By Saiyed M. Fauzan Ali
A new day is a fresh start full of opportunities, and we need the right amount of energy to make those personal goals happen. Hence, it is highly important that our first meal should consist of all the necessary ingredients that provide an instant boost to our brain and body function. Although, technology and advancement have provided us with a variety of foods to add to our early day meal, however, those sugary cereals and the fat-enriched spreads that look so tempting are often unhealthy and addictive. These foods contain preservatives that are not only harmful, but they also keep us from performing at our level best. With that in mind, organic is the new sexy. So, here is something straight out of the book of a collection of the recommended medicines and foods by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (ṣallā llāhu ʿalayhi wasallama). A few months back, a friend of my mom gave her this incredible recipe of a cereal called Talbina, which is made with merely organic and healthy ingredients. This miraculous dish is made with Low Fat Milk, Barley, Dates, and Honey, and the priceless recipe for preparing this wonderful dish is found in Tibb-e-Nabawi.
How to Prepare Talbina
To prepare this amazingly delicious and powerful meal, you need to first cook whole grain barley until it gets tender and soft. Now add freshly chopped dates and barley to low-fat milk, and cook it over low heat for about 15-20 minutes, until the color of the mixture becomes slightly pink, and the milk is reduced. Turn off the heat, and store it in an airtight box. Now, all you need to do is that take out some of the Talbina Cereal mixtures in a bowl, add warm milk, and a tablespoon full of honey. Voila! Your Talbina Cereal is ready.
The Core ingredient of this dish is Barley, which is an outstanding source of soluble and insoluble fiber. Moreover, Barley is also found to be high in Beta-Glucans, which contain a substantial amount of β-D-glucose polysaccharide. Hence, Barley plays a significant role in strengthening the immune system. Moreover, Barley is also found to be a rich source of B Vitamins, Iron, Zinc, Magnesium, Phosphorus, and most importantly, Chromium. Scientists have found that Chromium has the ability to enhance insulin sensitivity, and improve protein, carbohydrates, and lipid metabolism. A health study Published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition confirmed that Barley has a very low Glycemic Index, which means that the carbohydrates present in Barley are slowly absorbed and metabolized, hence, causing a very low rise in the blood sugar levels. As a result, it promotes weight loss, reduces the risk of heart disease, and prevents Type II diabetes. Moreover, it is also light on the stomach (Truswell, 1992).
Similarly, Milk is a high source of protein and other important minerals. A most recent health study published in the current year (i-e 2018) reported that protein-enhanced foods, especially the ones containing milk adds value to the meal and aids the individuals to achieve their protein and sports nutrition targets (Maughan, et al., 2018). Likewise, adding dates brings extra energy to the meal. A critical Review published in the Food Science and Nutrition Journal reported that dates are considered to be a super-food that aids in the strengthening of bones and prevents osteoporosis (Al-Farsi and Lee, 2008). Another health study published in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition confirmed that dates provide instant energy, and pacifies the feeling of hunger (Al-Shahib and Marshall, 2003).
Hence, Talbina is a high potential functional food. There are a number of studies that report the benefits of this revering dish. For instance, a study published in the Journal of American Science proved that Talbina provides an abundance of beneficial bacteria to the human gut (Hathout and Aly, 2010). Another amazing fact of this marvel food was reported in a health study published in the European Journal of Pharmaceutical and Medical Research. The study reported that Talbina has a favorable Anti-depressant like profile, and works best in the treatment of depression and stress (Abdelaziz, 2016). Come to think of it, 1400 years ago, this theory was already ascertained by the Prophet Muhammad (ṣallā llāhu ʿalayhi wasallama). Wow!
To sum it up, Talbina is an amazing breakfast that keeps your energy levels at optimum, prevents all sorts of diseases, and the best part about this meal is that the sweetness present in Talbina comes from the natural sugars present in Milk, Honey, and dates. Hence, everything is completely organic about this venerating food. Have a bowl early in the morning, it will help you grind and shine.
Abdelaziz, E.Z., 2016. Pycnogenol and talbina can ameliorate the antidepressant effect of desvenlafaxine in depression-like behavior in mice. Eur J Pharm Med Res, 3(120), p.126.
Al-Farsi*, M.A. and Lee, C.Y., 2008. Nutritional and functional properties of dates: a review. Critical reviews in food science and nutrition, 48(10), pp.877-887.
Al-Shahib, W. and Marshall, R.J., 2003. The fruit of the date palm: its possible use as the best food for the future?. International journal of food sciences and nutrition, 54(4), pp.247-259.
Hathout, A.S. and Aly, S.E., 2010. Role of lactic acid bacteria as a biopreservative agent of Talbina. Journal of American Science, 6(12), pp.889-898.
Maughan, R.J., et al., 2018. IOC consensus statement: dietary supplements and the high-performance athlete. International journal of sports nutrition and exercise metabolism, 28(2), pp.104-125.
Truswell, A.S., 1992. Glycaemic index of foods. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 46, pp.S91-101.