SKIPPY® Natural Peanut Butter Spread + Giveaway

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Hoola! I am so excited to share with you a whole new series of SKIPPY® Natural Peanut Butter Spread! I guess everyone at all ages loves peanut butter! Who doesn’t? Peanut Butter must be the best thing on Earth! Having SKIPPY® new range of products right in front of me simply spells out joy and happiness cause there will be more funky recipes for me to explore and include them in it! SKIPPY® spreads are so versatile in every recipe and delicious at the same time ♡

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Made with only the finest peanuts, the SKIPPY® Natural Peanut Butter Spread is free of preservatives and artificial flavors and colors, and uses palm oil in its natural state, without sacrificing the taste. In addition, its no-stir technology prevents oil separation making it easy and smooth to spread over everything and still has the classic peanutty taste of SKIPPY®. Providing seven grams of protein in each serving to fuel your day!

The SKIPPY® Natural peanut butter spread will be available in six different flavors. They are:

  • SKIPPY® Natural Creamy Peanut Butter Spread
  • SKIPPY® Natural Creamy Peanut Butter Spread with Honey
  • SKIPPY® Natural Super Chunky Peanut Butter Spread
  • SKIPPY® Natural Super Chunk Peanut Butter Spread with Honey
  • SKIPPY® Natural 1/3 Less Sodium and Sugar Peanut Butter Spread
  • SKIPPY® Natural Peanut Butter Spread with Dark Chocolate

SKIPPY® Natural Creamy Peanut Butter Spread

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The Classic Creamy Spread: Made from only the freshest peanuts, this spread is smooth and creamy yet not too sweet. Perfect for daily spread over toast and as a topping on my overnight oats! I love this classic spread as it is most versatile, it can be mixed with almost everything especially useful for baking and cooking. I did pancake sauce (recipe below) with it too!

SKIPPY® Natural Creamy Peanut Butter Spread with Honey

Honey CreamyCreamy + Honey Spread: What do you get when sweet meets satisfying? SKIPPY® Natural Creamy Peanut Butter Spread with Honey is a match made in peanut-butter-honey-heaven. Yummy! The texture is nice, creamy and thick with a tinge of sweet honey taste! After all, what’s sweeter than the taste of real honey? The perfect option for kids!

SKIPPY® Natural Super Chunk Peanut Butter Spread

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Extra Crunchy Super Chunk Spread: My second favourite pick of all! I love peanut butter blended with real peanut pieces in it. Allowing the taste bud on a texture ride, they give a nice crunch in every bite plus the overflowing nutty taste. How could anyone resist it?

SKIPPY® Natural Super Chunk Peanut Butter Spread with Honey

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Crunchy + Honey Spread: Savor the sweet crunch of SKIPPY® Natural SUPER CHUNK® Peanut Butter Spread with Honey. It’s a satisfying spoonful with real peanut pieces and real honey added to the mix. Spread the great taste naturally with this crunchy and sweetly delicious peanut butter with real honey!

SKIPPY® Natural 1/3 Less Sodium and Sugar Peanut Butter Spread

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1/3 Less Sodium and Sugar: This is the best pick for me! I am enjoying the creamy peanut butter goodness with 1/3 lesser of sodium and sugar. This lighter option has a milder taste yet nice and subtle. Retaining it’s creamy texture, my favourite would definitely be this!

SKIPPY® Natural Peanut Butter Spread with Dark Chocolate

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Chocoholics and peanut butter fans unite for a crazy good combination of peanut butter with dark chocolate that you’ll want to spread on whatever you can eat! I made Pancake Sauce by using SKIPPY® Natural Peanut Butter Spread with Dark Chocolate and served it with Banana Buckwheat Pancakes! Too good and delicious! It was not too sweet to my liking and tasted like the perfect combination of Dark Chocolate and Peanut blend.

Recipe

Pancake Sauce (serve 3 or more)

  • One teaspoon of coconut oil
  • One tablespoon of water
  • 2 tablespoons of SKIPPY® Natural Peanut Butter Spread with Dark Chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon of SKIPPY® Natural Creamy Peanut Butter Spread

Heat and stir them together, serve them with your favourite pancakes recipe!

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SKIPPY® Natural products have a retail price of approximately $6.00 per 425g jar and available at leading local supermarkets nationwide including Cold Storage, Isetan, Giant, Jasons, Mustafa, Meidi-Ya and Sheng Shiong.

Get more information on SKIPPY® Facebook Page 


So here is the fun part!

