Dubai-UAE: 01 May 2016
Beat Diabetes, the community-focused initiative by the region’s leading retail and hospitality conglomerate Landmark Group, has partnered with Dubai’s food enthusiasts - Nadia Parekh, founder of home-based catering company Mélange, and Nabih and Ghalia, home chefs and founders of Nabz&G – to create ‘Homey’s Guide to Healthy Ramadan Recipes’, a selection of 40 health-friendly recipes for the Holy Month of Ramadan. These recipes are available free-to-download on www.beatdiabetes.me.
The Holy Month of Ramadan is an important time when millions of people are likely to fast for up to 15 hours across the region. Eating balanced and healthy meals during this month is essential to ensure that while people are fasting, their sugar levels do not see unhealthy and irregular drops and highs. Following a diet that has a balance of whole grains, healthy greens and lean protein is vital during fasting.
Nisha Jagtiani, Director, Landmark Group said: “Our Beat Diabetes programme is focussed on motivating people to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Through our year-round initiatives we encourage the community to take three simple steps – Eat Healthy, Get Active and Take A Yearly Medical Test. These three pillars are the foundation for leading a healthy and well balanced life. The Ramadan Cookbook is a part of our various ongoing efforts to reach out to the community with healthy alternatives. We believe that by creating programs that are interesting, adoptable and can be weaved into their daily lives with ease and simplicity, we can help people change their way of life.”
Through the free-to-download cookbook - Homey’s Guide to Healthy Ramadan Recipes, the Beat Diabetes initiative is providing appealing alternatives for families to break their fast with. The cookbook has tips to recreate well-loved regional and international recipes with a healthy twist. The selection of recipes ranges from traditional Middle Eastern treats such as Mahashi Khodra and Tabat Tamir, repurposed in a contemporary style by culinary duo and raw food proponents Nabih and Ghalia, of Nabz&G to international delicacies such as Fish en Papillote and Vegan Quinoa Chili, created by Le Cordon Bleu trained chef Nadia Parekh of Melange Dubai. The chefs have creatively infused superfoods with familiar, comforting ingredients to offer a tasty surprise to foodies looking for nutritious, occasion-appropriate fare, using easy to recreate techniques.
Each dish has been assembled with attention to the need for a balanced approach to eating, styled beautifully using Home Centre’s Ramadan Collection. Médéric Payne, CEO of Home Centre, said “We are pleased to collaborate on this initiative that encourages the community to eat healthy. Our Ramadan collection gives customers a wide–range of stylised and designed products that work well with family – style Iftars. Together with the Beat Diabetes initiative, we wish to offer our customers a beautiful way to create a holistic and well-balanced Iftar during this holy month.”
Alongside the cookbook, the initiative will also share interesting recipe videos, tips for healthy fasting and run fun competitions to engage the community. All this will be available on the website www.beatdiabetes.me and across the initiative’s social media platforms: