Monday, June 29, 2015

Glowing Green Juice

Happy Monday everyone!

Hope you guys had a good weekend.

Time to recharge for this week
and we need this Deliciously Ella's
juice to keep us glowing all week long!

Glowing Green Juice



Ingredients:

2 apples
1 cucumber
4 stalks celery
1 fennel bulb
1/2 broccoli head
2-3 cm. fresh ginger

*apples, cucumber, celery
preferably organic. why? click here.

Directions:

Simply put all the ingredients through your juicer and enjoy!

*If you don't have a juicer,
why not blend it?
Let me know!

Homemade with love,
Princess

Friday, June 26, 2015

Fish Friday

Since I'm trying to stay away from red meat and meat in general as much as I can,
I have been eating more fish than ever in my whole life.

For devoted Catholics,
Fish Friday is a part of Lent.

But what if you can start your health journey 
by staying away from meat every Friday?

I want to leave that for you to ponder on.

It is just one of my suggestions on starting a healthier lifestyle slowly.

Anyways,
since I started this health journey,
I have been eating the same kinds of fish.
Salmon & mackerel are among the usuals.

Living in London,
I have seen fruits, vegetables & fish
that I haven't seen or even heard before.

I have tried some new vegetables
and I decided to try a new fish.

It is called Lemon Sole.
Sounded really funny
so I told the fishmonger
I'll try a piece of it.

Plus, it is cheap!
It is like 2 gbp/3 usd per piece.

Apparently, it is a native to Europe.
No wonder it is new to me.

And before I can even cook it,
I got so distracted about its name. lol

Some says that its origin is from mid-19th century: lemon from French "limande".
 The French term "limande" may come from the French word "lime"
meaning "file" (the tool) or possibly referring to the texture of the fish's skin.
Some suggest that "limande" may also come from the French word "limon" (which means "silt").
The fish is neither a real sole, nor does it have the taste of lemon.

Anyways after looking for recipes on how to cook lemon sole,
I decided to make my own version of it by combining different recipes from different chefs.

And since it is called lemon sole,
adding a lemon is a must. haha



Ingredients:


1 whole lemon sole, washed
6 pcs baby plum tomatoes or cherry tomatoes, halved (preferably organic, why? click here.)
4 cloves garlic, peeled and finely sliced
3 green onions aka scallions, trimmed and finely sliced
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar or apple cider vinegar (healthier) or vinegar of choice
salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste
zest & juice of 1 lemon (divide into half)
extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
6 pcs black olives, destoned and chopped

Directions:

With a sharp knife score across each fish down in intervals on both sides.
This will allow the flavors from the sauce to penetrate the fish and lets the fish's juices come out.

Preheat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF/gas 6.

Mix tomatoes, garlic, green onions/scallions, vinegar, salt , pepper, zest and juice of 1/2 lemon & EVOO in a bowl. Mix well then spread over the bottom of a baking tray.
Place the fish on top.
In a bowl, add the olives, juice and zest of the other half of the lemon & EVOO.
Place on the top center of each.

Cook in the preheated oven for 12-15 mins depending on the size of the fish.
To check whether they're done,
take the tip of a knife and push it into the thickest part of the fish.
When done, the flesh will easily pull away from the bone.

Once cooked, remove the fish from the oven and allow them to rest for a couple of minutes.

Serve the whole tray with mixed salad and/or potatoes;
or for Filipinos, brown rice. haha


We loved it! 
This is gonna be in our staples from now on.

Enjoy!

Homemade with love,
Princess





Healthy Chocolate Pudding

I am so happy that today I have a reason to eat chocolate
I didn't eat pralines earlier this week so this is perfect.

The good thing about this is I can actually eat this everyday!
Because there is no refined sugar involved.
It can also be made dairy free.
Vegans can have it too!

Here's my 

Homemade Healthy Chocolate Pudding

Your heart will LOVE you for this recipe!

