Friday, March 28, 2014

Buko Pandan

Craving for some sweets, here is what I found in the refrigerator. Buko pandan made by Mama Lorna in Dumaguete. So yummy and creamy - forced my kids to eat one spoonful each  but finished one tupperware in an instant!  Lol

Monday, March 10, 2014

Lets Start a Healthy Eating Habit

 A quick google search on the Internet for “healthy eating habit” will give you about 4,820,000 links.  This article though offers a guide and a stern warning to the wealth of suggestions that you will consider to improve your eating habit.

Avoid Fad Diets
Fad diets would ask you to deprive yourself of certain nutrient that your body needs. And although these types of diet will give you instant results, the benefits are only temporary and they will prove to be unhealthy in the long run. Ajinomoto’s resident Culinary Nutritionist Manelie Cruz warns, “You should avoid fad diets. Always remember that the best diet is something that will influence your long term health prospect.

Good Nutrition = expensive?
Most people believe that they have to spend much to be able to eat or serve a healthy meal. But with a little effort in the kitchen, you will discover that preparing healthy home-cooked meals is still the most convenient and economical way to sustain a healthy diet.

Healthy or delicious?
Imagine holding the healthiest but the most horrible-tasting plate of food. It may be possible for you to eat a plateful, but you, much less your kids, would not be able to keep doing it every meal.

Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation (APC) believes that making truly delicious meals remain to be the best course to a life of wellness. Taste need not be sacrificed for health’s sake and vice-versa. Recently, APC launched “My Eat Well, Live Well® Plate” during the Ajinomoto® Umami Culinary Challenge to show that healthy dishes can be tasty and affordable too. This is in line with the company’s culinary nutrition advocacy, which is about creating delectable and nourishing meals by cooking with culinary confidence and nutrition alertness.


My Eat Well, Live Well® Plate
My Eat Well, Live Well® Plate is a plating method that visually represents the recommended measurement or proportion of each food group. It is also a guide on how to choose, cook and serve healthy food ingredients. Here are the components of My Eat Well, Live Well® Plate:

1)    Vibrant-colored vegetables: refers to variety of colorful vegetables which are the major source of vitamins and minerals in the diet
2)    Fresh fruits: refers to fruits that contain more nutrients but lesser calories.
3)    Healthy carbs: refers to healthy choices of carbohydrates that are also high in fiber and other nutrients. Not only limited to rice but also other choices like root crops and corn.
4)    Good quality protein: refers to safe and quality meat or fish during purchase and after cooking
5)    Healthy beverages: refers to drinking water or other low calorie beverages packed with vitamins, minerals and/or other essential nutrients rather than just sugar.

Counting colors
Take a photo of your plate and count the colors; My Eat Well, Live Well® Plate encourages variety by requiring each plate to have at least 5 colors. This concept can be likened to the Japanese Bento Box with defined color groups for balance nutrition.

In an effort to promote the practice of My Eat Well, Live Well® Plate, the young culinarians competing at the Ajinomoto® Umami Culinary Challenge were requested to create their own versions of the My Eat Well, Live Well® Plate for PhP 50.00 or less. 25 school teams were able to produce their versions of the My Eat Well, Live Well® Plate, proving to all that healthy meals can be delicious and affordable.

Get on with the program and enjoy your own version of My Eat Well, Live Well® Plate!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Family Lunch at Chic-Boy V Central Mall

Saturday is our schedule for grocery shopping. Before going to Puregold, we had lunch at Chic-boy, the favorite place for my boys! There are 2 branches of Chic-boy near our area but the one in 678 seems to closing down. We went there last Friday supposedly to eat dinner but was closed, so we instead ate at Jollibee.

Francis ordered Chicken with Spaghetti today (Php 90.00 - USD 2.00). The chicken is quite small compared to other fast food chain. He commented that the spaghetti is salty. 

Chris ordered CB-4 Inihaw na Liempo Meal (grilled pork with rice) priced at Php 115.00 - USD2.55). As always, he finished his meal with 2 extra servings of rice. Of course - this is his favorite meal!

Alexa wanted Halo Halo only but ordered her spaghetti which she happily accepted. (Php 45.00/USD 1) But still, she ate half of the portion only!

For hubby and me, we had 2 orders of  CB-2 Inasal Petso (chicken at Php 99.00 /USD 2.20).

One order of Gising Gising - a mixed vegetables (Php 55.00/USD 1.22)

Calamares - (Php 140.00 /USD 3.11)

Chic-Boy is still a nice place to dine if you are looking for an affordable yet satisfying meals. Their popular  Chibog Busog Meals or CB Meals  are the following:

  • CB 1 Chicken Inasal (paa)
  • CB 2 Chicken Inasal (petso)
  • CB 3 Pork Barbeque
  • CB 4 Inihaw na Liempo
  • CB 5 Cebu Lechon Manok
  • CB 6 Cebu Lechon Liempo
CB Meal come with unlimited rice and a house soup!

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Sweet Glutinous Rice Cake

We received several Chinese Rice Cake or commonly called Tikoy during Chinese New Year.  After nearly a month - its finally over! We kept it the refrigerator for long - and yes, its still nice and sticky and yummy!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Hassle Free Shift to A Healthier Routine

Just after the holidays, you hear lots of people complaining about how they gained wait in the last couple of months. The festive season makes eating so easy even if you already know some of it will not be good for your body or your health. Soon as the season fades, many search for ways to win back their pre-holiday weight and body. And my family is no different than most. I see my husband checking out online shops like Zalora,for sport equipment he can use for his new fitness routine.

Thank goodness for convenient and hassle free online stores such as Zalora, we can find something that we need even if we are busy with our work and don’t have time to go to the mall. They have a wide range of brands that you can choose from. My husband ordered his new running shoes during his break time and got the package two days after. Soon as his free time comes, he’s sprints his way out of the office for a test run. He’s on his way to a fitter physique so me and my kids also followed suit and choose comfortable sportswear from an online store so we can also start jogging during weekends. We can’t wait for our orders to arrive and start a fitness routine with the family.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Barbie Cake for Alexa's 4th Birthday

A friend of mine asked if I have an old photo for Alexa's 4th birthday cake. Her daughter will turn 7 years old soon and she particularly like a Barbie themed party. So of course the cake should coincide with the theme. So for her, I am posting it here :

For her 4th birthday, I wanted the Barbie in black and pink color only and as expected, it came out just as beautiful as I was thinking about it. Thanks to Ph Bakehouse by Iris. If you want to have a personalized themed cake, try to visit her Facebook page. 

The happy celebrant in her school party celebration!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Chowkids at Chowking

We suddenly had the urged to eat at Chowking yesterday noon. So without preparation - di na nagbihis - we went to Chowking Molino for a quick lunch. The kids ordered the  Chinese style fried chicken, price is at Php 79.00 only and the size of the chicken is quite huge! Not bad for the price. 

While we had sweet and sour pork lauriat for Php 159.00. A big lunch for me actually, not so good for my diet. 
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