In Love With The Aloha State

One of the perks of homeschooling is that you own your time. You can plan whatever you want, whenever you want, and the way you want it. Our calendar is pretty much what we make of it. Our travel schedule is planned on a whim, and I must say I am so very grateful for this. As all homeschoolers know, traveling is the greatest way for kids to learn, explore, and know more about the big world that is waiting for them when they grow up. Traveling for kids is an invitation to fully immerse themselves in different cultures, traditions, and lifestyles. They learn more about geography, money, geology, history and so much more.

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With the beginning of spring, Adam and I, packed our bags and we got ready to set sail for Hawaii. We have been putting off this trip for about two years, due to the extremely long flights: One to NYC, about 14 hours long, and another one to Honolulu with another 11hours of flying, which is not really a wise decision if you have kids.  With a push from our dear friends who live in Hawaii, we finally decided to dive in and hope for the best.

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My friend Lisa, and her boy William are some of our very best friends, from over 4 years ago, when they also lived here in Bahrain. We had the best adventures and the most awesome friendship. During the years they spent in Bahrain, we explored all the hidden gems our island had to offer, we traveled together to Seychelles, and had one of our best trips, we stayed in touch even though we were across the globe from each other. So visiting them in Hawaii was the next step.

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Even though we split the journey and stayed in NYC for a couple of weeks in between, to visit the family, it was still a really long trip. So when we finally sat foot in Honolulu, we were beyond relieved!

Hawaii… Where should I start from? The Aloha state is more than what I had ever expected! From the minute we landed and breathed the clean pure air, my eyes grew wider, to suck in the beauty of the place, and my lungs doubled in size to soak up the clean and fresh air around me.

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We spent about 4 weeks in Hawaii, every day we did something new and exciting (sometimes 2 and 3 wonderful things), yet my friend Lisa says there was so much more to do, see, and enjoy in the Islands of love.

Every morning we would wake up to the birds chirping, the sound of the water trickling, the tree leaves swaying, and to the brightest colors all around us. Every day we would wake up, my son and I, with a smile ready to fall in love even deeper with the place!

We were very lucky to have -hands down- the BEST guide EVER! My friend Lisa, made sure to take us to every wonderful corner she thought we might be interested in. She always made sure to line up many choices for every single day, for us to choose from. She also took advantage of each trip we took, to explore all the nearby gems, and came up with a whole itinerary, each and every time, this way we miss nothing, so yeah my friend is better than yours haha!

Our first day, we started with an easy trip to the library, since we were still tired from the flight, and also because it was the weekend.

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There was a Dr.Seuss hip hop musical show, with Mr.Kneel (an award winning Hip Hop musician and educator, and a fabulous entertainer). He had the attention of a room full of kids, of different ages, for 2 whole hours!  The show was definitely a hit! Adam got to go up with him, and do a little duo together. The library and the show were obviously FREE (Yup something we really miss in Bahrain!). The library also holds a tiny-tots meet-up every Tuesday and Friday, with fantastic activities for the kids… and yes for FREE too! One of the things I adored about Hawaii, is how much they love and appreciate kids. There are tons of activities for kids, planned by the community centers, and the volunteers. Children enjoy a wide range of events specially tailored for them, and parents don’t have to pay an arm and a leg for that, I wish I could say the same about Bahrain.

After making sure we were well rested, we meant business! In the course of the next weeks we kept very very busy.

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The weather was so lovely, sunny with a sweet breeze, and wherever you turn your head you would either see the sea, the mountains, or the green grass. The kids were so easily entertained by just letting them run around, play with rocks and grass, climbing trees…etc. It was a pure joy!

We kicked the week off with a trip to the Tropical Farms of macadamia nut. They show you how to crack open a Macadamia nut, which the kids enjoyed doing for a very long time- We got to taste (and buy) all the wonderful flavored macadamia nuts made in the farm- from the roasted and salted, to the onion and dill, and the cinnamon glazed ones! All so yummy! –  I also had the pleasure to taste a very tasty macadamia nut flavored coffee (Thank you Lisa for the recommendation). To end the visit, we took a bus tour, where a wonderful gentleman explained to us how life was before in Hawaii, how they made fire, milk out of coconuts, and how they sang and danced. He also showed us around the farm and explained how they did all the hard work to get such awesome macadamia nuts!

