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Experience Food with the Taste of Morocco

Experience Food with the Taste of Morocco

One of the main things that greatly contribute to the experience of traveling to Morocco is their intriguingly mouth-watering cuisine which is a deliciously exotic combination of Andalusian Spain, France, and Arabia.

Spicing Things Up

Once you step foot into the old souks and medinas of their imperial cities, the first thing that greets your entrance to their alleys is the bright colors and the strong aromatic scent of their spices. These are the areas where the Moroccan cuisine takes root, and where the people’s utter love for food is most apparent.

Moroccans are among the many people that combine a good number of spices in a single dish, and one of their most known mixture, the ras el hanout, is used on almost all of their dishes with a total of 27 spices. Commonly used daily are cumin, cinnamon, turmeric, paprika saffron, coriander, ginger, mace, garlic cloves, and cayenne pepper. They also use a number of herbs including oregano, peppermint, sage, and bay laurel.

A Feast of Unconventional Flavors

The Moroccan taste is also quite particular with their pastries having rich taste. Bread, being their staple food, even comes with various types namely khobz, baghrir, and msemen, depending on how they are prepared. Whole grain bread with a coarse texture is common in their bakeries as well as pulled pan-fried unleavened bread.

Aside from their generous use of spices and flavorings, their dishes are typically meat-based with beef, chicken, lamb, and mutton in the urban zones and seafood on the coastal areas. These can be served with the more famous couscous and tagine.

It must be noted that there is a heavy restriction with pork consumption due to the main religious practices. Other must-haves when going around on a food trip would be their spiced pastillas, the savory and thick bissaras and hariras, and their aromatic brochettes or skewers.

Meal-time Structure

Moroccans have a great love for food, both in preparing them and consuming them. They also observe order when taking their meals, and they would start with a light but tasty salad which can be hot or cold.

The main course then follows which mainly consists of the meat-based dished paired with a thick soup or a bissara and is eaten with tagine or couscous. Bread is a constant in every meal, and it will sometimes be used as a utensil for scooping food or sauces.

Many say that Moroccan cuisine is an acquired taste, but what people who rarely travel don’t understand is how this is a reflection of their love for companionship. So when you’re in Morocco, commune with the people, and enjoy the food they heartily prepared.

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Cauliflower as a Superfood

Cauliflower as a Superfood

Cauliflower is everywhere these days. It’s riced and served as a substitute for complex carbohydrates like mashed potatoes. Cauliflower pizza crust is wildly popular with those hoping to eat healthier. 

Cauliflower has its own fresh taste, but one of the great things about this veggie is that it easily takes on other flavor. It makes a wonderful base to highlight other flavors from savory to salty and everything in between. 

Here at Nayas Foods, cauliflower is the first ingredient in our Cauliflower Hummus. Our founder, Nadia Gara, created these hummuses by putting a twist on her family’s classic chickpea recipe so that her husband could eat it - talk about thinking outside of the box!

Here are some of the reasons we love this vegetable:

It helps your memory

Cauliflower contains choline, which assists in sleep, muscle movements, and memory. Let’s see your baguette do that! 

Toss fresh cauliflower into your salad or whip up an Asian-inspired dinner - your brain will thank you. 

It’s gluten-free and keto-friendly

Cutting out gluten or following a keto-only diet can seem restrictive, but cauliflower is here to help. This versatile vegetable is both keto and gluten-free, low calorie, and packed with nutrients. Often times, cauliflower serves as a replacement for starchy foods like mashed potatoes or even pasta.  

It’s high in fiber 

One cup of cauliflower contains about 10% of your daily fiber. Fiber can help you feel full and aids in digestion which makes for a very happy stomach. 

Not only is it high in fiber, but cauliflower also has Vitamin C, Vitamin K, potassium, magnesium, and folate making it a nutritious addition to your snack time.  

Got a craving for cauliflower? We don’t blame you. Check out our variety of plant-based cauliflower hummuses to satisfy your next snack attack.

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Everything You Need to Know About The Clean Keto Diet

Everything You Need to Know About The Clean Keto Diet

Clean keto is a diet that revolves around whole foods with a focus on nutrition and food quality. Following a keto diet puts your body in a state of ketosis, wherein your body will be burning fat instead of carbohydrates. 

