Are Carbohydrates Bad?

Carbohydrates are the main source of energy for our brain.  Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 recommend 45-65% of the calories from carbohydrates.  If we deprive ourselves of this essential nutrient, we won’t have the proper energy for our daily routine. Lack of carbs in the diet can make us feel tired, weak and light-headed. When it comesContinue reading “Are Carbohydrates Bad?”

A healthy iftaar

After fasting for more than 12 hours, I am ready to eat! Here are some tips that I keep in mind especially at an iftaar party: Pick up the healthy options: Most likely we will be eating our traditional/cultural foods.  When it comes to our traditional foods, not all of them are unhealthy. Cholay (chickpeas), fruitContinue reading “A healthy iftaar”

Our body’s response to fasting

Let’s use our laptops as an example to understand how our bodies process what we eat for suhoor and, through it, we can understand how important eating suhoor is for our bodies while we fast. When our laptops are connected to an outlet, it has an instant source of energy. When the laptop batteries areContinue reading “Our body’s response to fasting”

Nutritious Suhoor

No matter how sleepy you are, don’t skip suhoor (morning meal consumed in Ramadan). Eating breakfast will sustain you enough to be able to perform daily activities without feeling lethargic, having headaches, or feeling irritable. Eat a balanced suhoor that includes a variety of food groups, such as complex carbohydrates (ex. whole wheat), protein (ex. egg),Continue reading “Nutritious Suhoor”

Ramadan Nutrition Tips

With only few days left until Ramadan, It is important to know how to eat healthy and meet our body’s needs while fasting for more than 12 hours. Meals: Have balanced meals that include carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats that will also provide vitamins and minerals Carbohydrates: choose “complex” carbs which will provide soluble fiberContinue reading “Ramadan Nutrition Tips”

Karhai Chicken

Number of servings: 6          Serving size: 2 pieces of chicken          Calories: 240 calories Ingredients:  1 whole chicken 8 medium sized tomatoes (cubed) 1 cup oil 1 tbsp minced ginger 1 tbsp minced garlic 1/4 tsp (turmeric powder) 2 Tbsp cayenne pepper flakes ½ tsp red chili powder 5-6Continue reading “Karhai Chicken”

200 calories or less: snack ideas

First I would like to share some tips on healthy snacking: Serving size is important – calories can add up easily Try to include protein – dairy, nuts, beans, etc Cook and freeze a big batch of beans so they are readily available If you are still hungry after the snack – munch on rawContinue reading “200 calories or less: snack ideas”

Does Mediterranean Diet work?

People of Mediterranean countries like Greece and Italy have healthy hearts and low rate of cardiovascular disease which is because of the Mediterranean eating pattern. What is Mediterranean Diet? The focus is on intake of fresh homemade meals consisting of: whole grain breads and pasta, fish instead of red meat, grilled and steamed food insteadContinue reading “Does Mediterranean Diet work?”

Baked Tilapia for desi taste buds

Why should I eat fish? It is a good source of lean protein and contains omega 3 fatty acids – good for the heart! What is the recommendation? Eat 2 servings of variety of fish/week What do you need for this recipe? 5 Tilapia pieces (~4 oz piece) 2 tsp Red chili powder 1/2 tspContinue reading “Baked Tilapia for desi taste buds”