Energy balls with dates

Dates are a blessed food, more than 20 times mentioned in the Qur’an, and were very recommended by prophet Mohammed (sas).
Especially for breasfeeding woman they are a great source of milk-producing energy.

Mixed together with some other wholesome incredients, they make a wonderful nutritious snack.

“From the fruits of date palms and grapes you take sweet juice and wholesome provisions. There truly is a sign in this for people who use their reason.” (16:67) 

Energy Balls

Mix together with your hands (at your choice and taste):

juicy dates,
different nuts (grounded),
oats,
flaxseed, fennel- and fenugreek-seeds (grounded),
raisins, other dried fruits,
spices as you like (cinnamon, vanilla, anis,…),
cocoa powder or dark chocolate (grounded),
optinal: honey or other sweetener (I don’t put it in, because the dried fruits and dates are already very sweet)

while mixing, add slowly coconutoil, melted butter or another oily liquid to get a dough that forms well into cherry-sized-balls.

store in the fridge.
yumm! bismillah.

 

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More than just eating…

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In Ramadan, eating becomes something very special, since we do not eat from dawn to sunset.

And eat and drink until the white thread of dawn becomes distinct to you from the black thread [of night]. Then complete the fast until the sunset. (2:187)

when the call to the evening prayer can be heard, it is just soooo good to finally fill an empty (starving) stomach after a whole day of fasting.
Our senses are much finer then, and it is incredible, how well tastes then the very first bite of a date, a fresh orange, a glass of water,… subhanallah.

But in Ramadan,  it’s not only the pleasure of taste and filling ourselves up that becomes a blessing, eating itself becomes a real act of worship, alhamdulillah.
We eat an drink then with much more conciousness and responsability, because we know, that the possibility to eat  is limited and that our bodies absolutely need certain things to feel well, to have a good energy-level throughout the day and not to feel overacidified, heavy or uncomfortable before going to pray or to sleep.

We get much more aware of the God-given duty we have to pay attention to our health and to our body as an entrusted good of which we are dependent. What agift, subhanallah!

O you who have believed, eat from the good things which We have provided for you and be grateful to Allah if it is [indeed] Him that you worship. (2:172) 

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I still breastfeed the baby during nights, so I have to make sure that I drink lots and eat enough milk-producing things like dates, oats, herbal teas, fenugreek, fennel, water.

And I make sure that the things we all eat on Iftar (breaking the fast meal in the evening) and at Suhoor (breakfast in the very early morning, long before sunrise) are healthy, nutritious, most natural, fresh and local as possible, inchaallah.

This year I try to concentrade again a bit more on sugar-free- , wholesome things and also on the Ayurveda-path Bismillah!

 

Striving for righteousness

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Righteousness is not that you turn your faces toward the east or the west, but [true] righteousness is [in] one who believes in Allah, the Last Day, the angels, the Book, and the prophets and gives wealth, in spite of love for it, to relatives, orphans, the needy, the traveler, those who ask [for help], and for freeing slaves; [and who] establishes prayer and gives zakah; [those who] fulfill their promise when they promise; and [those who] are patient in poverty and hardship and during battle. Those are the ones who have been true, and it is those who are the righteous.

(Quran 2:177)

Tune in for Ramadan

… half an hour before the kids wake up for breakfast…

planifying Ramadan,
how to detox, physically and spiritually…
making plans for Iftar and Suhoor meals, choosing relgious books to read (beside the Quran), getting ideas for the Ramadan calendar and how to beautify our home to welcome the blessed month, inchaallah.

I’ve upated our book list and now wish you all a very blessed month full of peace, faith, love and enlightment !
Ramadan moubarak said!

How to do it all – or: the little black spot

Honestly, dear friends, I am very thankful that I do not have to fast this year. Allahu akbar! God knows best to whom He obliges or whom He frees from religious duties.
I am grateful that a breastfeeding woman is excluded from the duty of fasting if she feels that it would be harmful for her or her child.
And I strongly feel that if I would fast, it wouldn’t just be harmful for my own, but also for all of my children and family because I would just not have the mood and energy to manage it all.
Already the other duties, like praying, but first making proper wudu (washing before parying), are sometimes challenging to do properly and on time – yet they always help me to gain inner peace and a new freshness and clarity for the moment, alhamdulillah.
Also reading the Qur’an, which is normally a highly recommended thing to do during Ramadan, is not easy this year. I am far behind the actual hizb (daily part of pages to read to be able to finish the whole book in one month). But anyway, I read at least a few verses every day and gain new knowledge and tranquillity, subhanallah.