High-carb and processed foods like pasta, breads, potatoes are not allowed as they will pull your body out of ketosis. 

So is there a “dirty” keto diet? Sorta - this term refers to a keto diet that is more loose. While your body may be in a state of ketosis, you may not be getting all of the nutrients you need and leaving your body susceptible to illness and disease. 

What kind of foods are on the clean keto diet? Think food you’d find on the outside perimeter of the grocery store. Lots of lean meats, fruits, and vegetables - as long as it’s not processed or starchy, you’re probably in the clear. 

Some clean keto veggies are: 

  • Cauliflower (like our hummus!)
  • Avocado
  • Broccoli
  • Eggplant
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes 
  • Zucchini

To make up for some noticeably absent veggies (RIP potatoes), these veggies can step in to take their place. Riced cauliflower and zucchini noodles make a normally carb-heavy meal lighter and keto-friendly. 

Because our main ingredient is cauliflower, Naya hummuses are keto-friendly options that also taste great. Shop our selection of products to feel like you’re treating yourself! 

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Benefits of Low Carb Diet

Benefits of Low Carb Diet

Are there really health benefits of following a low-carb diet?

The short answer: absolutely. 

Low-carb diets are great ways to get your health in check and a lifestyle choice that you can follow long-term. 

What does low-carb mean? This means cutting out complex carbohydrates like pasta, bread, and potatoes with a focus on fruits, vegetables, and proteins. Really - that’s it! You can count your macros to make sure you’re staying on track, but otherwise, there are no hard and fast dietary restrictions.

Here are some of the benefits of following a low carb diet:

Lose More Weight At The Beginning

If weight loss is one of your goals, a low carb diet can help you lose more weight right in the beginning. Reducing your carbohydrate levels can also lead to a decreased appetite, meaning no more hungry nights. 

Lower Blood Sugar and Insulin Levels

Following a low-carb diet has health benefits outside of weight loss too. Studies have shown that low-carb diets can drastically reduce both blood sugar and insulin levels

If you’re planning to follow a low-carb diet, be sure to consult with your doctor first. Some people with diabetes may need to drastically reduce their insulin levels, 

Promotes a Healthier Lifestyle Overall

Low-carb diets focus on adding healthy foods like leafy greens and protein to your diet, can help reduce “bad” cholesterol levels, and can even reduce the risk of developing diabetes.  

Reducing carbs is a great way to get your gut, mental, and blood health back on track.

You should consult your doctor before making any lifestyle change, but if you’re ready to dip your toes into the pool of low-carb dieting, Naya offers a range of delicious products that will make you look forward to dieting - no, really!

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Why Choose a Mediterranean Diet?

Why Choose a Mediterranean Diet?

Do you tend to give up on your diet two days in? 

Are you sick of eating bland food and going to bed hungry when you’re just trying to make a lifestyle change?

This diet is not some new-age creation. It’s based on the real diet that people in Italy and Greece ate in the 60s. 

It’s filled with healthy foods like vegetables, nuts, fish, and eggs. The best part? A glass of red wine is recommended each day! 

What are the rules?

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to the Mediterranean diet. If you follow the general guidelines of to-eat and not-to-eat, you’re on the right path. 

You should skip the following: 

  • Refined sugars
  • White bread
  • Pasta 
  • Processed foods

But these foods are allowed:

  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Whole grains
  • Legumes
  • Poultry 
  • Dairy 
  • Healthy fats 
  • Naya’s cauliflower hummus, of course!

Can I eat out?

One of the biggest perks of following a Mediterranean diet is that it’s flexible and most restaurants can accommodate your restrictions. When in doubt, opt for the fish or seafood option. 

How do I track my diet?

Another great aspect of the Mediterranean diet is that there is no need to count calories, track your macros, or do daily weigh-ins. As long as you’re following the foods to eat and eating in moderation, you’ll be golden.

The first thing for your Mediterranean diet shopping list? Shop our collection of cauliflower hummus to add some flavor to your menu.

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