Tuesday, June 19, 2012

5 Foods to Prevent Your Arteries from Clogging (Dr. Oz)

You can add years to your life by keeping your heart healthy. Caring for your ticker can be as easy as knowing what to eat! Discover 5 powerful foods that serve as weapons to fight clogged arteries.

Like any plumbing system, your arteries can get clogged up. When you have high blood pressure, inflammation causes cholesterol to stick to the walls of your blood vessels, forming a plaque. The following foods are powerful enough to prevent this dangerous clogging.

(Images are all from Google images)
 
Kiwi and Cantaloupe
These antioxidant-rich foods work by reducing toxic LDL cholesterol, which is formed by a rusting process in your arteries. They can help stop the “rust” in its tracks and even prevent it from spreading. Eat 1 cup of cantaloupe or 1 kiwi a day to unclog your arteries.

Shrimp
Despite being a source of cholesterol, shrimp can be helpful for your heart. They contain taurine, an amino acid, which acts like plastic wrap so fats can’t cross the intestinal wall and get into your arteries. Try having 5 medium-sized steamed or grilled shrimp twice a week. Be sure to avoid the cocktail sauces.

Red-Skinned Grapes and Cranberry Juice
These foods strain the fat out your arteries. Instead of having fat build up in your blood vessels, these foods improve your cells' ability to absorb the fat and use it for energy production. Drink a glass of cranberry juice three times a week or eat 1 cup of grapes per day to unclog your arteries.


*  Visit Dr. Oz website to read more on other topics

Monday, June 18, 2012

Benefits of Celery



1) Anti Cancer: Celery is known to contain at least eight families of Anti-Cancer compounds. Among them are the acetylenics that have been shown to stop the growth of tumor cells. Phenolic acids which block the action of prostaglandins that encourage the growth of tumor cells. And coumarins which help prevent free radicals from damaging cells and One of active compounds in celery is the phytochemical coumarin, which has been proven effective in cancer prevention and capable of enhancing the activity of certain white blood cells that help fight cancer. The phytochemical coumarins prevent the formation and development of the Colon and Stomach Cancers.

2 ) Pneumonia - Celery is a well known vegetable for stimulating the immune system to help fight disease. Celery is packed with antioxidants and compounds that fight bacteria, viruses and inflammation.

3 ) Hay Fever: Celery comes on top of the list for foods that alleviate allergy symptoms. Also on that list are carrots, ginger, peppermint, parsley, turmeric, chamomile and cabbage.

4 ) Lower blood pressure: Drinking celery juice every day for a week significantly helps lower blood pressure. A compound called phtalides help relax the muscle around arteries, dilating the vessels and allowing blood to flow normally. To be effective, drink the juice for one week, stop for three weeks, and start over.
 
5 ) Cholesterol: This humble pale juice has been shown to effectively and significantly lower total cholesterol and LDL (bad) cholesterol.

6 ) Inflammation: The polyacetylene in celery is an amazing relief for all inflammation like Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Gout, Asthma and Bronchitis.

7 ) Kidney function: Celery promotes healthy and normal kidney function by aiding elimination of toxins from the body. While eliminating toxins, it also prevents formation of kidney stones.

8 ) Diuretic: The potassium and sodium in celery juice helps to regulate body fluid and stimulate urine production, making it an important help to rid the body of excess fluid.

9 ) Nervous system: The organic alkaline minerals in celery juice has a calming effect on the nervous system, making it a wonderful drink for insomniacs.

10 ) Menopausal Symptoms : Celery, along with dill, fennel, anise and all tasty herbs of the celery family, are amongst the list of mildly oestrogenic herbs, due to the gently oestrogenic phtyochemical anethole. They all have 40 to 50 phytochemicals and are a mix of anethole, apigenin, kaempferol, luteolin and quercitin. All these compounds are very good at alliviating all menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes, and contribute to preventing heart disease and osteoporosis but without the side-effects of HRT treatment.
 