Here’s your chance to try all 6 flavours from ‪#‎SkippySG‬! To take part in this giveaway;

1. Like SKIPPY® Peanut Butter Singapore Facebook page 

2. Share this blog post on your Facebook and tag three friends!

3. Leave a comment below with your Facebook URL and email address.

2 winners will be picked randomly and giveaway will end on 31 March, Tuesday at 12am. Good luck everyone!

Racing for a Brighter World: Energizer Singapore Night Trail 2015

SAN_0149The iconic night trail from Energizer Singapore is back! Marking its 5th year on Saturday, 2 May 2015 at Mandai! The global leader in portable power solutions is pledging S$11,000 to support SportCares Foundation’s sports programmes for the underprivileged and at-risk youth. Since its launch in 2012, SportCares has reached out to more than 8,000 underprivileged and at-risk youth through sport platforms like football, basketball, running, dragon-boat and tennis. Also, connecting with passionate volunteers and community spirited corporate partners moved to do their part in giving back to the community.

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SAN_0219Set to test one’s determination and endurance! This year, the night trail consist of three competitive categories open to individuals – 6km, 12km, and 18km. Each participant will be equipped with a powerful Energizer Night Head-lamp for guidance while experiencing a totally different perspective of this unique night trekking race. How cool is that!! Personally, I would be taking part in the 12km category and this will be my first night trail! I am so excited and looking forward to experiencing a brand new night adventure with Energizer!

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Don’t miss out on the fun obstacles races for parent-and-child (children aged 4 and above) team! An outdoor experience the kids would never forget! Choose from 1.5km or 3km or sign up as individuals as long as you’re aged 13 and above.

Plus, there will also be exciting and fun activities at the carnival such as the Energizer treasure hunt, reserve bungee, rodeo ride, as well as games stations like “Flash & Dash S”. What’s more, go snapping away at Energizer photo booth which are designed to provide endless fun for participating families and friends! There will be food and beverages on sale during the race itself which includes Travelling C.O.W (Chef on Wheels), lunch box sets, fruits, isotonic drinks, ice cream, Nestle Fitnesse sampling and snack bars.

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Registration Open Now!

Enjoy the Launch Week Special (S$5 off all categories fees) starting from now till 22 March 2015. Early bird rates start from 22 March to 31 March 2015 and all normal rates resumes on 1 April 2015.

Going in a big group? Enjoy cooperate discount of 10% off registration fees when you register as a group of 20 or more, and 15% off registration fees for a group of 50 or more.

The race packs  collection period will be on 11 and 12 April 2015 at Suntec City Mall East Atrium. Participant will get to receive an exclusive official race tee by The North Face and goodie bag valued at S$80 with products from Energizer, Schick and The North Face. Not forgetting a unique medal of the year for participants who complete the race within the stipulated cut-off time!

Join me and hop over to Energizer Singapore Night Trail 2015 Official website to register now!

The Straits Times: Closer ties as neighbours bond over food

Our neighbourly story was featured on Straits Times on 22nd February 2015! What an honour for me to speak to The Straits Times after my entry submission for Let’s Makan emerge as the finalist.

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Let’s Makan is an initiative by The Singapore Kindness Movement, to enhance neighbourly ties and gathering of neighbours from different walks of life by sharing a meal together. It hopes to foster closer relationships among neighbours.

I find this initiative really helpful as everyone in Singapore enjoys food! Eating together is definitely the best way to get to know one another. By organising food sessions with my neighbours, we came to know each other’s food preferences, type of food we like or dislike, and raving over yummy hawker stalls that we promise to go together. For me, having a bunch of good neighbours living close to me was a great blessing. We are able to look out for one another in times of need and foster meaningful friendship together.

ST, 22 February, Page 12, Closer ties as neighbours bond over foodClick Here for the ST Online Article

“The decline of neighbourliness across the world follows a similar pattern. Dual-income families, the individualisation of leisure and entertainment, dense city living, greater physical mobility brought about by better public and private transport, and growing disparity in incomes, are all factors that have made neighbours more insular and less connected to one another.”

Getting out and speaking to your neighbours might feel daunting, but be brave! It will be worth it and you will be surprised on how keen people are. So take the first step and be the someone! I believe everyone can make the world a better place to live in and start by fostering good relationship around the neighbourhood ♡

First Wedding Anniversary at Pidgin

Just how time flies. 13th February 2014, the most important day in my life.

Being together for 5 years, I am truly blessed with all the love and support from W. He have been the pillar of strength in times of need. It have been a truly blessed journey with him although our journey wasn’t the easiest.

