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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Peanut Butter

April 28, 2017

PEANUT BUTTER! It is definitely one of my favorite ingredients. It’s sweet, salty, smooth and sometimes crunchy, all the reasons for me to include it in my diet day after day.


This post was written by Reem Al Ahmadieh, dietetic intern and it edited by Rola Ghaddar, US Registered Dietitian and Certified Health Coach at Healthy Happy Us, a nutrition and exercise diet center in Beirut, Lebanon.


In this blog, I will be sharing with you 5 fun facts I learned about peanut butter that you probably did not know before.


1.  Peanut Butter can actually reduce diseases 

Did you know that eating peanut butter can help reduce heart disease, cancer, diabetes and aging? Peanuts are a very good source of  antioxidants. This triggers our body’s defense system to act out against various different diseases.



Protein: Animal or Plant-Based?

April 17, 2017

What’s the best type of protein? A question a lot of us have been asking for a long time. Especially with the rise of allergies to cows milk protein and dairy, people are cutting down on dairy protein sources and leaning towards plant-based protein powder. But, not all plant proteins are complete proteins. Find out what’s the most suitable protein powder for you below. 


Reem Al Ahmadieh, dietetic intern is the author of this post and it’s edited by Baraa El Sabbagh, US registered dietitian nutritionist, sports dietitian, personal trainer at Healthy Happy Us, a nutrition and exercise diet center in Beirut, Lebanon.


Why are people always so concerned about protein?

The structural and functional roles of protein:

  • Repair body tissues after a great workout because of muscle breakdown and rebuild 
  • Maintaining body tissues
  • Growing body tissues
  • Supplying energy (a great concern for all the endurance athletes like runners, swimmers, or even body-builders)


Butterfly PlaySchool gets a dose of our Wellness @ School Program!

March 26, 2017

It is never too early to start building a positive relationship with healthy food and setting the foundation for a healthy lifestyle and we’re glad that Butterfly Playschool in Riyadh agrees!


Butterfly Playschool nutrition wellness at school child nutrition middle east

Big smiles from Nesreen, founder of Butterfly PlaySchool and Nadeen, Cofounder of Healthy Happy Us after a successful day!


It was definitely a highlight planning and implementing our Wellness @ School program in this beautiful little preschool lead by an amazing woman, Nesreen Tillo and her talented team of staff members.


4 Lessons About Weight Loss I didn’t Learn in University

February 26, 2017

Weight loss and building healthy eating habits is a journey for everyone, including dietitians. There’s always that awkward moment when I meet people for the first time over a meal and I get asked “What do you do?” When I say “I’m a dietitian” there has to be a reaction and it’s usually this: They take a quick look at their plate (to remember what they are eating) then their eyes glance at my plate. This is either followed by an embarrassed “Oh, I better watch what I am eating. Heh.” or a judgmental “Oh so as a dietitian, you eat (insert name of food I am eating)?!”


5 Ways to Stay Motivated to Exercise in Winter

February 02, 2017

The struggle is real and we understand. But, have you heard the quote “Summer bodies are made in winter?” They are. It’s true. We need to face it. Also, the benefits of exercise are endless, so nonetheless, we need to be exercising in winter.


This post is written by Baraa El Sabbagh, US registered dietitian nutritionist, sports dietitian, personal trainer at Healthy Happy Us, a nutrition and exercise diet center in Beirut, Lebanon. Baraa discussed this topic in Arabic on MBC1, check out the interview here.


So, we want to share with you the things that are keeping us going this winter:

1) Exercise in the winter Tip 1: Keep your exercise goal in mind

Ways to stay motivated in winter by Baraa El Sabbagh, Dietitian, Sports Nutritionist and Personal Trainer at Healthy Happy Us, Nutrition and Exercise Center in Beirut Lebanon

No matter what, put your goal in the back of your head. What are your exercise goals? Abs in 2 weeks? Stronger arms? Toned legs? Faster running records? Keep it in mind and work for it. It’s the drive that’s going to keep you going during these cold mornings and nights. And, you’ll get the result of your exercise, especially if you’re fighting through the cold winter weather.


How I turned cooking from a chore to a passion

December 29, 2016

It was around two and half  years ago, on a sunny spring morning that I sat on my balcony in Beirut deshelling fresh fava beans. My mom calls me a perfectionist, and as much as I try to prove her wrong, that morning was a great example of my perfectionism getting the best of me. As a dietitian, and wife of one year, I was trying to do things right. Fresh and seasonal, full of nutrients, home-cooked with love – yes deshelling fava beans to make Riz B Fool ticked all the boxes. A slow hour later, a hungry husband waiting and hardly enough fava beans to make more than 2 portions, I realized how bad of an idea this was and thought: “Seriously, WHO HAS TIME?!” I always received and made sarcastic comments about my cooking and about being a great house wife (! أوف شو ست بيت شاطرة), and that day, I thought “rightfully so, it wasn’t a title I wanted anyway.”

