• 16Oct

    There is this lady which sells organic veggie and fruits at the park near where I stay. She only goes there twice a week. Each time she comes, housewives and grandmas will flock her small stall at the pavement. Sometimes she will sell packets of mulberries. Sometimes she will blend the organic mulberries with sugar cane that she plants in her farm and sell the bottled juice, which will be all snapped up in a jiffy.  Whenever my mil is staying with us, she will buy mulberries from this lady and boil them with rock sugar as the mulberries are very sour. The boiled mulberries taste a tad like Ribena. I am a huge fan of berries of all kinds as I know how powerful they are in antioxidants and vitamins but I didn’t quite like mulberries, which are pretty sour if eaten raw. Since I am really into juice-making recently, I bought a packet of mulberries and blended them together with apples, oranges and carrots – all these of which are naturally very sweet. The juice turned out very refreshing and not sour at all. And my girls and big boss loved it!

    Food For Thought:

    Cancer Prevention
    Mulberries are a good source of resveratrol, a potent phytonutrient also found in grapes that researchers believe can prevent cancer and aid in the fight of existing cancers.

    Life Extension
    Because of their resveratrol content, mulberries may be a tool in one’s life extension arsenal, as resveratrol has shown in several studies to extend the life of mice.

    Blood Tonic
    In Chinese medicine, mulberries are considered a blood tonic, meaning that they cleanse the blood and increase its production, strengthening the entire system.

    Kidney Strengthener
    In Chinese medicine, mulberries are believed to strengthen the kidneys.

    Liver Cleanser
    In Chinese medicine, mulberries are believed to be effective in cleansing the liver.

    Better Hearing and Vision
    In China, tea made with mulberry paste is believed to strengthen one’s hearing and vision.

    Constipation Cure
    In Turkey, a treatment for constipation is to eat white mulberries on an empty stomach with a glass of water.

    Anemia Treatment
    Because they are quite high in iron, mulberries are a great food to use in the treatment of anemia.

    Cold and Flu Treatment
    In Turkey, mulberry molasses is used as a treatment for colds and flu. Their effectiveness in this way may be due to their high vitamin C content.

    Premature Gray Hair Remedy
    In several countries, mulberries are considered an effective remedy for prematurely gray hair.

  • 28Sep

    I have never like capsicums or bell peppers. Knowing how powerful this fruit is, I am beginning to fall in love with this fruit. I try to add capsicums into my veggie dish or simply eat them raw in stave off hunger pangs.  I will throw in some of these colorful peppers into my bi-weekly juicing too and must remind myself to get a bag when I do my grocery shopping today. And the next time I feel soreness in my throat, I better run to the market to get a bag of bell peppers to juice them for the anti-septic properties may help to treat the sore throat.

    Last week, I bought a punnet of baby bell peppers from the supermarket and have been eating them raw. They are sweet and crunchy and even my kids eat them, albeit they are not their preferred choice of fruits.

    The health benefits of capsicums far exceed that of many other fruits as it contains far more anti-oxidants that derive from its rich colors.

    The stronger the color of the bell peppers, the higher the concentration level of anti-oxidants. A small bell pepper could provide up to three times more of the recommended daily amount of vitamin C, much more than any citrus food.

    Each color of the bell peppers have different phytochemicals and provide different nutrients. Consumption of the variety of the colored peppers are recommended in order to benefit from all the nutrients.

    Yellow – lutein, zeaxanthin
    Red – astaxanthin, lycopene
    Orange – alpha, beta and gamma-carotene
    Purple – anthocyanin

    Bell peppers have very high content of vitamin A, C and E (all anti-oxidants) that help to effectively neutralize free radicals. Anti-oxidants protects the body from carcinogenic and toxic substances. Just by this virtue alone, it is a good remedy for many health problems.

    This fruit also has almost the whole range of vitamin B complex (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B9). Other minerals are potassium, manganese, thiamine, molybdenum, trytophan, copper, cobalt and zinc.

    Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal: The anti-septic properties in capsicum makes it effective in fighting food poisoning. Coupled with a good supply of probiotics, yeast and fungal infection problems, like ring-worm, shingles, athlete’s foot, etc. can be easily eliminated.

    Anti-aging: We all know that anti-oxidant is highly effective in helping to protect the skin from free radical damage known to cause signs of aging.

    Blood clots, prevent: The very high content of vitamin C in capsicum makes it very effective in preventing blood clot, thus preventing strokes.

    Cancer: All the colored capsicums contain very high anti-oxidant and phytonutrients that are especially helpful in preventing cancers of the bladder, cervix, pancreas and prostate.

    Cholesterol: These colorful juices can significantly help to reduce cholesterol. The concentrated anti-oxidant fights oxidative stress that is the main culprit in oxidizing the LDLs in our blood. In the process, it also retards the development of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and lower blood pressure.

    Cold feet: During the winter when you have cold feet, cut up capsicum and put them in the socks. The mild “hot” will help keep your feet nicely warm.

    Digestive system: Capsicum is a stimulant herb. It helps relieve gastrointestinal problems like indigestion, stomach ulcers, colic, dyspepsia, diarrhea and even help reduce excessive flatulence.

    Immune system: The strong content of vitamin C stimulates white cells to fight infection, naturally building a good immune system.

    Metabolism, enhanced: Increases our body metabolism by lowering triglycerides which are stored in our body fats. This helps to burn calories more effectively.

    Nose bleeding: The rich vitamin C helps to heal, repair, build/strengthen the lining of the mucous membranes to prevent nose bleeds. Mix capsicum juice with lotus root juice for better effect.

    Optical system: The high vitamin C and beta-carotene makes capsicums especially beneficial in preventing eye problems like astigmatism, cataracts and macular degeneration.

    Pain relief: Capsaicin in capsicum blocks transmission of pain, so it can help relieve pain to a certain degree. It is also effective for eliminating headaches and migraines.

    Respiratory problems: The high level of vitamin C coupled with flavonoids make capsicum a very good food that helps prevent respiratory problems like asthma, emphysema, wheezing, lung infections, etc.

    Sore throat: Gargle some capsicum juice to help eliminate a sore throat. The anti-septic properties does the work super well.

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  • 21Sep

    Before the kids came along, I was a health freak who would diligently make fruits and vegetables juice several times in a week for my hubs and myself. After the kids’ arrival, everyone in the house including the helper have never been busier. Within a time span of 5 years, I popped 3 babies. Life has been crazy with 3 screaming babies – for me, the helper and everyone else in the family LOL! Now that my girls are bigger, things are more settled… albeit life is still as crazy! I have recently fished out my juicer, wrapped in layers of plastic bags to start juicing again! The health benefits one can reap from drinking freshly squeezed fruits and vegetables juice are vast. I now make fresh juices for my hubs, kids and myself 2-3 times in a week.

    My juices normally consist of carrots, celery, cucumber, green apples, oranges, beet root (my girls hate beet root juice though), guava and banana.  I normally throw in 4-5 varieties of fruits and vegetables.

    My 3YO girl has just gulped down half a cup of fresh juice here… and is now enjoying 1/4 slice of avocado. I am including lots of fruits and vegetables in this girl’s diet, to help combat the severe constipation that she frequently suffers from.

    Do you juice too? What’s your favorite concoction of juice?

    And what type of juicer do you use? I am still contemplating buying a more advanced juicer, i.e. one that can even juice a fruit without the need of removing the seeds and core. My current juicer does not do a thorough job. My helper has to put the fruits into the juicer twice to adequately extract the juice from the fruits.

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  • 13Sep

    The man whom I normally buy vegetables and meat from on the mobile market van sells sour sop fruits occasionally. He told me that sour sop can be used in soups and extolled the health benefits of sour sop, citing that it is good for reducing cholesterol, killing cancer cells, etc. So for the second time, I bought a huge sour sop from him. The first time, I ate it raw but had to throw 3/4 of the fruit away as I had cut it when it was not sufficiently ripe. This time, I made soup with the sour sop. I threw in some lean pork, red dates, preserved big dates, chinese wolfberries or gei chee and dried longans.

