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Khair Newsletter April 2014

Spreading Goodness...

Not sure what to shop online.. We’ll share a few ideas.

Are you struggling in the social me- What’s hip and hap for dia sphere? the fashionista WAHM. Check out the latest work-at-home mum’s resource.

Wellness Month! Are you ready to take back your life?

Going crazy for vinyl

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FOR MORE INFORMATION

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Letter from the editor... To all the hard-working (or hardly working ;)) mums who read our newsletter, I’d personally like to extend my sincere gratitude. If it weren’t for you there would be no point to this publication and it will be through you that it keeps growing into something great.

thingy, but we’re okay with still calling it our famous

Khair Newsletter! To advertise your business, to make your voice heard, to swap recipes, to ask questions about motherhood or anything else, to raise issues or awareness, to rally support for a cause, or just to add a little fun to the lives of your fellow sisters send in all of your contributions to khair.newsletter@gmail.com.

Yes, we’re still mediocre when compared to the big kids, but hey; we’ll get there if we just help each other to climb higher. The Khair Newsletter is dedicated to you. It’s ALL for you! I want you to achieve success - as a mother, as a business woman, in your career, and in your home.

Have a fantastic holiday month! Go camping, and shopping, and get as much sleep as you can!

This month we tried our best to bring you a more ‘professional’-looking and well laid out newsletter that’s probably kind of in the middle of an identity crisis. I guess we’ve turned into some sort of magazine-type

Until next month… Yours Sincerely, Shahnaaz Patel-Randeree

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In Khair Newsletter this month... Green Tea… page 6

Get out and get camping… page 8

Wellness month. The lowdown on getting better… page 20-21

The active Muslim woman…

page 22-23

In the Store Page 28

Social Media help for work-at-home mums Page 34 5


BENEFITS OF GREEN TEA By Irfaana Mahomed

Modern medical research has clearly demonstrated the many health benefits of green tea, a drink made from the leaves of the tea plant (camellia sinensis). Tea is the most consumed beverage in the world after water and has been used by man for over 5000 years. Much of its benefits have been attributed to a number of potent antioxidants found in the tea leaves called polyphenols. These substances are also present in other plant foods like cocoa. More recently however researchers have focused on another substance that is found only in tea leaves. It is a unique, amino acid called theanine that accounts for tea’s relaxing while energizing effect as well as many of its medicinal benefits. Theanine is the predominant amino acid in green tea leaves and gives tea its characteristic taste. THEANINE FOR STRESS Though it contains small quantities of natural caffeine, green tea has a calming effect that can be explained by the action of theanine. It actually balances the stimulatory effects of caffeine on the nervous system. Researches have demonstrated that theanine creates a sense of relaxation in approximately 30-40 minutes after ingestion by two actions. First, it stimulates the brains electrical activity to produce alpha brain waves. This creates a state of relaxation and mental alertness similar to that achieved through meditation. Second, theanine influences the brains chemistry to increase the level of 2 neurotransmitters, dopamine and serotonin. These important brain chemicals produce feelings of well-being and relaxation. People under stress may use theanine to alleviate its negative effects without becoming sedated, as theanine doesn’t make one drowsy. 6