11 ) Memory Loss : Celery contains a compound called luteolin, which has shown promise for lowering levels of plaque-forming proteins in the brain.This, in turn, can counteract risk factors for Alzheimer's, including atherosclerosis, inflammation and oxidative damage.Another source of luteolin is flaxseed.

12 ) Urinary stones, breaking of: The diuretic effect of celery juice also aids the breaking and elimination of urinary and gall bladder stones. and With loads of analgesic, anti-inflammatory and diuretic compounds, as well as some calcium blockers, celery seed extracts seem appropriate for treating Bladder ─░nfections. Celery seeds are said to improve the quantity and quality of urine and are a useful diuretic for urinary tract infections

13 ) Bursitis : Two of the best natural sources of COX-2 inhibitors are celery and celery seeds, which contain high amounts of painkilling apigenin.So bursitis and many other inflammatory conditions will benefit from including celery in your diet or making a tea from freshly crushed celery seeds. 
 
14 ) Constipation: The natural laxative effect of celery helps to relieve constipation. It also helps relax nerves that have been overworked by man-made laxatives.


15 ) Acidity: The important minerals in this magical juice effectively balance the body's blood pH, neutralizing acidity.Help Digestion and Ulcer so well


16 ) Weight Loss: Drink celery juice frequently throughout the day. It helps curb your cravings for sweets and rich food.
 
 
  

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Boost Lung Energy

I got this tips from Dr. Oz...

Lungs are a key organ for boosting and maintaining your energy, as they are responsible for taking in oxygen required for all aerobic metabolism in the body. Even a slight change in lung function can lower oxygen levels, which can cause severe fatigue. To boost lung energy, get an infusion of vitamin E, which some research suggests may improve or support lung function.

A great way to reach the daily recommendation of vitamin E is to combine...


1/2 cup  Sunflower Seeds
3/4 cup  Dried Apricots
1/2 cup  Hazelnuts




These are easy foods to pack in your purse for when you’re on the go, or to store at work when you feel like a snack. Sunflower seeds are delicious on green salads, and add a nice crunch.

I recommend storing your sunflower seeds and hazelnuts in the fridge, which will help keep their natural oils fresh, prevent rancidity, and ensure you are getting the maximum amount of nutrition from them.

Perhaps I should go to the store right away and grab all these ingredients. I shall bring this snack pack whenever I drive my kids to school. At least I'm gonna have some healthy snack to munch in the car while waiting...^_^

Click here to get more tips from Dr. Oz

Shopping for the Cancer Cure

I've read this article and I think its nice if I share this great article with others too. There are few things that we can start to have it at home and make it as a eating habits like...

1) Eat half of banana with breakfast
2) Saute the calamari or squid & mix with chopped garlic & olive oil
3) Citrus fruits like oranges, tangerines and clementines contain cancer fighters called hesperidin and naringenin.
4) Olive oil contains cancer-fighting polyphenols, which actually give the oil its unique taste. The stronger the flavor of the oil, the higher the level of its polyphenols.

Read more on this in Dr. Oz's website... Just click at the picture and it will link to the article...

Thursday, June 14, 2012

NINI Celup Coklat (Home version)



Pernah tak anak2 anda mintak belikan NINI (biskut yg celup dlm coklat) yang dijual dalam cup tu? Harga dia kalau beli dalam kuantiti yang banyak, agak terasa jugak la. Pastu, bila dibukak penutupnya....ala seco'et je isi dalam tu. Mmm...pastu coklatnya pun mcm tak cukup plak kalau anak-anak nak celup lebih2...

Saya lebih suka buat NINI ala versi sendiri. Senang je caranya... Saya beli la biskut ikan atau biskut masin yg jejajri yang dijual timbang tu. Pastu saya cairkan cooking chocolate dan campurkan sedikit susu cair & sedikit minyak. Bila dah cair dan rata, dah bole dihidangkan pada anak2 untuk diorang nikmati sepuas-puasnya! ^_^

Pastu, guarantee dah tak nak lagi sebab dah puas makan! hihihihi.... Yang pasti, kita pun puas hati bila tengok anak2 puas makan....:-)

Homemade Fries


Senang je nak buat ni. Hihihi....Ini pun saya buat bila anak2 tengah takde selera makan atau ketika kesuntukan masa nak sediakan makanan untuk anak2 dalam masa yang singkat. 