    And my pot of sour sop soup turned out very tasty. It has a tang of sourness from the fruit with sweetness from the red dates, big dates and longans. The kids loved it too. Will definitely make this soup again soon.

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  • 29May

    The other morning, I bought a soursop from my regular supplier of veggie and meat as I could not remember ever eating it before and I wanted to try after hearing and reading so much about the goodness of soursop. The seller told me that the soursop was still very raw and recommended to me to have it boiled as soup with some pork ribs. So I bought a medium size soursop which cost over RM6. After leaving the soursop in my kitchen in room temperature for about 2 weeks, I got impatient and decided to cut up the fruit, though the fruit did not feel completely soft.  After it was cut up, the inside was still hard. And it did not taste pleasant. It tasted like a cross between a tasteless raw pineapple and ‘fun kok’ (a root used to boil soup). That’s the price to pay for being impatient. I should have waited for another week for the entire fruit to ripen. I was told that a ripe soursop is very sweet and the flesh is creamy and soft.   I forced myself to eat a quarter of this tasteless, hard fruit while telling myself that this stuff is chokefull of health benefits.  My mum suggested that I cooked veggie curry with this fruit but I had left it in the fridge and had forgotten all about it until a week later.  It ended up in the bin, sigh.  The next time I buy a soursop, I’ll make sure I choose a completely ripe one to enjoy it.

    Food For Thought:

    Soursop health benefits:

    1. Prevents UTI (Vitamin C)
    Soursop is an excellent source of vitamin C, a nutrient which increases the acidity level of urine, resulting in decreased number of harmful bacteria that may be present in the urinary tract.

    2. Prevents constipation (Fiber)
    Go natural! Let this fruit’s rich fiber content be the solution to problems in bowel movement.

    3. Prevents leg cramps (Potassium)
    It contains half the potassium in bananas. Lack of potassium, together with magnesium, calcium and sodium (also known as electrolytes) in the body can cause muscle weakness and cramping.

    4. Prevents water retention (Magnesium)
    Women who experience water retention before their monthly period would benefit from the soursop’s rich magnesium content. It may help alleviate this annoying premenstrual symptom.

    5. Helps the body produce energy (Thiamin)
    Feeling a little tired? Eat soursop! It can supply the body a good amount of thiamin, the B vitamin which is needed in aerobic energy production, the process when oxygen is used to help convert sugar into usable energy.

    6. Keeps bones healthy (Copper)
    It is loaded with the trace mineral copper. Calcium contributes only about 25% to the prevention of bone loss as magnesium, manganese, zinc and copper are also equally crucial for healthy bones. Zinc and copper boost the effectiveness of vitamin D, which promotes the absorption of calcium.

    7. Boosts good cholesterol levels (Niacin)
    Worried about your cholesterol? Fresh fruits and veggies are the perfect choice! Soursop is a good source of niacin, a vitamin which studies show has significant benefits on levels of HDL, the good cholesterol

    8. Prevents pregnancy complications (Folate)
    This spiky fruit contains folate. Studies have proven that folate intake during pregnancy prevents deficiency in pregnant women. A lack of this mineral during pregnancy may contribute to birth defects and pregnancy loss.

    9. Helps prevent anemia (Iron)
    It can provide iron which prevents the common blood disorder anemia – a condition in which the blood lacks enough healthy red blood cells. RBC is responsible for the distribution of oxygen to the body tissues, giving the body energy.

    10. Helps prevent migraines (Riboflavin)
    Headache? Try soursop! It has riboflavin. Several studies have shown that high riboflavin intake helps prevent migraines.

  • 26Nov

    I like to eat my grapefruit by cutting it into half, then juice it. If I slice the grapefruit and eat it from the skin, I find it super messy and the acidic juice tend to sting the skin surrounding my mouth.