[This post is written by Nadeen Haidar, Co-founder and dietitian at Healthy Happy Us, a nutrition and sports diet center in Lebanon.]


Cooking didn’t seem to be my “thing,” at that time, it was a chore – something I had to do because, as a dietitian, as a wife, as a future mom, it is the “right thing” to do.


As we count down the days to start 2017, I can’t help but think of the change of heart I’ve had about cooking. This December, my husband and I prepared around 150 meals and sold them for a charity event, and oh how much we loved it. Today, preparing a meal is an experience that engages all of my senses, each dish is an exploration, a marriage and a story. It a process of changing dull and sometimes even poisonous ingredients, to a wonderful, delicious and nutritious creation. It is as close as this world comes to magic.



Here are four lessons I learned about cooking in 2016 that helped me find my path to a more enjoyable cooking experience. I hope you find inspiration in them:


Vegan, Gluten Free and Delicious Brownie? Yes, Please!

December 21, 2016

This holiday season, try to skip the sugary cakes and choose homemade, healthy and delicious treats. We’ve got a special recipe for you! Gluten-free, sugar-free, egg-free brownie recipe and YES it is still super delicious.


What’s amazing about these healthy brownies is that they are very high in protein and fiber- 1 piece has 12 grams of protein and 9 grams of
fiber! This will help you feel full for a longer period of time and will definitely curb our sugar cravings during the holiday season.  


This post is written by Rola Ghaddar, US registered Dietitian and Nutritionist at Healthy Happy Us, a nutrition and sports diet center in Lebanon. Check out the recipe of our favorite healthy brownies below. 


8 Healthy Breakfast Ideas by Sports Dietitian and Personal Trainer Baraa El Sabbagh

December 11, 2016


Not for any specific reason (nope, not because breakfast is the most important meal of the day) but because food is joy and when you wake up in the morning you should eat something great. 


This post is written by Baraa El Sabbagh, US registered dietitian nutritionist, sports dietitian, personal trainer at Healthy Happy Us, a nutrition and exercise diet center in Lebanon. And I present to you some of my favorite breakfast meals!



  1. Peanut butter on one and Hummus on the other

Healthy breakast ideas by Baraa El Sabbagh, US registered dietitian nutritionist, sports dietitian, personal trainer at Healthy Happy Us, a nutrition and exercise diet center in Lebanon.

Peanut butter and hummus on rice cakes

That’s one of my favorite combinations! It gives me that sweet taste of peanut butter right after a savory rice cake of hummus. They’re both high in protein and rich with healthy fats. I choose corn rice cakes on days where I know I’m not working out or on days when I know my second meal will be rich in carbs.


Best Christmas Gifts in Lebanon for the Fitness/Nutrition lover!

November 30, 2016

We present to you the best Christmas gift in Lebanon this season for the yoga, fitness and nutrition lover.

As November ends, the festive season slowly unfolds itself with all the twinkle and glitter.  Christmas is getting nearer; and this means it is time to take out your Christmas tree and start thinking about getting your beloved ones a gift that they will cherish all year long.


Well think no longer.  With our fabulous range of gifts, you can not only wish your beloved ones a Merry Christmas, but also a Healthy Happy Christmas!


This year we have an expanded selection of gift ideas to cater to different tastes that you can check out below:


  1. Jawbone UP2/UP3/UPmove fitness and activity tracker


These latest fitness gadget/bracelet are as stylish and tech-savvy as trackers get.  Whether you’re on the run or sound asleep, these trackers will generate incredible insight on your activity to fulfill your fitness goals.


We currently have on stock different colors of UP2 + UP3 + UPmove and are selling a limited amount at a better price than many of our competitors.


The 3 Nutrition Tips: 2 Weeks Before the Marathon

October 31, 2016

We’re two weeks out, how should you be eating from now until the marathon? Get the tips and best advice from Baraa El Sabbagh, US registered dietitian nutritionist, sports dietitian, personal trainer at Healthy Happy Us, a nutrition and exercise diet center in Lebanon.


As part of the running family this year, I will be sharing this article from an “us, we and our” perspective. At this point, we have a common goal: no injury, help recover our muscles, improve our nutrient stores, and feel as ready as we can be during the marathon. Our training regimen has now tapered down, we’re not running the kilometers that we used to run and we’re trying to recover. So how does this change our eating? Read below.