Next was the Green World Coffee Farm! You can see the pattern here haha, I love farms!  The coffee farm wasn’t as big as the Macadamia one, but full of treasures! I loved their coffee and the kids loved playing with the chickens and roosters, while running around the farm.

We couldn’t visit Hawaii and not go to the Dole Pineapple plantation! It is a huge farm and it took us the whole day to finish it! So much to do and see. All the pineapples around and all the fun activities for the kids. We rode a train, that took us all around the farm explaining how the pineapples were planted, and the kids loved everything about it!

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The thing about Hawaii is that even if you just go around the neighborhood, you would still have a fabulous time. The scenery, the clean and fresh air, the chilled but warm and welcoming people, all make you feel like you are in paradise, stress free and so very relaxed.

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We enjoyed all the hikes we took and the kids did so well. I was warned against mosquitos, but luckily we made it with only a couple of bites ;). We also managed to get a fabulous tan!

The beaches were so gorgeous and peaceful. The water so blue and warm. Truly heaven on earth! Our favorite was “Baby Makapuu” beach, very calm with protected tide pools, with sandy bottoms that the kids loved to splash in. it was more like a pool than a beach.

 

I obviously can not finish all what I have to say about Hawaii in ONE blog post. So I will talk more about the other places we visited and loved as well as the restaurants/ coffee shops we enjoyed the most! Stay Tuned..!

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My son and I fell head over bare feet in love with every aspect of this magical place. We were truly blessed with the kindness of our friends, and all their efforts to make us enjoy our trip and create wonderful memories together that we will cherish forever. So Thankful and blessed!

 

ALOHA!!

 

Ouiam

 

 

A Zero-Waste Life In Bahrain

 

First of all, let me tell you that the term: “Zero Waste”, is a major misconception. We can never reach the “Zero Waste” lifestyle, simply because we are not fully equipped to cater to this radical change. In Bahrain, we struggle to find the minimum infrastructure to be able to produce less waste, from proper recycling methods, to environmental awareness, to the availability of sustainable, eco-friendly stores and brands. It is almost impossible to enjoy a waste free life in Bahrain. With that being said, it doesn’t mean we should just sit, cross our arms and watch our planet die, absolutely not! We still can do so much. We can live a “Low waste” lifestyle, and every single step we make towards that direction, is a big and rewarding one.

If you try to make a big life change happen immediately, chances are it won’t stick, let alone a huge, challenging one that requires a lot of hard work, like living a life where we produce less and less waste. The key is to start, anywhere, and with anything, but to just START. Starting with simple small steps, and being aware of the crazy amounts of waste we produce each and every day.

What I found to be very helpful is to start with one part of the house, and make the changes needed for it to be minimal, and with less trash, then move to anther area, and so on, until you are done. I, for example, started with my bathroom. After making sure to get rid of all the nasty chemicals, and replace them with natural substances, my goal was to keep track of my waste, maximize the use of eco-friendly products, and minimize the single-use items. I must say this wasn’t easy, as there is nothing easier than throwing what’s dirty instead of washing and drying and folding …etc.

The hardest part was to get rid of the shampoo, it took months, to finally let go of it, and use The “Ghassoul” –a Moroccan type of mud, used by grandmothers to wash their hair, and their skin. Let’s be honest, it is much easier to wash your hair whenever you feel like it (the less you wash it, the better), apply few drops of shampoo, wash, rinse and voila, as opposed to first wetting the mud, mixing it, applying it thoroughly, no foam or what so ever, just tiny pieces of mud all over your hair, which will take you at least a whole 5 minutes to rinse. However, the results are absolutely worth it.

I abandoned the shower gel, for the Moroccan natural soap, made out of extra virgin olive oil, which has no fragrance at all, no peach, no cherries, no lavender nothing haha, but definitely so much better for your skin.

For the deodorant, I made my own very easy mix, some arrowroot flour, coconut oil, shea butter, and essential oils of your choice for a nice fragrance, and voila! Easy, cheap, healthy and chemicals-free.

