like many of the Egyptian men I have the pleasure to meet.The recipe has evolved over the years with my spicy touches and other brothers addition.

Dates and Scrambled Eggs

Ingredients

3-7 dates depending on their size and your size

2-5 eggs

3-7 cloves garlic

30ml – ½ cup milk, whatever milk you use

½ – 1 tsp dry cinnamon, turmeric/haldi and pinch of black pepper

10ml- Olive oil for cooking

Method

  1. Place oil in small pan and medium heat
  2. Add washed stoned and chopped dates
  3. Add chopped garlic inspired by my Egyptian brother Castillo
  4. Added spices cinnamon, haldi and pepper, stir
  5. Break eggs into pan or cup
  6. Add milk and stir into eggs
  7. Stir every 3o seconds or so to get scrambled effect

 

Eat with salad like cucumber to balance out heat of dates , do not eat olives they will make you thirsty.

 

FEED THE NEED RAMADAN 2016

  Karimahs Cusina, feeding the homeless on the streets of Central London.

By the grace of Allah (God) we have been knocking this project out in Central London.

“Quality before quantity “ is our motto, where ever possible.

We strive to practice what we preach and Islam says in the Quran,

Surat Al-Baqarah (The Cow) – سورة البقرة

 Verse 267

“you who have believed, spend from the good things which you have earned and from that which We have produced for you from the earth. And do not aim toward the defective therefrom, spending [from that] while you would not take it [yourself] except with closed eyes. And know that Allah is Free of need and Praiseworthy”

Basically don’t give what you won’t take.

As a qualified nutritionist and most of Karimahs Cuisina members are foodies of one sort or another, our standards are high.

We cook brown rice , infused with cardamom, cloves, cassia bark and turmeric, we add frozen mixed vegtables and red lentils, a meal in it’s self.

We cook a madras lamb mince curry made with good quality lamb, all fresh ingredient including fresh garlic and ginger in the masala,  and topped off with fresh  chopped parsley and coriander for additional vitmains and minerals.

Homeless people are needy not starving, they are often malnourished, meaning they are force or choose to eat junk because they are used to it.

However there have been a number of tiems on the street where they have given us feedback that they think what we give them is “quality” and “made with love”.

“we can tell that you think about us when you are making it”

Some of them know what good taste like.

We have very little core funding, perhaps £30 a month regular donations.

In Ramadhan people are more generous, so this is a little reportage to show you what we do when you are more generous, we do more, alhmdulilah, praise God.

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20 AND 30 LITRE NEW COOL BAGS WHICH ARE GREAT AT KEEPING FOOD WARM

10 WARM WEATHER SLEEPING BAGS

10 WARM WEATHER SLEEPING BAGS

63 KILOS OF RICE WILL DO US 7 OUTINGS INSHA'ALLAH

63 KILOS OF RICE WILL DO US 7 OUTINGS INSHA’ALLAH

6 KILOS OF RED LENTILS WILL ONLY DO US 3 OUTINGS INSHA’ALLAH

SPICES FOR THE RICE WILL LAST 6-7 OUTING INSHA’ALLAH

Now it’s time to peel 15-20 kilos onions and get on with the masala, there’s other ingredients like olive oil, tomato passata,curry powder, sea salt,etc.

Its Ramadhan, I am tired but I think you get the idea by now.

I believe that Allah test people by many means and because we have stuck to this premise of quality for poor and vulnerable people, this is why this small project has been consistent, alhamdulilah.

Our volunteers are street souljahs, day in day out, winter, spring, summer and fall, I all have to do is call and they come running, hungry for good deeds to obey Allah and seek His Face in the next life insha’allah.