    Thus, I find that drinking the juice of the grapefruit is the most efficient and fastest way of eating my grapefruit!

    Health Benefits of Grapefruit
    1) Citric acid of fresh grapefruit juice has an alkaline reaction that increase the alkalinity in the body. The fruit juice has been found useful in treating many diseases caused by too much acid in the body system.

    2) Grapefruit is a rich source of pectin. Pectin is a soluble fibre that helps to lower blood cholesterol.

    3) Pink and red grapefruits contain high amount of lycopene. Lycopene is an antioxidant that is know for lowering the risk of prostate cancer.

    4) Grapefruit stimulates appetite and posses unique ability to burn away fat, for many years people have used the fruit to lose weight.

    5) Prevent and treat diabetes – eating grapefruit can help people lose weight which in turn can decrease the risk for diabetes.

    6) Grapefruit peel is rich with pectin which is used for the preservation of other fruits. The peel oil can also be use as soft-drink flavouring.

    7) The pulp of grapefruit is valuable in relieving constipation. When wholly taken, it supplies healthy bulk to aid bowel action.

    8) The bitter properties of grapefruit can remove the burning sensation of fever and is excellent remedy for influenza.

    9) Grapefruit contain natural ‘quinine’ which is used to treat malaria. This ‘quinine’ can be extracted by boiling a quarter of a grapefruit and straining the pulp.

    10) The protective plant chemicals found in grapefruits induce the production of enzymes that help to prevent cancer.

    11) Grapefruit juice inhibits a special enzyme in the intestines that is responsible for the natural breakdown and absorption of many medications.

    12) Eating grapefruit daily seems to alleviate rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and other inflammatory disorders symptoms.

    13) Grapefruit juice is extremely rich in vitamin C and potassium. Therefore, it is used as a medicine in scanty urination caused by kidney, liver and heart disorders.

    14) Grapefruit is a natural source of soluble dietary fibre that offers many health benefits.

    15) Grapefruit juice can boost anti-cancer drug.

    Other grapefruit benefits include: Waste from grapefruit packing plants can be converted into molasses for cattle. The hulls can be used for soil conditioning, when combined with the dried pulp it can be used to feed cattle. Old grapefruit trees can be salvaged to use for firewood.

  • 12Nov

    I bought a Dole Tropical Gold sweet pineapple from Jusco the other day. It was delicious, juicy and sweet but it cost a whopping RM7 each!! Last week, I saw it at a fruit stall and it was selling at RM7.80 each and I bought it too. I love sweet pineapples and can even polish off the whole head of pineapple all by myself! I love to eat pineapples after a heavy meal as they are good for digestion.

    Goodness of Pineapples
    Pineapple is loaded with Vitamins and Minerals. The benefits of pineapple are all the vitamins and minerals the fruit is loaded with. Its nutrients include calcium, potassium, fiber, and vitamin C. It is also low in fat and cholesterol.

    Pineapple Strengthens Bones
    One of the benefits of pineapple is that it helps to build healthy bones. Pineapples are rich in manganese, a trace mineral that is needed for your body to build bone and connective tissues. Just one cup of pineapple provides 73% of the daily recommended amount of manganese. The benefits of pineapple can effect the growth of bones in young people and the strengthening of bones in older people.

    Pineapple is Good for Colds and Coughs
    While many people often take extra vitamin C or drink extra orange juice when they have a cold, few consider eating pineapple. The benefits of pineapple when you have a cold or cough are the same as the benefits of orange juice, but there is an additional benefit of pineapple. Bromelain, which is found in pineapples, has been found to help suppress coughs and loosen mucus.

    I just discovered that pineapples can help suppress coughs and loosen mucus. So the next time you have a cough and phlegm, instead of going to the doctor’s office, go get a head of pineapple and chomp down a few slices. Who knows it really works in treating your cough!