Ingredients:

2 avocados, pitted & scooped
raw cocoa powder
almond milk (or milk of choice) or water 
maple syrup or date syrup or honey as natural sweetener 
*or if you want the bittersweet taste of cacao, like dark chocolate, skip sweetener
ground cinnamon (optional) 
vanilla (optional)
cacao nibs (optional) 

Directions:
Mix them all together in a blender.
The amount of cacao powder depends on your taste or just good enough to have that chocolate color.
The amount of sweetener depends on taste. I used maple syrup. Like I said, you can skip this.
I sprinkled ground cinnamon to the mixture
and placed a drop of vanilla bean paste. 
I added both because I have them.
I used 1/2 cup of almond milk.

Place pudding in your container of choice.
Sprinkle some cacao nibs if you have.

So yummy & healthy!

Your kids won't even know there were avocados in there. ;)

Enjoy!

Homemade with love,
Princess



Thursday, June 25, 2015

National Strawberry Parfait Day!

Perfect timing to have it because it is so hot today here in London!

Plus I have all the ingredients (leftovers!) in my fridge. haha

Healthy Strawberry Parfait



Ingredients:
1. strawberries (preferably organic, why? click here.)
2.yogurt 
*I used coconut yogurt --- perfect for vegans & lactose intolerants
3. granola
*I used my homemade cinnamon pecan granola.
If you missed the recipe, click here.

***You might be wondering,
where's the sugar?
I skipped it.
If you want a sweetener,
I suggest you use raw honey or maple syrup or date syrup.

Directions:
Cut strawberries into pieces.
Get a container of choice.
Layer yogurt and strawberries (and sweetener if desired).
Top with granola.

That's basically it!
So easy, healthy and yummy!

Enjoy!

Homemade with love,
Princess

Healthy Turkey Burger

It's Turkey Month!

And since I am trying my best to stay away from red meat,
I have been a new fan of turkey mince recently.

FYI: I was never been a turkey fan.
I only eat turkey on Thanksgiving.
And oh it has to be bathed in gravy!

I usually make turkey chili & turkey pasta sauce
so I decided to make a turkey burger for a change.

And it surprisingly delish!



Ingredients:

2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2/3 cup oats - Yes!
500 g minced turkey (I used 3% fat free-range)

salt & ground black pepper to taste
lettuce
tomato & cucumber, sliced (preferably organic, why? click here.)
buns of choice (I used gluten free, dairy free, wheat free seeded rolls)
tomato catsup  (optional, *organic available)


Directions:

Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan and gently fry the onion & garlic for 5 mins until soft.
Add the oats and fry for around 2 mins.
Set aside to cool.

Add the rest of the ingredients to the cooled mixture and mix well with your hands.
Season to taste and shape into 8 patties.
*I only made them into 4 huge patties. lol

Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6.
Heat the remaining olive oil in a pan and sear the burgers on each side around 2 mins. each side.
Transfer to a baking sheet and cook in the oven for 10 mins. for smaller patties
or 20 mins. for huge ones.

Layer your bun with lettuce, tomato, burger patty and cucumber.
Or make it an open burger by skipping the buns and eat with the vegetables as salad.


The other half was so surprised of the oats!
You can't even taste it!

Perfect for your kiddos!

Pair it nicely with my Crispy Healthy Onion Rings.
If you missed the post, click here.

Enjoy!


Homemade with love,
Princess










Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Perfect Peach Smoothie

Yesterday was National Pink Day
and today is Wednesday!

That means it's time to Drink Pink!

Here's the Perfect Peach Smoothie
by Deliciously Ella:

Perfect Peach Smoothie


Ingredients:

1 banana
1 peach (preferably organic, why? click here.)
6 pcs. strawberries
1 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
1 tbsp ground flaxseeds (optional)
1 tbsp chia seeds (optional)

Directions:

Simply peel the banana and cut them into slices.
Cut the tops of the strawberries and slice.
*You can place the slices into the freezer for at least two hours or prep at night and freeze overnight

 Then cut the peach to remove the stone but keep the skin on though.

Place all the fruit in a blender with the almond milk and blend until smooth.
Depending on how runny you like it you might like to add more liquid,
either more almond milk or a little water.

Enjoy Pink Girls!

Homemade with Love,
Princess

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Crispy Healthy Onion Rings

Hi everyone!

Belated Happy Onion Rings Day!

Ever wonder why onion rings are more expensive than fries/chips?

