Oh My Gosh, Shrimp ‘n Squash

Shrimp n Squash Salad

I cooked squash for the first time and I’m really digging this new combo. And by cook I mean simply throwing it in the steamer. Honestly not even sure what kind of squash this wash…i mean was; but I’m going back to the supermarket to get more.

Squash is known to be great for your skin because of its extremely high vitamin A content which is needed for sebum production that keeps hair moisturized. Vitamin A plays an important role in the growth of all bodily tissues, including skin and hair. 

Now the best part about this dish is not the squash though. It’s lé spicy shrimp. I like to take a bit of shrimp in every bite.

Recipe: Marinate peeled shrimp with coconut oil or evoo, minced garlic, cayenne pepper and paprika. Sauté for about 2 minutes on each side or until the shrimp have turned opaque or pinkish orange. Add fresh sweet basil and Thai chili to infuse aroma and spice.

For the salad I used butterhead lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes and steamed broccoli. If you like to eat raw broccoli, by all means, but I prefer the taste of steamed broccoli with a bit of pink Himalayan salt and freshly ground black pepper.

If you’re steaming both the squash and broccoli, make sure to remove the broccoli first or you’ll end up with overcooked broccoli (which is ew) . I use a rice cooker to steam them and it takes roughly ten minutes for broccoli to cook and about twenty minutes for the squash.

Down It Pepper Hot.

The first thing I do in the kitchen every morning is prepare this detoxifying, immune-boosting tea. If you like Bloody Mary or love to add spice to just about everything, you’ll take this drink like camel to water. Be careful though; you gotta drink it hot. No pun intended.

TeaToxifying

The ingredients: Your favourite tea (I usually go for English breakfast or green tea, but you can even skip this if you’re not feelin’ it), a couple thin slices of ginger, juice of half a lemon (preferably organic, so you can use its peel in the drink too) and a dash of cayenne pepper.
Lemon and ginger have been known to work together to promote digestion and circulation while also helping to detox the body. Combining cayenne with lemon increases the detoxing effect and raises the temperature of your body, increasing your metabolism. Besides giving me a boost of energy, I find that it also helps my body get warmed up before my morning yoga practice. 

Split Headstand WIP

An Apple A Day…

When I was a little girl I fainted on an escalator due to hypotension and chipped off half of my two front teeth. My dentist wouldn’t be happy if he saw this photo. He recommends that I slice the apple instead of biting into them to save my teeth from chipping away. I usually do but this time I wanted to test how strong they are!

Fay Bites

You don’t need me to tell you that eating an apple a day keeps the doctor away…. But did you know that it can also help you cut back on calories? You are likely to eat less (at least 200 fewer calories!) if you eat this crunchy snack before a meal. Apples are my “fast food” because I can grab it to-go, eat it as it is, and the best part; they are 100% organic and healthy.

 

Clean And Green with Hyflux Fruit And Vegetable Washer

I’m not going to lie; I struggle to eat healthy sometimes. I find myself craving for sugary snacks when I skip breakfast or when I get caught up in the day. That’s why I like to get a head start to healthy living by getting my nutrients in the morning.

Making green juice or smoothie has become part of my daily routine. Starting the day with a fresh glass of green juice is a guaranteed way of making sure that my body gets a clean and energetic jumpstart. It also seems to prevent me from making bad food choices later on in the day.

Since I’m making all that effort to start healthy, I wasn’t going to throw it all away by eating junk.

I try to make sure that I stock up on at least three or four different vegetables and fruits in the fridge. Part of the juicing preparation involves cleaning the produce. Whether or not I buy organic, it’s important to make sure the produce is thoroughly washed, especially for juicing as they are consumed raw and uncooked.

Organic fruits and veggies can still get contaminated! If you think about it, organically grown produce has to leave the farm to get to the supermarket and chances are: a few hands will touch it before it makes it into your grocery bag.

The Hyflux DEW Fruit and Vegetable Washer D818 not only helps to prolong the storage life of fruits and vegetables, it effectively kills microorganisms in the produce by up to 99% via safe ozone reaction. Bye-bye bacteria!

Ozone is a strong oxidising agent which kills microorganisms by breaking down their cell wall. No chemicals are required in the disinfection process – all I need is electricity and water.

Hyflux Fruit Vege Washer

The Washer was brand new when I received it so to prepare it for its first use, I had to perform an ‘initial purge’ – basically let it run on its own for fifteen minutes.

Hyflux Fruit Vege Washer 2

Simply add water to the 4 litre mark and connect the Washer to a power supply with the supply cord. Ensure firm connection, turn on the switch and press the power key twice.

