Favorite Tea Brands

Over the past few years I’ve grown to love tea. I really appreciate and enjoy different blends of herbs and spices. I also really believe in their healing powers, whether it’s calming, detoxification, etc. Some of my faovirte tea brands are:

Clipper – I love their Sleep Easy Infusion tea. Where to Find: Lulu Hypermarket

Dr. Stuart’s -I’ve got to mention I love their package design with the humorous/surreal illustrations. The tea I like the most is their Skin Purify tea. Where to Find: Lulu Hypermarket

Teapigs – I really love their teabags, they’re pretty transparent so you can literally see the herbs. Out of the ones I’ve tried, their Chai Tea is my favorite. Where to Find: Ripe Market & Ripe Market Online

Pukka – A big selection of tea blends, some include: Vanilla Chai, Detox, Relax, Elegant English Breakfast, Mint Refresh, etc. Where to Find: Soil Store; Yas Mall & Soil Store Online

Yogi Tea – This is my ultimate favorite. They havae 45+ blends and they range from spice teas, herbal teas, healing remedial tea blends, etc. Where to Find: Organicfoodsandcafe

*Kindly share if you find any of these teas at any other locations.

Yogurt Parfait Breakfast

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There were times when I had this for breakfast for weeks nonstop. I think I might be back to that phase. It’s a perfect combination of sweet and sour, crunchy and creamy, and a perfect start to the day.

Ingredients

2-3 tbsp yogurt
1 handful granola
1 banana
1 handful strawberries (or any berries)
1 tbsp flaxseed (or any seeds)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
pinch cinnamon

Method

1. Mix yogurt with vanilla extract
2. Add granola
3. Add fruit of choice; I like banana, strawberries, and sometimes raspberries
4. Add toppings; I like to add cinnamon and flaxseed

This Week’s Favorites #3

I Only Knew Love – Song

Golden Latte – Recipe
I’ve been making this latte more often the past week; I especially love having it in the evenings. Also, the many health benefits of turmeric are a plus (Google it).

Cairo – Bilingual Typeface
I’m all for well-designed bilingual typefaces (Ar/En). I often get excited about finding new ones and using them.

ActionableBooks – Website
I was doing research when I came across this website. It has a good collection of self help book summaries. I am so glad I found this for two reasons: I have a long, long, long list of books I want to read and I want more nuggets of wisdom in less time; and I need a good quick reminder of the ideas in the books that I’ve already read. A few of the first book summaries I went through: Creative Confidence, The Creative Habit, Big Magic, War of Art, Grit, etc.

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Favorite Sites for Healthy Recipes

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This past year I’ve become more aware than ever about the food we eat and how it affects our overall wellbeing. It was around a year ago when I decided I was going to really shift my diet. Along the way, my family has gradually adapted a lot of the clean diet philosophy (no more deep frying at home, I’m so grateful!).

One of the biggest struggles for us though has been dessert. This is where a lot of these sites have come to use. I’ve found lots of delicious recipes here which are free of refined sugar, dairy, gluten and processed foods. I’ve been really trying out alternative/healthier recipes to our favorite desserts including cheesecakes, apple crumble, cookies, brownies, pies… Enjoy!

1. Jessica Sepel
2. Minimalist Baker
3. Delciously Ella
4. Oh She Glows
5. Nutrition Stripped

Healthy Food Spots: Juice Smith

A while back I was at Deerfields Mall when I saw a new stand under construction. It said Juice Smith, so I assumed it was going to be a new health spot and that got me excited. Recently, I passed by and gave it a go.

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First off, I love the menu! They have four categories: Polish the Skin, Sharpen the Mind, Forging the Body and Form the Muscle. I think this brilliant. I went straight to the Polish the Skin menu… and I felt like trying all of them, haha! They all seem like nutritious and delicious combinations. Eventually, I chose the Papaya Ginger smoothie and it was divine.

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I have to mention that I was really happy about the glass bottle (I’ve been looking for these). I’m definitely going to reuse it at home and probably at university.

Design-wise, the interior is very well put together. I also think they’ve done a pretty good job with typography and visual branding. I approve.

I can’t wait to go back and try more, the Bright Eyes smoothie is next on my list. I’m super grateful we’re seeing more beautiful health options here in the UAE and I’m looking forward to more.

Juice Smith Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Locations: Abudhabi (UAE)
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Sweet Potato Dip

Two weeks ago, I felt like making up a sweet plant based dip. Luckily enough, I found steamed sweet potatoes in the kitchen. After a bit of testing, I was done. It’s super easy and, well, sweet!

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Ingredients (serves 2-3)

2 steamed sweet potatoes
7 small yellow peppers
5 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  1. Steam the sweet potatoes, if you haven’t done so.
  2. Place the sweet potatoes in the food processor. Blend them well.
  3. Make sure you remove the seeds. Then add in the peppers. Blend.
  4. Add in the olive oil. Blend until smooth.
  5. Chop whatever vegetables you want to dip with. I recommend celery. Enjoy!