Because it takes more time to make a crispy one.
I've made some before but it gets soggy after a while
and I fried them.

Well, here's the Onion Rings Recipe from my post last night
that is yummy but healthy!



Ingredients:
1 large onion (good enough for 2 people)
buttermilk or 1/4 cup white vinegar + almond milk (or milk of choice) (I used 2nd choice)
egg, beaten (or egg white only)

Breading:
flour (I used brown flour)
pollenta
bread crumbs (I used gluten-free)

Seasoning:
salt
ground black pepper
and/or your choice of herbs & spices

Sauce:
ketchup, optional (preferably organic, why? click here.)


Directions:
Slice the onions crosswise to achieve the rings.
Carefully take them off apart to maintain the ring shape.

Soak them in the buttermilk for at least an hour.
The longer the better.




Preheat the oven at 220C.

Then dip them in beaten egg/egg white.
*I used whole eggs


Then roll in the breading mix.



Place in a single layer on your baking sheet.

For the baking time,
all ovens are different
and our preference for crispiness differs.
I baked mine for 15 minutes and they were already crunchy!

Just bake the onion rings
until they’ve reached your desired level of brownness & crispiness.


Perfect match for my healthy homemade Turkey Burger! ;)
Recipe to follow.

Enjoy!

Homemade with love,
Princess



Monday, June 22, 2015

Cinnamon Pecan Granola

I'm back!

Sorry I was out of the loop for a few days.
As a normal person like you,
I have my low days too...

But I try to pick up myself.
And you know what?
Today is Monday
and we should all recharge for this week ahead!

So I decided to remake the Acai Bowl without using a blender.
Today, I just felt like tasting the texture of the fruits
and savoring their individual flavor in every bite.

If you missed the Acai Bowl recipe, click here.

And to bulk it up,
I added granola to my bowl.

Here's my homemade granola by Deliciously Ella:

Cinnamon Pecan Granola


Ingredients:

1 cup pecans
1/2 cup almons
2 cups oats
1 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup flaxseeds
3 tbsp coconut oil
3 tbsp maple syrup
3 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup raisins

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 200C (180C fan).

Place the pecans & almonds in a food processor 
& pulse for about 30 seconds so that they are partially crushed.
*I personally don't have a food processor so I partially crushed them
using my wooden mortar & pestle.
The pecans can even be partially crushed by hand.

Then add them to a large mixing bowl with all the other dry ingredients,
except raisins & cinnamon.

Next, melt the coconut oil with the maple syrup and cinnamon on the stove.
Once it has dissolved into a sweet liquid,
add it to the dry bowl & mix well.
This should form a delicious oaty & nutty bowl, which is slightly sticky.

Place the mixture into a baking tray and bake fro 30-40 minutes until crunchy.
During this time,
you'll need to stir the mixture to ensure that every bit of granola
gets nicely toasted and the top doesn't burn.

Once the granola is perfectly cooked,
remove the tray from the oven and allow it to cool.
Then stir in the raisins.

Store the granola in an airtight container.

*If you don't have any pecans,
you can substitute with your nut of choice.
You can also replace the raisins with
dried apricots, goji berries or pieces of dates.

Have a good week ahead!

Homemade with love,
Princess


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Homemade Sushi

Happy National & International Sushi Day!

Here's a homemade healthy sushi for you guys.

using my chive plant

Ingredients:
500 g sushi rice (preferably brown rice, just want to finish our white one)
1 cucumber (preferably organic, why? Click here.)
1 avocado, peeled, stoned and sliced
½ lemon, juiced
4 sheets nori seaweed
4 large slices smoked salmon
1 bunch chives
sesame seeds, black and/or white (optional)

For seasoned rice:
2 tbsp white vinegar (or rice vinegar or white wine vinegar)
2 tsp sugar & 1 tsp salt (optional)

For sauce:
soy sauce or tamari
pickled ginger (optional)
wasabi (optional)



Material needed:
bamboo sushi rolling mat

Directions:
Cook sushi rice as per manufacturer's instructions.
If you want to season your rice,
mix vinegar, sugar & salt
then mix with cooled rice.