  • 01Sep

    Hubby bought some miniature honey dews from the fruit stall. When we saw it, we had no idea what it was. It didn’t look like the regular honey dew with smooth pale green skin. Instead, there were yellow and pale yellow stripes, which made it look like a pumpkin.  The size of the miniature honey dew is around the size of a huge guava with seeds.

    This is how it looks like inside. It tastes exactly like honey dew but ain’t very sweet. Nothing special about the taste of this special miniature honey dew and it’s expensive too.

    Honeydew Melon Nutritional And Health Benefits
    Honeydew melons have similar nutritional benefits of summer and winter squash.
    Honeydew melons are low in calories and high in their water content. They provide an
    excellent source of vitamin C and are also a very good source of potassium, copper,
    and B vitamins (including thiamine, niacin, B6, and pantothenic acid).

    Due to their high water content and combination with potassium, honeydew melons
    are helpful in maintaining healthy blood pressure levels. They also provide several key
    nutrients that are particularly beneficial for healthy skin.

    Honeydew melon is low on calories and has no fat or cholesterols, so it is recommended to consume it instead of desserts if you want to lose weight in natural way. However it contains 14 grams of natural sugar per cup so it should not be eaten too much.

    Another substance that honeydew melon is rich in is folate and therefore it improves cardiovascular system and prevents heart diseases. Folate is essential for proper brain function. If one is low in folate they have more chances to develop Alzheimer’s disease. Folate is especially important vitamin for pregnant women. Having enough of folate will keep your baby healthy and will help your baby develop well.

    New researches show that honeydew melon can help in prevention of diabetes and also some types of cancer.

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  • 28Apr

    My mil bought a very huge sour sop from Ipoh the other day.   I can’t remember if I had ever tasted soup sop before in my life. Well, it tasted very much like apple custard but the flesh has a tinge of sourish taste and the sour sop that she bought had very few seeds. None of my kids liked it unfortunately because of the rather pungent smell. Not many people can stomach the smell, just like how some people love durians and some people just loathe at the sight of durians. My mil and I had to finish off the fruit over a few days.

    Soursop is not only a delicious and healthy fruit but it is used medicinally to treat illness ranging from stomach ailments to worms.

    1. Soursop seeds which have emetic properties can be used in the treatment of vomiting.
    2. Soursop leaf decoction is effective for head lice and bedbugs.
    3. Soursop crushed fresh leaves can be applied on skin eruptions to promote healing.
    4. Soursop juice of the fruit can be taken orally as a remedy for urethritis, haematuria and liver ailments.
    5. Soursop juice when taken when fasting and it is believed to relieve liver ailments and leprosy.
    6. Speeds the healing of wounds, the flesh of the soursop is applied as a poultice unchanged for 3 days.
    7. A decoction of the young shoots or leaves is regarded as a remedy for gall bladder trouble, as well as coughs, catarrh, diarrhea, dysentery, fever and indigestion.
    8. Mashed leaves are used as a poultice to alleviate eczema and other skin problems and rheumatism.
    9. The root bark is use as an antidote for poisoning.
    10. Soursop flowers are believed to alleviate catarrh.
    11. Decoction of leaves used as compresses for inflammation and swollen feet.

    In the past few years, the story about the miracle discovery of Sour Sop (also known as Graviola or scientifically named as Annona muricata) as a natural cure for cancer has definitely shocked the modern medical science, especially in advanced medical countries, such as America.

    Nutrient Value per 100 grm:
    i. Vitamin: C 20.6
    ii.Calcium: 14
    iii.Iron: 0.6
    iv.Calories: 66
    v. Dietary Fiber: 3.3g
    vi.Protein: 1g
    vii.Cholesterol: 0mg
    viii.Sodium: 14mg
    ix.Sugars: 13.54g
    x.Total Carbohydrate: 16.84g
    xi.Total Fat: 0.3g
    xii.Saturated Fat: 0.05g
    xiii.Monounsaturated Fat: 0.09g
    xiv.Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.06g

  • 10Dec

    Cantaloupe is one of the fruits that my daughters love very much. They are sweet and when eaten chilled, they are really refreshing. This is how Alycia loves to eat her cantaloupe:

    I’ve tried cutting the cantaloupe into easy-to-eat bite size but she prefers to eat it this way. And I hate the mess she creates on her hair and clothes when she eats her cantaloupe this way. I have to clip up both sides of her hair to prevent the hair from touching the sticky sweet juice.