We had a simple dinner at Pidgin Kitchen & Bar after work and it was fantastic! The fusion of food served enticed our taste buds, especially the Quail Egg Maguro Mix and Uni Angel Hair Pasta! ♥14948_10152772030497746_3566404363772341255_n

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Celebrate Lunar New Year with NTUC Fairprice

I am so excited to celebrate the Lunar New Year with my favourite supermarket and that’s nonetheless; NTUC FairPrice. Counting down to less than 2 weeks to Lunar New Year! Are you ready yet? This year, NTUC Fairprice return with a wide range of traditional as well as new and unique products enough to gear us ready to usher in the Year of Goat with abundance! ♡

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As part of Chinese New Year celebrations, customers who spend a minimum of $30 in one receipt will qualify for the FairPrice Fortune Draw with attractive prices to be won! How exciting is that!

FairPrice Fortune Draw (8 January to 11 March 2015)

Spend a minimum of $30 in one receipt to qualify in the FairPrice Fortune Draw and win prizes including $100,000 worth of FairPrice Gift Vouchers!

  • 10 x Grand Prize: S$5,000 and 1 year’s worth of groceries
  • 100 x Consolation Prize: S$500 

Double up your chances with OCBC Plus! Visa Cards

  • X 2 chances if you use your OCBC Plus! Visa Card

Additionally, enjoy 5% off at everything at FairPrice, FairPrice Online and Unity when you charge a minimum of S$500 monthly (excluding all FairPrice, FairPrice Online and Unity purchases) to your OCBC Plus! Visa Card.

Hamper Ordering and Availability

You should place any hamper order by 10 February 2015 (Take note: 3 days of processing needed excluding day of order, Saturday and Sunday)

For deli items, do order 3 days in advance with the ordering forms available in stores or at Deli Order Counters from 8 January to 12 February 2015; collection period from 9 to 18 February 2015.

Take note: Availability of certain items varies from store to store, whilst stocks last.

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Shopping at NTUC FairPrice during this festive season warms my heart as I rekindle my yearly family affair shopping around with my parents for our Lunar New Year goodies! From those crispy love letters, flavorful pineapple tarts and tidbits! As a kid, I used to rush to the candies shelve first when we reach the entrance of NTUC FairPrice. My sister and I would go about grabbing our favourite candies and my pick will be the milky and creamy White Rabbit Sweets! Don’t you miss peeling the “wax paper” around it? It would be a great pick for your guests to indulge during their CNY visiting!

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For every Lunar New Year, we enjoy inviting relatives and friends over to our place to play some card games, chit-chatting and eating together. My family love gatherings most. Simple time of togetherness is so precious and joyful. Even preparing the food on the table seems pleasant and fun as everyone plays a role from getting the plates, washing, cooking and serving! During Lunar New Year, how could one miss out sumptuous food?!

In Singapore, the festive season will not be complete without “Pen Cai” (盆菜) also known as “poon choy” in Cantonese or “Big Bowl Feast”. This festive dish symbolises prosperity and abundance! With my favourite pick – Skylight Imperial Banquet Abalone Treasure Pot! Everything in a pot, heat and serve! I love putting in extra scallops, abalones and mushrooms! This dish is so easy to prepare and super delicious!

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I LOVE STEAMBOAT! This list of products below are my usual buys as I am a huge fan of steamboat! Basically, I love everything in soup be it clear chicken or tomyam broth. Getting excited for reunion dinner already! I look forward to my Shrimp Wantons, Okaido Premium Scallops, Fresh Prawns & Fish and Frozen Pork Collar Shabu Shabu!

Wonder why steamboat is an ideal meal for CNY?

  • First, it is so easy to prepare! Hence anyone can host a fail-proof, yummy meal.
  •  A steamboat can serve a few people (e.g. 2) or as many people (like 20) as you like simply by adjusting the quantity of ingredients.
  • You can do steamboat again over the next 1-2 days with the leftovers, especially useful when many eating places, markets and shops are closed during the first few days of CNY.
  • You get to sit around the table for a long time as you cook your own food, hence promoting interaction and bonding.
  • It’s a healthy meal, as you are enjoying the food which has been briefly cooked in hot broth. The food is not greasy at all.

For more steamboat information: Read here.

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Not forgetting the most important part of Lunar New Year is the Prosperity Toss also known as “Lo Hei” is a Teochew-style raw fish salad which usually consists of strips of raw, shredded vegetables and a variety of sauces and condiments, among other ingredients. Yusheng literally means “raw fish” but since “fish (鱼)” is commonly conflated with its homophone “abundance (余)”, Yúshēng (鱼生) is interpreted as a homophone for Yúshēng (余升) meaning an increase in abundance. Therefore, yusheng is considered a symbol of abundance, prosperity and vigor. Today, Lo Hei is a common practice during Chinese New Year in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. Let’s all HUAT!