BANK DETAILS KARIMAHS CUISINA NAT WEST

REF: FEED , ACCOUNT 61933090  SORT CODE 55-50-28

IBAN GB93 NWBK 5550 2861 9330 90

 

Feed the Need , feeding the homeless in central London is next week insha’allah, please we need your donations as well as buying ingredients, food containers, drinks etc, we can buy socks and pants,PLEASE REFERENCE YOUR PAYMENTS “FEED” barak allahfeekum

RAMADAN -SALAD TO SHARE

As salam alaikum ,

often its good to share the healthy option to get people to taste the difference,

alerted by one Muslim sister, that often, food given to break fasts in the mosk, is normally rice and chicken and fresh salad, so vital, is often missing from what is offered, so we decided to make a big bowl of salad for the sisters to share at iftar time

Layer 1

fresh chopped parsley full of vitamin C

Layer 2

salad masjid 1

loads of cucumber,cooling and hydrating, aids weight loss, diuretic,good for skin, de-toxing

little gems lettuce , cooling and hydrating, relaxing aids sleep, alkali combats acid build up

tomatoes, vitamin c, anti-oxidant, good for heart health, anti-cancer, good for brain health

and radish, combats constipation,obesity,asthma , bronchitis,urinary problems,piles, jaundice and de-toxes the body.

Layer 3

salad masjid 2

fresh pomegranate, good for the heart,lowers risk of heart disease and plaque build up in arteries, risk of breast and prostate cancer,reduces cholesterol,lessens symptoms of diarrhea and irritable bowel as well as being powerful anti-oxidant.

mix it all up and add fragrant savoury Moroccan cold pressed olive oil,anti-inflammatory, good for digestion, good for heart health.

Layer 4

salad masjid 3

lemon wedges,vitamin c , anti-oxidant, build immune system,

olives,anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer

and fresh mint leaves, good for digestion, nausea , headache,asthma,depression, fatigue, skin, pimples and promotes good memory.

RAMADAN IFTAR JUICY EGG AND TUNA SALAD

Sounds a bit boring doesn’t it but it’s not , its light and fresh, perfect for breaking fast on a hot summer’s day
Thanks to an amazing dressing, it’s all about dressing when you are eating light.

According to Islamic Medicine and Mediterranean culture, diary and fish are toxic contrary to western culture where we see an abundance of tuna mayonnaise.Keen to get away from anything toxic, we thought this dressing was a more healthy way to eat tuna.

tuna egg salad
Grove Dressing
1-5 cloves garlic
1 desert spoon black mustard seeds
1 heap desert spoon raw honey or whatever you can afford
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 -1 cup apple cidar vinegar
You will also need some tuna, boiled eggs, fresh mint ad parsley, leaves. Lettuce cucumber tomatoes chicory radish etc.
METHOD
Blend dressing ingredients; make enough that you can store in glass jar in fridge
Add washed, chopped fine, mint and parsley leaves to dressing and add to broken tuna and give it a good stir
Add this mixture onto of bed of leaves; lettuce etc.
Top with sliced eggs, I treated myself to some organic rather than free range
Season with sea salt and black pepper

RAMADHAN PROTEIN VEGGIE BALANCE

I notice that there are a few diets around for Ramadan this year that have taken on board how good protein is for giving  you long sustained energy , however according to Dr Mercola and an opinion I agree with, based on my clinical nutrition studies, too much protein can actually be harmful for you.

Too much protein and not enough fruit and veggies, creates an imbalance that puts a strain on your kidneys, harmful to your liver, dehydrates you, contributes to diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, is bad for your skin and other organs and leeches important minerals from your bones.

If you have ever had the opportunity to hang out with any body builders you will see what I mean. The ones that eat high protein diets have very dry  lined skin for their ages-it’s shocking.

It’s true the body needs protein and the essential amino acids it contains, especially as we age, it improves our mood, helps keep nervous system functioning, provides sustained energy and strength ,however this has to be balanced with fruits, containing loads of vitamins and veggies containing loads of minerals and good healthy fats.

Protein is need to maintain lean muscle that deteriorates

Salmon Salad
Salmon Salad

 as we get older, however Dr Mercola believes that animal protein is better absorbed than plant protein, this is view shared by Dr Zakir Nike.

