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
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My Favorite Breakfast – Peanut Butter Oatmeal

Here’s a hearty breakfast treat to try at home for those who have the luxury of preparing a meal in the morning. You’ll need about 15 to 20 minutes (depending on how fast you are with the blade – I’m slow when it comes to chopping up the fruits…-_-) to get all the ingredients ready and to cook this delicious peanut butter oatmeal.

I’m a sucker for anything with peanut butter. Gotta have it everyday. What better way to indulge in one of my favorite foods than first thing in the morning? BREAKFAST – my favorite meal of the day. The importance of the morning meal can be found in the word itself — it “breaks the fast” and replenishes your body with energy and nutrients after a long night’s sleep. Oats, peanut butter and berries. Healthy, rich and delicious…. what’s not to love?

This recipe serves two. Sharing is caring :)
This recipe serves two. Sharing is caring 🙂

peanut butter oatmeal recipe

Ingredients

  1. One teaspoon of chia seed
  2. One cup of rolled oats
  3. One cup almond milk
  4. One cup water
  5. One tablespoon (or more if you like!) of peanut butter
  6. Salt to taste (totally optional)
  7. One teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  8. One teaspoon of raw honey
  9. One sliced banana
  10. One apple (chopped)
  11. A handful of blueberries (for topping)

 

I recently added chia seed to my food after watching the documentary ‘Hungry For Change’ and learning about all the healthy benefits it can do for you. This superfood helps to sustain blood sugar levels throughout the day as well as keep you from snacking in between meals.The little seed — which comes in either white or a dark brown and black colour — also has a huge nutritional profile. It contains calcium, manganese, and phosphorus, and is a great source of healthy omega-3 fats. You can get it at any organic store or online from The Organic Grocer.

8 GOOD REASONS TO START ADDING CHIA SEED TO YOUR FOOD.

1. Lose weight without starving – Chia seed keep you feeling full. When the chia seed is exposed to water or other liquids it begins to hydrate. When you eat this seed/gel combination, your body treats it like a big piece of food. It’s their ability to absorb 9 TIMES their own weight in water that keeps you feeling full. This means you can use even 1 teaspoon of seeds to get rid of hunger whenever you want.

2. Stabilize blood sugar – Chia is being studied as a potential natural treatment for Type-2 diabetes because of its ability to slow down digestion. The gelatinous coating chia seeds develops when exposed to liquids can also prevent blood sugar spikes. Blood sugar stabilization is important for health, energy and releasing body fat. Blood sugar may spike after meals, especially if you eat high-starchy food or sweets. Chai seed has unique combination of soluble and insoluble fiber combine to slow down your body’s conversion of starches into sugars.

3. Improved energy & performance – You don’t need a red bull for an extra energy. You need to add only chia seeds to your diet. The seeds have this handy way of slowing down the time it takes to convert carbohydrates into sugar. As a result your body benefits from a steady flow of energy. Chia seeds don’t contain any food colorings or preservatives; you’re getting a pure shot of energy, right where you need it. Many runners and athletes know this only too well.

4. Improved Mental Focus and Concentration – Chia’s Balanced Essential Fats (Omega-3 and Omega-6) Can Significantly Boost Brain Power…and Brighten Mood (EFAs are known for their anti depressive effects). Essential fats make cell membranes more flexible, and enable more efficient membrane function, including better nerve transmission and nutrient transport into cells. A healthy nervous system supports more efficient brain function. In fact, the essential fats in chia are well-known for helping improve brain function!

5. Get full faster! – Trytophan, an amino acid found in turkey is also found in chia seeds. While tryptophan is responsible for that strong urge to nap after a big Thanksgiving dinner for example, it also helps regulate appetite, sleep and improve mood.

6. Chia Seeds Are Nutritious – On top of the fact that chia seeds have more omega-3 than any other natural source, they are loaded with antioxidants, calcium, protein, fiber, and many other vitamins & minerals.

7. Gluten-Free – Unlike Typical Grain-Source Proteins, Chia Protein Contains No Gluten. Chia thereby is an ideal food for individuals having gluten sensitivity, carbohydrate intolerance, hypoglycemia, Celiac Disease, Crohn’s Disease, or for anyone wishing to avoid common gluten-containing grains like corn, barley, and wheat. (Moreover, simple carbohydrates—including high-gluten foods—are implicated in obesity and blood glucose instability, and generally provide poor nutrient-density.) Chia is a gluten-free, nutrient-dense alternative to grain-source proteins.

