Only a Week Left? Final Ramadan Reports

Checking in to you live from the last week of #ramadiet2k17 and y’all, it’s hot! We were in the midst of a heat wave last week, which promptly followed a cold snap that I was not at all complaining about. But here we are, nearly at the home stretch. It flies by every year. Let’s finish strong!

I’m going to tell you about what I’ve been making and eating. Because of this diet where I’m avoiding simple carbs and added sugar, I get to be creative not only about my savory meals but how I stay content with some alternatively sweet treats.

One of my favorite ways to break my fast (after a date or 3) is with a smoothie. Bananas, peanut butter, frozen blueberries, almond milk. It’s easy and full of good stuff, and sometimes I even freeze it for a frozen dessert.

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A great breakfast hack I’ve been doing all month is making French toast with Ezekiel bread. This idea also comes from my friend Rebecca, healthy eating extraordinaire. I soak slices of bread in almond milk, egg, vanilla extract and cinnamon. I don’t like almond milk on its own, but when it’s being used for something like a smoothie or French toast, you can’t taste it anyway. And when I say soak, I mean it – the bread isn’t ready until you can squeeze it in the center and batter squishes out. This will take around 30 seconds. I make the batter in a shallow tupperware the night before to save time in the morning. I put peanut butter, maple syrup, and sometimes fruit on this French toast, and satisfies my sweet tooth just fine. Yes, I’ve allowed myself maple syrup as my one sweetener for the month. Frankly, this French toast kinda needs it.

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I always make sure to keep oatmeal in my suhoor (pre-dawn meal) rotation to regulate my cholesterol and stay fuller longer in the morning. Don’t be discouraged by oatmeal. There’s so much you can do with it. Add fresh fruit, honey, toasted nuts, coconut oil, nut butter, dates and other dried fruit…the possibilities are endless. Think of it as a vessel for things you like instead of just morning sludge. Get creative – I know you can do it, I promise.

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As we approach the final days of Ramadan, Muslims around the world get focused on their worship with prayer, reading the Qur’an and more. In the last ten nights is Laylatul Qadr, or the Night of Power. This is the night that the Qur’an was brought down for mankind. It is believed that this night has the strength of 1,000 months, so any good deeds (prayer and charity, for example) done on this night are considered as if they were done for 1,000 months. As you can imagine, it’s a particularly spiritual time for Muslims, and many spend longer hours at the mosque at night praying. In a week will be Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan, full of food and festivities. Check back in soon to see how we throw down in NYC and some final reflections. Stay cool, friends!

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Green Juice, AKA Purple Smoothie


      I’m not gonna lie, the idea of a juice cleanse has crossed my mind a few times. But in recent past I’ve lacked patience, funds, and willingness to not eat food for more than two days. I still know very little about these juice cleanses, and that may or may not change. I do know that I could probably make my own nutritious, vitamin-filled…beverages. And the results could be similar. I took on the challenge of making a green juice smoothie not taste like you’re drinking vegetables, even though you are. My sweet tooth simply would not have this. The result was half decent, for extreme improvisation and no prior research. Here is your start-to-the-week energizer.


For two-ish servings in a blender:

Cucumber: not a particularly gnarly green veggie (it’s a fruit anyway but shh).
I sliced about half and threw it in.

Kale! The super green super food. I could maybe eat this stuff raw in a hurry. In it goes!
It, referring to two leaves stripped from the thick bottom part of the stem.

Half an avocado for a creamy texture. Probably not included in your juice cleanse.
Disclaimer: putting avocado in your smoothie will cause browning
and impulses to throw out smoothie (don’t do it).

Juice from half a lemon for a good kick (won’t prevent browning).

Not pictured: half a cup of blueberries – THIS tricks your brain into thinking you’re
having a fruit smoothie. Also some yogurt, maybe 2/3 cup or your choice, and honey, to taste.
Blend it up, good to go. Make sure you store in a container that you can shake.

And it doesn’t taste like salad! It totally pulls off summer fruit beverage.
This smoothie makes for a good snack if you’re feeling “hungry”, or morning breakfast.
p.s – that’s about twice what I’ll drink in a sitting.

Happy healthing!