Archive from July, 2016

[REVIEW] NATURE’S WELL: SKIN, HAIR AND NAILS SUPPLEMENT

Asalaam Alaykum! It has been a busy time but Alhamdulillah I am finally getting round to writing my review for the Nature’s Well Labs Hair, Skin and Nails tablets!

I was approached by a wonderful company to try their product (I was able to choose from the range here!) and write my honest review. The company offer health supplements for all ages and different concerns. Being Muslim, I only eat halal, and this company is HMC certified, so I decided to go for it!

Major vitamin brands may contain gelatin, and even the supplements labelled “suitable for vegetarians” may contain alcohol and other ingredients which aren’t suitable for Muslims. Nature’s Well Labs is based in London and they are the first ever vitamins and nutritional products brand to be fully certified by (HMC) Halal Monitoring Committee UK as 100% Halal. They are also a sustainable brand and donate a minimum of 10% of their profit to charity.

The supplement contains biotin, vitamin C, zinc and B vitamins to help contribute to healthy hair, skin and nails. Zinc helps keep follicles strong, low levels of zinc can lead to changes in the protein structure of hair follicles leading to weakening of their structural integrity. B Vitamins are antioxidants that play a vital role in healthy hair growth. Deficiencies in these vitamins can lead to hair thinning, hair loss, greying, and weakening of the hair strands. Biotic plays a vital role in improving the levels of keratin in your body leading to healthy hair growth, healthy skin and nails.*

The pack arrived in a few days and I was very eager to try them out! The first day of taking the supplement coincided with the blessed month of Ramadan, so I decided to take two tablets each day with my Suhoor meal, for 30 days (60 tablets in total per pack). I am going to be completely honest in my review, and I must admit that in the first two weeks my skin broke out (nothing major Alhamdulillah!). However, I can’t say it was due to the tablets as it may have also occurred due to fasting or other factors. I decided to carry on because I wanted to give the product a chance and finish the 30 days to write this review. 

The supplement also arrived with an information leaflet containing details of the other products in the range.

The good news is that after the first two weeks of Ramadan, my skin cleared up dramatically, Alhamdulillah! I didn’t have any breakouts and my skin was in very good health. Again, this could be due to many factors such as my skincare regime, fasting, hormones etc. However, I’d say that I am happy with the way my skin has been, after taking the tablets for 30 days.

Now on to the even better news! I have noticed my hair and nails have improved immensely. My sister and aunt also noticed Alhamdulillah! I haven’t done anything different to my nails or hair since taking these tablets so I would attribute these effects to them. I usually have white marks in my nails, or they don’t grow very fast, but since taking the tablets my nails have cleared and they grow well. My hair has also increased and just generally looks much better. I am hoping that by taking these tablets over a longer period of time, they will show some even better benefits. No supplement is ever going to be an instant cure and these things take time to work, however I have been impressed with the results so far. I would recommend these tablets and this company, and thank them for giving me the opportunity to try out their product! I will be purchasing these tablets in the future in’sha’Allah, and will also be recommending them to others!

* From the Nature’s Well Labs website.

Jul 1, 2016 - Recipes    No Comments

[RECIPE] DELICIOUS SANA (CHANA) CHAAT

It’s the final Friday of Ramadan this year! How quickly this blessed month has flown by, subhanAllah! I decided to make Chana Chaat for Iftar today (or as my younger brother likes to call it, Sana Chaat!). I have been making this recipe for years and adapted to my own taste. People are always asking me to make this when they come around, and it is definitely a favourite for me too! The best thing is, it is SO simple to make! Feel free to add whatever ingredients you wish and be sure to let me know how you’ve adapted this recipe!

A mouthwatering, spicy appetizer made with soft chick peas, boiled potato chunks, red onions and a range of spices, topped with mint yogurt and tamarind, and a little crunch! This is the perfect starter to any dish, or if you love it as I do, eat it as a main meal!

INGREDIENTS:

  • Boiled chickpeas – 1 can
  • Potatoes – 2 medium sized
  • Red onion – 1
  • Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Pink Himalayan salt – 1/2 tsp
  • Chaat masala – 3/4 tsp
  • Tamarind (Imli) sauce – 2 tbs for mixture and extra to drizzle on top
  • Lemon juice – 2 tbs
  • Dried parsley – 1/2 tsp
  • Plain yogurt – 4 tbs
  • Mint sauce – 1 tsp
  • Papri to crunch over the top

METHOD:

  1. Peel potatoes and cut into chunks of approximately half an inch. Rinse with water and then place them in a pan of water, ensuring the potato pieces are covered. Boil until tender (approximately 10 mins).
  2. Meanwhile, chop the onion and place aside. Drain and rinse the chickpeas with water. Ensure they are soft enough to eat, you may boil them for 5 minutes to make them extra soft.
  3. Place the chickpeas, chopped onion and boiled potato chunks into a bowl. Add the red chilli powder, salt, chaat masala, dried parsley, tamarind sauce and lemon juice. Mix it up, but not too much to break the potato pieces. Taste and add any spices as required. Place the entire mixture into your serving bowl.
  4. Combine the yoghurt and mint sauce. Add spoonfuls of this to the chaat base in your serving bowl.
  5. Crunch some papri and sprinkle all over.
  6. Drizzle some tamarind sauce over the top and serve!

NOTES:

  • If you would like the recipe for crunchy papri then let me know and I will post it for you!
  • I also like to layer the chaat with yogurt and papri – crunch inside and on top!
  • You can make yogurt with chaat masala or even imli instead of using mint sauce
  • You can add cumin and coriander powder for extra flavour!
  • I sometimes drizzle some green chilli sauce on top for an extra kick!