Carob Molasses?? Debs el Kharoub!!

Carob and Carob molasses have shown to lower blood cholesterol (total cholesterol and LDL, the bad one), lower blood sugar, act as an antioxidant and improve digestion and that is all due to the high amounts of compounds named lignin, inisitol and other polyphenols.

Carob is rich in Vitamin A, B vitamins, Calcium, Potassium, Iron and healthy fibers and proteins. It’s also correlated with a positive effect on gums and teeth; where they recommend infants to chew the carob pod before teeth appear.

In many cultures it is used as a type of remedy, for example, some carob molasses melted in water for digestive discomfort. Due to its beneficial effects on the digestive system, it is recommended for kids with diarrheal; usually given with fruit juices, because it has the ability to bind liquids and enhances their absorption decreasing diarrheal symptoms; yet on the other hand it has been also correlated with constipation. Thus, depending on the case and the individual, carob and carob molasses can either help with diarrhea or constipation.

Due to the increase interest in health, carob has been highly studied as a chocolate replacement especially for diabetic products. Check out this traditional sweet, made by using carob molasses instead of sugar. All natural and suits vegetarians: Sfouf b Debs.

W Alf Sa7tein!!

The Manoushe…

The Manoushe is a traditional Lebanese pie; initially know as the Thym Pie.

It’s a traditional street on-the-go food found everywhere and on all streets of Lebanon. It’s usually eaten on breakfast.

The Manoushe has evolved over the years. It’s now made with different ingredients and flavours. Flavours include: Lebanese Thym, Cheese, Kishik, Spinach, Lahm b Ajeen (Meat), Eggs, Awarma, kafta etc.

Those flavours evolved to include a mix of cheese & thym, cheese & tomato sauce, thym & labneh, thyme & hot pepper paste, shanklish, Bulgarian cheese, Feta Cheese, kishik with awarma, Kishik with walnuts, purslane, eggs with awarma, awarma with labneh, kafta & Cheese, kafta & Hommos, soujouk, soujouk with eggs etc…

All those combinations developed with the development of consumer preferences; some people prefer it plain, others with extra spices, extra lemon, cocktail etc…

It has been also transformed into a dessert pie, with chocolate, halawe, sesame and butter, honey and their combinations with fruits such as bananas or dried fruits and nuts…

Caution:

If we consider a regular thym manoushe of around 150g (the dough); that means the dough alone is around 5 exchanges of carbohydrates, which is equivalent to 2.5 loafs of medium sized Lebanese bread. Thus, if you eat a manoushe you’ll be consuming most or all your carbohydrates (of course depending on each individual daily intake requirements) in a single meal, not taking into consideration the stuffing yet.

That being said, if you have the choice to chose between two manoushes of the SAME size (diameter) and the same type; yet one is of a thinner version (made of less dough) go for the thinner one…

We Express in This Way…

People have different ways of expressing feelings, desires, wants… feelings of love, hate, happiness, gratefulness and much more…

Some people draw, others dance, sing, write or create a piece of art…

Yet, we express in this way…

We Hate in this way…

We Laugh in this way…

We Love in this way…

We Hug in this way…

And we Thank in that way…

Our big thank you goes today to our dear friend “Yellow Lemon”…

You flavoured our lives with this exceptional sourness and enriched our minds with such healthy evergreen thoughts; boosting our immunity and making us strong enough to withstand those icy freezing situations we cross by…

“Yellow Lemon” Thank you for zesting up our lives…

Dear all stay tuned to our upcoming posts. Share your thoughts, ideas, and state all your questions on anything related to food: Dieting, Nutrition, Health & Cooking…

We will be there waiting…

Children… Eczema… and Diet

Yesterday night I received an email from “Eggplant”…

“Eggplant”

Dear Blue Strawberry…
Hope this email finds you well…
I have two children and they both have eczema…
Do you have any food/nutrition recommendations related to eczema???
I’m a bit worried…

“Blue Strawberry”

Well… first I need to know if your children have any food allergies… however for now it’s good to know that…

Most children with eczema do not have any reactions to food. Though, in some children, food allergies
may prompt some skin reactions.

The diet for eczema varies depending on the sensitivity of the child towards certain foods.
For example, milk may prompt eczema in some children, while it is safe for other children.
Thus, the diets vary from one child to another.

For me to plan a food related eczema diet, the first important step, is to identify the type
of foods that might affect the eczema.

I’ll give you a list of items that MIGHT trigger some reactions:

Milk and dairy product: Milk, cheeses, yogurt, chocolate that contains cow’s milk…
Wheat based products and cereals: Bread, crackers, donuts, pancakes, barley, oats and rye…
Nuts: Peanuts, walnuts, cashews, hazelnuts and pistachios…
Seafood: Shellfish, salmon, tuna, lobster, mussels, crabs…
Acidic fruits: Orange, lemon, strawberries, plumps, blueberries, prunes and tomatoes…
Eggs and soy products
Food colorings and food additives: Sodium benzoate, glutamate, tartrazine…

I can’t surely detect what is relevant to your children; nevertheless I insist that you get back
to your children doctor… and upon the doctor’s prescriptions, tests etc… we can move forward to the next step…

Mommy’s Homemade Valentine Cake…

As my friend “The Gruen Fairy*” says… Nobody dies from lack of sex. It is lack of love we die from….

Life is short and time just flies away…

So let’s use those ticking seconds by sharing our love with all our loved ones, friends, and family… on “St. Valentine Day”…with a homemade luscious “Strawberry Chocolate Cake”…

A heart made of an amazing smooth chocolate and strawberry blend… with a mouth melting sensation…
Topped with red loving strawberries and embraced with crunchy stuffed chocolate fingers…

Isn’t it just delicious…..

*http://www.thegruenfairy.blogspot.com/

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