A health freak mom's thoughts on health and all things healthy

Month: September 2009

Umbra

Umbra

Many people have never seen, eaten or heard of the umbra fruit. This fruit is called ‘sar lei’ in Cantonese or buah kedondong in Malay.  Umbra is sometimes used in fruit rojak, where the fruit will be dipped with thick rojak sauce (made of shrimp […]

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Foods That Burn Fat

Foods That Burn Fat

Did you know that by adding foods that burn fat to your diet, you can lose weight without working too hard, thus achieve a slimmer physique? Here’s a list of the various foods that burn fat and why they’re supposed to work: Foods that Contain […]

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Nutrients-Packed Almonds

Nutrients-Packed Almonds

I have been nuts over almonds ever since I went on a high protein-low carb diet 8 years ago, due to PCOS. Almonds are my all-time favorite snack, apart from walnuts, hazelnuts, cashew nuts, pine nuts, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds.  I love roasted almonds but they are not as healthy as raw almonds as the beneficial almond oil would have been destroyed in the heat during roasting.

Almonds are one of the most nutritious nuts. One teeny ounce of almonds contains 12 percent of your daily allowance of protein. And there is absolutely no cholesterol. You’ll also get 35 percent of your daily allowance of vitamin E, that valuable antioxidant with so many cancer-fighting qualities. And most of the fat in almonds is monounsaturated, also known as the “good” fat.

I bought a tub of ground almond the other day.  I would sprinkle it on my toasts, my eggs and on Baby’s eggs and porridge too.

This little super nut is also loaded with minerals like magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, folic acid and zinc, as well as lots of healthy fiber.

Of all the newly discovered benefits of almonds, one of the most exciting is the potential they may have to reduce cancer risks. Many of the nutrients found in almonds are believed to have positive effects on several different types of cancer. The monounsaturated fat in almonds may have a positive impact in the reduction of colon cancer. The phytochemicals in almonds can also inhibit tumor cell growth. A one-ounce serving of almonds provides more than 35 percent of your daily value of vitamin E. Many studies suggest this powerful antioxidant may protect against prostate and cervical cancers.

Reduce Heart Attack Risk – A Loma Linda School of Public Health study showed those who consumed nuts five times a week had a 50% reduction in risk of heart attack.

Lower Cholesterol –  almonds added to the diet have a favorable effect on blood cholesterol.

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My Kind Of Biscuits

My Kind Of Biscuits

My kind of biscuits are those that are multi-grained and multi-seeded, made from wholewheat, are low in sugar or sugar-free, free from sweet cream fillings and low in oil. Here are some of them: Fjord wholemeal rye flour crispbread with sesame seeds. Goes very well […]

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White Spots On Fingernails

White Spots On Fingernails

The other day, I noticed a small white horizontal line on one of Sherilyn’s fingernail. I wasn’t alarmed because once in a blue moon, I have it too. I have read somewhere that this could be a sign of a vitamin deficiency. Coincidentally, I also […]

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Crispy Seaweed Rice Puff

Crispy Seaweed Rice Puff

This is Baby’s new favorite snack :

Crispy rice puff with seaweed and sesame.  This was purchased from an organic shop.

The ingredients of the crispy seaweed rice puff:

Baby loves it so much she can chomp down 4-5 balls in one sitting. 

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Baby C Ate Pencil Lead!

Baby C Ate Pencil Lead!

This morning, my maid made me steaming mad again.  Baby had woken up early today.  Just as I was about to leave the house to jog, she woke up.  This time, I didn’t want to bring her along to jog as I wanted to buy […]

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Quick And Easy To Fix Lunch And Lunch Box

Quick And Easy To Fix Lunch And Lunch Box

This is Baby’s lunch yesterday : Organic veggie pasta in the shape of tiny flower pasta (made from spinach, beet root, durum wheat semolina and pure barley powder), chopped spinach, fried eggs, steamed fish with tomatoes and a drizzle of sesame seed oil. Also sprinkled […]

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Health Freak Baby Eating Cherry Tomatoes

Health Freak Baby Eating Cherry Tomatoes

Cherry tomato is another veggie that Baby loves. There is always a packet of organic cherry tomatoes in our fridge. It’s a very healthy snack and my 3 gals and I love popping them into our mouths whenever we feel hungry in between meals.  My gals and I love anything that is cooked with tomatoes. Just last week, we have had many dishes cooked with tomatoes – pasta with tomatoes, onions and minced beef, fried chicken with tomatoes, Baby’s porridge with tomatoes, tomato omelette and beet root soup with tomatoes, sweet corn and carrots.  I plan to steam fish with tomatoes for Baby today!

Giving her some veggie / snacks to feed herself during meal times is one sure way of getting Baby to sit still on her highchair.

One is definitely not enough mummy, I want more, nice!

Be very careful when you feed your toddler with cherry tomatoes.  They are small and slippery and are a high risk choking food.  Cut them into halves and let them eat under your watchful eyes.   Some kids are also allergic to tomatoes. So watch out for any signs of allergy.

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Cracked heels

Cracked heels

I’ve been having cracked heels for several years now. I’ve tried almost every cracked heel cream in the market including Vaseline petroleum jelly but none really works. Each time I show the hubs my cracked heel, he would suggest bringing me to see a skin […]

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