Tips On Living Plastic Free in Dubai

Hello!

It’s been a while! Life has been keeping me busy with a 2 full time jobs, my 9-5 and motherhood! Inspiration has also been low for recipes as I spend my days just recreating what I already know to save time #MumLife

One thing that has got me thinking recently is, where does the plastic we use go after we throw it out and what is the effect on our environment and bodies?

You don’t have to do a lot of research to instantly know that single use plastic is one of the worst things that has happened to our environment in the last 50 years. There has been a few steps globally to combat this but here in the gulf region, awareness is low. There are some awesome companies looking to tackle this and there is definitely some easy tips you can implement in your daily life that could help.

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Vegan Banana Pancakes

When I say I have been having these pancakes everyday for the last year, I would not be lying! There was a time right after I had Isabella when I was having these in the morning AND in the afternoon as a snack! Even Isabella reaches out her hand to have a bite ( check out my recent post on Instagram of her devouring them https://www.instagram.com/rana.banana/ 🙂

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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 idea 🙂

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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 again 😀 )

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’ve also saved so much money on fancy products, leaving me more money to spend on more good food 🙂

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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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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