Watermelon Fruit Bowl

This is a throwback to one of my favorite snacks at my baby shower, the watermelon filled with fruits! I was so lucky to have my friends help me out, as I couldn’t have gotten much done at that stage haha!

I was busy mingling with friends and playing baby shower games so I did not manage to capture the ¬†best picture, but you get the ideaūüôā

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This is great dessert to serve at baby showers/house parties, actually my friend who made this is now pregnant herself! So Joumana,  shall we do this for your baby shower and make this a tradition:)?

Ingredients:

  • 1 watermelon, cut in half and¬†emptied inside
  • Mix of blueberries, grapes, pomegranate seeds. Really any fruits work here.

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TIP: You can make a juice with the leftover watermelon. Serve chilled.

Sahtein!

5 foods I cannot live without as a Mama

For those of you who have missed it, I recently have become a mother. To put it simply and beautifully “Making a decision to have a child- it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking outside your body” (Quote stolen as I’m too sleep deprived to come up with my own!)

When it comes to my diet, I quickly realised I need nutrient dense food more than ever as my body is now¬†feeding 2 people. Without further ado¬†here¬†are my top go to foods (as time is of the essence before my baby needs to eat againūüėÄ )

1- Oats: Oats are my go to breakfast, oats are also known to keep milk supply up for mothers (nursing mamas, take notes!). For an extra boost I also add in some flaxseed and chia seeds. Here is my  banana oat recipe : https://zaatarandquinoa.com/2015/05/22/banana-bread-oatmeal/ 

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My top 5 all natural makeup products

Did you know that we absorb about 60-70% of everything we put onto our skin into our blood stream? So if any of your makeup contains chemicals then you have have these chemicals pumping around your body! Especially with being pregnant, I really care what I am putting in and ON my body!

When I started this lifestyle I knew I wanted it to extend to more than just the food on my table. I stopped using as many conventional products and tried to develop a more natural make up¬†routine. Not only is my skin so much better before, but I‚Äôve also saved so much money on fancy products, leaving me more money to spend on more good foodūüôā

1 – Mineral Foundation- Neals Yard

After I wash my face in the morning and put on my moisturizer (that always contains SPF) I start with my mineral foundation. Made with organic ingredients this is heaps better than any other chemical filled foundation I’ve used before. Plus with my oily prone skin, this helps keeps the oiliness at bay.

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Can be found in: Neals Yard Shop (Dubai Mall, Dubai Marina Mall and Wafi)
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My Baby Shower!

The baby shower is such an exciting time during pregnancy to look forward to, I was super excited to host it ¬†in my house and have all my friends and family over to celebrate. I know that generally the mom to be does not get involved with the planning but knowing me there was no way I wouldn’t be!

A baby shower is to celebrate the transformation of a woman into a mother

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In terms of a theme,¬†I kept the baby’s gender a secret until the baby shower so I had a gender reveal themed baby shower.
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Homemade Organic Dark Chocolate

Its Christmas time again‚̧ ¬†this year feels as though it as flown by, does anyone else feel that way too? I put up our first Christmas tree in the house, scroll down to see it! We got a real one from Ikea and the moment you enter the house it smells amazing, plus I got loads of Christmasy candles to add on to that scent.

On another note, homemade chocolate has been on my to do list forever and I am so bummed I didn’t get to it sooner as it so SO easy and yummy!

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Couscous Salad

After all the Eid feasts, I feel salads are much needed to detox. I was away in Beirut for Eid and the food was amazing, not counting all the sweets and all the nights spent dancing and drinking!

Now back to work and Dubai, it is time to get back into the kitchen to create¬†healthier feasts! I’ve always liked a cooked grain or vegetable with my salad, so this and my lentil salad are my two favesūüôā

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Homemade Naturally Sweetened Coconut Milk

Anyone who does not have dairy in their diet knows alternative milk can get pricey, especially if you want it to be naturally sweetened and organic. There has been a couple of recipe disasters before this but I have to say I found this to be the the easiest, creamiest and AND much cheaper than a store bought version, so definitely a win!

Also can you ever have enough coconut in your diet? or body? or face! Never.

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