Caranya ialah....saya potong panjang2 kentang tu, saya rendam dgn air garam. Pastu, saya goreng dgn api yg sederhana. Tutup kuali tu dan biarkan kentang tu masak dan garing. Bila dah diangkat dan ditoskan, taburkan sedikit lada sulah jika suka. Sedap dimakan bersama sos cili/sos tomato ataupun mayonis. 

Saya kurang suka dengan makanan segera. Jadi ini salah satu cara saya nak elakkan dari terlalu kerap makan makanan segera.


Express Pizza



This is another easy snack to prepare yet healthy...Its an option for my kids whenever they don't have appetite to take heavy meals. They call it Express Pizza !! They love to bring this for their food snack to school. So easy to do it...

Ingredients :-

Slices of bread
Spaghetti sauce
Sausages/Minced Chicken/Tuna
Capsicum
Celery
Slices of cheese (cut it about 1/2cm)

How to do it :-

Just cover up the bread with the spaghetti sauce. Garnish with all ingredients. Put the thin slices of cheese on top. Toast it in the oven for about 5 to 10 minutes (depends on how crispy you want it to be).

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Black Pepper Boneless Chicken Salad


Ini salah satu favourite hubby dan anak2. Tak terlampau berat tapi masih lagi mengenyangkan. Selalunya saya buat salad ni kalau rasa macam dah terlebih makan beberapa hari sebelum tu. Atau semasa saya dan hubby takde rasa nak makan nasi. Senang cite...sesuai kalau orang nak berdiet! :-)

Kebetulan anak-anak pun suka sangat makan sayur, jadik untuk make sure diorang rasa kenyang bila makan salad ni, saya tambahkan pasta dalam hidangan diorang.

Ini resepinya...

Bahan :-

Boneless Chicken (diperap dgn serbuk lada hitam & garam) - grill
Daun2 salad
Cherry Tomato
Carrot (disagat halus)
Celery
Olive oil
Sebiji lemon
Seulas bawang putih (cincang halus)
Garam
Basil herbs

Cara-caranya :-

Masukkan kesemua bahan2 di atas. Campurkan dgn Olive oil, bawang putih, Basil herbs, perahan lemon dan garam. Gaul rata. Masukkan ayam yg dah di siat halus. Masukkan pasta atau spaghetti (kalau nak kenyang lagi). Gaul rata dan dah sedia untuk dimakan.

*  Kalau nak ditambah dengan crouton (roti yg telah dipotong dadu dan dibakar rangup) pun bole...

Selamat mencuba! ;-)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Bermacam2 Jenis Salad

Due to this hot weather, I always come out with drinks or snacks that could avoid my kids from getting dehydrated. If you get dehydrated, you’ve used more water than you’ve consumed. Your body no longer has the amount of water it needs to carry out important tasks, including cognitive functioning, blood flow and waste elimination.


To avoid them from getting dehydrated, what I do is...

1. I always get them to eat lots of fresh fruits such as Honey Dew, Watermelon, Oranges, Dragon fruits, Papaya, etc.

2. Sometimes I made them Fruit Punch Drinks.

3. I made them varieties of  'Aiskrim Malaysia'

I found one interesting website where lots of Easy Salad Recipes being shared there. From fruit salad, green salad, pasta salad and many more! How excited it is huh!?? ^_^  Just click at the Easy Salad Recipe words to get there.



click at the picture to go the this website..



Come on mommies..!! Let start and change our family eating habits!

Pancakes

I love making pancakes at home...Its like an opt for my kids whenever they refuse to eat rice or any other heavy meal. They can have it for breakfast, lunch, dinner or anytime when they hungry. I love prepare pancakes for their school bento too!