THEANINE FOR LEARNING AND CONCENTRATION Theanine enhances the ability to learn, remember and concentrate, a reason why historically monks and scholars have incorporated tea drinking as an aid to meditation and study. It seems to be even more effective when you are stressed and your mind is preoccupied by many thoughts by allowing you to focus on the task at hand. A 2007 study found that it even synergizes with caffeine to boost the activity of brain cells. Researchers found that as little as 100 milligrams of theanine enabled people to focus beta on complicated tasks, when consumed with 60 milligrams of caffeine a combination found in roughly 4 cups of green tea. THEANINE AND CANCER A 2002 study published by Sadzuka found that theanine may help improve the quality of life of cancer patients by improving the efficiency of cancer drugs and through its relaxing effects. Theanine increased the concentration of anti-cancer drugs in tumors while reducing the levels of anti-cancer drugs in the healthy tissues, where they are not needed. This served to improve the effectiveness of the treatment while decreasing its side effect. Theanine itself also inhibited the growth of cancer tumors Surveys in Japan, where green tea is very popular, showed green tea drinkers had a much lower incidence of liver, pancreatic, breast, prostrate, lung, oesophageal and stomach cancer. THEANINE FOR BLOOD PRESSURE AND CHOLESTEROL Japanese researchers report that theanine reduces high blood pressure, but has no effect on normal blood pressure. Theanine was also found to reduce cholesterol levels in humans, and prevent good cholesterol from turning bad through oxidation. THEANINE FOR WEIGHT LOSS Green tea helps with weight loss, and according to a 2004 Japanese study, theanine contributes to this effect. In this research on animals, theanine administration lowered body weight, body fat and blood fat. Green tea even in large amounts is associated with very few side effects. It’s all natural. 7


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Camping Activities Paint walking sticks Make S’mores in a cone

1/2 cup milk chocolate chips, or more to taste 12 ice cream cones 1/2 cup miniature marshmallows, or more to taste 12 12x12-inch squares of heavy-duty aluminium foil

Nature scavenger hunt

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Not sure what to pack for your trip outdoors? Here’s a lovely range of modest track suits and swimwear made in Cape Town.

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Blueberry and Banana Ice Cream

Ingredients 1/2 banana, frozen and chopped into ½ inch slices 1/2 cup frozen blueberries 1/2 cup 2% cottage cheese 1 tablespoon of your favourite chopped nuts   

Instructions 1. Put the banana and blueberries in a small food processor or blender. Process until

it’s in small chunks. 2. Add the cottage cheese and process until smooth, scraping sides down as necessary. Put your “ice cream” in a bowl and top with chopped nuts. If desired, return to freezer for 5 minutes or so before eating. Notes This tastes the best when made with very ripe, frozen bananas. Under-ripe bananas taste starchy. When bananas start to get over-ripe, peel them, cut them in half, score them without cutting all of the way through (this makes them easier to break into small pieces when needed later), wrap them in plastic wrap, and put them in the freezer.

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A chocolaty, gluten-free and sugar-free cookie that’s sure to please your sweet tooth! These freeze great too and no need for thawing, so you always have a sweet treat on hand to satisfy those cravings.

Chewy Chocolate Cookies Ingredients           

2 large organic eggs 1 cup raw unsalted creamy almond butter 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar 12 drops KAL liquid stevia ½ cup xylitol or ¾ cup coconut sugar ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder 2 tablespoons buckwheat flour ½ teaspoon baking soda ¼ teaspoon sea salt ¼ cup unsweetened shredded dried coconut (optional)

Instructions 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line 2 cookie sheets (I use an 18 x 13 cookie sheet) with parch-

ment paper. (I use the same parchment paper later to store them.) 2. Beat eggs with an electric-mixer in a medium bowl and then add almond butter, vanilla, apple cider vinegar and liquid stevia. Do not mix the rest of the wet ingredients together. 3. Add dry ingredients (xylitol, unsweetened cocoa powder, buckwheat flour, baking soda, sea salt and dried coconut, if you so desire) in a separate large bowl and whisk together. 4. Combine the wet and dry ingredients and mix well with an electric-mixer until thoroughly mixed. At first it will seem too dry, but keep mixing and it will form into a thick, fudgelike dough. Finish mixing with a spatula to make sure it is well mixed. 5. I use a 1 ½ tablespoon cookie scoop to evenly portion out the dough onto a cookie sheet. Flatten the cookies gently using the back of a spoon or your fingertips. 6. Bake for about 12 minutes. The cookies will be soft and moist on the inside. It’s a little hard to tell when they are golden brown because they are already brown…so I tend to cook them about 12 minutes, they will still be gooey and moist on the inside! Cook less when in doubt, they firm up as they cool… do NOT overcook. 7. Cool the cookies on a cooling rack for 10-15 minutes. After they are completely cooled use parchment paper to separate them and store in a ziplock bag or airtight container. 13


Broccoli soup Ingredients 1 fresh flower/head of broccoli 1 onion 1 potato Butter Greek-style yoghurt Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions 1.