I also posted here, about my DIY loose powder, and the recipe. Few of my friends were very skeptical, because it contains turmeric, and they thought it might stain their clothes, and their faces in case it rains (not sure how this will happen but …!!). I had been using it for over 6 months now and I LOVE it. I would love to reassure everyone who asked: In case of an abundant rain storm, your face will remain unstained ;). When you use the powder you will notice that only tiny particles of the ingredients make it to your brush, and they are very well mixed together, therefore it will act just like a normal powder, except this one is clean, safe and it smells fantastic!

After a long debate with myself, I finally decided to give the clothes pads a try. As most of you, washing and drying isn’t my favorite thing to do, however, I must say it was the best decision EVER! Cleaner, more organic, and definitely eco-friendly, and zero waste!

Replacing the wipes to remove my makeup, was NOT an easy task. What usually takes a minute, now takes a little more, BUT, I now know that there are NO chemicals on my face, instead I use Argan oil- the best of the best, from Morocco- with little towelettes made from a bigger towel I had. My skin is smooth and clean and my bin is empty 😉

Tooth paste and tooth brush: Switching to bamboo for myself and my family was the best choice. Again, I did NOT buy extra toothbrushes while I was still using my plastic ones, no! I ONLY bought them when we were done with the old ones. Being Low waste (and aiming for a zero waste lifestyle) is all about using what you have and avoiding unnecessary purchases). For the tooth paste, I switched to tablets, which I bought when I was in the USA last month.

When I run out, I am planning to make my own using:

½ cup coconut oil

2 tbsp baking soda

Peppermint Essential oil

 

This bathroom detoxification didn’t happen overnight, it happened in the course of weeks, if not months. But it was definitely worth it. While it is not a huge deal, and I will never be able to cram my waste for 3 years in a small glass jar, it is still a step forward, and this is how I started cleaning, minimalizing my home and making it eco-friendly and low waste. Starting with the bathroom gave me the chance to focus on one thing at a time, doing a proper research on eco-friendly brands, alternatives, and DIYs that I previously thought less of, of thought it was the hardest thing to make/do.

My next stop was the kitchen! You will always have to remember that the aim is to make use of the things you already own, and to buy less and less products. In my next post I will explain how I handled the process of making my kitchen a low waste space. Stay tuned!!

 

Ouiam

 

 

Healthy Habits, for your Ramadan this Year.

 

As the summer heat slowly creeps into the island, with it comes the holiest, and the most celebrated month in the Muslim world: Ramadan! It is a month when all Muslims around the world fast from sunrise to sunset. Yes, no food no water until we hear the Adhan of Al Maghrib prayer (The call for the evening prayer, which is right at sunset).

Ramadan is also more about self control and abstaining from what the body desires, and turning into feeding the soul with what brings us closer to God. Mainly Ramadan if done properly, will help to purify Muslims souls and serve as a reminder on how one should be all year round.

For 29 or 30 days, Muslims around the world, skip breakfast, lunch, while they enjoy a huge meal at sunset called Iftar (Breakfast), then they only have about 8 to 9 hours, when they can eat as they please just to get back into the fasting mode with the next sunrise. The question most people have is: How to make the most of the few hours of eating you are allowed to have each night? Some people make sure to fill in every inch of their stomachs, and believe it or not, some may even end up in the hospital, because they have eaten way more than what they need, or what they can handle! As most Muslims practice self-control during the day, at night time (which is when the body usually goes into a slower mode), they go crazy! Understandable yes, healthy? Absolutely not!

To have a healthy, and happy Ramadan, most nutritionists recommend the following:

  • Take it easy at Iftar.

Braking fast is one of the most important meals in Ramadan, not only because that’s when you can finally eat, but also because the body has been in a slow mode, and has been resting for hours, so it is important to take it very easy and not shock the body with a huge meal. The Prophet Mohammed (SAW), actually advised to fill a third of our stomachs with food, a third with water, and leave the third empty.

  • Dates First.

Most Muslims already do this and it is great because dates are a potassium dense food, which aids in hydration and restores electrolyte balance. Water is a great addition too, because it is balanced in macronutrients, and the combination of dates and water is perfect for restoring energy. It is highly recommended to take a little break after the dates, before indulging in other foods.

