Start the new year healthy with SMART goals — Nutrition Centre, The Ismaili

Set goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely — otherwise known as SMART goals. Copyright: TheIsmaili.org The start of a new year is a time for reflection and new beginnings, especially after the holiday season. If you plan to make improvements to your lifestyle habits, whether by being more active or cooking more healthily,…

Eating healthy during the month of Ramadan – The Ismaili Org

  Eating dried dates are a good way to get your blood sugar up quickly after a fast. Photo: Nazma Lakhani Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and in Muslim tradition is a time of heightened commitment to piety and purification. Fasting is among the special observances that Muslims undertake, in which…

Nutrition Centre: Winners announced in UK recipe competition

Source: The Ismaili ***** One of the dishes shortlisted in the recipe competition is prepared for the judges’ tasting. Photo: Joe Westaby Many people have their own recipes for tasty favourite dishes. Earlier this year, the Aga Khan Heath Board for the United Kingdom decided to capitalise on the cookery skills within the community and launch…

When it’s sunny, top up your vitamin D – The Ismaili

You may think you eat a good variety of foods, and that’s great for your health. But did you know that the best way to get vitamin D is to be out in the sunshine? When you expose your skin to the sun, your body makes vitamin D from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Most…

Healthy eating, West African style – The Ismaili

Okra and Fish Soup is a traditional dish from West Africa. Photo: Nazma Lakhani Eating well is a crucial part of a healthy lifestyle. Recent efforts by the United Kingdom Government have focused on raising awareness of diet-related risks among West African families through their Change4Life campaign. If you enjoy West African cuisine, here are…

Breakfast provides quick and easy fuel to start the day

Are you a breakfast king or a breakfast skipper? Just like it sounds “breakfast” is about breaking the fast! After a good night’s rest, your body needs fuel to kick-start the day. Everyone should make breakfast a habit, especially children. It provides energy throughout the day and improves your ability to concentrate. After a good…

Five ways to look after your heart…

Photo: sxc/lusi Whether it’s Valentine’s Day or not, looking after your heart is especially important for South Asians — particularly men — who are more at risk of heart disease than the wider population. However, there are many ways you can protect your heart whilst still enjoying delicious traditional home cooking. The Portfolio Diet, which…

Make healthy swaps – The Nutrition Centre

Making your diet healthier can feel like a huge task, but incorporating small changes in your everyday routine is easy. Try out these simple swaps that will help you achieve a better balance: Choose an unsaturated spread or swap in a reduced calorie mayonnaise instead of butter or ghee. If you spread butter on two…

Make the whole grain a part of your healthy lifestyle

Anatomy of a whole grain kernel. Drawing: US Department of Agriculture Once upon a time, buying a loaf of bread, a breakfast cereal, or a variety of pasta was quite straightforward — there wasn’t much of a choice. Today, there is a wide assortment of grain-based products, and a push to make the healthy choice…