    Fruit For Thought:
    Cantaloupe is full of health benefits and is extremely nutrient-packed, yet has very low calories.

    This wonder fruit is highly concentrated with excellent levels of beta-carotene, folic acid, potassium, vitamin C and dietary fiber. It is also one of the very few fruits that has a high level of vitamin B complex,  B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), and B6 (pyridoxine).

    Cantaloupe is rich in anti-oxidants that can help prevent cancer and heart diseases.

    Health Benefits

    The high amount of beta-carotene and vitamin C (anti-oxidant) in cantaloupe makes it an excellent fruit in helping to prevent many degenerative diseases.

    Anti-coagulant: A unique compound in cantaloupe helps decrease the viscosity of the blood, hence preventing the abnormal formation of blood clots in the cardiovascular system.

    Arteriosclerosis: Regularly consuming vitamin C retards the development of hardening of the arteries.

    Cancer prevention: The high vitamin C content acts as a good anti-oxidant that protects cells from damages by free radicals. Regularly drinking juices high in anti-oxidants keep cancer at bay, especially against intestinal cancer and melanoma.

    Cataracts: The natural vitamin A from beta-carotene in this juice lowers the risk of cataract and generally helps improve your vision too.

    Cholesterol: Drinking juices high in anti-oxidant has been proven to fight the oxidative stress that is the main culprit in oxidizing the LDLs in the blood.

    High blood pressure: Potassium in this cantaloupe helps excrete sodium, thus bringing down high blood pressure especially in those with salt-sensitive hypertension.

    Immune system: The strong content of vitamin C stimulates white cells to fight infection, naturally building a good immune system.

    Insomnia: A special compound in cantaloupe relieves the nerves and calm anxieties. A help for insomniacs.

    Menstruation problems: For women, drink this wonder juice around the time of menstruation and it will help reduce heavy flow and clots.

    Muscle Cramps: A deficiency in potassium can cause muscular cramps and greater susceptibility to injury. Drink cantaloupe juice to prevent these.

    Pregnancy: The high content of folate (folic acid) prevents neural tube defects in infants.

    Quit Smoking: The natural nutrients and minerals found in this juice provides a synergistic combination that helps the body recover from nicotine withdrawal of one who is trying to quit smoking. Smoking also quickly depletes the vitamin A in a smoker, but cantaloupe juice can help replace it with its beta-carotene.

    Stress: When going through a stressful period, keep this musky melon on the side and drink its juice regularly. The potassium content helps to re-balance and normalize the heartbeat. This in turn sends oxygen to the brain and regulates the body’s water balance.

    Water retention: Especially in pregnant women, cantaloupe juice helps your body excrete excess sodium, thus reducing water retention.


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I am a WFHM with 3 beautiful girls - Alycia, Sherilyn and Cassandra. I quit the job that I love to stay home with my 3 angels as that's what I've always wanted to do. I am a health freak, fitness freak and a clean freak too. I love to eat and live healthily and I want my kids and hubby to do the same too. Apart from being obsessed with good health, I am obsessed with fashion! I own an online store that sells ladies and kids clothing. Check out my online store at Old & New Stuff For Sale

I always believe that your health is your wealth and if you have good health, that's the best gift you can ever ask for from God.

Do check out my other blogs Health Freak Mommy and Health Freak Mommy’s Journal too!

I have been writing product reviews, food reviews / restaurant reviews and product advertorials since 2007. Please email Shireen at shireenyong@gmail.com to inquire if you are interested to place an advertorial or review in this blog.

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