  • Snacking:

It is recommended to eat at least two small snacks between breaking fast and the last meal before going to sleep. Since the window of eating is very tiny, it is better to focus on faster digesting food, such as:

– Proteins with high absorption factors, like egg whites, fish, skinless chicken, and whey protein.

-Nutritious carbohydrates such as fruits and whole grains.

-Good fats such as avocadoes, nuts, and seeds.

  • The last meal.

Also called “Suhour”, should be properly balanced, and should help maximize energy for the next day.

It should include items high in complex carbohydrates, fiber, slower digesting protein (such as the casein in Greek Yogurt), and good fats. This is ideal to slow gastric emptying too.

  • Refrain from trans-fats and refined sugars.

It is very common for Muslims to have lots of fried or sweet food for Iftar, which is not a great idea, as these types of food will be driving your hunger. In addition to spiking your insulin (Which is a horrible way to wake up the body from its sleep), they activate the pleasure and reward centers of the brain, and make us feel good, so obviously we end up eating more and more, just to wake up the next day STARVING!

Ramadan is a great way to cleanse your lifestyle, from feeding the body the right nutritious food, to feeding the soul with what matters the most to you!

 

Ramadan Kareem!

5 Better Ways to Procrastinate with Netflix

 

 

You aren’t part of the mom club if you don’t cram your life solemnly into the hour and a half (or maybe two) after your child goes to bed. You plan on how to spend that precious time meticulously. You can fold the laundry, you can prepare the kids’ lunch boxes, you can be extra efficient and cook next day’s dinner, or you can always plan to watch an episode of your favourite series. However when the time comes, you let yourself go on the sofa, scroll aimlessly on Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp, then back again to Instagram. The TV is on and even if your eyes are wide open and your gaze is fixed on the screen, you still have no clue what’s going on! What you need is something that will shamelessly catch your attention and help you get away from the hectic life, the endless planning, and the never-ending chores.

 

I hardly watch TV, but some days I just feel the need to collapse on the sofa, and watch something that will take my mind off everything! So I made this list of series to watch on Netflix and thought I should share!

 

You: I heard many people talk about it, so I decided to look it up. The first thing I found was: “You, is a trashy thriller you won’t be able to stop watching” now that is a catchy line! Adapted by a book with the same name written by Caroline Kepnes. A story about a bookstore manager who is fascinated by a girl, soon this fascination turns into obsession. Nothing stops him, and he is willing to do anything to secure the future he envisions with his girl.

 

Sinner: A drama that starts with a woman (Jessica Biel), inexplicably attacking a stranger on the beach. The series keeps viewers guessing, with a twisty story that constantly surprises but holds together all the way to the end. Jessica Biel and Bill Pullman are both terrific as broken people trying to find a way out.

 

Blacklist: One of my personal favorites (The only one I had watched). A new FB profiler, Elizabeth keen, has her entire life uprooted when a mysterious criminal, Raymond Reddington, who has eluded capture for decades, turns himself in, and insists on speaking only to her. While he has his own agenda, Raymond collaborates with the FBI in solving the weirdest, most ravaging crimes.

 

Outlander: Adapted from the novels by Diana Gabaldon. The Series Outlander is many things. A time-travelling historical romance, fantasy-sci-fi-historical-fiction aimed at women. It is a love story. It is a story of rebellion in an occupied country – Scotland in 1743. Apart from being a romance and a thriller, it lends itself to extensive, intense study of its layers of meaning about women, and power.

 

 

The crown: The rise of Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) is chronicled from her wedding to Prince Phillip (Matt Smith) in 1947 to present day in the series planned to air over six seasons. The show, created and written by Peter Morgan of “The Queen” and “Frost/Nixon,” is thoroughly engaging, gorgeously shot, beautifully acted, rich in the historical events of postwar England, and designed with a sharp eye to psychological nuance.

 

Do let me know if you have watched any of these, and what you think of them! And if you haven’t, Well I hope you enjoy them while you procrastinate the 100 other things you also have to do 🙂

 

 

With much love.. Ouiam!

