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

Month: August 2011

Extremely Chapped and Dry Skin

Extremely Chapped and Dry Skin

Not me but my 7.5YO girl. I got a shock of my life about 2 weeks ago when I touched her palm. I felt as if I was touching the hands of my grandfather or the hands of a heavily labored construction worker for the […]

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Cassandra’s Little Prayer To God

Cassandra’s Little Prayer To God

Every night before going to bed, I will pray with my 3 girls. This morning, Sherilyn told me that she prayed with her baby sister the night before as I was still working on the computer. Sherilyn told me that this was Baby’s prayer: Dear […]

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Scooby Doo Mushroom Soup Pasta

Scooby Doo Mushroom Soup Pasta

“Scooby Dooby Doo where are you, we need your o o rrr help…..!!”  Up until today, the Scooby Doo cartoon jingle still jingles in my head very vividly. Scooby Doo, the funny and helpful big brown dog was my favorite cartoon when I was a child.

When I saw Scooby Doo tri-color pasta at Cold Storage, I was more excited than my girls and jumped on the opportunity to buy a packet!

And made healthy and tasty mushroom soup pasta for my pasta-craze girls.

Ingredients used:
2 sachets of Campbell’s MSG-free mushroom soup powder
2 punnets of fresh mushrooms
Diced carrot
Onion and garlic
Ground pepper
Sea salt
2 slices of cheese
1 packet of Emborg whipping cream 200ml
2 tablespoon of Dutch Lady growing up milk – for a more creamy texture and added nutrients

I made a large portion of the mushroom sauce and deep freeze a portion for future consumption.  Mummies, do try this for your kiddos and I am sure they will lurve it, just like my 3 fussy kiddos.



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Maybe That’s Just What She Will Be

Maybe That’s Just What She Will Be

The doctor who operated on Baby’s eye chalazion was himself a patient of recurrent eye chalazion when he was a little boy. He, too, had his eyes operated on several times when he was a child. The pain that he went through as a little […]

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Healthy Homemade Sushi For Kids

Healthy Homemade Sushi For Kids

When my kids, especially Alycia (who is the most fussy eater of the three) get bored with fried noodles, fried rice, noodles soup and sandwiches for lunch, I make them something that all of them love to bits – sushi and California rolls. My version […]

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Radish Health Benefits

Radish Health Benefits

I love radish, all types of radish – white skin radish, pink skin radish and green skin radish. I read that there is even black and purple radish, something that I have never seen. I love radish eaten in all forms – whether minced and raw, which is used as a condiment at Japanese restaurants, braised, stir fried or used as a ingredient in soups. I boil radish soup every week and my girls love radish soup too, especially after watching Kung Fu Panda 2 as Kung Fu Panda’s adoptive dad always cooks radish soup 😀

My bowl of radish soup boiled with pork ribs and red dates, another nutrition booster for my kiddos.
Some old folks told me never to cook carrots and radish together due to some counter-reaction that the 2 roots cause. I am not sure if it’s well documented or not and I never cook them together, to be on the safe side. I must google search on this.

Food For Thought
Article extracted from http://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/health-benefits-of-radish.html

Jaundice: Radish is very good for the liver and the stomach and it is a very good detoxifier too, that is, it purifies blood. It is miraculously useful in jaundice as it helps removing bilirubin and also checks its production. It also checks destruction of red blood cells during jaundice by increasing supply of fresh oxygen in the blood. The black radish is more preferred in jaundice. The leaves of radish are also very useful in treatment of jaundice.

Piles: Radish is very rich in roughage, i.e. indigestible carbohydrates. This facilitates digestion, retains water, cures constipation (one of the main causes for piles) and thus gives relief in piles. Being a very good detoxifier, it helps heal up piles fast. Its juice also soothes the digestive and excretory system and this also relieves piles.

Urinary Disorders: Radishes are diurectic in nature, i.e. increase production of urine. Juice of radish also cures inflammation and burning feeling during urinating. It also cleans the kidneys and inhibits infections in kidneys and urinary system. Thus it helps a great deal in curing urinary disorders.

Weight Loss: Radishes are very filling, i.e. fills your stomach and satisfies your hunger easily without giving you many calories, as they are low in digestible carbohydrates, high in roughage and contain a lot of water. It is a very good dietary option for those determined to lose weight.

