March 31, 2015

Almonds: The Health Benefits

Allergy-friendly, Gluten-Free, Healthy & Safe


Almonds is one of the most nutritious snacks with a low caloric content.  One of the healthiest choices especially for families with allergen sensitivity issues, and individuals with medical history of chronic diseases and cancer.  Not just that, but also for any individuals who choose to live a healthy life.

Why Almonds?

Almonds is one of the top choices because of its several nutritional benefits that can contribute to healthy lifestyle.  Primarily, they are a good source of:

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  • Vitamin E, which is an antioxidant that contributes for the formation of healthy blood cells and tissues.
  • Folic Acid, keeps the neural tubes healthy especially on pregnancy.
  • Protein, which is necessary for healthy muscles, blood and organs. 
  • Fiber, a good source that aids in the cleansing of the digestive system.
  • Iron helps carry oxygen to all of the body's cells and organs.
  • Zinc, which aids in wound healing and is involved in protein metabolism. It is also important in the development of the reproductive system.
  • Copper, which helps carry oxygen throughout the body and helps keep bones, blood vessels and nerves healthy.
  • Magnesium is used in building bones, making protein, releasing energy from muscles and regulating body temperature. It's also needed for calcium and potassium balance in the body.
  • Phosphorous is the second most abundant mineral in the body. It helps build strong bones and teeth, and helps the body uses protein, fat and carbohydrate.
  • Pytochemicals have protective or disease preventive properties.
 


 
What are the Health Benefits of Almonds?
  1. It reduces the risk for chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.
  2. It reduces the risk of birth defects.
  3. It is a good source of energy.
  4. It prevents constipation, diverticulosis, colon and rectal cancer.
  5. It lowers ‘bad’ cholesterol level and improve blood sugar control.
  6. It protects arterial damage.
  7. It helps build strong bones and teeth.
  8. It provides healthy fats and aid in weight loss.
How do we incorporate Almonds in our diet?

Easy! I have partnered with Nuts.com to raise awareness of the important health benefits of almonds in our diets.  If you are new to almonds incorporating into your diet, you can get ideas from their site with a wide variety of almond products such as:
  • Almond Flour, as substitute to regular whole wheat or all-purpose flour used for baking.
  • Almond Milk, as substitute to regular whole milk.  It is especially best for families with dairy and gluten allergies.
  • Almond Butter, used for sandwich spreads, especially used by families with peanut allergies and have gluten-free diets.
  • Almond Paste, used for cakes
  • Chocolates with Almonds
  • Almonds covered with chocolates, yogurts and other delectable delights that will surely entice your little ones at home.
My family are chocoholics.  Chocolate is a good medium when incorporating anything new to our diet.  Chocolate covered almonds is a huge hit in our household, which we love mixing it with other stuffs we love when making trail mixes for school, movie nights and road trips. For added fun, we coat our own almonds with the kind of chocolate flavor we love.  Almond butter is next when making sandwiches for after school snacks.  And when kids are tired of regular milk, I give them almond milk as a treat. We love almonds!

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March 13, 2015

Tuna Salad Bunwich

A Meatless Friday Lunch Post

Lent is here and I have been wanting to make a post about lunches we can pack for families observing the Lenten Season.  Lent is the season for penance and prayer before Easter.  Typically Catholic families fast or abstain from meat, and other activities they love as part of their penance, as they pray.  For devotees, there's hardcore fasting and abstinence happening around this season.  Some don't actually eat on Fridays, which I honestly can't survive.

I grew up in a household that actually remove one meal in a day, and just 2 small meals for the other 2.  No snacks.  So when hunger strikes, water is your best friend to flush out gastric juices, and push hunger away.  One great way to lose weight.  Ha! 

My family and I love food.  We can actually live without almost anything except food.  So I asked the kids to come up with stuffs they can abstain in observance of Lent.  No answer.  So I suggested, we all stay away from meat like chicken, pork and beef.  The only meat we can eat is seafood, like fish, clams, crabs, lobsters etc.  Still yummy I know.  So I just limit our meat intake to fish and shell foods.  And no eating out on Fridays. All agreed.
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So today's lunch is our leftover breakfast that I never get the chance to eat.  So I packed it and brought it to work for lunch.  I snatched my daughter's soy drink, and mandarin orange fruit pack with purple grapes to keep me filled till dinner time.  And lots of bottled water.

