Making Homemade Peanut Butter  

Sep 02

 

We should not let our kids just buy foods anywhere if we are conscious about their food safety and health in general. To be sure, we have to make their snacks personally so we know it is safe and healthy when our children consume it.

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Here in Singapore, perhaps the classic snack is the peanut butter sandwich. Many parents consider peanut butter sandwich because it is easy to prepare and convenient. If by chance our kid loves peanut butters sandwich, it is time that we make it.

There are peanut butters in the market but we have to know that these peanut butters are heavily processed. If we are not careful and vigilant, the peanut butters we purchase may contain additional fats.

The good news is that we can indulge in homemade peanut butters. Here are some steps in making homemade peanut butters:

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  • Ingredients: We just need 1 tablespoon grapeseed, ¼ teaspoon salt (optional) and the main ingredient – 1 ½ cups of toasted peanuts (or cashews).
  • Preparation: We should first secure food processor. In a food processor, we simply need to combine the grapeseed, salt and nuts. When the texture is smooth, it is ready to be served. This will take about one to four minutes. If we do not want to use it right away, we can keep it in a glass jar and chill. This will last for about three months in the refrigerator.

Preparing a homemade peanut butter sandwich is not that exhausting and complicated. If our child is fed up with this kind of filling, we should think other kinds of fillings. As long as it is homemade and healthy, nothing can go wrong.

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8 Foods That Causes a Bloated Tummy  

Apr 24

Having a bloated tummy isn’t just reserved for most Singaporean women during that time of the month. Sometimes it’s actually the foods that we eat that causes that full, and gassy feeling. To help you prevent bloating, here is a list of foods that may be contributing to your bloated belly.

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  1. Apples and Pears. Each of these fruits contain around five grams of fibre, which makes them an excellent source of soluble fibre, but can wreak havoc for people with sensitive bellies. However, don’t completely avoid these fruits. Just consume a quarter or a half of these fruits so that you still get to enjoy their flavour without getting a bloated tummy.

 

  1. Dairy Products. Lactose intolerance usually ranges from mild to severe, and gas is known as one of its common symptoms. If you think you’re experiencing this condition, then limit the amount of dairy products that you consume. If it helps, then opt drinking lactose-free milk, or taking Lactaid pills to aid your body in digesting milk products.

 

  1. Beans. This fruit is rich in oligosaccharide, a sugar that isn’t normally digested by the body. But there’s no need to completely avoid beans, just eat small amounts of it along with other digestible whole grains like quinoa or rice to help your body get used to eating them.

 

  1. Asparagus, Broccoli and Cabbage. Their odoriferous outcome is the reason why these veggies are usually avoided. The gassy feeling caused by these veggies is brought by raffinose, another type of sugar that our bodies don’t normally digest. Sadly, there’s nothing that you can about the gas they produce, but consuming them moderately will help in preventing a bloated tummy afterward.

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  1. Salty Foods. Although sodium doesn’t directly cause gas, it can definitely make you retain some water. To avoid this, cut back on your salty foods consumption, and practice reading the labels of the foods that you purchase. Also, make sure that you don’t exceed 2,300 mg salt intake each day.

 

  1. Fatty Foods. We all know that fat is a main culprit in slowing down our digestion, which gives food more time to ferment while increasing the sensation of fullness.

 

  1. Chewing Gum and Hard Candies. Every time you suck or chew on these, you usually end up swallowing more air. Also, consuming candies that contain artificial sweeteners usually leads to gastrointestinal issues.

 

  1. Carbonated drinks. Carbonated drinks like beer and soda is one of the main culprits for a bloated belly as they release carbon dioxide that eventually leads to bloating. Replace these drinks with water or juice to avoid getting a bloated belly.

Like in other things, moderation is the key to effectively avoid getting a bloated tummy. So, consume these foods in moderation, and enjoy a gas-free tummy.

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What Your Dessert Says About You

Jan 15

December is truly the season to be jolly especially with the feasts and the gathering. You particularly love the desserts after every meal. Everyone loves deserts but did you know that your dessert choice can speak a lot about you?

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Well, this is your time to know what desserts speak about you. Here’s the list:

  • Chocolate cake: Chocolate cakes are the favourite of most Singaporeans. Chocolate cakes are delectable because of its rich flavours. If you are fond of chocolate cakes, it could mean that you are passionate about what you do and you are ambitious.
  • Apple pie: Apple pies are traditional desserts and it is comforting too. If you love pies, it could mean that you are traditional and you enjoy the comforts of your friends and family.

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  • Brownies: Brownies are tough. There are many brownies here in Singapore and these tasty treats speak a lot about an individual. It could mean that you are adventurous and you are always on the go. You will welcome the new challenges that you will face.
  • Crème Brulee: Crème brulees are known for its refined taste and texture. If you love crème brulee, it could mean that you love sophistication but still you are enjoying simple comforts in life.
  • Ice Cream Cake: Ice cream offers different delectable flavours. For those who love ice cream cakes, they prefer to taste a bit of everything. These people simply love variety. Furthermore, these people do not live in a life full of routines.

With this, you should not miss your Christmas parties so you can get the taste of your favourite desserts. At the end of the day, your actions will speak a lot about you.