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Shopping at the nearest NTUC FairPrice brings more joy as compared to clothes shopping. Serious! I love nourishing and indulging in good food and I believe NTUC FairPrice is my best provider for a great range and fresh food supplies at affordable prices. Strategically located in every part of Singapore, making groceries shopping a happier and convenient experience for all! ♡

Recipe: Kale Smoothie Oat Bowl

Adding greens to my meals have never been so simple! Currently, I am increasing my greens intake by adding them in for breakfast – one of the easiest ways to kick-start a healthy day. Green juice, green smoothie and green oat bowl makes a perfect breakfast choice for me. I picked kale as my choice of green! Why?!

Kale is also known as “the queen of greens” and has a long list of benefits under its name. This nutritional powerhouse is low in calorie, high in fiber and has zero fat, at the same time delicious! Kale plays an awesome role by aiding in digestion and elimination with its great fiber content. Nutrient-dense, kale contains fiber and sulfur – both great for detoxifying and keeping our liver healthy. Moreover, you can mix and match kale with any kind of frozen fruits and transform distinctly different flavor profiles possible with it. How yummy!

For more kale benefits: Read here.

1. Kale Smoothie Oat Bowl

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup of Kale (4-5 leaves)
  • 1 Frozen Banana
  • 1/2 cup of Frozen Coconut flesh
  • 1/2 cup of Rolled Oats
  • 1/2 cup of Soy Milk (Unsweetened) / Any milk of your choice
  • A handful of chia seeds
  • Honey (Optional)

TOPPINGS

  • Strawberries Slices
  • Banana Slices
  • Blueberries

DIRECTIONS:

Place all the ingredients into the blender and blend it high for 30 to 60 seconds until smooth. Pour kale oat smoothie mix into a bowl and top it with your choice of toppings. My perfect breakfast choice anytime!

2. Kale Smoothie Drink

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup of Kale (4-5 leaves)
  • 1 Frozen Banana
  • 1/2 cup of Frozen Coconut flesh
  • 1 cup of Soy Milk (Unsweetened) / Can replace water for a lighter taste

DIRECTIONS:

Place all the ingredients into the blender and blend it high for 30 seconds until smooth and serve.


For breakfast, I prefer eating from a bowl as it feels more satisfying than drinking it in a glass. After 7-8 hours of sleep (hibernation), the body requires more energy to kick-start the day. Therefore, by adding in oats into our usual smoothie combination – makes it a perfect breakfast choice. As for the smoothie drink, I consume it during “snack-time” for an energy boost or as my dinner replacement if I am not feeling too hungry at night.

While smoothie bowls are trending, it is also important to take note of the calories consumed. By adding too much nut butters, sweetened yoghurt, raw nuts or granola – you can easily end up with several hundred more calories than you might suspect. Therefore, do keep portions in check and smoothie bowl definitely makes a nutritious and healthy meal.

I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as I do! ♡

My 2014

Just how time flew us by and we are 2 days old in 2015! In 2014, I also re-ignited my love for blogging (the best decision ever!) – penning down my thoughts, sharing what I love, gathering like-minded people together and creating my own memories. Blogging has always been something I love to do and it probably reflects my character very much too, expressive. I love sharing what I know and would be happy if someone out there appreciates it or find inspiration on what I wrote or shared. It is a very special feeling for me being able to inspire and motivate others.

Besides looking forward to a brand new year with lots of new challenges and achievements, I am grateful for everything that has happened in 2014 – a year full of ups and downs.

January

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I started 2014 traveling to Japan with my family and I truly enjoyed every moment spend with them. We experienced different culture, food and learnt many during our overseas trip together. It is essential for me to travel with my family members – as I truly felt that time and experiences together cannot be exchanged with any monetary terms. All of us were knitted closer to one another and together, we gained another topic for discussion for talking and bragging. This is how we stay close to one another, having common topics and interest. Good relationships don’t just happen; they take time, effort and patience.

Sometimes we get too busy with our own work and achievements; we tend to neglect the ones who spend their whole lifetime looking after us. Cherish and spent more time with our parents, they are the only ones who love you the most and fight the world for you.