8. Chia Contains 20% or More Protein – a higher percentage than found in other grains, such as wheat, corn, rice, or oats. Plus, chia is high in natural antioxidants (unlike flax), which means it stays fresh far longer and supplies powerful dietary antioxidants.

The best part about this superfood is that you can add it to anything and just about everything. The seeds are tasteless so they won’t affect the flavour profile of your food, which makes them easy to integrate into your meals. They can be sprinkled whole on top of salads or toast or added milled to smoothies.

I also recently discovered Adam’s peanut butter from Ritual since they use it in their shakes. This delectable creamy peanut butter is made with 99% fresh roasted peanuts with just a dash of salt and contains NO artificial colors, flavors, preservative, NO added sugar and zero grams of trans fatty acids. It’s pretty much the healthiest peanut butter you’ll find in a jar. I tossed out my ol’ Jif after buying a couple jars of Adam’s from NTUC Finest.

Anyway, back to the recipe.

1) Stir in 1 cup of rolled oats with 1 cup of almond milk and 1 cup of water.

how to make an oatmeal

2) Add the chopped apple and banana slices. You could even use old bananas for this since it’s meant to turn soft and squishy. Continue to stir. My mouth starts to water right around this point – where I take a heap of peanut butter (about 1 tablespoon, or more if you like) and add it to the mix. Don’t waste a drop. Lick the spoon clean!

3) Add a teaspoon of chia seed in there, and a few swirls of honey.

how to peanut butter oatmeal

4) For extra flavor, use a bit of salt in your oatmeal. I use Stephen James Organics deep pink Himalayan salt. just a pinch will do, this step is entirely optional.

Stephen James Deep Pink Himalayan Salt

Who doesn’t love a sprinkling of ground cinnamon on fresh apple pie or atop a chai latte? I just love the smell. It’s also just one of those spices that tastes fantastic. Taste is not the only reason to love cinnamon. This super spice also provides health benefits similar to the chia seed.

Numerous studies show that cinnamon regulates blood sugar, making it a great choice for diabetics and hypoglycemics alike. That’s also great news for anyone who wants stable energy levels and moods. It reduces LDL cholesterol levels. LDL is also known as the harmful cholesterol. Reducing it may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

5) Sprinkle a teaspoon of ground cinnamon in the oatmeal and continue to stir until you find the consistency you like.

ground cinnamon for oatmeal

Making me hungry.
Making me hungry.

6) Top it off with another swirl of honey and berries. I added some strawberries to give it some color. Sometimes I’d skip the berries and top with chopped almonds instead. Love the crunch.

healthy breakfast ideas oatmeal

Go ahead. Give this recipe a try.

Go ahead. Give this one a try.

2 Healthy Ways To Use Lemon

I like to stock up on fruits at home because it’s a great to-go food when you’re in a hurry or hungry for a quick nibble. Fruits are the healthiest form of fast food!

What do you use lemons for?
Keep your fruits in the fridge if you buy them in bulk so it will last longer.

Charlie likes to use lemon for his Johnnie Walker cocktail. I prefer to drink lemon with just ice cold water. First thing I do every morning is drink a large glass of lemon water. It adds a zesty flavor to plain water which is not just refreshing, it helps to kickstart your digestive system and keeps your skin healthy and glowing as you stay hydrated.

Breakfast the other day: Plain oats, Special K, Carman's muesli, a dash of cinnamon, a teaspoon of ground flaxseed, yogurt and fresh blueberries. Maximuscle Promax Diet protein shake and lemon water.
Breakfast the other day: 1) Plain oats, Special K, Carman’s muesli, a dash of cinnamon, a teaspoon of ground flaxseed, yogurt and fresh blueberries. 2) Maximuscle Promax Diet protein shake. 3) lemon water.

Another use for lemon is to cook! One of my New Year resolutions is to eat in and cook more often. So lately I haven’t been able to stop looking at recipes online and  cooking healthy dishes at home for Charlie and I. He’s been a good taste tester and  food critic. I sometimes would imagine he was Gordon Ramsay and I was a Hell’s Kitchen chef cooking the best dish to please his appetite. Except he could never be that mean towards me even if the dish didn’t come out perfect.

Here’s a delicious healthy recipe that you should definitely tryout. I made it for the first time the other day and it was so easy and turned out wonderful! Charlie even said “I never expected this chicken breast could taste so flavorful.”

That made my day!