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Guilt-Free Happiness

Jun 21

Eating ice cream is something that we could never outgrow. For sure, at least once in our lives we have experienced the simple delight of enjoying a scoop of ice cream. But not everyone is the same and not everyone can eat the usual ice cream which contains dairy as its no. 1 ingredient. Some are allergic to it, some are lactose-intolerant, some don’t eat dairy for religious or ethical reasons, and some are simply meticulous health-buffs. So to cater to this certain demographic, different non-dairy ice creams were created.

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Soyato

Soyato was the brainchild of a lovely couple whose only desire at the beginning was to eat as much ice cream as they want during their dates. But eating much ice cream poses the problem of piling up those unwanted pounds. So they sought to create a better version of this all-time favourite dessert and came up with their own brand of soy-based ice cream. Soyato ice creams are made with non-GMO soy beans and for an extra dose of goodness they’ve included the prebiotic inulin into the mix. Prebiotic inulin is a good source of soluble fibre that helps maintain a good environment for our intestines. Soyato soy ice creams have 3x less fat, half the calories, and 100% trans-fat- and cholesterol-free. These creamy delights come in 9 flavors, of which are Belgium Chocolate Chip and French Vanilla. Soyato ice creams are available at selected NTUC Fairprice and specialty stores. To check out the complete list of their locations, you could visit them at facebook.com/soyato/info.

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Brownice

This non-dairy ice cream is proudly Singaporean! A pioneer in creating non-dairy, vegan ice creams in Singapore, Brownice provides a healthier alternative for the usual dairy-, sugar-, and fat-laden ice creams out in the market. What’s unique about this brand’s ice cream is that instead of soy milk, they use brown rice as their base. They want to provide the general public with better dessert options that’s why they only use organic, plant-based food in their concoctions and rest-assured that all their ice creams are absolutely free of artificial ingredients. Brownice continues to prove that the taste of healthy desserts doesn’t need to be compromised. At Brownice, you’ll get to indulge in yummy flavours such as Hazelnut Chocolate, Vanilla Almond, and Peanut Butter Caramel. For a taste of their guilt-free concoctions, visit their shop at Sin Ming Centre.

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Desserts sans Dairy

Jun 18

Sure, it can be said that anything that has dairy in it is delicious and relatively nutritious. And when it comes to desserts, dairy is an ingredient that makes up most of them – cakes, chocolates, and ice creams. But not everyone can consume this food group. Some people have allergies to it and some have simply chosen to stop eating it for ethical reasons. Whatever the reason may be, excluding dairy to your food choices shouldn’t be an unfortunate thing because nowadays there are more and more delicacies made with ingredients that can substitute for dairy products. As proof of that, here are some dessert shops that serve only 100% non-dairy treats which are nonetheless just as delicious as their dairy counterparts.

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Delcie’s Desserts and Cakes

This sweet shop provides plenty of options to satisfy your sweet tooth. They’ve got cakes, cupcakes, macarons, muffins, cookies and much more! As you indulge in their decadent desserts, you’ll certainly forget that you’re munching on treats that are completely dairy-free. What’s even better is that all of their recipes are low in calories, high in fiber, made from organic ingredients, and contain no trans-fat, saturated fats, or cholesterol.  One of their top sellers is their Mud Fudge cake. A slice of this cake will no doubt satiate you as the rich chocolate melts in your mouth and the texture of the cake is just perfect. For a taste of their guilt-free desserts, you can visit their shop at 951 Upper Serangoon Road.

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Soyato Premium Non-dairy Ice Cream

Finally, a yummy ice cream that won’t add inches to your waist! Soyato is a soy-based ice cream, which has added probiotics, has 3x less fat than most ice creams, and has no trans-fat or cholesterol. With all these goodness, is it still fair to include this ice cream to the junk food list? That aside, Singaporeans should also take pride in Soyato because it is a local brand that only uses non-GMO soy beans and other vegan ingredients. Their ice creams are delightfully creamy and the flavors of their ice creams are perfectly blended with their soy base to create a delicious, balanced taste. Their flavors include Wickedly Chocolate, Honey Lemon, Mint Chip, and Green Tea.

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How to Make Kimchi

Apr 22

You love to taste different dishes. Tasting different dishes is like travelling to the place without even going there. If in this case you want to eat kimchi, you should go to a Korean restaurant right away and see what they have to offer. The good news is that there are many Korean restaurants here in Singapore.

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Kimchi is a famous side dish in Korea; it can also be incorporated in stews and soups. Its fermented taste is noticeable. You should head to the nearest restaurant right away if you want to try it. However, if you want to make one your own for the fun of it, you are free to do that.

Here are some instructions that you can consider when making your own kimchi:

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  • Prepare your ingredients: You need napa cabbage, sea salt, water, grated garlic, grated ginger, sugar, red pepper flakes, radish and scallions.
  • Ready your equipment: After securing the ingredients, you need to ready the equipment. You need a cutting board plus knife, bowl, plate, colander and gloves.
  • Instructions: Now the strenuous part. You are ready to make kimchi. You should first cut the cabbage into strips. After that, you need to salt it then rinse & drain it. It is time to make the paste. Just combine the ginger with garlic, sugar and the flavourings. Afterwards, you can combine the vegetables and the paste. Using your hands (with gloves), you should mix it thoroughly. Secure the kimchi to a jar and let it ferment for one to five days. When it is ready, you can refrigerate it.

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Easy, isn’t it? Kimchi is not only for Koreans because Singaporeans can also consume it. You can enjoy kimchi anytime and any day. If you want to share it to your friends, you should make more. Happy eating!

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