Feasts are a mine for weight gain, due to the large number of party foods and fatty banquets, and sweets come to make matters worse, so we find after these occasions that personal projects usually include in their regulations work on weight loss (diet).
To avoid the significant weight gain, nutritionist Ola Abu Shakra advises some sugar-free sweets and the use of healthy natural alternatives that are suitable for children at the same time.
Ola has been working in the field of nutrition since 2007 in Lebanon and abroad, and she holds educational seminars and lectures in schools and communities about nutrition and its various topics. She supervises the Nutricare Clinic page on the communication sites, and provides multiple advice on nutrition.
It also provides consultations via the Internet regarding diets for weight loss, gain or stabilization, special systems for pregnant and lactating women, children, the elderly, diabetics, hypertension, kidneys, glands and cancer, in addition to diets for athletes and vegetarians.
Ola is a mother of two children, Rin (11 years old) and (Majd, 7 years old), and she says that she allows them to eat sweets and chocolate, but not in front of the TV, or what distracts their minds, so that they eat knowledgeably and fully consciously, and so that they chew well and enjoy and relish every bite with the introduction of all senses and slow Between one bite and the other.
4 types of delicious desserts
Ola does not use sweets with children as a reward, but rather includes them in the diet as one of its basics in a moderate way.
For useful, nutritious and delicious desserts that can be served during the holidays, Ola offers readers of Al-Jazeera Net 4 delicious types with the method of making them using natural sweeteners without adding sugar, which are Qashtalia or what is known as “Layali Lebanon”, Halawa with molasses or sintered sweetness, pancake with semolina and orange, and cake the banana.
Qashtalia or Nights of Lebanon
the ingredients: 7 cups of liquid milk, 7 tablespoons of semolina, 3 tablespoons of starch, 2 boxes of cream, 4 small mastic grains, a teaspoon of orange blossom water, a teaspoon of rose water.
For decoration: Shredded pistachios / shredded coconut
How to prepare: The milk is brought to a boil over the stove, semolina and starch are added until the mixture thickens, then add the cream and mastic, and remove from the heat, then add the blossom water and rose water.
Sprinkle the bottom of the tray with shredded coconut or pistachio nuts, add the mixture, and then decorate it with pistachios and coconut, and add honey to taste when serving.
Halawa with Molasses
This dessert is traditional, well known and loved a lot, and it’s super easy to make.
the ingredients: Two cups of wheat flour, a tablespoon of butter, half a cup of raw sesame, a quarter cup of ground walnuts, a cup of molasses.
How to prepare: Roast the flour with butter on the fire until brown, then add sesame and roast the mixture well until the sesame kernels brown.
Add the walnuts, and remove the mixture from the heat, then add the molasses and mix well until the mixture is homogeneous.
Arrange well in a greased tray with a little butter, cut and serve.
Pancake with orange and semolina
the ingredients: 1 cup semolina, 1 cup of fresh orange juice, 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil, 3 tablespoons of starch, a pinch of salt, 1 tablespoon of baking Baking powder.
How to prepare: Mix all the ingredients, then add semolina gradually until the mixture is homogeneous, and bake in a hot frying pan and turn over to soften, then add honey, molasses or peanut butter.
Banana cake and molasses
the ingredients: 4 small ripe bananas, an egg, a teaspoon of vanilla, a teaspoon of fine cinnamon, two tablespoons of olive oil, a quarter cup of ground walnuts, 4 tablespoons of apple sauce.
3 quarters of a cup of white flour, 3 quarters of a cup of brown flour, a teaspoon of baking powder, a teaspoon of baking soda, a pinch of salt.
How to prepare: Mash the banana manually with a fork, add the egg, vanilla and cinnamon, and mix well.
Add flour, carbonates, baking powder and salt and mix, then add olive oil and mix well until it is homogeneous, then add the walnuts to the mixture.
Place the mixture in a tray greased with tahini, and put it in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes, and serve cold.