Egyptian celebrity chef Mirette Aly’s six healthy living tips

Updated 11 April 2018
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Egyptian celebrity chef Mirette Aly’s six healthy living tips

DUBAI: The Egyptian celebrity chef, co-founder and culinary director of The Lemon Tree & Co., and co-presenter of MBC’s twice-weekly lifestyle show “Hamsa,” believes that “what we consume has the power to shape our days, weeks, and lives.” Here she offers six tips that, she says, “will surely guarantee a more relaxed and a well-balanced system” and provide “power from within.”

Good-Morning Ritual
Drink at least 500ml of room temperature water within the first hour after waking up, followed by a stimulating anti-bacterial-detox drink made from one teaspoon of turmeric powder, two slices of fresh ginger, one cinnamon stick, one teaspoon of raw organic honey, a pinch of chili powder, and two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Add all that to a cup of boiling water and sip away to get rid of any accumulated toxins.

You’ve Got the Power
Assuming you work out in the morning, I would strongly suggest that you have three raw dates. Or — even better — three power balls; a snack consisting of dates paired with raw nuts and coconut flakes that’s the perfect fuel for that killer morning workout.

Recover and Reboot
While your body is still on a happy-hormone flow release, grab a quick carb recovery meal that contains quinoa, or another ‘good’ grain, vegetables, and/or eggs. This should be a light enough meal to keep you going without making you sleepy.

Stay Hydrated
Yes, drinking water can be dull, but you need to do it, especially in the heat of a GCC summer. I’ll add a couple of slices of oranges, lemons, fresh ginger and mint leaves to my water jug, just to keep me from getting bored.

Snack Healthy
Don’t be tempted to go for chocolate or junk food when you’re peckish. Instead, choose a handful of raw organic nuts and dried fruits, or vegetable crudités paired with your favorite dip (mine is smoked eggplant), or you could go for even a healthy smoothie that satisfies your taste buds and keeps your system going.

Reward Yourself
If you’ve managed to stick to this healthy routine, you deserve a great last meal of the day, whether that’s a late lunch or an (early-evening) dinner. Load up on carbs, vegetables and protein, complete with a bit of good healthy fat (avocados are a great example). A few ideas for a delicious healthy meal: Grilled salmon and a wholegrain bowl with avocado; a roasted half-chicken in coconut curry with wild brown rice; or grilled vegetables with roast turkey breast and rehydrated cranberry sauce.


Australia offers reward amid mystery strawberry needle scare

wholesale prices had fallen by half to 50 Australian cents per punnet, below the cost of production. (Supplied)
Updated 17 September 2018
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Australia offers reward amid mystery strawberry needle scare

  • Several brands grown in Queensland have been withdrawn from supermarkets, and there have been multiple reports of other cases in the states of New South Wales and Victoria

SYDNEY: An Australian state has offered a large reward for information after sewing needles were found in strawberries sold in supermarkets, in what the federal health minister described as a “vicious crime.”
The issue came to light last week when a man was taken to hospital with stomach pains after eating the fresh produce bought at a supermarket in Queensland state.
Since then, people have posted on social media photos of other strawberries with small metal pins stuck into them.
Several brands grown in Queensland have been withdrawn from supermarkets, and there have been multiple reports of other cases in the states of New South Wales and Victoria.
“Whoever is behind this is not just putting families at risk across Queensland and the rest of Australia — they are putting an entire industry at risk,” Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Saturday.
Her government is offering a Aus$100,000 ($71,500) reward for any information that leads to the capture and conviction of those responsible.
“I would urge anyone with information that may be relevant to this incident in any way to contact police as soon as possible,” she added.
Queensland Police told national broadcaster ABC the contamination of the strawberries — usually sold in small plastic boxes called punnets — was done “obviously to injure somebody.”
They have yet to reveal possible motives but the Queensland Strawberry Growers Association said a disgruntled former worker might be responsible.
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said Sunday he had ordered the national food safety watchdog to assess the handling of the cases, calling the sabotage a “very vicious crime.”
The Queensland strawberry industry is valued at about Aus$160 million ($114 million). The ABC said Saturday wholesale prices had fallen by half to 50 Australian cents per punnet, below the cost of production.
Consumers have been urged to cut up their strawberries before eating.