February 

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W and I got hitched on 13th February 2014. This day I marry my best friend, the one I laugh with, live for and dream with. The thought of getting hitched make me felt old, but registering our marriage was the bestest decision ever! I am grateful to have W being by my side for the past 4+ years, tolerating every bad temperament of me, very thoughtful towards me & my family and taught me a lot of things (although sometimes he is so muddle-minded you can strangle him to death). Meeting him is still the best thing that ever happened to me. Up till now, I still find him funny, loving and most importantly, he love my family and friends as much as I do. Grateful :’)

March

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I was rewarded by my company for an all-expenses paid trip to Bangkok with some of my favourite girls at work. It was my first time traveling on company expenses although it is a short trip. Those moments together were amazing and fun (shopping and eating, of cause) and we bonded together as a team. Though things have changed now, but good memories will prevail.

April

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最难得的聚会 ❤️

May

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This May, I also participated in Adidas Sundown Half Marathon completing my second 21.1km long distance run. If you read my previous post, you will know how much I am not a distance runner by nature and the maximum distance I do usually ranged from 5km to 10km. The complete soreness, pain and satisfaction after a long distance marathon is only understandable after you have experienced it, no any other ways. Proud to have did it again in 2014!

June

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One of the most rewarding milestones being a blogger was to yield acknowledgement. I received a number of products from sponsors for product tasting and feedback review! I am really glad to have the honour to write for local brands like Unisoy and Bruneus, it was a wonderful experience for me as someone who blogs and take interest in health food. Thankful for all the opportunities given.

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July

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JULY! Our long awaited trip back to W’s hometown. Yes, W is a Malaysian and catching up with his parents and friends seems to be a challenging task for me. We have limited time hanging out and could communicate through phone calls, messaging or chatting online most of the time. I always try my best to pull myself together with his family, as close as possible though it is really not easy – counting the days I am in Ipoh which is about 10-14 days in a year comparing him at my place (365 days – x days in Ipoh). Now you see the difference?

So W and I took much effort together to organize a trip with my family visiting his hometown during July. It was 5 most precious days of our lives. Seeing them getting along well and enjoying their time. All our hard work paid off – behind the scenes was both of us debating on what are the best dates, which hotel to book, where to go, which car to rent and so forth. Everything was awesome and everyone was happy. So, W and I also make a pact for 2015 to visit Ipoh more often spending more time with his parents and friends cause nothing is more significant than our family presence and being together.

August

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No, not our anniversary but a simple birthday chow time for W yearly – we don’t fancy restaurants or café dining usually but we take an extra effort to dine in during one another’s birthday. His 5th birthday celebration with me and I can still vividly remember what we ate and where we were during 31st August 2010. He may not be the most romantic partner, neither a rich husband but I know he will be the one gridding his teeth out there working hard for me, us.  Grateful for yet another year being together and I can’t seem to be more thankful for you.

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Hello BBG, welcome to my life! I made this decision to start BBG workout as I started to gain weight unknowingly after working desk-bound for almost 2 years even though I do occasional runs and frequent the gym sometimes. For the past 2 years, I don’t see any results physically neither did I felt more confident about my body after my workout sessions. I disliked my body and I have serious body image problems internally even though I am not obese. I would go on a diet for a month or 2 and give it all up by stuffing myself with so much food and trying to puke after every meal. Yes, that bad. Working out and eating well was never a topic that blew my mind so much until I started BBG. It was one of my life-changing choices I made in 2014 making fitness and health my priority.

Starting on BBG allows me to love my body more and appreciate life even more. I learnt how to be more appreciative towards health and not take it for granted. I realize by starving myself isn’t going to help cause after I start eating – those kilos will creep back. My body is capable to achieve and be stronger only when I make the decision to start loving and work hard for it. We can all achieve our fit and healthy body, why not?

I came across a quote stating;

”Never underestimate the gift of your health. It’s the greatest wealth you will ever own and it’s the foundation for every chance at happiness and success life has to offer. Your body is the only place you will truly ever live.”

The truth is most often we take our health for granted most. Do we enjoy junk food so much that it is worth getting sick for? Being negative about body image can be a danger for our health too. Definitely, I don’t mean eating salads and chicken breast everyday but by exercising moderation in our food selection. Indulgence for those who worked for it, fair enough? I really think so.

Do refer to my previous blog post on working out and eating well.

October

I made a promise to myself to upgrade myself every year and I did it. Last year (2013), I did a course in MIS (Marketing Institute of Singapore) and this October I did an intensive course (Social Lab) from Hyper Island. Hyper Island taught their classes in a different way from traditional Singapore’s school classes and I gain many insights on speaking out, challenging potential, working as a team, being a leader and changing personal perceptions. I believe strongly on skill upgrading and being constantly on the ball of knowledge.

Way to go improvement, 2015 let’s bake and burn more brain cells!