Put in a bowl and squeeze over the lemon juice to prevent from browning.
Divide the rice between the nori sheets and spread it out evenly, 
leaving a small border at the top and bottom. 
Lay the salmon over the rice, 
followed by the chives then cucumber
and finally position the avocado across the centre.


Using the bamboo sushi rolling mat,
fold the bottom edge of the seaweed over the filling then roll it up firmly. 
Dampen the top border with a little water to help it seal the roll. 

*If you are already comfortable in rolling them,
you can invert the seaweed and let the rice side out
in the next rolls.
Then you can sprinkle sesame seeds after.



If you are not hungry yet,
the rolls can be wrapped individually in cling film 
and chilled until ready to serve.
Cut each roll into 8 rounds. 
Serve with soy sauce for dipping.

Tips: 
Make sure to use a sharp knife.
I used whatever knife we had in the flat so it not cut as nice.
And always wet the knife before cutting.

Wrap the bamboo sushi rolling mat 
with cling film so you don't have to clean it.

I used organic smoked salmon, organic tamari & organic cucumber.

Enjoy!

Homemade with love,
Princess

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Healthy Apple Strudel

Happy Apple Strudel Day!

You don't need to be a great baker to make this
and way healthier than a regular apple strudel.



Ingredients: 
2  Chia wraps (or wrap of choice, there are gluten-free ones)
*I used one that's dairy-free, no sour dough, yeast free and no eggs (perfect for vegans)
4 apples, peeled, cored and diced (preferably organic)
4 tbsp water
a handful of raisins (preferably organic)
½ tsp cinnamon 
2 tsp maple syrup or date syrup (or sweetener of choice)

*Why preferably organic? Click here.

Directions: 
1. Preheat the oven to 160ºC/ 150ºC fan. 
*If you don't have oven, see below. 
2. Place the chopped apple, water, raisins & cinnamon into a pan. 
Cook over a medium low heat for about 10 minutes & stirring frequently until just softened. 
Add some drops of water if it starts to stick.
3. Place the wraps on a tray and divide the apple mixture between the wraps.
Carefully roll up the wraps and place on a greased baking tray. 
Sprinkle on a little more cinnamon sugar if desired.
4. Cook in the oven for about 10 minutes until golden brown and warmed through.
*If you have no oven, 
you can heat each side until brown.

Enjoy your healthy apple strudel!

If your diet and/or pocket can afford,
you can add a scoop of ice cream.
Preferably low-fat, organic or better yet,
homemade. ;)

If you missed my homemade chocolate ice cream, click here.

Homemade with love,
Princess

Thai Red CURRY

Since the Golden State Warriors won the NBA Finals,
we can all celebrate by eating "Curry".
I know it is cheesy! hahaha

me & the Golden Gate Bridge in the Golden State, California
But hey,
today is Warriors Wednesday!

Thai Red Curry

Ingredients:
for the sauce:
1 400 g coconut cream 
2 tbsps red curry paste or green if you want (preferably organic/all-natural, why? click here)
2 tbsps grated ginger 
2 tbsps chopped cilantro 
2 tbsps EVOO
freshly ground black pepper
salt to taste
red bell pepper (or green), sliced

*For non-vegetarians, 
you can add a meat of your choice.
Beef, chicken, salmon & shrimp are among the usual favorites.

1 package black bean spaghetti
or brown rice (or rice of choice)



Directions:

Cook the spaghetti by boiling 8 cups of water with a table spoon of olive oil and a pinch of salt, add spaghetti to the boiling water then simmer gently for 6-8 minutes or until cooked through. Immediately drain it & run in cold water.
or
Cook your rice accordingly.

For the sauce, pour coconut cream, red curry paste, ginger and coriander into a pot and bring to boil. Optional for the peppers:
Heat olive oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. 
Add the peppers and cook for 4-5 min. 
or
you can just add it together with the sauce as it is.
*Add meat of choice if desired.



Tip: I saved some sauce on the side for later.
I did shrimp the 1st day
and salmon the 2nd day.
I wish I had more as I wanted beef curry too. lol

There you go.

Enjoy the celebration Stephen Curry fans!

P.S. If you eat too much rice,
please exercise!

Playing basketball sounds good. ;)

Homemade with love,
Princess


Beetroot Juice

It's Wednesday again!

