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5 Ways I keep Lent Healthy & Exciting

February 20, 2018

Healthy lent for me is exciting, it’s a healthy fresh start for my body and mind. This holy period allows me to create healthier habits that last beyond these 40 days.  Also I find it amazing that during these 40 days many people are capable of controlling their cravings and committing to a different lifestyle whether it was food or habit related. Even though it may get tough, pushing through will do wonders to your soul!  

Worried about giving up meat and chicken?

If you are giving up meat and chicken and worried about your protein intake this one’s for you! The most obvious substitute is fish such as salmon, tuna, shrimps etc. Even though there are many fish in the sea it doesn’t mean it’s the only source. During lent you’re gonna learn to love legumes! Chickpeas, lentils, beans and peas are the heart of many healthy dishes. Explore new recipes and you’ll find yourself loving them 365 days a year!


Quinoa-licious Chicken Salad Recipe

November 29, 2017

Packed with super ingredients this light quinoa chicken salad recipe makes the perfect energy boosting meal for lunch or dinner! Moreover, the protein packed quinoa and chicken gives 30 grams of proteins per serving!


Most of all, it is quick and easy to make and always the way to go when you have a hectic schedule.


This blog was written by Angela Azar , Licensed Dietitian and intern at Healthy Happy Us and edited by Rola GhaddarUS Registered Dietitian and Certified Health Coach at Healthy Happy Us, a nutrition and exercise diet center in Beirut, Lebanon.


ChefXChange: What a concept!

September 04, 2017

I love food. And I really love food-related experiences especially when it comes with a twist! 


Our friends at ChefXChange have really given us something to share! ChefXChange was developed by two foodies who have combined their passion for food and provided all of us with food services to appreciate.

Chef's at chef exchange!

Chef’s at chef exchange!

Let’s delve right in, what can ChefXChange do for us?

They provide us with top chefs to make our lives that much better. How? You get to select private chefs to cater your events and demonstrate live cooking. This could be done for a one-on-one private dinner or birthday party or whatever occasion. And yes, you get to choose a healthy cuisine for your events and one that makes you comfortable. So now, you also have no excuses ;). They even have cooking classes to get you started on your cooking journey. Their latest service, is to deliver daily delicious food to you doorstep.


Casper & Gambini’s Fit n’ Healthy Menu by Healthy Happy Us

July 18, 2017

The collaboration

Healthy Happy Us has officially partnered with Casper & Gambini’s to create the fit n’healthy menu. This big step we’ve taken has the main goal of creating a healthier and happier lifestyle for all types of people. Whether you’re a gym addict or just prefer sticking to healthier cuisines, our diverse menu aims to satisfy both your appetite and nutritional needs. After all – if you eat right, you feel good!


Oat & Yogurt in the fit'n healthy menu at Casper And Gambini by Healthy Happy Us, Beirut Lebanon

An oat & yogurt breakfast!

Healthy options are a must!

Most of the time, our favorite restaurants lack appealing and healthy food options. The selections are generally limited or unappetizing, which forces you to choose the menu items that are loaded with empty calories and do not benefit our bodies at all. Even when healthy food options are available the calories and nutrition facts on the menu are not always reliable. For the people who are watching out for their weight, eating out becomes pretty difficult. So we’ve found a solution, we’ve picked some of the most exciting dishes from the Casper & Gambini’s menu and transformed them into healthier meals. Now everyone has the choice to order the same delicious foods we’ve all come to know and love, but with less calories and more valuable nutrients!


The Perfect Chia Seed Pudding

June 04, 2017

Variation is key. This chia seed pudding has been the perfect twist-it-up breakfast item at home. Yes, I got courageous enough to jump off the oatmeal and peanut butter bandwagon. These little seeds are known for having 4 things: fibers, protein, omega 3 and antioxidants. & that ladies and gentlemen, would be a list of all the things I’m constantly talking about.

Chia seed pudding recipe by Baraa El Sabbagh, Registered Dietitian, Sports Nutritionist and Personal Trainer at Healthy Happy Us, Beirut Lebanon

Chia seed pudding in the making

This post is written by  Baraa Sabbagh, US registered dietitian nutritionist, sports dietitian, personal trainer at Healthy Happy Us, a nutrition and exercise diet center in Lebanon.


Sourdough Vs. Commercial Bread: Who wins?

May 15, 2017

Have you ever wondered how long it took to make the bread you are consuming?


Well, as much as this question may sound pointless while the bread is in your hands, its answer tells you all about how healthy it is.


Bread: How it’s made?

Sourdough Vs commercial bread Healthy Happy Us Beirut Lebanon

Sourdough Starter Culture

Bread is mainly made of flour, water and salt. To ferment bread and have a tasty airy textured loaf, the healthy bacteria are needed. This bacteria is naturally present in organic untreated flour and is required to make up the sourdough starter. It is exactly the same process as in yogurt making whereby a bacterial starter is needed.


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)


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.