Beat Diabetes Collaborates with Home Chefs to Create Healthy Iftar Inspirations

beat diabetesBeat Diabetes, the community-focused initiative by the region’s leading retail and hospitality conglomerate Landmark Group, has partnered with Dubai’s food enthusiasts – Nadia Parekh, founder of home-based catering company Mélange, as well as Nabih and Ghalia, home chefs and founders of Nabz&G – to create ‘Homey’s Guide to Healthy Ramadan Recipes’, a selection of 40 health-friendly recipes for the Holy Month of Ramadan. These recipes are free-to-download and available on

The Holy Month of Ramadan is an important time when millions across the region are likely to fast for up to 15 hours. For those observing the religious practice, being mindful of eating balanced, healthy meals is essential to avoiding irregular spikes or drops in sugar levels. Making healthful choices comprising whole grains, healthy greens and lean protein is vital during the holy month of Ramadan.

Nisha Jagtiani, Director, Landmark Group said: “Our Beat Diabetes programme is focussed on motivating the community to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Through our year-round initiatives, we encourage individuals to take three simple steps – Eat Healthy, Get Active and Take a Yearly Medical Test.

“The Ramadan Cookbook is a part of our various ongoing efforts to reach out to the community with healthy alternatives. We believe that by creating interesting and adoptable programs that can be weaved into the daily lives of people with ease and simplicity, we can help them embrace a better lifestyle.”

Through the free-to-download cookbook – Homey’s Guide to Healthy Ramadan Recipes, the Beat Diabetes initiative aims to provide an appealing selection of dishes for families to break their fast with. The cookbook offers tips to recreate well-loved regional and international recipes prepared using nutritious ingredients and alternatives.

The recipes range from traditional Middle Eastern treats such as Mahashi Khodra and Tabat Tamir repurposed in a contemporary style by culinary duo and raw food proponents Nabih and Ghalia of Nabz&G to international delicacies such as Fish en Papillote and Vegan Quinoa Chili created by Le Cordon Bleu trained chef Nadia Parekh of Mélange Dubai. The chefs have creatively infused superfoods with familiar, comforting ingredients to offer a tasty surprise to foodies looking for nutritious, occasion-appropriate fare, using easy to recreate techniques.

Each dish has been assembled with attention to the need for a balanced approach to eating, styled beautifully using Home Centre’s Ramadan Collection.Médéric Payne, CEO of Home Centre, said: “We are pleased to collaborate on this initiative that encourages the community to eat healthy. Our Ramadan collection gives customers a wide–range of stylised and designed products that work well with family – style Iftars. Together with the Beat Diabetes initiative, we wish to offer our customers a beautiful way to create a holistic and well-balanced Iftar during this holy month.”

Alongside the cookbook, the initiative will share interesting recipe videos, tips for healthy fasting and run fun competitions to engage the community. All this will be available on the website and across the initiative’s social media platforms:


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