Food for the Mind, Body & Soul

Here, we bring you trustworthy expert advice to contribute to your physical, mental and social wellbeing.

Tips for Fostering Positive Self-esteem
By Sirsa Qursha, Child Development and Parenting Specialist
(First published in Family Flavours, September 2015)

Parenting with emotional response and unconditional love. Children need to know that, even when they are “naughty”, they are still loved and valued

Praising accomplishments. Tell your child when you are proud and happy with his achievements. Make sure to be specific when offering this praise

Spending time with your child. This might be a challenge for some working parents, but even up to 30 minutes of uninterrupted quality time is essential for the development of a healthy relationship with your child. Ensure to ask your child what she would like to do with you

Listening and responding with empathy. When children make it a point to tell you something which made them feel sad, acknowledge that emotion and tell your child that you understand how that might make him feel. Once you teach children that their emotions are real and valid, they learn to trust themselves

Setting high yet reasonable expectations for behaviour. This involves assisting your child in meeting that behaviour

Helping your child learn from her mistakes. It’s always encouraged to praise your child, not only for her accomplishments but for her trials as well. Do not focus on results but the process a child goes through while attempting to complete a task

Family-friendly Cafés
With over 100 different board games at Locals, going out as a family is all about play. From classics such Monopoly (ages 8+), Risk (ages 12+) and Pictionary (ages 8+) to newcomers like Game of Thrones (for ages 14+), there’s a game for everyone (see the full list of games on the Facebook page: Locals’ Boardgames Café). Now and then, Locals conduct sessions for their customers to learn from their game master.

With several floors, sitting corners and a garden terrace, there are plenty of spaces for kids to roam free. Plus, there’s a play area with a ball pit and swings so you can enjoy your food (Middle Eastern cuisine) without worrying about the kids.

Nutritional Powerhouse
By Sheela Sheth
(First published in Family Flavours, October 2018)
Moringa contains three times more iron than spinach. Its clear, sweet and odourless oil is rich in antioxidants and shares a similar nutritional profile as olive oil. The leaves of the tree provide 30 ingredients for healthy skin. The powerful cleansing agent also protects your skin against pollution and smog.

Morgina Oatmeal
By Laura Haddad

4 cups rolled oats
5 cups almond milk
3 tbsp maple syrup
2 tsp vanilla extract
2-3 tsp moringa powder
2 tbsp chia seeds
1/3 cup pistachios, chopped
1/3 cup dried mulberries
¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1. In a medium sauce pan, add the oats, milk, vanilla extract and maple syrup
2. Cook over low to medium heat, stirring for a few minutes until the oats soften
3. Turn heat off and add the moringa powder and stir in the remaining ingredients
4. Serve in a bowl and refrigerate leftovers