November

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A month of full of weddings – feeling blessed for both Windie and Sharon as they marry their beau this November. We finally got a chance to take a break from work and unwind at W’s hometown during the month of November. Spending time with his folks and doing little things together makes me really happy. Moreover, we have an additional family member on 13th November 2014. That’s something worth celebrating and be happy about! 🙂

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December

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What? I am writing about the last month of 2014 already?

“It is the most wonderful time of the year!”

Started the month with endless meet-ups and gatherings with all my loved ones from pot-luck to buffet to cheese party. Year end are always celebratory and fun after a whole year of crazy events and happenings. A time to unwind and gather together. For the people who always love, thank you.

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Life is beautiful because it isn’t eternal; it has an endingLosing a loved one gives a new found appreciation for existence itself. In year 2014, I lost 2 beloved uncles. From witnessing how they fell ill to frequent visits to hospital to their funerals. Life fragility. There is nothing more important than living a fulfilling life with our loved ones and all those cherished moments. Live in the present and love every day.

Lessons from 2014 to 2015;

  1. To cherish and to love every day.
  2. Be grateful.
  3. Take things easy but not granted.
  4. Don’t be too hard on myself.
  5. Focus on the right things.
  6. To do what I love.

 

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Bring on 2015! 

My favourite breakfast recipes

Who else agree that breakfast is the best meal of the day?! Well, I do! I love breakfast most and look forward to them every time I finish my morning workout session. I vary my breakfast choices from oatmeal, fruit/tofu/oat smoothies, eggs toast, and nut butter spread on whole-grains and fruits salad. Also, I get much inspiration from my Ig feeds from people like @stayfitandtravel@funkyfitnessfoods and many other health foodie gurus! It is always interesting to try out a new breakfast recipe and totally get hooked on it. By doing so, I expand my knowledge on healthy eating and learn to prepare healthy food for my subsequent meals as well.

            Do you know the benefits of eating breakfast?

1. Energy Boost to Start the Day

Everyone should start their day off right by eating as many vitamins and other nutrients as possible. The great thing about breakfast is there are so many common breakfast foods that can be considered super-foods because of their nutrition value:

  • Eggs: Including an egg or two for breakfast may require a few extra minutes of preparation time, but the potential health benefits make them worth cooking and eating. Not only are eggs packed with protein and amino acids, they are also one of the few, significant sources of vitamin D, which is important for absorbing calcium for stronger bones.
  • Whole grains: Whether you are taking them in the form of bread, cereal or oatmeal, breakfast is one of the best times to enjoy whole grains in your meal. This super-food is a great source of fiber, which is essential for a healthy heart and digestive tract, and can help reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
  • Vitamin C: You can hit your daily intake of vitamin C in your very first meal of the day, whether it’s in the form of a juice or solid fruit. Oranges, grapefruits and apples are common fruits on the breakfast table.

2. Breakfast Helps Reduce Morning Crankiness

Imagine going without food for 8 to 12 hours during the day; you probably won’t be the most approachable person in the office or classroom. Do yourself, your classmates and your co-workers a favor by eating breakfast to help you deal with any morning moodiness and stress.

3. Metabolism Boost

When you sleep, your metabolism tends to slow down. The only way to jump start your metabolism for the day is to start off right with a healthy breakfast. This will allow your body to start burning through calories from the very beginning of the day, rather than in the middle of it after you’ve eaten lunch.

Read more on : Benefits of eating breakfast

My recent breakfast try-outs;

1. Pumpkin and Banana Smoothie Oat Bowl (Inspired from @stayfitandtravel)

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Slice of Pumpkin (Steamed and puree)
  • 1 Frozen Banana
  • 3/4 cup of Rolled Oats
  • 1 cup of Almond Milk

TOPPINGS

  • Chia Seeds
  • Banana Slices
  • Dried fruits

DIRECTIONS:

Place all the ingredients into the blender and blend it high for 30 to 60 seconds until smooth. Pour pumpkin smoothie mix into a bowl and top it with your choice of toppings. This must be one of my favourite recipes – it is really simple and easy to make!


2. Overnight oats topped with Organic Almond Butter, Rock Melon and Cocoa Nibs

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INGREDIENTS

  • 3/4 cup of Rolled Oats
  • 4 tablespoon of Greek Yoghurt
  • 1 cup of Oat Milk or any milk of your desired choice
  • Honey (Optional)

TOPPINGS

  • Homemade Almond Butter
  • Rock Melon, diced
  • Chia Seeds
  • Raw Unsweetened Cocoa Nibs

DIRECTIONS:

Place all the ingredients into a jar/bowl and mixed them thoroughly. Add in homemade almond butter (otherwise, any other nut butter), chia seeds and cocoa nibs together. Close lid and leave it in fridge overnight. Rolled oats should be soft after soaking in milk and yoghurt (at least for 4 hours). Topped the overnight oats with fresh fruits of your choices and enjoy!