Are you a Mean Girl?
or a Healthy Girl?

Because 
On Wednesdays, we DRINK pink! 

We, referring to healthy girls. ;)

Since I have a juicer already,
I tried a pink juice for today.
But if you don't have one,
don't be mean.
You can still blend them.
Just a different texture but still same taste!

Here's Deliciously Ella's

Beetroot Juice

my beetroot juice and pink Gerbera daisy plant
Ingredients:
1 cm piece of fresh ginger 
*I just cut a very small piece. No ruler involved. lol
1 medium red apple
1 medium beetroot
1 small cucumber
1 small fennel bulb
2 large carrots
*please don't go crazy with the sizes. I just use whatever that was available
*apple & cucumber preferably organic. Why? Click here.

Directions:
Peel the skin off the beetroot (keeping it on makes the juice to earthy for her liking).
*I used the organic ones which was peeled already.
Add the ginger at the beginning with the apple to get the maximum flavour of it.
*See, even with juicing there's a perfect time for everything. :)
Put everything on the juicer.


Enjoy my healthy girls!

Love,
Princess


Monday, June 15, 2015

Homemade Healthy Fudge

It's National Fudge Day!

Fudge is a soft crumbly or chewy sweet made from sugar, butter, and milk or cream.
I'm trying my best to stay away from refined sugar and dairy products
so I decided to try to make a healthy fudge.

This is refined sugar-free and dairy-free. ;)



Ingredients:
1/2 cup almond butter (or nut butter of choice)
1 banana 
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
a sprinkle of salt
2 tbsp virgin coconut oil, melted 
2 tbsp pure maple syrup (or sweetener of choice)

Instructions:
Combine all ingredients in a small blender until completely smooth.
Or for some exercise (need to burn some calories before indulging in a fudge! lol),
 mash the banana by hand and stir together ingredients by until smooth. 
Scoop into container of choice.
You can be creative by using candy molds or 
just the usual fudge cut into small squares or use ice cube tray to be easier!
Freeze until firm. 
Due to the melty nature of coconut, 
this fudge is best stored in the freezer.

*It tastes like a chocolate that melts right in your mouth.
Except that it is healthier! ;)

Now you can enjoy your fudge healthily!

Love, Princess


Acai Bowl

Having some Monday BLUEs?
Why not add some BLUEberries in your bowl or smoothie instead?

This time I'm making an Acai Bowl for a change.
But if you are on the go,
you can just drink it up like a smoothie. :)

I have heard of Acai for a while now but just never tried it.
I thought it is pronounced as Ah-Kai! lol
Apparently it is pronounced AH-sigh-EE. hahaha

Acai is a palm tree that is widely distributed in the northern area of South America.
Its berries are used to make medicine.

People use acai for osteoarthritis, high cholesterol, erectile dysfunction (ED), weight loss and obesity, “detoxification,” and for improving general health.

Acai gained popularity in North America after being promoted by Dr. Nicholas Perricone
as a "Superfood for Age-Defying Beauty" on the Oprah Winfrey show.

As a food, the acai berry is eaten raw and as a juice.
The juice is also used commercially as a beverage and in ice cream, jelly, and liqueurs.

In manufacturing, acai berry is used as a natural purple food colorant.

How does it work?
Acai contains chemicals that are antioxidants.
Antioxidants are thought to protect body cells from the damaging effects of chemical reactions
with oxygen (oxidation). According to some research, acai has more antioxidant content than cranberry, raspberry, blackberry, strawberry, or blueberry.

Unfortunately, there is still insufficient evidence for the treatment of
arthritis, high cholesterol, improving general health and other conditions.

If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, it’s best to stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Drinking raw acai juice has been linked to outbreaks of a disease
called American trypanosomiasis or Chagas Disease.
The bug that causes it tend to live in homes made from mud, adobe, straw, and palm thatch, according to the CDC.
If you want to learn more about it, click here.

So make sure when buying acai,
that you get it from a reputable source.

I personally do not recommend taking acai supplements either.
They are not entirely safe such as this product (click here)
which apparently contains an undisclosed ingredient (not listed on bottle)
which is a controlled substance.