 

 

 

 

“We Will Be There”

 

 

“We will be there!” I have never thought deeply about these 4 words, ever before! Until today! Sitting here, watching my son at his swimming class, lost in the background noise: Instructors shouting commends, kids cheering, and of course the echo of an indoor pool. Too lazy to pick up my kindle and read, I start thinking…. You know that thing all moms do, just let their brain wonder, while sitting quietly, enjoying not being pulled, touched, yelled at, or even talked to, without really thinking of anything specific… just thinking… and that’s when it hit me! I have an “I will be there group!”!

You see, I have been planning my son’s FIFTH Birthday party- It is a huge deal for my son -and us, his parents- and I have no idea how did we even get here, so fast! Part of the planning is inviting the chosen ones, who would be spending a couple of hours with Adam, having fun – hopefully-, playing, laughing, and eating cake (which is what birthdays are all about!). This year Adam had a big list of the friends he wanted to invite, and so I obliged. I wrote a message, copied it, pasted it, 25 times, for each friend’s mom, pressed sent… and … waited! I sent the messages and I started staring at my phone. At the huge list of people that I have now, right in front of my eyes, and……. I waited. I saw few “typing” (If you use WhatsApp you will know what I mean, if you don’t then what planet do you live in?).

8 out of 25 people, started writing their reply, just few seconds after I had sent the message, and few seconds later I had a reply : “ WE WILL BE THERE!”

These people didn’t wait to check their schedule, they didn’t wait to check with their hubbies, they didn’t wait to confirm with their families… they just read my invite and said: “We will be there”!

I know this must sound silly and even stupid, but I had tears in my eyes, and as I thought about it more and more, I realized that when these exact 8 special people have texted me to invite us for their kids’ special day, I had replied in few seconds saying those exact same words: “We will be there”!

Even though we don’t see some of those 8 precious people very often, but we all make this tight circle called: “ We will be there”, we know that no matter what “We will be there”. Life can get busy and hectic and we can easily get lost in all the things we all have to do, but knowing that I have a group that will always be there, without taking time to even blink or think makes my heart swell with joy!

I am not saying that the rest of those 25 people aren’t as important. No far from that, they are still showing up, and coming to spend their precious time with me and my family, on my son’s special day. They are showing us love and appreciation and we are so grateful for that.  I get how busy life can be with little ones. Between football practice, swimming classes, art classes, and all kind of activities, mothers (and I am one of them) can’t plan a thing without getting back to their calendars, and checking how and when they are available. I get it, this is life with kids, we can’t do much about it. We, parents, just understand, we know how it is!

This wasn’t my first time inviting people to one of Adam’s birthdays (he had FOUR of them already!), but I guess this is the the time that the meaning of “we will be there” really resonated with me! Such a strong and powerful sentence, that you should consider yourself very lucky if you have ever heard it –or read it!

 

 

Ouiam

 

Here is Why You Should Stop Assuming That Every Homeschooler is An Anti-social!

 

As I try o smile and nod and make small talk and hope after every answer that I have finally convinced the hairdresser that I really am not interested in sharing the story of my life, I get hit hardly by yet another question! I tell you some people do more than justice to the art of resilience and persistence! So then of course the most common question follows: Do you have kids? And as I answer giving all the details, hoping that this will be the end of it, another question hits me in the face like the cold air: “Is your son sick? Is that why you homeschool?” I had no idea how to answer that, I couldn’t understand how someone in the 21stcentury could be so blatant, insensitive, and just plain nosy! So I answer with the only sentence that could make its way out of my mouth: “No, we are just weird”. I then proceed to putting my earphones pretending to be listening to something on my phone as a last effort to make the person handling my hair STOP TALKING!

 

As a homeschooler, we get tons of questions all the time, and I usually welcome them and make sure I answer them thoroughly and with all the details/info that I can give, because I believe that people are genuinely asking, because the whole concept is so new, specially here in the middle east, and because we are not used to see other people say NO to the system. We are used to do as we are told, and to follow rules and regulations, without even questioning them. One of the main questions that we get is:

 

“Aren’t you afraid that he won’t be social enough?”