I usually prepare oiaj – oats in a jar, the night before consuming them. As leaving them in the fridge overnight will soften oats further. This breakfast choice save me much time before the mad morning rush everyday. Do also play around with the portions, it took me a lot on varying the amount of oats, milk, yoghurt and fruits to finally getting my favourite combination. I also use Greek yoghurt for it’s high protein and low fat content as compared to sweetened flavoured yoghurts which is full of sugars. A cold yet hearty healthy breakfast packed with fiber, vitamins and nutrients in a jar which does not require cooking at all. How amazing!

*Do also note that overnight oats should be consumed within 3 days of making as to maintain freshness of oats and milk.*

I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as I do! ♡

Recipe: Creamy Mushroom Soup


1463761_10152575528397746_6213817491388800005_nHealthy Creamy Mushroom Soup Recipe inspired by Limaran Augustina

Mushrooms MUST be my favourite food! I love them in my soups, salads, sandwiches, mains in any cooking method or even eaten raw! Since young, I always seems to be inseparable from mushroom soup, it was a MUST-ORDER food for me whenever it was available on restaurant’s menu. I simply love it. As I get more into healthy eating and cooking my own food, I explored more recipes which I could whipped at home instead of purchasing off-shelves mostly, heavily sodium and preservatives loaded. And I came across Limaran’s blog on her simple version of creamy mushroom soup, which I found easy to do and nutritious at the same time. This recipe is protein-loaded as it consist of yoghurt, cottage cheese and skim milk being the substitute of cream. Eliminate the use of cream as it is full of empty calories and fat. Moreover, this recipe requires little ingredients as those comparable online.

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Do you know that mushrooms have a long list of nutritional benefits?

Mushrooms are an excellent source of B vitamins, such as riboflavin, niacin and pantothenic acid, an excellent source of the essential minerals, selenium, copper, phosphorus and potassium. Plus, it contains low fat and carbohydrate with the absence of sodium. Perfect food for people who are conscious about their weight. Mushrooms are known to reduce cardiovascular diseases by lowering blood pressure, cholesterol and also boosts the body immune system with anti-inflammatory and strong antioxidant properties.

Read more on: Wikipedia (Mushrooms) and Health Benefits of Button Mushrooms.

10801509_10152575528902746_8492823829608245435_nI did a tweak to the amount of ingredients used as I brought 2 big baskets of mushrooms and increase the amount of milk/cottage cheese and greek yoghurt whilst trying out the texture of the soup. This is why I love cooking as I am free to customize the end product taste to my own liking! Heh.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Assorted mushrooms (Portobello, White and Brown button, Shitake, Brown Shimeji)
  • 5 – 6 tablespoon of Greek yogurt (To replace cream)
  • 3 tablespoon of Cottage cheese (To replace cream)
  • 1 litre of Skim Milk (Lower in fat and calories)
  • 5 – 6 garlic cloves (Too much, but I super like garlic!)
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 yellow onion
  • Sea Salt
  • Italian Parsley
  • Olive oil

EQUIPMENT:

  1. Blender
  2. Frying Pan

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Just 9 simple steps to follow & your creamy mushroom soup is on the way! ♡

Step 1: Soak all mushrooms and wash them thoroughly

Step 2: Chop assorted mushrooms into small pieces and mix them together.

Step 3: Prepare all other ingredients including onions, garlic and parsley leaves.

Step 4: Fry garlic, parsley and onions with a little bit of olive oil, until you can smell the fragrance.

Note: Do not fry them till brown.

Step 5: Add in all mushrooms and fry everything together.

Note: Do not fry them till brown.

Step 6: Before blending the ingredients, pick out some mushrooms to be added into the soup after boiling for a different texture and chunk.

 Step 7: Portion by portion, place all ingredients into a blender and add in skim milk slowly.

Step 8: Pour all the blended mixture together with the chunks of mushrooms into a pot and heat. Continue stirring till it boils and add in Greek Yoghurt and Cottage Cheese.

Step 9:  Add in few teaspoons of salt to season. Keep stirring until everything else blends and your creamy mushroom soup is ready to serve!

cream-of-mushroom-soupTopped it up with more parsley and black pepper for a more enhanced flavour. Slurps~ Simple, healthy and delicious! I will never go back to conventional mushroom can soup even though it is conveniently available, cheap and time-saving (preparation and cooking time). As, what I reap from that can soup is preservatives, sodium, fats and colouring. I would rather spend more money and time nourishing my body that has work so hard for me. Like what I mentioned on my previous post about 70/30 rule. Healthy food plays a crucial role in enhancing overall health and fitness. Way to go healthy eating!