But for for the antioxidants alone,
it is worth giving a try.
I'm on a healthy journey after all.

Sources: FDA & WebMD

As I always say,
the decision is yours to make.
And if you decided to give it a try,
here is Deliciously Ella's

ACAI BOWL




Ingredients:
1 packet frozen acai
1 banana
2 Medjool Dates, pitted
1 tbsp almond butter (or nut butter of choice)
1/2 cup blueberries (preferably organic, why? Click here.)

Directions:
Place the acai packet in boiling water for about 20 seconds.
Then once it started to melt, remove the packet, cut it open & pour contents into a blender.
(Follow your specific brand's instructions if available.)
Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth.
*Add more liquid (water or almond milk or your choice)
if you want it to be a smoothie instead.
Place in a bowl and top with your fresh available fruits.
You can also bulk it up with granola.
And for that touch of healthy creaminess,
add a dollop of coconut yoghurt!

Have a good week everyone!

Love,
Princess


Sunday, June 14, 2015

Skin Sunday

Hi beautiful people!

It is Skin Sunday again!

For this Sunday,
we are trying Deliciously Ella's

Oatmeal, Honey and Banana Scrub Mask 

This is a 2-in-1 beauty product: 
soothing face mask
and
exfoliating face scrub.

Since I actually never exfoliated at home,
I decided to give this one a try.
According to studies,
we should exfoliate once a week.
Actually not just the face,
but the whole body.
Well, let's start with the face for now. lol

Here are the 3 simple ingredients:


---1 tbsp oats 
*contain amino acids which help to heal blemishes/spots and repair damaged skin 
*it is also a moisturizer, anti-inflammatory & has antioxidant properties
---1/2 tsp raw honey
*antibacterial
**together they’ll help to relieve tired & inflamed skin
---1/4  banana
* has skin boosting vitamins, 
including the Vit. A & E which are ones of the most important for healthy skin

This is good for 1 use only.

Directions:
1. Mash banana with a fork.
 2. Mix in the oats and honey. 
Do this all by hand
3. Massage the scrub into your skin for a few minutes.
I would suggest doing this over your sink 
as the oats will come off your face during this time.
*This is the scrub/exfoliation part.
The oats gently rub off all the dry, dead skin cells from your face.
It makes your skin clean and amazingly smooth.
4. Leave the rest of the mask on for about an hour.
*The mask is pretty much clear by this time 
as the oats have all been rubbed off so it’s primarily banana and honey
which are incredibly soothing
5. Then wash off with warm water and pat dry.

Then use your toner & moisturizer of choice.

*I recommend the Homemade Lemon-Lime Cucumber Toner.
Click here for the recipe if you missed it last Sunday.

Till next Sunday beauties!

Love,
Princess

Friday, June 12, 2015

Filipino Adobo

Today is Philippine Independence Day! 
And it is a no-brainer that I am cooking the
unofficial National Dish of the Philippines,
ADOBO!

Independence Day or "Araw ng Kalayaan" which literally translates to "Day of Freedom"
commemorates the Philippine Declaration of Independence from Spain on June 12, 1898. 
Since 1962, it has been the country's National Day.

The term ADOBO comes from the Spanish word, "adobar" 
meaning marinade, sauce or seasoning.
You might see an adobo seasoning in the spices area of your grocery store
but unfortunately it is entirely different.

This 1986 article from NY Times will tell you more in detail, click here.

My dinner with a glass of coconut water.
Only ate 1/2 cup brown rice since I got a whole big potato.
I wish I have "native" aka champagne mangoes right now for dessert
Did you know that mango is Philippine's National Fruit?
Every Filipino household or region has a recipe of their own.