In the past , zealots of purely plant based vegan only diet would have scoffed at the idea of eating any meat.Now, because of the cacophony of opinions, some authentic and some financed by the meat and dairy marketing board , they say eating meat is alright or even necessary.

 There is so much information out there right now and much of it contradictory.

If you read between the lines of the China Study by Dr Colin T Campbell and look a the four groups studied, the Abkhazians of the Caucasus Mountains, the Vilcabambans of Ecuador ,the Hunzans of Pakistan and the Okinawa of japan, they all ate a plant based diet that included a little meat or fish. You have to read the China Study properly to glean this direction.

Personally this study is an affirmation for me of the diet of prophet Muhammad, salah la alaihi wa salem, who sometimes never ate meat of 2-3 moons.

Some say this was because he was poor, forgetting that he was a Messenger of the Most High Allah and could have asked for anything he wished.

Other like myself see this example, guiding us, that eating too much meat is unhealthy, this I backed up by Umar ibn al Kitab(ra) a later caliph, banning the eating of meat every day and  the last of the 4 rightly guided caliphs, Ali (ra) who only ate meat once a year at Eid.

A diet rich in meat, eggs, milk and cheese could be as harmful to health as smoking, according to a controversial study into the impact of protein consumption on longevity.

The findings emerged from a study of 6,381 people aged 50 and over who took part in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) which tracks a representative group of adults and children in the US.

Many holistic nutritionists, as well as myself are saying people should restrict themselves to no more than 0.8g of protein a day for every kilogram of body weight;

 Equivalent to 48g for a 60 kg person, and 64g for an 80 kg person.MORE WHEN FASTING RAMADHAN BUT BALANCE WITH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES INSTEAD OF STARCHY CARBS

Although animal protein is necessary too much protein creates imbalance that puts a strain on your kidneys, harmful to your liver, dehydrates you, contributes to diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, is bad for your skin and other organs and leeches important minerals from your bones.

If you have ever had the opportunity to hang out with any body builders you will see what I mean. The ones that eat high protein diets have very dry; lines skin for their ages-it’s shocking.

Protein is great and necessary but needs to be balanced with more fruits and vegetables for optimum nutrition.

So an iftar meal made up of a variation of fruits and vegetables  and some protein, relative to your weight, is more healthy  than a mainly protein meal, only in our opinion, even when you are fasting.

Finally I want to draw your attention to this gem of a hadith, Islamic tradition of prophet Muhammad, salah la alaihi wa salem,

HADDITH MEAT AND WATER IN MAKKAH

A diet of meat and water  only will make you sick unless you live in Makkah……

Abraham…came to Ishmael’s wife and asked her about Ishmael. She said, ‘He has gone in search of our livelihood.’ Abraham asked her, ‘How are you getting on?’ asking her about their sustenance and living. She replied, ‘We are prosperous and well-off (i.e. we have everything in abundance).’ Then she thanked Allah. Abraham said, ‘What kind of food do you eat?’ She said. ‘Meat.’ He said, ‘What do you drink?’ She said, ‘Water.” He said, “O Allah! Bless their meat and water.” The Prophet added, “At that time they did not have grain, and if they had grain, he would have also invoked Allah to bless it.” The Prophet added, “If somebody has only these two things as his sustenance, his health and disposition will be badly affected, unless he lives in Mecca.” (Bukhari 4.853 Ibn Abbas)

USEFUL READING LINKS

http://www.amazon.com/Healthy-100-Scientifically-Healthiest-Longest-Lived/dp/0345490118

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/mar/04/animal-protein-diets-smoking-meat-eggs-dairy

http://rawfoodsos.com/2014/03/09/new-animal-protein-study/

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/09/03/too-much-protein.aspx

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/natural-health/the-effects-of-too-much-animal-protein-on-our-liver/