Queen Rania, 52, shared that after returning from college, there is one particular dish that her children dream of – the Arabic dish, mansaf. The Jordanian royal, who has four children, spoke about the importance of teaching families about their local cuisine, as she spoke with the team behind a local food app in 2020.
Queen Rania met the founder of Bilforon, a platform that allows home cooks to sell meals online.
Mohammad Albattikhi launched the app in 2016, to provide talented chefs with a platform to start their own business and reach customers from their own kitchens.
Bilforon also started offering grocery delivery services as Jordan introduced movement restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic.
“I couldn’t get enough of my conversation today with the talented chefs who work with Bilforon – and I can’t wait to try their dishes!” Queen Rania opened up about the reunion on Instagram, as she shared an image from the day.
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“Hats off to the team behind this innovative app that makes it easy for women to market and sell their delicious home-cooked meals online.”
Queen Rania also shared a number of clips of her conversation with the Bilforon chiefs on her Instagram Stories, where she revealed her family’s penchant for mansaf.
“Through your efforts, you are doing something that I think is very important – keeping our children connected to Arabic cuisine, Jordanian cuisine,” she said.
“The first thing my kids want when they come home from college is a mansaf. They got used to it.”
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The lamb and rice dish is considered one of Jordan’s national dishes, along with the meat cooked in fermented dried yogurt.
“I always like my children to see an Arabic dish on the table,” said Queen Rania, mother of Crown Prince Hussein, 28, Princess Iman, 26, Princess Salma, 22, and the Prince Hashem, 17 years old.
She added: “Plus our food is healthy. Anything we cook at home is healthier than the fast food they get.”
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Fitness expert Namita Nayyar told Women’s Fitness that to stay in shape, the queen “follows the IG diet” and is an “avid runner”.
She added, “The glycemic index has been a popular weight loss tool to help dieters lose weight. Also known as the glycemic index diet, GI diet, and low glycemic index diet, it is basis of many popular diet plans.”
The GI diet is a popular weight loss tool that ranks foods based on their glycemic index, or how much blood sugar rises after consuming a small serving of carbohydrates.
The diet, also known as the low glycemic index diet, is based on how foods affect your blood sugar levels. The system assigns a number from 1 to 100 to foods containing carbohydrates based on how much each food increases in blood sugar.
If foods are rated over 70, they are classified as high, with 100 being pure glucose. Foods are moderate if they rank between 56 and 69, or below 55. It takes into account the foods you eat but also how you prepare them. Low GI diets promote fat loss and have been linked to weight and cholesterol reduction.
Dietitian Juliette Kellow commented, “The diet plan is really simple and sure to get results. You’ll love the GI plan if you want to lose weight on a balanced, healthy diet without cutting out major food groups or severely restricting what you eat.”
With the low GI diet, nothing is strictly forbidden, but certain foods are not recommended, including bread, pasta, breakfast cereals or noodles. Queen Rania is said to have eliminated these flour dishes from her diet, so she does not eat bread or pasta.
However, she allows herself a sweet treat once in a while and loves burgers, which King Abdullah would cook at home on weekends. The beautiful royal also loves dark chocolate, as she herself confessed.