Amwaj Mamas Meet: Mama Eat Glow

So this is a post where I am going to share with you one of the latest adventures of “Amwaj Mamas”. As part of our activities, the moms and I are always trying all these new places that we come across, and feel like it matches what we have in mind, in terms of fun, education, learning experiences and all the other components of a healthy childhood, that we want to offer our offspring. Recently we have been INVITED to “Mama Eat Glow” at the lagoon Amwaj for a healthy truffle making class, with our little ones. If you are a mother you will surely know how much kids love to cook or AKA “make a mess!!”, we also know that as parents, we are always keen to expose these little nuggets to healthy eating habits, which can be very tricky with the huge amount of processed, junk and rubbish food we come across on daily basis. So of course, 10 of us and our children went to Mama Eat Glow, last Wednesday morning, and had the pleasure to meet the owner and the master-mind behind “Mama Eat Glow”:  Maha, a mama and a woman full of ambition and ideas. Her goal is to spread awareness about how a healthy lifestyle can change your life to the better, and that healthy doesn’t always mean tasteless or flavorless food! It all started with an Instagram picture she posted back in 2012, of a bowl of goodness, and got many likes, that she started considering starting her own business, and to do all she can to raise awareness about healthy food.

 

The place is so bright and overlooking the gorgeous lagoon at Amwaj, I loved the décor, so simple, environmentally friendly, and very stylish! The staff were very welcoming and very attentive to our needs. Maha was such an awesome hostess! Making sure everyone was comfortable and having a great time.

 

Their menu is honestly a delight to look at, filled with all these great yummy options that would work with anyone’s diet. Myself, I am a vegetarian health freak, I like to stick to gluten free products when I can, and that is not always easy nor simple when you dine outside. Their prices are very reasonable too.  My favorite thing on the menu, I must say, is the Falafel Pistachio Sandwich, it is so tasty and light. The falafel are crunchy from the outside, yet soft and juicy from the inside, the beetroot Hummus is so rich in flavor, and the pistachios add a fabulous twist, a combination I would have never thought of trying at home.

 

The kids were very excited to see all the ingredients laid neatly in front of them, with gloves, aprons, hats and all what they might need. After getting the recipe for the delightful Date truffles (which you’ll find below), the kids started making their own, decorating them, and putting them in their own little Tupperware to be taken home with them. The truffles were exquisite, and to know that all you need is a handful of ingredients and a blender is AMAZING!

 

Here is what you will need:

 

Oats

Dates (pitted)

Coconut Oil

Cacao powder.

and a blender.

 

Put everything in a blender and voila!!! If the mixture is too hard add a little bit of water.

 

Every mama and every kid who have made it to the cooking class had a wonderful time, and we really look forward to planning more of these, in the near future, because as parents we are very responsible of what our little munchkins put in their mouths. Making sure that their food is healthy is our job, and if we can combine the “healthy” with the “tasty” then we most certainly have hit the jackpot!!!

 

Mama Eat Glow is located in the lagoon Amwaj, First floor, next to City Bank.

 

Ouiam

 

A Date Night, Unlike others!!

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When I got pregnant, almost two years ago, it was the most amazing thing ever! We were so excited and over the moon to bring a tiny human being to the world. I wanted my pregnancy to be calm quiet and Zen, my mornings and evenings were filled with Taichi classes and Qigong ( a form of Chinese Meditation). I stopped drinking Tea and coffee, water was enough for me. I would go for long walks and listen to a lot of relaxation music ( Margot Reisinger, Steven Halpern… Etc), i went to hypnobirthing classes and read tons of books about the subject. We slowed down with our lives and chose to focus on things that mattered to us then. We still went out for dinners and lunches but not as often as we once did. Then when finally Adam arrived! Our focus shifted and our priorities changed! We were both very committed to bringing up this child in the most loving caring and nurturing home. We were both so busy being parents, or to be exact, figuring out how to be parents, that we hardly had time to do anything alone without Adam. We both were aware of this, but there was not much we could do, really, between feeding Adam, putting him to sleep, playing with him, taking him for walks, bathing him… Etc. we really had no time for us.

The first couple of months were really hectic, but then with days passing by, we learned more about this little bundle of joy in our arms, and we were getting better at this parenting thing. Still, we couldn’t leave Adam with anyone to go for dates (we kind of have separation anxiety when it comes to this little peanut), Yet, I thought we could have our dates here at the coziness of our home! I always loved making : food/ Tables/ buffets, look pretty. I enjoy decorating plates and tables and I thought why not make use of this gift and get us the dates we were both longing for, without having to leave our home or our baby.

So today I will share some of my ideas to make a date at home as fabulous as the one you’ll have in a fancy 5 stars restaurant. As the picture below shows,  you will need very basic and simple things such as:

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  • A pillow cover : to cover the back of the chair and add a touch of glam to it
  • Few printed pictures that I used as menus (i wrote at the back of the pictures)
  • Plenty of candles (really cheap and you can find them anywhere)
  • Rose petals
  • Few ribbons ( whenever I unwrap gifts I keep the decoration and the ribbons for occasions like these)
  • Food ( you can get a takeout or cook a simple easy dish, check my Thank God It’s Friday posts)
  • Some cool music
  • Get dressed and put some makeup on.

And that’s it!! You can enjoy your date night at home, with the monitor beside you, just in case the little one decides to join the party lol.

Here below, you can check some other ideas from lunches/dinners that I have had at home with guests. You can use the tips for your next date night!

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I speak for myself, but I am positive so many parents would agree with me. Once you have a baby, your marriage becomes vulnerable, and if you do not go the extra mile to reinforce it, only you will suffer! I do realize that it is extremely hard to keep a hand over everything, but we can always try! Work harder as husband and wife to make this union stronger and healthier. And date nights are just a simple way of doing it!

Hope you have enjoyed today’s post and liked my ideas! Talk soon xx

Ouiam