RAMADAN ON A HEALTHY LOW BUDGET
By Okorite Joy Harry
It’s roughly two weeks into Ramadan and long necks, lean faces, weary looks and the rest of them have been right hand men to some persons.
Well,either you are in this category or you are part of those who would just want to know about a low healthy budget for the season or probably for some other reasons,just relax, this is for you!
Today on Whet Wednesday,on your tables are 5 healthy and low budget foods for the Ramadan period.
1.EGG SALAD-Eggs are such cheap,healthy and filling food so making them into a salad would be a great idea as you would be getting more filled and more healthy.
Here is the recipe:
1.5 cups salad greens (lettuce, arugula, spinach)
½ sweet bell pepper (any color–I had a mix)
½ medium tomato on the vine
½ baby cucumber
1 tbsp diced avocado (1/8 th of an avocado)
2 hard boiled eggs, diced
1 oz fresh mozzarella cheese, cubed
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp crushed thyme
salt and pepper to taste
Combine the salad greens, bell peppers, tomato, cucumber, avocado, chopped eggs, and mozzarella cheese in a large bowl. Toss with olive oil. Season with thyme, salt, and pepper
2.EGGS AND AVOCADO-Combine a hard boiled egg with avocado also known as pear for a healthy and filling effect.
Slice eggs and avocado on a saucer and enjoy with a chilled fruit juice if you want.
3.GREEN FRUIT SMOOTHIES– smoothies are definitely one of the easiest drinks to make financially and physically. So, green fruit smoothie wouldn’t be much of a stress too as you only need your fresh fruits like green grapes, kiwi etc together with your plain yoghurt.
4.DATE NUTS BARS-Dates are said to be common Ramadan food because the Prophet Muhammad also ate them.
These cheap and healthy snack can also be made into a nut bar!
See recipe below:
Preparation time:15 mins
1 package pressed dates, or 13 ounces pitted Medjool dates
⅓ c almond butter
½ c slivered almonds
2 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp vanilla extract
Place all ingredients in a medium bowl.
With your hand, knead to combine and form a ball. You may use food-grade gloves.
Rip a good size wax paper (about 2 feet long) and place on your counter top. Place the dough on one side, cover with wax paper, and flatten with a rolling pin until it reaches a thickness of ¾ inch.
Using your hands or a knife, form a rectangle–to simplify the cutting process
Cut into 10 pieces and enjoy.
To store in your fridge, wrap each bar with plastic paper tightly. Store in your fridge for a week–that’s if they’re not eaten already by the first day!
5.SWEET POTATO FRIES AND SAUCE OR KETCHUP-Well if you are like me, this should be great news but then if you aren’t then replace your sweet potato with Irish potato. In any ways,serve your fried potato with a ketchup or sauce garnished probably with fish.
HAPPY RAMADAN! and don’t forget to STAY HEALTHY!