 

If you are close enough and you do know my little sunshine, then you sure know that he is a walking chatterbox, who makes friends as he breathes. His social life is much better than mine and his dad’s, both combined. He loves interacting with everyone from the cashier at the supermarket, to the little kid sitting alone in playground, to the parents of his own friends.

If you are not that close and you don’t know my son, here are some facts for you:

 

Children are already competent social beings; they have the extreme ability to adapt and coexist, something that most adults lack as they grow older.

 

Children are not exactly some sort of adults-in-training, they are however somewhere between being and becoming. Being a child who is actively constructing their childhood, and becoming an adult as an end result.

 

If we can see children as the competent and complex human beings that they really are, we can begin to see their behavior beyond the polarity of positive and negative. We can begin to see the nuances of who they are, what kind of personality they have? Character? … etc.

 

Everyone is born with a predisposition toward a personality type. Extroverts are energized by interacting with others and the world around them, while introverts are drained by too much interaction, especially with a big group, and prefer to be with people they know well. Although all kids display traits of both types, they innately prefer one style over the other-This book is great if you want to know more about the extroverted and introverted types: Quiet by Susan Cain– so whether they go to school or not, they are who they are.

 

The other thing that I need to clarify here is that homeschoolers DO GET OUT OF THEIR HOMES. We do not hibernate as we homeschool. There are tons of activities that homeschoolers around the world plan, choose, and arrange for their children, depending on WHO their child is, what do they like and dislike and not just depending on a super old system called “school”.

 

There are homeschooling communities all around the world; and we have a great one here in Bahrain. We plan classes together, take turns in hosting and preparing lessons, we plan field trips, sports days, book clubs and many many different activities. The other advantage that we have is that kids mingle with all age groups, and instead of learning how to communicate with only their peers, they actually get the exposure they need to prepare them for the real world.

So please the next time you want to ask “How about his social life”, reconsider your question, and instead ask about what kind of activities, curriculum, adventures we do/have, to really know more about the homeschooling life.

 

On behalf of the homeschoolers of the world, I send you wild and free thoughts, with much love!

 

 

Ouiam

Tis The Season… To Eat Healthy!

 

Tis the season of blessings, joy, and love… and let’s not forget the good food too! Delicious meals, tasty cookies and cakes, great brunches, and dinners…. and just like that, the next time you will hop on that scale, you will not like what you will see! No need to worry! Myself and Live &Taste have got your back! It is absolutely doable to indulge in the deliciousness of this season while being conscious, aware, and kind to your body. Live & Taste, is the union of two beautiful women, who made the relationship between healthy and delicious possible! I have tried some of their goodies and I have loved them! So I have decided to meet up with them, dig a little deeper and offer you all what you need to know!

 

So before we get to Live & Taste, can you please tell us about yourselves? Who are you? Where are you from? What did you do before?

I’m Laetitia. I was born and brought up in Belgium. I went to law school, to pursue a career as a solicitor. I was partner in a law firm for few years.

I’m Theresa. I was born in Germany, and I grew up between Germany and France. I have a marketing degree and I was a marketing manager in a big travel company.

How was the idea for Live & Taste created? And why the name: Live & Taste (I see what you did with the initials, genius!)

Few years ago, we moved to Bahrain, having the chance to have a career break, and focus on our families. Being in Bahrain gave us the incredible opportunity to meet and become best friends. We started to do a lot of sports to get back in shape, after our respective pregnancies. Naturally, we quickly realized the huge importance of eating well. So, we slowly adopted a fully plant-based diet that was surprisingly appealing and tasty. It was a wake-up call. Then, because people were regularly asking us about healthy tips and recipes and because we love cooking, it was natural to create our blog Live and Taste and to publish healthy recipes!

The name “Live & Taste” was a nod to our first names, you’re right, Laetitia & Theresa!! The idea was: Live happily by tasting great healthy food.

What is Live & Taste?

Live and Taste is a food blog where we publish regularly plant-based (mainly) and healthy recipes. We try as much as we can to publish easy and quick recipes for weekdays and for busy mummies. Our philosophy is based on whole food, unprocessed food, superfood, raw food, refined sugar free, gluten free (mostly) or a limited amount of dairy.

