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Yasmin Essa

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth without Compromising Your Health

Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatAllah wa barakatuhu
May the peace and blessings of Allah SWT be upon you

So you have a sweet tooth? Try adding nutrient-filled sweet treats (yes, treats!) to your meals. Ideas? Beets, corn, sweet potatoes, mangoes. I guarantee your cravings will not only be satisfied, but you'll be eating something good for you. Talk about a win-win situation.


Here are two recipes to get you going:

Sweet Potato Fries (Serves 1, Multiply to Accommodate # of People)

Ingredients:
  • 1 Sweet Potato
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Coconut Oil
  • Dash of Sea Salt

Directions: 
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 F
2. Thoroughly wash and cut 1 sweet potato into fries
3. Rub Coconut Oil on Sweet Potato Pieces (You'll probably need to use your hands for this)
4. Place evenly on aluminum foil
5. Bake until cooked
6. Add a small dash of sea salt
7. You can get creative and add other natural herbs (dried basil, oregano, black pepper, etc)
Enjoy, inshaAllah (Godwilling)!

Colorful Sweet Summer Salad (Serves 1, Multiply to Accommodate # of People)

Ingredients:
  • 1 Beet, cut in small cubes
  • 1 Small Vineyard Tomato, cut in small cubes
  • 1/4 Cup Corn (non-GMO, you'll want to go organic for this one)
  • 1/4 Cup Quinoa (cooked)
  • Dressing Ingredients:
  • 1 Tablespoon EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Cold Pressed)
  • 2 Tablespoons Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Cilantro Leaves
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper

Directions:

Mix Salad & Dressing Ingredients

Enjoy, inshaAllah (Godwilling)!


P.S. Be proud of yourself for kicking refined sugar to the curb. Refined sugar as we know it today (white powder) was first made in 1300, in India. A study in France also has shown that it is 4x more addictive than cocaine. Tobacco kills 5 million a year, but refined sugar kills 35 millions. Not so sweet, is it? 

Anyway, my goal here is not to make you feel morbid. My goal is to give you solutions. :) Yay, we love those, right?

Enjoy, inshaAllah (Godwilling)!

Yasmin :)

Yasmin Essa

Summer Morning Boost Smoothie

This smoothie is great first thing in the morning! Full of many nutrients, it is perfect to get you going for  the day!

Ingredients:

(Use Organic Ingredients when possible)
  • Handful of Raspberries
  • Handful of Green Grapes
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 Champagne Mango
  • 1 Tablespoon Organic Coconut Oil
  • 1 Scoop Organic Chia Seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon Raw Organic Honey

Directions:

1. Wash all fruit thoroughly
2. Peel Mango & Cut it
3. Place 8 oz water, Grapes, Mango Pieces, Raspberries, and Banana in Blender
4. Blend for 30 seconds
5. Add 1 scoop chia seeds, 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil & 1 Tablespoon Honey
6. Blend for 30 seconds
7. Blend once more

Enjoy, inshaAllah (Godwilling)!