But here are the basic ingredients of adobo:

-pork or chicken or mixed, depending on your mood, preference or availability
*or if you fancy some seafood,
squid or round scad/mackerel aka "galunggong" are the most famous ones
*For vegetarians/vegans, 
you can use morning glory aka "kangkong", string beans aka "sitaw" 
and recently I just tried bok choi & mustard greens aka mustasa
-1/2 cup vinegar 
-1/2 cup soy sauce
-1 cup water
 -garlic, crushed (I love mine garlicky so I put a lot of cloves)
-black pepper (ground or peppercorns)
-potatoes (optional) (preferably organic, click here to find out why)
-boiled eggs (optional)
-bay leaves (optional)

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a large pot. 
Cover and marinate chicken if you have time. If not, that's okay. 
*Some Filipinos,
fry the chicken first then marinade or fry after marinating before boiling.
Bring to boil then lower heat. 
Cover and let simmer for around 30 minutes.
Uncover and simmer until sauce is reduced according to your preference.
I personally don't like it too thick as a like a little sauce with my rice.
Serve with steamed rice.

Mustard Greens (mustasa) Adobo as a side dish
to coconut oil pan-fried salmon and brown rice

Since I started this healthy journey or if you want your adobo to be "healthier",
here are some tips:

1. Skip the frying especially using extra oil.
If you just can't skip the frying part, 
just fry the chicken/pork on its own.
The chicken skin/pork fat will yield an oil of itself.
As much as you can,
take off the chicken skin/pork fat.
 Thou shall NOT eat it. lol

2. Use low sodium soy sauce instead of regular one.
Or organic soy sauce if you can. 
Or tamari if you are in a gluten-free diet.

FYI:
Tamari: Little to no wheat (always double-check if avoiding gluten)
Soy Sauce: Includes wheat (not gluten-free)

3. If you're in the Philippines, use locally made vinegar (with no preservatives).
If you're not, apple cider vinegar is good.
Or any all-natural/organic vinegar.
Some use rice vinegar for some sweetness
(in replacement of sugar which other Filipinos add to their recipe too. lol)

4. Use brown rice instead of white.
Whichever you decide,
try to eat a maximum of 1 cup.
P.S. It is a Filipino thing to have "unlimited" rice!
If there is such as shop till you drop,
I think we grew up more of like,
"Eat rice,
till you feel sooo full but not feeling nice". 
hahaha

5. If you are trying to lose weight,
either skip the potatoes or the rice.

Morning Glory (Kangkong) Adobo
with bits of pork
I am supposed to cook a vegetable adobo 
as I am staying away from meat as much as I can.
But I saw this whole chicken which is free-range 
for only £6 so I thought I can save a lot by just buying whole chicken.
I saved some parts in the freezer 
and used the bones and some meat 
to make homemade chicken stock for later.
And of course,
since it's Philippine Independence Day,
I wanted to pretend to "butcher" (sorry vegetarian & vegans) 
my own which brings back memories of my childhood
when my family do it on our own yards with the chicken we raised.

For the non-Filipinos,
I hope you like or will try our unofficial National Dish!

Nagmamahal ("with love"),






Oaty Smoothie

It is Feel Good Friday!

Deliciously Ella's Oaty Smoothie 
is one of the first smoothies I made from her book.

The first time I made it,
I didn't have maca and/or baobab powders yet.

my first oaty smoothie on my Day 4
my oaty smoothie with baobab powder on Day 22
which was reposted by Aduna in their IG account
So what is baobab?

Baobab is a tree native to Africa, Madagascar, Australia, and Arabia.
The tree is used as a source of water and food for indigenous people.

Fruit and leaves of the tree are used medicinally for
asthma, mosquito repellent, and for allergic skin conditions.


Some people are calling the baobab fruit the next “super food” because of its exotic nature and rich nutrient profile.

Unfortunately,
there is not much scientific evidence as of yet to prove the medicinal purposes
but---
the fruit and leaves contain several nutrients and have some antioxidant properties.

Baobab is marketed as a superfood
packed with Vitamin C,
rich source of fibre
and high in antioxidants.

So I did a VERY detailed research about it.
I felt like I was back in grad school!
My head hurts now. lol

 
So it is safe to say that the claims about this superfood is true.

Special Precautions & Warnings:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough information to know if baobab is safe to using while pregnant or breast-feeding; stay on the safe side and avoid using.

I haven't seen any studies of it on humans though I saw one for quails,
if you are interested in research, click here.

But I personally advise to ask your OB/GYN if you are pregnant.

Verdict:
Baobab is LIKELY SAFE when consumed as a food.
However, there is no reliable information about its safety when used as medicine.

