Non-Dairy Drinks

There are many reasons why people opt to Plant-based milk. It could be due to digestion issue, dairy milk allergy, lactose intolerance or purely ethical. Below are some of the plant-based drinks that can suit individual taste buds:

  1. Coconut Milk –  is sweet and creamy due to its higher content of healthy fat. It’s a bit thicker than other dairy alternatives. Commonly used in coffee instead of creamer.
  2. Soy Milk –  has a rich taste and texture.  It contains 11 grams of the protein compared to 8 grams found in skim milk.
  3. Rice milk – tastes much different than nut milks. It is closer in taste to regular dairy milk, though it tends to be a bit more watery.
  4. Quinoa milk – it is harder to find than other dairy alternatives, but it’s becoming increasingly trendy.
  5. Hemp milk – is made from the hemp seed, nothing else. It tends to be on the watery side with a nutty flavor.

Read more: Non-Dairy Alternatives

“Count the Memories, not the Calories.” – Unknown

Must-Have Foods in the Kitchen

There is nothing better than a home-cooked meal after a  long day at work. To make a quick healthy meal, a kitchen should be well stocked with staples that  allow you to throw a fast, flavorful meal.

Let’s check out the kitchen staples below:

  1. Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Coconut Oil – Cook with it,  also drizzle over finished dishes, like grilled fish, pasta, and vegetables sides.
  2.  Greek yogurt – makes a great low-cal and low-fat substitute in recipes for mayo and sour cream.
  3. Honey – as natural sweetner
  4. Fresh herbs – to spice up basically every meal
  5. Broth – whether it is chicken, beef or veggies, it makes a great base for soups, flavoured rice or pasta sauce

Read more: Health.com

“When baking follow directions, when cooking go by your own taste” – Laiko Bahrs

 

 

Fuel Your Day

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. As Malaysians, we can still start the day without sacrificing authentic Malaysian flavours. You can get these home made or at the kopitiams (Chinese coffee shops), mamak (Indian Muslim) restaurants, or streetside warungs (Malay food stalls):

  1.  Thosai -made from black lentils and rice batter, with very little oil. Eaten with curry or any other condiments preferred like cheese or eggs
  2. Chapati – Indian flatbread, chapati is made from wheat flour and water. Commonly eaten with dhall gravy
  3. Chee cheong fun -Made from flat rice noodles,served sweet brown sauce and chilli sauce.
  4. Rice porridge/congee – with condiments such as spring onions, fried shallots, white pepper and soy sauce.
  5. Eggs and toast combo of two half-boiled eggs and toast can be found at most conventional Chinese coffee shops

Read more: Zafigo

“Cookies are made of butter and love.” – Norwegian Proverb

To Organic or Not To Organic !!!

Is Organic Produce Healthier Than Conventional Produce?

There are at least two good reasons for eating organic: fewer pesticides used and more nutrients level in the produce.

Pesticides can be absorbed into fruits and vegetables, and leave trace residues.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, pored over the results of nearly 51,000 USDA and FDA tests for pesticides on 44 popular produce items and identified the types of fruits and vegetables that were most likely to have higher trace amounts.

As for nutrients, in 2007 a study out of Newcastle University in the United Kingdom reported that organic produce boasted up to 40 percent higher levels of some nutrients (including vitamin C, zinc and iron) than its conventional counterparts.

What To Do?: The general rule is to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables.  If financial matter is not an issue, buying all organic should be a priority. Or you may opt to buy organic specifically when you’re selecting foods that are most heavily contaminated with pesticide and insecticide residues.

Read more: Eatingwell

“There is no love sincerer than the love of food.”
George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright (1856-1950)