A perfect weekend meal during the rainy season these days, enjoy ♡

Working out and eating well

I think I found my life passion and that is fitness. As I progressively work on my body, I have seen many positive changes and how I love being soaked in sweat after a tough workout. Pushing further though it seems impossible to do so, and achieving what I previously thought I wouldn’t at all. Lifting that dumbbell or dropping for another push up doesn’t seems as easy as it possibly would after some kick-ass resistance circuits. Seriously, the start was never easy.

I don’t know how to explain this feeling of mine but I thought the sense of achievement and empowerment from working out is not what money can bring about, but something stronger mentally. The mind is the trigger point of an empowered person, vice versa, a lazy person. People often say they have no time because they are busy with work/family/friends/self, but who’s not? We all need to prioritize what is most important to us. If health is, then why not work harder and eat better?

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Another point to note is that fitness is not just about working out but also eating well. Proper nourishment for the body is essential and in fact, more important than exercising.

                                     Do you know the 70/30 rule?

70% – Food and 30% – Exercise. This also means that no amount of exercise can ever make up for a poor diet. The truth is that no matter how many times in a week you have exercised, it will all count for absolutely nothing if you are not paying attention to your diet. The only way to lose flab is to reduce intake for fat, oil, salt and sugar. In return, to fuel our body with fresh vegetables, fruits and lean protein source. This is because you cannot convert fat into muscle or vice-versa. Therefore doing stomach exercises without changing your diet may well make your stomach look bigger as you could be building some muscles underneath the fat. (Read more)

Personally, I am reducing my frequency eating out and preparing my own meals as much as possible. Meal preparation is definitely not an easy task as it is time consuming and troublesome. But it will be worth it as I know what kind of food is going into my body – No MSG, Less or No Sodium, Less or No Oil lastly, Clean Produce (Washed Vegetables, Fresh Meat). Having control of the taste, cooking method and enjoying the process of nourishment. I love cooking too! Heh.

Step-by-Step for Meal Preparation (My kind of menu)

  1. Stock up on food source
  • Protein – Eggs, Tofu, Chicken Breast Meat, Lean Beef, Lean Pork, Fish (Salmon, Tuna, Cod, Threadfin), Seafood (Prawn)
  • Dairy/Non-Dairy – Oat/Soy/Rice Milk, Skim Milk, Chocolate Milk, Low Fat Yoghurt
  • Green Vegetables – Broccoli, Cauliflower, Lady Fingers, Spinach, any kind will do
  • Fruits – Tomato, Apples, Avocado, Berries, Banana, Grapes, Kiwi, Melons, Pineapple, Pears
  • Spices – Black Pepper, Sea Salt, Garlic, Onions (my favourite!)
  • Fats – Nuts (Almonds, Brazil Nuts, Macadamia), Nut Butter, Olive Oil, Canola Oil
  • Carbohydrates – Rolled Oats, Museli, Brown Rice, Red Rice, White Rice, Whole Grain Bread, Wholemeal Pasta, Sweet Potatoes, Pumpkin, Corn, Vermicelli, Mee Sua.

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Have a mixture of food source and study your portion size. I usually have a mix of everything in my meals. A typical day of breakfast – Overnight Oats with fruits or nuts topping/ Blended juice or smoothie, lunch will be vegetables fish noodle soup or tuna sandwiches, Dinner will be steamed salmon, stir fry vegetables and egg.

Snack-in-between: Handful of Nuts/ Fruit/ Cup of Milk

  1. Cooking Method:
  • Boiling
  • Steaming (My favourite method, hassle free and easy to clean!)
  • Stir-frying
  • Roasting

Decide on your favourite recipe and try them! Do reduce the usage of oil, salt, seasonings and sugar. Throw in some healthy spices instead of heavily sodium loaded seasonings, which better enhance the taste with added nutrition!

  1. Serve them! Otherwise, place them into a container and fridge them for tomorrow’s consumption.

Healthy food can taste great too! Banish that wrongful mindset about healthy food being bland and tasteless. By changing your mindset, you are allowing yourself to accept good food – leading to a better nourished body. Do you really need SO MUCH junk food? Really?

Great things never came from comfort zones, it will only come if you get up from that snooze alarm to work out, choose the right food, give it a 101% and be consistent. It will be a painstakingly journey but it is all going to be worth it! Do it for yourself, cause no one can ever do it for you. 

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                      “Without struggle there is no progress.”