My daughter had 2 bean and cheese burrito, grapes and soy drinks as well.  My son ate in school. Cafeteria served cheese quesadilla, fruits and milk.  Hubby had tofu and spicy eggplant with rice. Morning was rough for me so no pictures for those yumminess were taken. 

Do you abstain or fast on Lenten Fridays?  Show me your lunch.  You can post it on Instagram and tag @OhMarieOh so I can see.

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March 12, 2015

Vongole


Last year my sister had a break from work and finally visited us in summer.  She stayed with us till after my daughter's 8th birthday in December.  It was a wonderful time to catch up and bond again.  The kids loved her around. The last time we saw each other was back in 2010.  Though we facetime and Skype regularly, nothing beats up close and personal.  Her stay with us gave me a huge break in the kitchen as well.  She's one great cook, who pleasantly served dishes to us meal after meal.  One of the meal that caught our attention was Vongole.  It was our first to have this dish.  My kids devoured it each time it's served.

But when I tried it in my kitchen, I couldn't do it just the way she did.  She cooks by taste. She doesn't keep a recipe in hand.  So if you ask her, she'll give you the ingredients, but the rest is up to you. Oh boy!

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Just like most, I struggle in the kitchen too from time to time. And when I say struggle, that means trouble.  Before I could really whip up a meal, I have to check several recipes and make sure it tastes good in my mind.  When I can't visualize its outcome, it's a no-no.  So just imagine that.  Chaos huh?!

I experiment a lot. I try recipe after recipe.  Often, I modify it till I get the right yum for my family.  I have been experimenting on Vongole that I couldn't get it right.  It's just Vongole for some,  but somehow the recipes I tried just didn't quite hit the right "umph" for my buds. Nothing close to her Vongole.  Finally last night, I hit it off.  I included the recipes  for you to try and let me know how you like it. Critique me!  Perhaps you can help me twist it a bit for a better appeal.

The Recipe

Ingredients:
1 package of spaghetti noodles, cooked according to package instructions.
2lbs clam, shelled
1 cup clam juice
extra virgin olive oil
1 stick butter, unsalted
1 Tbsp garlic, minced
1 medium onions, thinly sliced
3 tomatoes, diced
salt & pepper to taste
red pepper flakes, optional
Gouda cheese, grated
dry white wine
herbs (basil, cilantro, thyme, lime)

Procedure:
  1. Cook spaghetti noodles according to package instructions.  Set aside.
  2. Boil 2 lbs of clam in a pot of water. Save 1 cup of clam juice for later.
  3. In a separate skillet, heat olive oil and butter.  Saute onion till tender.  Add in garlic,diced tomatoes.  Let it cook for 5 minutes till tomatoes are soft. 
  4. Add in clams, a cup of its juice, white wine, salt and pepper. Let boil.
  5. Add in herbs of your choice.  We used cilantro for this particular dish.  Simmer for another 3-5 minutes.
  6. Pour on noodles. 
  7. Serve with grated Gouda Cheese on top with red pepper flakes for a little kick.
Serves: 6-8

Leftovers may be packed on any Easylunchboxes for school or work the following day.  Pack them with your favorite side dish, such as fruits, Hawaiian dinner rolls, or trail mixes on yogurts.


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February 4, 2015

The Best Homemade Kids' Lunches on the Planet

A Lunchbox Digest for Healthier Eating


Hello everyone!!

On July 2014, Laura Fuentes, owner of  Momables released her first cookbook entitled, The Best Homemade Kids' Lunches on the Planet - Make Lunches Your Kids Will Love with Over 200 Deliciously Nutritious Lunchbox Ideas - Real Simple, Real Ingredients, Real Quick!

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Beautiful, isn't it?

The book cover isn't fancy at all, but the content is overflowing with lots of genuine information that every family must know. It surpassed my expectations. An absolute keeper.  I even bought a Kindle Edition to access the recipes whenever and wherever I want.

It is best for school lunches, picnic snacks, beach outings, amusement park trips, or even finger foods party that is geared towards healthier eating. Mostly are homemade,with lots of tips on how to maximize ingredients, pack hot lunches, and more.