Rosemary Lemon Chicken Recipe

You’ll need:

Half a lemon
1 boneless chicken breast
1 sprig of fresh rosemary (chopped)
1 tablespoon of butter
2 garlic cloves (minced)
1 ziplock bag
Extra virgin olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste

Cooking for 1: Half a lemon, 1 boneless chicken breast, 1 sprig of fresh rosemary (chopped), 1 tablespoon of butter, 2 garlic cloves (minced)
Cooking for one person only: Half a lemon (oops, I forgot to slice the lemon into two for the picture), 1 boneless chicken breast, 1 sprig of fresh rosemary (chopped), 1 tablespoon of butter, 2 garlic cloves (minced)

Step 1: Put the chopped rosemary (save about 1/4 of it for later), minced garlic, about 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and the chicken breast in a ziplock bag and spread out ingredients evenly. Allow to marinade for a couple of hours. (I left mine to sit for an hour before and it still tasted great).

Marinade for a 2-8 hours for extra flavor!
Marinade for a 2-8 hours for the best flavor!

Step 2: Squeeze lemon juice.

While waiting for the chicken to marinade, why not roast potatoes in the oven?
While waiting for the chicken to marinade, why not roast potatoes in the oven?

Step 3: Remove the chicken from the ziplock bag and sprinkle some salt and pepper on both sides. You can skip the salt if you’re conscious about salt intake.

Step 3: Bit of salt and pepper to taste.
Step 3: Bit of salt and pepper to taste.

Step 4: Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat and add a bit of olive oil. Lay the chicken breast down and let it cook for about 4 minutes on each side. Remove the chicken from the pan and set it aside. You might wanna put it on a couple sheets of kitchen paper to soak up excess oil.

Step 4: Cook the chicken for 4 minutes or until golden brown. Don’t lift the chicken up to check for at least 3 minutes!
Step 4: Cook the chicken for 4 minutes or until golden brown. Don’t lift the chicken up to check for at least 3 minutes!

Step 5: You’re gonna have to do this step very quickly and make sure you have all the ingredients ready! Now, add the lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of water and the remaining 1/4 of chopped rosemary. Let it sizzle while constantly stirring the mixture with a spatula. Lower the heat and add the butter. Stir it in until completely melted. Mmm, your kitchen should be smelling hella good right now.

Step 5: Add the zest!
Step 5: Add the zest!

Final step (not pictured): Add chicken back to the pan, and toss to coat. Serve the chicken breast on a dinner plate and pour the remaining sauce over it.

Enjoy this simple dish with some roast potatoes, broccoli and brown rice.

Lemon Rosemary Chicken
Rosemary Lemon Chicken

(hat tip: no recipe required)

A Coke A Day For A Week

Found 3 of these Coca-Cola glasses in the kitchen cabinet. Figured Charles must’ve ordered 3 happy meals with his buddies when I wasn’t around/asleep. I can’t wait to show him this picture and see what he has to say.

1 coke per day for 1 week = 70 teaspoons of sugar

Would you like fries with that?

If you’re bored of drinking good ol’ plain water, add berries or mint leaves in your ice cube tray to make these refreshing drinks!

Berry ice-cubes
Citrus + mint ice cubes

(hat tip: blogs.babble.com & youaremyfave.com)

A Really Simple, Easy-To-Cook Salmon Recipe

Salmon is enriched with Omega 3, a “good fat” that may reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes and more. It’s a good source of B12, Niacin and vitamin D and is not only good for your diet, it is also very easy to cook.

You’ll need about 15 minutes to cook this simple dish.

You’ll need:
Salmon Fillet
Onion
Garlic

For seasoning, mix:
Sea Salt
Ground Pepper
Garlic Powder
Paprika

To complete the dish:
Steam any 2 vegetables of your choice. (e.g. broccoli, baby French beans, spinach)

Simple seasoning: Sea salt, ground black pepper, garlic powder & paprika.
Sauté salmon fillet in a hot skillet with chopped onions and garlic. Use extra virgin olive oil.

Allow the salmon to cook on top of the chopped onions and garlic. To avoid overcooking the salmon, remove it from the stove when it’s just slightly underdone and allow the residual heat to finish the cooking. This will result in salmon that is cooked through but not dried out. Flaking indicates the salmon is becoming dry and overcooked.

Some people like to eat the crispy fish skin but I prefer to have it removed. The skin comes off easily while being cooked.

Squeeze a bit of lemon juice and add parsley and you’re all done!

Sautéed salmon with steamed green vegetables.

Don’t forget to steam your vegetables before you start preparing the salmon dish. I like to add bits of Thai chili in my food for added spice. A

Enjoy!