To make sure that they gonna love it, I make varieties of pancakes. Sometimes, I make it plain and dip into the caramel sauce or chocolate or honey...

Sometimes I mix the batter with oats or choc chips or blueberries, etc.. Below are some of my versions of pancakes...;-)


Pancake with Strawberry Jam

 Pancake with Butter & Honey

Chocolate Chips Pancake

Here is the basic recipe for pancake :-

2 1/2 cups of flour
2 tbs baking powder
1/2 ts salt
2 tbs sugar
1  egg
1 cup of fresh milk
1 cup of cold water
2 tbs butter (melt it)
1 ts vanilla essence

Cara :-

Pukul telur & gula hingga kembang. Masukkan susu dan air. Putar. Masukkan garam & butter cair. Putar lagi. Masukkan tepung gandum yg telah dicampur dgn baking powder. Last sekali, masukkan vanilla essence

Tapi kan...saya punya cara senang aje...saya masukkan kesemua bahan2 tu dalam blender dan blend! :P Senang dan cepat nak sediakan...hihihi

Selamat mencuba ye! ;-)

Monday, June 11, 2012

Rice Milky Soaking Water...Beauty Tips from Koreans

Tau tak yang air basuhan beras ada khasiatnya?? *wink* Mmm... Selama ni mesti ramai yang buang macam tu je air basuhan beras tu kan? Saya ada terbaca dalam artikel di website Dr. Oz bahawa air basuhan tu sebenarnya ada khasiat untuk kecantikan kulit muka kita.. 


 Ini petikannya.... 

 "If you have age spots, sunspots or struggle with hyperpigmentation, you don’t have to spend a fortune on skin-correcting or lightening serums. Take a cue from Korean women. After soaking rice to ready it for cooking, Korean women use the starchy, milky water to wash their face. They dip a washcloth into the water and apply it directly to their skin. Rice is high in PABA, ferullic acid and allantoin, which are all high in antioxidants, and have natural anti-inflammatory and skin-protecting properties. The result is a soft dewy complexion and, over time, a reduction in the appearance of dark spots." 

Haaa...so, apa lagi, mulai dari sekarang, everytime nak masak nasi...jangan lupa bilas muka dengan air basuhan beras tu ye. Sahabat saya iaitu Yati Hassan pun pernah ajar tips kecantikan ni...hihihi 

Selamat Mencuba!! ^_^

Kalau nak baca lebih banyak lagi tips2 kecantikan dari Dr. Oz ni, sila klik di sini..

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Grilled Black Pepper Boneless Chicken Sandwich with Apple & Tomato Slices


I love this sandwich so much. Kalau rasa2 dah takde idea nak bagi makan apa atau kalau rasa tak nak makan heavy meal, this can be your good option. Senang sangat nak buatnya. My kids love to bring this to school too..:-)

Bahan :-

Isi ayam (dah diperap dgn garam & serbuk lada hitam dan grilled)
Slices of green apple
Slices of tomatoes
Bread

Cara :-

Isi ayam dah dah grill tu, disiat halus2. Letakkan di lapisan roti. Letakkan slice apple dan tomatoes. Tambah dgn sos2 yg anda suka seperti tomato sauce, chilli sauce, thousand island, mayonis or black pepper sauce.

Our Little Contribution from home - Plastic Bottle Recycling

Have you ever thought that our little part from home can contribute a lot to our world? Maybe you don't realize that the plastic bottles that we use almost everyday to drink, cook, etc may harm to our health internally due to the chemical that are being used in the process of the bottle making. 

What do you normally do with all used plastic bottles at home? Do you just dumb the bottle into the garbage bag? Do u reuse for other purposes?





I may not an expert about all this but I believe that if all of us do our part from home, we can help in many factors. I normally will crumpled all the recycle bottles and store it in one big plastic bag. Then, I sell it to the nearest recycle centre. And the money that I get, I use it for my groceries expenses. Hihihi...



Other than send it to the recycle center, you can also reuse the bottle for many other purposes. Visit this below link to see the ideas...;-) Below is one of my favourite...;-)




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