Boil the broccoli, onion, and potato until soft.

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Blits to a smooth mixture.

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Add salt and pepper to taste.

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Before serving, and a tablespoon of yoghurt.

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Serve with extra freshly ground pepper, and (optional) butter.

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Destined to become your “go to” gluten-free white bread recipe, this incredible version will get rave reviews from both gluten avoiders and wheat eaters alike. Ingredients 1 TB active dry yeast 1 cup warm water 1 TB granulated sugar 1 1⁄2 cups white rice flour 1⁄2 cup corn-starch

White Sandwich Bread Loaf

1⁄2 cup potato starch 1⁄2 cup sorghum flour 1 TB xanthan gum 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1⁄4 cup canola oil 3 large eggs Directions: 1. Lightly coat a 9 x 5-inch bread loaf pan with oil. 2. Combine the yeast, water, and sugar in a small bowl and stir to dissolve. Allow to “proof” and bubble, about 8 minutes. 3. Meanwhile in a large bowl whisk together the rice flour, corn-starch, potato starch, sorghum, gum, and salt. In another bowl lightly beat together the oil and eggs. 4. Beat together the yeast mixture, dry ingredients, and egg mixture until well combined. Dough will be loose and sticky. Spoon into the prepared pan and allow to rise in a warm location for 1 hour. 5. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Bake the bread until the crust is golden brown and a tap on the top sounds hollow, 22 to 28 minutes. Cool slightly before removing from pan and cool completely before slicing. Makes 1 loaf

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This easy one-bowl chocolate cake is dairy-free and tastes great iced with a fluffy coconut buttercream. Ingredients Gluten-free non-stick cooking spray or 16 paper cupcake liners 1 1/4 cups (5 ounces) white rice flour 1 cup (8 ounces) granulated sugar 1/4 cup (1 ounce) potato starch 1/4 cup (1 ounce) cocoa powder For the Fluffy Coconut Buttercream 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 cup coconut oil, softened but not melted 3/4 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum 1 (7 1/2 ounce) jar marshmallow crème (I used 1/2 cup vegetable oil Marshmallow Fluff) 2/3 cup coffee or water 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3 large eggs 1 cup shredded coconut, optional

Directions For the Cake: Adjust oven rack to middle position. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9- by 9- by 2-inch square cake pan with non-stick cooking spray or line 16 standard cupcake cavities with paper liners. Set pan(s) aside. In large mixing bowl, whisk together white rice flour, granulated sugar, potato starch, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, and xanthan gum. Add vegetable oil, coffee, and eggs. Using a handheld mixer, mix until a thick batter forms, about one minute. Spread batter evenly into prepared pan or spoon into cupcake cups. If making cupcakes, fill each cavity about 2/3 full. Bake until cake tester inserted into center of cake comes out clean, about 40 minutes for a square cake; 18 minutes for cupcakes. Cool cake on a wire rack. Remove cupcakes from pan after five minutes. Ice as desired when cool. If desired sprinkle coconut over cake or dip tops of iced cupcakes into coconut. For the buttercream: In medium mixing bowl, cream together coconut oil and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy, about 30 seconds. (Use high speed on a handheld mixer or medium-high speed on a stand mixer.) Add marshmallow crème and vanilla. Mix until fluffy. Spread on cooled cake or cupcakes. 17


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Being well doesn’t just mean that you aren't sick today, we all know that there is more to wellness than not having a runny nose, or a tummy ache at this particular moment in time; and while we might know at the back of our heads that our frequent headaches can’t be normal or that we just can’t shake that feeling of weakness and we need to… We don’t quite know where to start when it comes to wellness… Here are a few points that you need to know on your journey to being well:

Write down your goals From fitness to spiritual to intellectual goals, make a list and write them down! Do you want to learn something new every month? Are you trying to change your career path? You’ve always wanted to find your life’s purpose, here’s your chance. Need a few new friends to help you on your mission? This is where you figure out what you what from life right now at this moment in time.