The Best Homemade Kids' Lunches on the Planet is more than just a cookbook for me.  It is packed with so much information on interesting lunch packing tips, tricks, strategies, and inspirations to get started.  The first part of the cookbook has excellent guide on stocking your fridge efficiently, and even lunchbox gears to invest on, at least for people who are new to lunch-packing, which I know in some point of our lives, we've been there too.
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The table of contents are very organized.  You don't have to rummage through the book just to find what you are looking for.  They are categorically placed under meal types, such as: breakfast, sandwiches, hot lunches, treats and desserts.

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Its fully-colored vibrant pictures next to the recipes made it even more inviting to try them out. You have a visual idea on its finish product. What's even wonderful is her presentation on lunchboxes.  It gives you a creative idea to serve foods more appealing to kids, better portion control, and type of side dish that goes well for a particular entree.  I believe that presentation is the key to lunch packing success for any types of eater, picky or not, big or small. Don't you agree?

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We are not sandwich-packers. We love varieties in our lunchboxes, which I must admit, is tough for any moms, working or SAHM.  This is why The Best Homemade Kids' Lunches on the Planet is a great tool for someone like me.  This cookbook is my best friend.  It accompanies me in the kitchen all the time.  Not only there, but also on doctors' appointments, airports, and even in the car while waiting for kids' dismissal.   I just can't get enough.  And that is not in any way exaggerating.

If you are new to Momables, you will find this cookbook handy.  It is allergy-friendly, homemade, and makes use of ingredients that are easy to substitute for the purposes of dietary restrictions. It makes use of simple ingredients.  Not a lot.  Just enough to make each entree delectable.  It even teaches you how to maximize the use of your ingredients.  Economical in every way.  If  you can't get enough of it, Momables actually have a monthly plan you can purchase that will plan your weekly menus.  No sweat! I have actually tried that too.  You can see my review here.


 
The Best Homemade Kids' Lunches on the Planet is nothing "too good to be true".  It is very transparent. No hidden steps or tricks. She tells you all.  It has a full chapter filled with different sandwich recipes, which I thought was useless for us.  I am so ready to close the book and shelf it until I flipped through all the pages towards the end, where I found the chapter for hot lunches. Voila!! A chapter filled with so much delectable recipes that my kids actually eat when we're out.  All I need to do is get the ingredients and start making them.  In fact, I learned how to make grilled sandwich better with her technique, which does the trick to pack sandwiches for my pickiest eater. Something that push my kids to try sandwiches on some days.

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My favorite chapter
I highly  recommend The Best Homemade Kids' Lunches on the Planet to people who are seeking to serve healthy homemade foods.  It's a page-turner.  Everything in it is filled with inspiration.  Thank you, Laura for a marvelous book that is truly helpful and useful.  Something that I can pass on for generations to come.

I have included an amazon link below in the event you want a copy for yourself, or for someone else. It's the best & healthiest gift you can share to your special someone.  Rest assured, it will be appreciated and treasured.


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Disclaimer:  A copy of The Best Homemade Kids' Lunches on the Planet was provided by the publishing company to try it out.  An honest review was voluntarily written without any form of additional compensation.  I love what I saw and it exceeded my expectations.

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October 5, 2014

Honest Summer Refreshers

We love ice cold lemonade to help us cool down at the height of summer heat.  A blend of a flavorful fruit drink or tea, makes the experience even better.  Honest® has the perfect blend of our kind of beverage. Honest® twist with organic lemons and sweetened it with Fair Trade sugar to help our farmers invest in their communities.

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Summer of 2014, I was sent by Honest, their new line of lemonades, (2) of their 32-fl.oz. glass bottles of Lemonades to try as we enjoy summer with kids in our household, under no obligations to purchase or to review.  We had the pleasure to taste Mango Lemonade and Half & Half Lemonade Tea, which we think are 2 of their great tasting lemonades.

Reasons why we love them:
After enjoying 2 bottles of Honest Lemonades, our family has switched to Honest Summer Refreshers.  We have served them for parties, or even as beverage at home.  We have received great feedback on them, and has been our kids' favorite choice of lemonade drink so far.  It's honestly refreshing and healthier than any other lemonade we have tasted so far.  Believe it or not, but we drink them all season round, which is why we highly recommend them at any season of the year.  We love them with shaved ice on hot days, and just cold anytime of the year.

Thank you Honest Tea Company for always sending us your new products to try.  We love them!!

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