Initial purge 15 mins

 

The red light indicates that the Washer will run for fifteen minutes. There are two only two modes on the power button –

10-Minute Wash Mode

Press the power key ONCE and the LED light will turn GREEN. Washing begins and will stop automatically in about ten minutes. This mode is recommended for fruits and non-leafy vegetables.

15-Minute Wash Mode

Press the power key TWICE and the LED light will turn RED. Washing begins and will stop automatically in about fifteen minutes. This mode is recommended for leafy vegetables.

By the time initial purge was complete, I had prepped all the fruits and vegetables I wanted to use for my green juice. You may discard the water from the Washer or save it in a bucket for watering the plants. No wastage here!

Vegetable prep

Place the fruits and vegetables in the Washer AND THEN fill it up with water up to the 4 liter mark. Avoid doing this the other way around as you want to make sure the water level does not exceed the 4 litre mark.

 Hyflux Fruit Vege Washer 3

 

Once the Washer has done its job, give the fruits and veggies a final rinse under the tap. Now they are ready to go in the juicer!

Hyflux Fruit Vege Washer 4

 

Here’s my favorite morning green juice recipe:

Green Immunity Juice

If you aren’t used to the veggie flavor of green juice, try adding another apple or carrot to sweeten the taste.

I call this the Green Immunity Juice because it’s high antioxidants and gives me a boost of energy when I don’t feel too great in the morning. Drinking this green juice gives me the energy like spinach gives popeye!

popeye eating spinach

The ginger adds a bit of spice which I find to be really refreshing in combination with the sweetness from the carrots and apple. It’s also great way to detox and fight colds. I like to add lemon to my juices because it helps to alkalize the body and restore pH balance. Remember to remove the peel to help keep the lemon from tasting too bitter in the juice.

Clean, green and mean drink!
Clean, green and mean drink!

Share your favorite green juice recipe and WIN a Hyflux DEW Fruit and Vegetable Washer D818!

To take part in this giveaway, leave a comment on this blog post with your juice recipe. I’m going to try them out myelf and pick the winner based on the healthiest and tastiest drink! You have TWO weeks until the deadline – 14 November 2014. (This giveaway contest is applicable to those residing in Singapore only.)

The Hyflux DEW Fruit and Vegetable Washer D818 is conveniently available at Selfix DIY stores, Takashimaya, OG and Hyflux Innovation Centre. Hyflux knows water like no other! Head down to their Customer Service Centre to find out more about their products:

Hyflux Innovation Centre
80 Bendemeer Road, Singapore 339949
+65 6297 9777
Email: support@hyfluxshop.com
Operating hours: Mon-Fri, 9.30am to 5.30pm (excluding weekends and PH)

Sneaky, Sneaky Sugar

Sigh. Why do “health and fitness food corporations” produce such misleading products for consumers?

questbar

As a huge peanut butter and jelly addict, I fell in love with Questbar after the first bite. A friend introduced it to me a while ago, and I decided to buy a box of a dozen while shopping for other health supplements on iHerb.com. I was impressed when I read the label – ‘No Sugar or Sugar Alcohols Used‘.

Lets not kid ourselves. Sugar-free peanut butter and jelly protein bar? That’s about as far fetched as a healthy cheese dog.  I read the ingredients on the back of the label (should’ve done that before…) and noticed that there was indeed SUGAR in the protein bar, except it’s named Sucralose. it’s really just another word for sugar. In other words, despite the deceptive labeling, the primary ingredient for my snack bar was none other than sugar.

Check your food label! Here are 45 food ingredients that are really just sugar in disguise:

Barley malt, beet sugar, brown sugar, high fructose corn syrup, corn sugar, cane sugar, corn syrup, brown rice syrup, cane-juice crystals, carob syrup, yellow sugar, date sugar, dextran, dextrose, diatase, diastatic malt, levulose, ethyl maltol, fructose, glucose, grape sugar, fruit juice, maltose, maltodextrin, honey, fruit juice concentrate, raw sugar, sucrose, sorbitol, molasses, mannitol, demerara sugar, galactose, maple syrup, panocha, powdered sugar, confectioner’s sugar, treacle, turbinado sugar, caramel, ethyl maltol, treacle, sorghum syrup., muscovado sugar, agave.

Labels tend to be very tricky and manufactures go to great lengths to make their products seem healthier. If you see any of the above ingredients, know that that it’s just another name for sugar.

The search for the best healthiest protein bar continues. Do you have a favourite protein bar? Please share!