Bonus Healthy Recipe: Berries and Ginger Smoothies (2 Servings)

I tried this recipe this morning because I want some kick in my smoothies.

Let’s see how I made it:

1 1/2 cup non-fat milk

1/3 cup blueberries

6 strawberries, hulked and chopped

1/2 cup cornflakes

3 tablespoons flax seeds

1 tablespoon ginger, grated

1/2 cup Greek yogurt

1/2 cup crushed ice

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1) Put everything in the blender. Blend until smooth.

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2) Serve in a cup when ready.

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Ginger is very healthy because ginger improves the absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients in the body and clears the ‘microcirculatory channels’ of the body, including the pesky sinuses that tend to flare up from time to time.

If you want some kick in your smoothies, ginger is the way to go.  But be sure not to add too much if you don’t want to “burn” yourself!

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My Journey To Lose Weight (Eleventh Weekly Update)!

I am sorry that I did not post about my meals last week because I was just too busy.  We are now back on track.  Here was what I ate during the past week:

Friday May 16

  • Breakfast (7:45am)- Oatmeal with strawberry
  • Lunch (12:30pm) – Udon with tomatoes and chicken
  • Pre-dinner (5:00pm) – Hot Red Bean Milk Tea
  • Dinner (7:15pm) – Spaghetti with meatballs
  • Snack (10:00pm) – Orange

Saturday May 17

  • Breakfast (7:00am) – Oatmeal with banana
  • Pre-lunch snack (7:30 to 9:30 am) – Banana and Oatmeal Vanilla Rice Milk Smoothies
  • Lunch and dinner (10 to 7pm) – Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcake, Arugula Salad with Mushroom, Pulled Pork and Beef Dip
  • Snack (10:15pm) – Orange

Sunday May 11

  • Breakfast (7:00am) – Oatmeal with strawberries
  • Pre-lunch (9:30am) – Pear, Avocado and Arugula Salad
  • Lunch (12:30pm) – Brown rice with salmon, chinese broccoli and meatballs
  • Pre-dinner (4:00pm) – Orange
  • Dinner (5:30pm) – Udon with shredded pork and bean sprouts
  • Snack (9:00pm) – Banana

Monday May 12

  • Breakfast (7:45am) – Congee with pork
  • Lunch (1:15pm) – Korean Beef Tofu Soup and assorted Korean Kimchi
  • Dinner (7:00pm) – Brown rice with tofu, mixed veggies and chicken
  • Snack (9:15pm) – Orange

Tuesday May 13

  • Breakfast (7:45am) – Oatmeal with strawberries
  • Lunch (2:30pm) – Western omelette with hash brown and brown toast
  • Dinner (7:00pm) – Brown rice with tofu, mixed veggies and salmon
  • Snack (9:15pm) – Orange

Wednesday May 14

  • Breakfast (7:45am) – Oatmeal with strawberries
  • Lunch (11:00am to 7:30pm) – Salad, Chinese dumplings with balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil, bacon
  • Dinner (9:15pm) – Fried brown rice with smoked salmon and corn

Thursday May 15

  • Breakfast (6:00am to 8:15am) – Oatmeal with banana, orange
  • Pre-lunch snack (11:00am) – Milk
  • Lunch (12:15pm) – Rice noodle with pork and Bok Choi
  • Pre-dinner (5:00pm) – Cheesecake
  • Dinner (9:15pm) – Brown rich with pork, mixed veggies and tofu

Having said that,  I still weight 121lbs, which is the same as two weeks ago.

My waist is still 29 inches, which is the same as two weeks ago.

Am I just going to be stuck at 121lbs forever? Sigh…

Easy Healthy Recipe Thursday: Chicken Brown Rice and Hummus Casserole (4 Serving)

I made some extra hummus for the recipe yesterday.  Since hummus is no longer fresh if it is kept in the refrigerator for too long, I figure I would use it for this dish.

I am preparing this dish for dinner with my family.

Remember, for every dinner dish that are introduced in “Easy Healthy Recipe Wednesday and Thursday”, we aim for $5 CAN per serving maximum. Here is the recipe and cost of ingredients:

2 cups boneless chicken thighs, chopped ($4.98 CAN)

1 1/2 cups brown rice mix, cooked ($2.00 CAN)

1/2 onion, julienned ($1.06 CAN)

1 tomato, chopped ($0.64 CAN)

1/2 cucumber, cubed ($0.90 CAN)

1 tablespoon vegetable oil ($0.01 CAN)

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil ($0.10 CAN)

1/4 cup hummus ($1.70 CAN)

1 green onion, chopped ($0.16 CAN)

salt and pepper to taste ($0.05 CAN)

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1) Heat up a pan over medium heat. Saute onions until soften.