Keep a journal Having a tough time sticking to your above-mentioned list? Write down all of the hurdles you’re experiencing, and you’ll find a way around them. It’s a known fact that if you write things down, you are more likely to see your thoughts in perspective. And while your mind is placing your thoughts into the correct pile, it’s probably going to start figuring out those hurdles. By the end of the exercise you’ll know exactly what you need to do! And you’ll feel a lot better, too.

Make your spiritual connection the most important Unlike our less-spiritual human counterparts, those who understand faith and the existence of a higher power know that taking any kind of step in this direction will spearhead your entire effort. Take the time to worship, learn and practice more often and the rest will be too easy!

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Get fit Get moving in whatever way you prefer. A good game of tennis always gets my heart pumping and clears my mind - and a clear mind is an essential step to wellness.

Don’t even think about dieting The worst thing that any can ever do to their bodies is not allow it as many nutrients as it needs. The whole talk about calories and eating less is, for me, so 10 years ago! Nowadays there are new discoveries. These discoveries are called superfoods. The more you eat of them, the better for you. Read this article for an inspirational story.

It’s okay to slip up, you just have to get back up onto that horse and just keep on a-riding! We aren’t perfect beings who never make mistakes. We have to accept and love ourselves for who we are and enjoy the life that we have the honour of living today. So love yourself enough to be well and appreciate your world around you. Most of all appreciate your time, you never know when it will end...

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Leather Riding Boot Tassel Ankle Boot

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Footwork @ Zando

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Red roll-up sleeve t-shirt Truworths - R180

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Mr Price R59.99

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4D Puzzles - London, England (1230 pcs) Was R549, now R399 @ Takealot.com

Let's Make Sandwich Crust Cutters R79 @ Yuppiechef.com

AMC Cookware 1 setting cutlery set R189 @ Grand Brandz

Marzipan Frida Kahlo Bracelet R120 @ Grand Brandz

Le Creuset Cappuccino Mug, 200ml - Marseille Blue R99 @ Yuppiechef.com

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Would you like to be a part of the Khair Team? Are you as dynamic and excitable as you think you are ;) That’s what we’d like to know. If you’re willing to find out please send in your CV to khair.newsletter@gmail.com We currently have 2 positions available:

Writer: Have an amazing story to tell? Or maybe you’d like to start a new career. If you have the necessary skills, we’d like to hear from you.

Advertising agent: We are looking for a vibrant individual who has experience in sales to find advertisers to invest in all this goodness. If you’re up for the challenge, be sure to send in your CV by no later than 30 JUNE 2014.

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What is Social Media For Mummies?

Are you a work-at-home mother finding it difficult to get found, to start making a profit? You’ve put in a whole lot of work and you’re getting so little out of your new business… It’s an all too familiar story. So many of our sisters will do absolutely anything to make some money on the side.

Social Media for Mummies is a virtual company based in Kwa-Zulu Natal. They offer hands on support for work-at-home mothers who are trying to get a business up and running (and online). From working on the best idea for your business to teaching you the ins and out of doing business online, they have a chunk of experience to point you in the direction that’s best for you.

Their Philosophy: “All mom's know that a strong support structure is vital when you have so much on your plate. We've dedicated our time to helping fellow mom's out with our social media skills. With maternal instinct in check, we're dedicated to sticking by you for the long haul.” 34 www.socialmediaformummies.com


Some of the services the team offers: 

Monthly Facebook strategies

Six month creative Facebook and Twitter campaigns

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They also have a referral rewards programme that allows you to earn a commission by referring paying clients to them. When a client referred by you purchases a web-design and hosting package from them (wait for it), they give you …

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Visit their website: www.socialmediaformummies.com And find them on Facebook.

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