Cancer: Being a very good detoxifier and rich in vitamin-C, folic and anthocyanins, radish helps cure many types of cancer, particularly those of colon, kidney, intestines, stomach and oral cancer.

Leucoderma: The detoxifying and anti carcinogenic properties of radish make it useful in treatment of

Leucoderma. The radish seeds are used in this case. They should be powdered and soaked in vinegar or ginger juice or cows urine and then applied on the white patches. Eating radish also aids treatment of Leucoderma.

Skin Disorders: Vitamin-C, phosphorus, zinc and some members of vitamin-B complex, which are present in radish, are good for skin. The water in it helps maintaining moisture of the skin. Smashed raw radish is a very good cleanser and serves as a very efficient face pack. Due to its disinfectant properties, radish also helps cure skin disorders, such as drying up, rashes, cracks etc. and also refreshes it.

Kidney Disorders: Being diurectic, cleanser and disinfectant, it helps cure many kidney disorders. Its diurectic properties help wash away the toxins accumulated in the kidneys. Cleansing properties clean kidneys up and lessens accumulation of toxins in the blood, thereby decreasing their concentration in the kidneys. Its disinfectant properties protect the kidneys from any infections too. Thus it is good for overall health of the kidneys.

Insect Bites: It has anti pruritic properties and can be used as an effective treatment for insect bites, stings of bees, hornets, wasps etc. Its juice also reduces pain and swelling and soothes the affected area.

Fever: It brings down the body temperature and relieves inflammation due to fever. Drink radish juice mixed with black salt. Being a good disinfectant, it also fights infections which cause fever, thereby helping cure it.

Respiratory Disorders, Bronchitis and Asthma: Radish is an anti congestive, i.e. it relieves congestion of respiratory system including nose, throat, wind-pipe and lungs, due to cold, infection, allergies and other causes. It is a good disinfectant and also rich in vitamins, which protect respiratory system from infections.

Liver and Gallbladder: Radish is especially beneficial for liver and gallbladder functions. It regulates production and flow of bile and bilirubin, acids, enzymes and removes excess bilirubin from the blood, being a good detoxifier. It also contains enzymes like myrosinase, diastase, amylase and esterase. It protects liver and gallbladder from infections and ulcers and soothes them.

Other Benefits: Apart from above benefits, radish is a good appetizer, mouth and breathe freshener, laxative, regulates metabolism, improves blood circulation, is a good treatment for headache, acidity, constipation, nausea, obesity, sore throat, whooping cough, gastric problems, gallbladder stones, dyspepsia


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Inquisitive Toddler

Inquisitive Toddler

Baby is a very inquisitive toddler. She asks very logical questions all the time. These days, I get a lot of whys, whats, how and whens from her. She will ask me things like what does a fly eat, where does the snake sleep, how […]

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Corsets and Bustiers Perhaps?

Corsets and Bustiers Perhaps?

After the birth of Alycia my eldest daughter, my boops were in the best looking shape ever! I was really proud of my assets but the happiness did not last long. After the birth of girl #2 and #3, my once pride and joy shrunk! […]

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Chawan Mushi For Breakfast

Chawan Mushi For Breakfast

My girls are great fans of Japanese food, just like their daddy. Japs food can be really expensive. So I make my own sushi and chawan mushi for my 3 pernickety eaters. Besides saving cost, what makes me happy and satisfied is seeing my 3 little ones chomping down their food happily. My next try is Tempura prawns and fish, a request from my #1 food critic – Alycia.

Baby, my petite mini me eats eggs everyday, a step I take to plump this skinny girl up. I have a variety of ways of cooking the eggs too – hard boiled, half boiled, fried, scrambled, omelette, steamed with pork, eggs pancakes, French toast, Chawan Mushi and the list goes.

Here is Baby’s cup of Chawan Mushi for breakfast and it took me many tries and errors before I got the right consistency of smooth steamed egg.


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Skydiving

Skydiving

Once, Alycia who saw some skydivers ‘flying’ in the sky told me that she would like to try skydiving. I told her NO. There is no way I will allow her to try this high-risk and high-adrenaline rush activity, even if she was insured with […]

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