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2) Stir in chicken when onions soften.

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3) When chicken is halfway cooked, stir in tomato and cucumber until everything is hot.

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4) Layer cooked chicken mix on the bottom layer of casserole bowl, then brown rice mix, then cooked chicken mix again and brown rice mix.  Spread hummus onto the top layer. Sprinkle olive oil on hummus and bake in the oven until everything is hot.

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5) Sprinkle green onions on top. Serve when ready.

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Oh man! This dish was YUMMY! You have the sourness from the hummus and the savory from the chicken.  There are lots of flavours in this dish.

Ultimately, this dish costs $11.60 CAN in total, which is about $2.90 CAN per serving. WONDERFUL!

Do you want to share your favourite homemade casserole recipe? Post your comments below. Till next time! 

P.S. The prices were as of Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at No Frills. 

Easy Healthy Recipe Wednesday: Hummus Fusilli Mixed Greens Salad (1 Serving)

I am going to try make some dishes using hummus because it has become one of the popular dips out there.

Therefore, I made a salad dish with hummus that would be great for lunch.

Remember, for every lunch dish that are introduced in “Easy Healthy Recipe Wednesday and Thursday”, we aim for $3 CAN per serving maximum. Here is the recipe and cost of ingredients:

1 cup mixed greens ($0.76 CAN)

1 cup fusilli ($0.24 CAN)

2 cloves garlic ($0.22 CAN)

1/2 can chickpeas, drained and separated juice ($0.75 CAN)

2 teaspoons sesame paste ($0.20 CAN)

salt to taste ($0.02 CAN)

juice of 1 lemon ($0.50 CAN)

1 tablespoon juice from can of chickpeas ($0.00 CAN)

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar ($0.02 CAN)

1 tablespoon soy sauce ($0.10 CAN)

1 green onion, chopped ($0.16 CAN)

1 teaspoon black sesame seeds, toasted ($0.10 CAN)

1 teaspoon olive oil ($0.01 CAN)

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1) Boil water over high heat.  Put olive oil and salt in boiling water and cook fusilli until al dente.  Set aside.

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2) Put chickpeas, chickpea juice, salt, lemon juice, garlic and sesame paste in blender.  Blend until smooth.  Set aside.

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3) Mix soy sauce, red wine vinegar and hummus together in a bowl. Set aside.

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4) Mix mixed greens, fusilli and hummus dressing together in a bowl.  Set aside.

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5) Plate salad on a plate. Sprinkle black sesame seeds and green onions onto salad. Serve when ready.

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You can always buy hummus from your local grocery store, but I have decided to make my own because it just tastes better.

I couldn’t describe to you how delicious this salad is because everything was just so FRESH.

Ultimately, this dish costs $2.92 CAN per serving.  FABULOUS!

Do you want to share your homemade hummus recipe? Post your comments below. Till next time! 

P.S. The prices were as of Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at No Frills. 

Fitness Tuesday: Why No One Is Obsessed With Golf?

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I used to play a lot of golf with my Dad and I even had my own clubs.

We even watched golf tournaments on Golf Channel and learned the game.

However, we stopped playing eventually because we sucked and we lost interest.

No offense to many of the golf players out there, I am sure there are people who loved golf at some point but lost interest eventually.  I think here is why:

1) I hate being outside for so long – Some people hate being exposed to sunlight for so long because not everyone likes to get tanned, especially women.  In addition, prolong exposure to sunlight can cause skin cancer and other skin diseases that could affect the health of an individual.

2) It is quite expensive – Well! It is STILL affordable when you borrow a cheap club and practice your swings on the driving range, but you need to invest TONS of money if you want to be good at it.  When I am talking about TONS of money, I am talking about ten thousands of dollars because you need to get your own set of clubs, get your own instructor and get your own membership of the top golf courses. A good set of clubs costs thousands of dollar and a golf course membership cost around 20K per year.  So what is your salary?

3) I hate getting up in the morning – Many golf players start play as early as 6am in the morning because a game usually last for hours. I don’t think people are willing to wake up very early in the morning unless they are doing something they love.

4) It is boring – I couldn’t agree more! The constant silence of the game makes me feel I am watching some silent movie.  Also the pace is VERY SLOW. If some ever need help in getting to sleep, watching golf may be the remedy.

5) It is too stupid – Some people just don’t understand the idea of having a small white ball going into a small white hole on a BIG green field.  The field is better used if people are playing soccer or something.

Don’t get me wrong! I am just expressing my opinions on why some people hate golf.

For golf lovers, I am proud of you guys because you guys are just SO flexible.  I don’t think I will ever be able to move my waist like you guys do.

What do you think of golf? Are you a golf-lover or golf-hater? Post your comments below. Till next time!