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  • July 23, 2019
Dubai-Based Zahra Abdalla Shares 5 Secrets To A Balanced Meal

Meet Zahra Abdalla, the half-Sudanese-half-Iranian television personality and food blogger. Abdalla has recently rolled out her debut book, Cooking With Zahra, offering a delectable selection of 100 traditional as well as modern Middle Eastern recipes.

The featured dishes are healthy with honest flavors, inspired by dishes passed down by her family for generations. Here, she shares five tips for creating a well-balanced and nutritious meal that will actually taste good too.

Cooking technique matters

Prepare healthy and nutritious food. Avoid fried items and opt for grilled, baked, steamed or poached options. Simple adjustments in the cooking technique can make the food much healthier without having to compromise on flavor. Also, reduce your sugar and salt intake.

Orange-spiced roasted turkey

Hydration is key

It’s extremely important to stay hydrated, especially during summer. While our bodies can handle long periods without food, they can’t without water. Start your morning with a glass of water, drink fresh homemade juice with a little sugar and try starting your meal with a delicious soup. I usually like to prepare a different soup every day for variety—some of my favorites are lentil soup, cumin-spiced beetroot soup, asparagus, fennel and orange soup, butternut squash soup, and tomato and vermicelli soup. Don’t forget to eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables—this is another simple way to stay hydrated.

Guava and hibiscus juice

Processed food is a no-go

It’s essential to use fresh and whole produce and prepare delicious and hearty dishes, so you can maximize the nutritional benefits and avoid foods that are typically high in added sugar, additives, preservatives and food coloring.

Rice Pudding

Balance is necessary

Prepare a well-balanced menu that includes complex carbohydrates, protein, fruits and vegetables to benefit from all the necessary vitamins and nutrients that you need to sustain yourself.

Fennel, orange and pomegranate salad

Self-reflection helps

Avoid preparing too much food and over-eating. Don’t place yourself in situations where over-eating commonly happens. Think of food as fuel – your body needs it to function.

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Images Courtesy of Zahra Abdalla

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