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IFANCA Halal& Healthy Workshop at IFS in Villa Park, IL

Earlier this month I was a co-presenter at IFANCA’s Halal & Healthy Nutrition Workshops we’ve been conducting around Chicago.  It’s the second year of our workshops and so far they’ve been great- well attended with highly-engaged audiences of children and adults throughout the Muslim community.  I talk healthy eating and recipes where Asma Ahad, Food Scientist at IFANCA, talks the ...

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Secrets of Sugar  Documentary | My Halal Kitchen

Is There a Link Between Sugar & Disease?

I found a pretty remarkable video online that I think really articulates a lot of what I’ve been wanting to share for a very long time, all compiled into a 45-minute piece of staggering information about the connection between sugar with consumer wellness and how industry associations and food manufacturers place it in food products in quantities that are pretty surprising ...

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Restaurant Tortellini

Is it Halal? How to Figure Out What’s In Ethnic & American Foods

Based on my own experience with a variety of world cultures and foreign languages, trying everything from food in the the US, Mexico, Southern Europe and the UK, I’ve developed these tips for deciphering specialty foods, international cuisine menus and grocery items so you’ll know what to watch out for whether you’re dining out, shopping or staying in places like ...

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octopus at Alinea (www.alinea-restaurant.com)

If You’re really Into Molecular Gastronomy…or Don’t Even Know What It Is

Check out this site by Martin Lersch about molecular gastronomy and the science of cooking. It’s interesting cooking, done with super modern techniques that use nitrogen and other methods to create incredibly rare menus.  If you’re from Chicago or are a super foodie, think Grant Achatz and how he artistically designs and cooks food at Alinea. If you’re like me and dream of visiting ...

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Earth Day and Reflections on “The Cove” Documentary

April 22 is designated as Earth Day. We know as Muslims that every day should be dedicated to serving Allah (swt) by doing right by the earth- treating humans, animal and wildlife with respect and using them in the way that our Creator has commanded. Last month I wrote an article about the award-winning, wonderful documentary, The Cove. The article was published on ...

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5 Reasons to Care Where Your Food Comes From

This article was recently published on the Indiana Public Media’es Earth Eats site. I wanted to be sure that all MHK readers could benefit from this information, especially those who are not part of our Facebook fan page or follow my  Twitter page. My interest in healthy living began in the teen years when I devoured magazines and books that offered information on eating right and exercising. ...

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Food, Inc.

Today, people are more concerned than ever about the source of our global food supply. With recent scares of salmonella, bird flu and the swine flu we are paying closer attention to personal hygiene and questioning the mass production of our food from major suppliers- or are we? I haven’t seen this film yet, but I’m eager to. Food, Inc. came out on Monday ...

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