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A pandemic won’t stop the UAE from producing new obstacle courses, parkour coaching, silent yoga, or delicious vegan and gluten-free treats. With social distancing, safe delivery and all the precautionary measures taken, here are a range of new things to try.  Trampoline tricks Bounce is giving everyone the chance to learn parkour and trampoline tricks via a new 10-week Ninja Squad program as part of its Freestyle Academy. The program caters to all ages, and...

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The battle against COVID-19 has highlighted the need for a healthy lifestyle, and while some have turned to fitness or vitamin D for a much needed immunity boost, clean eating is also gaining in popularity. One brand that has been at the forefront of nutritious food in Abu Dhabi is Basiligo. The main sponsor of the Livehealthy Festival 2021 recently launched two new concepts — BSweet by Basiligo and Lose Weight, which both offer unique...

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The first Veganuary was launched in 2014 by a UK non-profit and while the concept took a while to land in the UAE, restaurants are now falling all over themselves to get in on the Beyond Burger action. Special menus are all well and good, but whether the desire is to eat less meat is for reasons of health, animal welfare or global sustainability, diners need quality vegan options for the other 11 months of...

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This story by Rahma Diaa originally appeared on climatetracker.org and is part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration of more than 400 news outlets committed to better coverage of the climate crisis.  After losing more than half of his tomato crop in a long heatwave, Egyptian farmer Muhammad El-Desouki  no longer thinks about climate change as a future problem. His farm lies north of Cairo, in Menoufia, a region that has suffered several bouts...

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As the weather gets cooler, our bellies are responding by craving nourishing meals. Moni’s Healthy Choice serves up the recipe for this quick-to-make Vegan Shepherd’s Pie, which combines green lentils, sweet potatoes, paprika, cumin and coriander for the ultimate comfort food. Serves 8 | Prep time: 5 minutes | Cooking time: 45 minutes Ingredients 200g dried green lentil rinsed and drained 3 medium size sweet potato 2 tbsp olive oil 2 garlic clove crushed 1 large...

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We love gingerbread but like most baked goods, it often uses a lot of sugar. For a healthier version without the sugar spike, Keto Goodies created these keto-friendly gingerbread cookies using a sugar substitute called erythritol. If you can’t find it, a popular swap is to use monk fruit sweetener. Per cookie: Cal: 180 | Fat: 16g | Protein: 6g | Total Carbs: 6g  Net carbs: 3g Makes 24 Gingerbread Cookies 2 1/4 cup almond...

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As a single person, I struggle to eat full, healthy, nourishing meals. What normally happens is that I stock up on greens and veggies, eat some of them and then get busy and let rest rot. It’s also quite common for me to work until I’m ravenous, then scour the cupboards for whatever I can find to graze on or try to order a healthy takeaway and count the cranky minutes until it arrives. Occasionally...

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“This cheesecake is a lighter option than traditional recipes, which can often be quite heavy and rich. Any dried fruit can be used here; I have used dried cranberries as they add a lovely colour to the filling,” writes Tana Ramsay in From Beder’s Kitchen, a new charity cookbook project to raise awareness about suicide and mental health.  Preparation time: 15 minutes | Cooking time: 40 minutes | Serves 12 For the base 50g unsalted butter...

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“This sweet and savory falling-off-the-bone meat is true comfort food for me,” writes Dalia Dogmoch Soubra in From Beder’s Kitchen, a new charity cookbook project. “My Syrian mother used a lot of pomegranate in her cooking, but I love Korean flavors, so this recipe is a bit of both worlds.”  Preparation time: 20 minutes, plus marinating overnight | Cooking time: 4 hours | Serves 4-6 For the ribs 70ml pomegranate molasses 4 tbsp soy sauce 2 tbsp...

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This recipe from the new charity cookbook project From Beder’s Kitchen, which aims to raise awareness about mental health and suicide globally is a fuss-free and simple one-pot meal from chef Zahra Abdalla. “You could even prep and refrigerate everything the night before, so that it’s ready for the oven an hour before dinner needs to be served,” writes the chef. Preparation time: 15 minutes | Cooking time: 1 hour 15 minutes | Serves 3-4 1...