But what I am really learning, day by day, is to relax, to let go, to appreciate “the big white paper instead of spotting only the little black spot of dirt on it”.
– I mean I really learn to focus on all that goes well instead of concentrating on all the many many things that are dirty, go wrong or just aren’t as ideal as I normally wished – because I just cannot do it all and it would turn me crazy, insane and stressed if I’d think about all the things that could and should be done…


Looking at these beautiful flowers on my table, instead of seeing the little bits of dinner from last night under the table, gives me joy.
Going out, enjoying these beautiful mild spring days with the kids, instead of staying home folding laundry (ironing I gave up already many years ago;)), fullfills me with happiness and new energy.

Appreciating that the children love to help cooking, instead of lamenting on the chaos they sometimes produce then, helps all of us to have a table full of yummy things, alhamdulillah.

”Staying positive”, “Seeing the Good”, is something I remind myself often,
and believing in the law of “like attracts like” I try hard to talk only about and honour the good things every day

However, a certain level of cleanliness and order is essential to my wellbeing and the well functioning of a big family, but all these little details of a perfect household have to wait until later, inchaallah ;))

“God, with your guidance and strength I am capable.
I have enough time to finish all I want to accomplish today,
because I totally flow with the moment. Ameen.” 

 

 

 

Happy Ramadan and how to feed a Family

Ramadan moubarak said dear brothers and sisters in Islam,
and love and peace to all out there!

I am a bit late… the holy month of Ramadan came quicker than I could realize and I have to admit that I am not really prepared for it, mashaallah; the Ramadan calendar is yet not finished and I am still thinking about the books I wanna read and the goals I have for this month.
I am not fasting this year since I am fully breastfeeding baby. Three month after birth, I am now slowly finding a rhythm and new structure for our life at home and for my work at school. Sometimes things go very smooth, but often it all feels like a huge thing to organise – and I often feel like a manager, the manager of our family: Scheduling eating-times, school, homework, chores, TV-time and family moments,  as well as managing the whole lot of feeding 6 (7) mouths, washing huge piles of laundry every day, never ending dishes and balancing the moods and different needs and wishes of so many people, alhamdulillah.

In doing it I still benefit of the knowledge and tools I learned when I read the books I mentioned years ago in this other blogpost  and also here.
And I am reading now some other books that help me structuring the whole thing.

Especially the whole question of “what will we have for dinner?” is a big topic, especially now in Ramadan, when dinner (Iftaar for breaking the fasting) is the main meal for three of us.
We cook all fresh from scratch and even if we sometimes would like to, we cannot buy ready-made stuff or canned-food here, nor can we call the pizza-service or go to a (fast-food-) restaurant, because there is none…
I thankfully have a lovely girl who helps me during weekdays with chores and cooking, subhanallah oua tbarakallah, …I wouldn’t be able to balance work and home without her…
but still, the question about what to eat is always a big thing and relies on me.

The wish to offer a variety every day (not always Tagine and Couscous), the consciousness and aim to eat organic and whole food and the question on how to meet the tastes and preferences of all while making sure that everybody is nourished in healthy ways are challenging.
I learned a lot by reading other mom’s and different food blogs, or from books like “Feeding a Family”. I learned to facilitate things with weekly meal-plans that rotate every two months, with precooking, by having a list of easy-peasy-meals (like the green omelette and vegetable sticks on the picture above) and by always making sure to have leftovers to create new things a few days later. Now in Ramadan it helps me to have the little things that come on the table everyday (like olives, dates, yogurt, tea, milkshake boiled eggs, Moroccan Harira-soup and sweet Chebbakia,..) and to add every day something special.

How do you manage the feeding of your family, what are your Ramadan favourites?