Live and Taste reflects our vegan and healthy lifestyle. It’s a great place for inspiration & motivation for a balanced diet (and we use it as our own cookbook too !).

How do you come up with your recipes? From recipe books, or do you just try random things in your own kitchen?

We have a ton of cooking books and we are continuously looking for inspiration. We have the chance to travel a lot (being in Bahrain helps as we are close to so many beautiful countries) and it gives us a kick of inspiration for new recipes. We like to recreate classic recipes, with veganism and health in mind. We like to find inspiration through other food blogs too.

How do you manage to make beautiful healthy food, that also tastes so good?

The goodness is mostly coming from the combination of flavors, the creaminess (with a healthy sauce that we’ve added), a splash of nut butter on top of a smoothie bowl, a lot of herbs when you roast your veggies, roasted nuts on top of your salads (because sometimes you need something crunchy) etc.…and through the years, we’ve learned a lot about all those vegan ingredients.

Trust us, the way we eat bursts in flavor! And, we love to arrange beautiful pictures for our followers, that’s a big part of our job as food bloggers.

Do you cater for parties and gatherings?

We did few events and Pop up to inspire people to cook our recipes at home. It was a real success and we still do it sporadically. Unfortunately, we have less time right now to do it, as we need to focus first on the media (and to balance work and home).

 Do your kids eat the healthy food you make? If Yes, how do you convince them to even try it? and do you have any tips for other moms on that?

Definitely, they do. The 4 of them have different interests in healthy food but they start to be aware of healthy cooking (and can make a difference with junk food). We would say that to convince kids to try it out, we let them play in the kitchen (in a safe environment), we let them cook with us and let them try the food straight away from the oven tray for example. A great recipe you could try out with them, is our famous “Raw Truffles” (Recipe mentioned below). They can put all the ingredients in a blender, you blend and then, you let them roll the truffles ! For sure, it’s a process you need to repeat: introduce new food several times or hide it at the beginning AND keep it up. They will feel interested in healthy food, if you show them your interest into it!

What are your favorites dishes to make?

 Do we have to pick just one?? Plenty of recipes actually!

In this Christmas season, we would recommend a delicious “hot cinnamon chocolate” (Recipe mentioned below).

You’ll have to mix together 4 cups of almond mylk, 30 gr of dark chocolate (we love the local brand, organic dark chocolate) and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and heat it up. It’s a comfy and healthy beverage, that we love to drink while the weather is a bit chilly!

 Where do you see yourself and your business 5 years from now?

We had no idea how long we would eat this way (plant-based diet) but now it’s more than 6 years and we have so much more energy, our skin looks brighter and we feel both more positive. So, we will keep up posting healthy recipes, because we love it. We would like to hit the Pinterest market too, increase our blog traffic, make food videos and maybe, we might create a recipe book. Who knows…

What would you tell women and moms reading this post about healthy living, and if you have any tips for them to be able to have a healthier lifestyle yet still enjoy life’s delicacies?

 A lot of people misinterpret the way we eat and think that a healthy vegan and plant-based diet has to be so much restricted, with a lack of flavor, boring dishes, not enough protein, no more sweet etc.… but it’s actually the opposite. You’ll notice it quickly if you follow us. We feel energized and we do actually a lot of sports (high impact and yoga), while we are eating -a lot of-delicious food. So do not hesitate to look into it a bit more. Learn to care about your body. You will be fascinated by the large range of choices and flavors in our lifestyle. Try to add some vegan dishes to your weekly routine, add more whole food to your diet, reduce as far as possible processed food and refined sugars and SEE HOW IT MAKES YOU FEEL. On top of it, most of our recipes are very easy and ARE FOR ALL EATERS (you can find all the ingredients in Bahrain) and you can prep a lot during the weekend! If you have any questions about transitioning to a plant-based diet or regarding a recipe, just ask and send us a message or comment on the blog or on Instagram,  and we will be thrilled to help you..

Here are the links of the recipes mentioned above:

http://www.liveandtaste.com/recipe/raw-chocolate-truffles/

http://www.liveandtaste.com/recipe/hot-cinnamon-chocolate/

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Happy Holidays..!!!

Ouiam