Sources: WebMD and US Food & Drug Administration

As always,
the decision is yours to make.
I hope you are well informed.

Since it is my 3rd time to have it,
I experimented a little bit more.
Here is the recipe:

Oaty Smoothie

I added both maca & baobab for Day 35

4 Brazil Nuts (I doubled it this time)
1.5 cup oats (I only used 1 cup this time)
1 banana
2 Medjool Dates (I used 3, just because 3 is 1 serving. lol)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp honey
1 tsp maca and/or
1 tsp baobab powder (both optional)
*this time, I used both since I have them already
1/2 cup water (or oat milk if you have)

Soak oats & Brazil nuts for an hour (or overnight if you are doing it the following morning).
Drain the water from oats. 
*I didn't drain it this time.
Place in the blender with all the other ingredients
and 1/2 cup water. 
*I didn't add water this time as I want to spoon it like a yogurt.
Blend until smooth.
*You can add more or less water depending on the consistency you prefer.

If you missed the post about MACA,
click here.

Your Feel Good Triber,
@princessweetah




Thursday, June 11, 2015

Ella's Favourite Green Smoothie

After some procastination,
I finally got my juicer!

I have friends and family who has been "juicing'
for years now.
But why did I just got my juicer?

First,
juicing is associated with weight loss.

But as I've been researching more about it,
juicing is for EVERYONE
regardless of your health goals.

Smoothies and juices are the easiest ways to get your 5 A Day
in even just 1 drink!
That already makes one of my health goals attainable.

For people who want to lose weight,
they use these drinks as a meal replacement.

For me,
I use it in addition to my meals.

Another reason is,
I research so much before buying a product.
So it took me a while to choose which juicer is right for me.
*I bought a cheap but super effective one.
Got 1.5 L which is just right for me & the other half.

But now that I have the juicer,
tada!
And I'm obsessed! lol

Here's my first drink using the juicer.

Of course, I'll have to try Ella Woodward's

FAVOURITE GREEN SMOOTHIE

my 1st product using my juicer
needed an red carpet & crown
Ingredients:
 1 cucumber
1" ginger
2 stalks celery
1 banana
1/2 avocado (I used my leftover from yesterday's lunch)
1 tbsp almond butter (optional)
1 tsp bee pollen (optional)
1 tsp spirulina (optional)

Ingredients:
First juice the cucumber, celery and ginger.
Then pour the juice into a blender.
Add the banana, avocado and almond butter plus any of the extras you’re using.
*I skipped the almond butter this time to tastes all the greenness!
*I used spirulina as I've been trying it daily.
*I used bee pollen as well because I already have it.
Blend until smooth and creamy.
Either drink it straight away 
or store it in an airtight bottle (a water bottle is great) in the fridge for up to 3 days.
*Of course I drank it already!

If you don’t have a juicer,
put the cucumber and celery into a blender first with a little water, 
blend them until a smooth liquid forms 
and then strain the liquid before pouring it into the blender again with the remaining ingredients.

Love,
@princessweetah

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Happy National Iced Tea Day!

Happy National Iced Tea Day!
Today is the official start of the Iced Tea Month.

So if you fancy one,
here's the lowest calorie green tea iced tea 
that you'll surely love!

ICED GREEN TEA



Ingredients:
fresh mint leaves, washed (1/4 cup per person, around 5 big leaves) - I used my own plant! 
green tea bags (1 bag per person) - I used organic one
hot water, 500 ml per person
ice cubes
honey (or sweetener of your choice) -optional
lavender (optional)

Directions:

Place mint leaves in a glass or pitcher. 
Crush gently with hands. Ah I love the smell and it leaves on your hands! 
Add tea bags and pour hot water over top.
Don't overfill. Leave room for ice later.
Refrigerate until cold.
Remove tea bags. *Save the used teabags on the side.
Add ice.
Add sweetener of choice if desired.
Sprinkle some lavender to add some sense of relaxation!
Or if you have a plant,
add some freshly cut leaves.



*for my ice cubes I placed small mint leaves per cube to add a little flair


Recycle the used tea bags by putting them in the fridge.
You can use them later tonight for an eye mask.
Or tomorrow as to help reduce puffy eyes!

Enjoy!

Love,