Shrimp in Sour Tamarind Soup

This delicious soup dish is composed of shrimp and mix vegetables. Best serve during rainy days or even anytime of the day!

Ingredients

  • 2 Knorr Shrimp Broth Cubessinigang_na_hipon
  • 1 pack Sinigang Mix
  • 2 pounds Shrimps
  • 1 medium Onion, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper
  • 3 Long Green Pepper
  • 2 pieces Tomatoes
  • 5-8 pieces Long String Beans
  • 2 pieces Radishes orLabanos,
  • 1 bunch Water Spinach or Kangkong leaves
  • 1 tablespoon Fish Sauce(Patis)
  • 6 – 8 cups water

Instructions

  1. In a deep pan, put together the onion tomato, onion, radishes, shrimp cubes, string beans, water and sinigang mix. Bring to a boil.
  2. Lower the heat and simmer until the radishes and the string beans are cooked.
  3. Add the shrimp and green pepper and cook for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and add the water spinach.
  4. Serve hot with rice.

Enjoy!

Kefir Pancakes

For those who want’s a healthy food out there. Try making this fluffy pancakes made with kefir!

Kefir Pancakes with Blue Berry Syrup

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon of soda
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups of milk kefir
  • 1 3/4 cup of flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder

Instructions

  1. Mix together first the dry ingredients.
  2. Blend or stir the eggs with the kefir until it is moistened.
  3. Cook it on a griddle at and serve.

Don’t just eat your kefir pancake with no attraction! You may want to try adding some yummy syrup such as corn, strawberry or even chocolate! My all time favorite is to add really blueberry in it! Enjoy!

 

Indian rice

This recipe is simple, quick to make yet tasty. Try making this Indian rice recipe!

Indian riceIngredients

  • 200g basmati rice
  • 100g frozen peas, defrosted
  • 50g toasted flaked almonds
  • 1 tbsp garam masala

Instructions

  1. Cook the rice according to its pack instructions.
  2. Drain and return into pan the rice then stir in the garam masala and cook over a low heat for 1 min.
  3. Stir in the flaked almonds, peas and seasoning. Cook for 2-3 mins more, then serve.

Enjoy!

Fruity Smoothie

For those moms who are busy and don’t have much time in making lunches for their kids. This recipe is great for you, just whizz the blender and sip.

Fruity SmoothieIngredients

  1. 1 tsp honey
  2. 6 ice cubes
  3. 1 cup low-fat milk
  4. 1 tbsp wheat germ
  5. 1 cup fruit, frozen or fresh
  6. 1/2 cup natural yoghurt or kefir

Instructions

  1. In a blender, place all ingredients
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour it into glass and serve!

For people who prefer it cold just add some ice cube in the blender, but remember to add more honey so the flavor will come out more! Enjoy drinking your delicious healthy drink!

Italian beef stew

This stew is super easy and super healthy with vitamin C. The whole family definetly will enjoy!

Italian beef stewIngredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, sliced
  • 1 yellow pepper, deseeded and thinly sliced
  • sprig rosemary, chopped
  • handful pitted olives
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 300g pack beef stir-fry strips, or use beef steak, thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. Cook in a large saucepan the onions and garlic in olive oil for 5 mins until softened and turning golden.
  2. Add the he beef strips, pepper, tomatoes and rosemary, then bring to the simmer.
  3. Simmer until the meat is cooked through for about 15 mins. if needed, add some boiling water. Stir through the olives and serve with mash or polenta.

Enjoy!

Kefir Frozen Bars

This yummy frosty treat are bursting with the taste of your favorite fruits and kefir.

Kefir Frozen BarsIngredients

  • 3-4 strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 lrg banana
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1/2 cup Lifeway kefir any flavor or you can substitute yoghurt

Instructions

  1. In blender, place all the fruits and pour kefir on top.
  2. Blend it until smooth.
  3. Then add protein powder then blend it again for about 1-2 minutes.
  4. Pour into the Popsicle molds and freeze at least 4 hours.

This fruit popsicle is one of my recommendation for kids, especially in summer times! People really are so busy that they already forgetting to have proper diet in there daily eating habits so adding up some fruits for dessert is one awesome way to achieve balance diet.

Chicken Enchiladas

A delicous meal for everyone to share. A perfect way to use some chicken leaftover.

Chicken EnchiladasIngredients

  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 (4 ounce) can diced green chiles
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
  • 6 (12 inch) flour tortillas
  • 1 1/2 cups cubed cooked chicken breast meat

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and lightly grease a large baking dish.
  2. Melt the butter In a medium saucepan over medium heat and saute the green onion for about about 3 to 4 minutes until tender.
  3. Add then stir the garlic powder, green chiles cream of mushroom soup and sour cream. Mix well. Reserve 3/4 of this sauce and set aside.
  4. Pour the remaining 1/4 of the sauce into the saucepan then add the chicken and 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese. Stir together.
  5. Fill each tortilla with the chicken mixture and roll them up. Place seam side down in the prepared baking dish.
  6. Combine in a small bowl the reserved 3/4 of the sauce with the milk. Scoop this mixture over the rolled tortillas,top with the remaining cup of shredded Cheddar cheese.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is bubbly or for about 30 to 35 minutes. Serve!

Enjoy!

What in the World are Weight Loss Systems?

weight loss systemsWe have officially reached absurd proportions when it comes to weight loss terms. There’s hundreds upon hundreds of blogs that focus on losing weight and all the topics that fall under that, and it is crazy how many weight loss related terms have been coined. One particular term that baffles me is “weight loss systems.”

I have been trying to decipher this particular expression and I’ve been having quite a bit of trouble with it. So I decided that I would tackle this particular expression word for word—little crazy right? What are weight, and loss, and system, and what does it all mean together?

The first part of “weight loss systems” is probably the most weighty, no pun intended (kidding, of course I totally intended for that to happen). In today’s society, this word is top heavy with connotations—it has become a dirty word. But strictly speaking, weight simply means the measurement of your mass.

For such a simple word, the hubbub it creates when printed in the media is fantastic. Put weight in juxtaposition with a famous female and you are bound to create frenzy. Just putting that observation out there.

The second word in “weight loss systems” deals with a word that to me feels much fuller than “weight.” Loss—the implication being that something that was part of the whole has disappeared. For a four-letter word, it gives a broad spectrum of standpoints.

In connection to the first word, it usually connotes an encouraging message as people are forever obsessing about being thin. Funny how two words that are usually dreaded changes meaning when put together. But it doesn’t really help my plight in understanding what the whole terminology is about though.

So the last word in “weight loss systems” means a structure or technique and I’m leaning towards the latter. Taken together, the whole thing simply denotes methods in which to fuel the battle of the bulge. How straightforward when put in that way!

The truth is, we have been overfed so much information on how to lose weight that we are practically chewing on over processed tips. It has come to a point where the need to make new terminology in order for the facts to seem fresh and new. What does that tell us?

weight loss systemsPersonally, it tells me that enough is enough—let’s just all move on and respect each other’s choices. It also tells me to keep it all simple, people don’t want phrases that overcomplicate the process; losing weight is hard enough. It makes me feel discouraged before I even start.

So what’s the story, no story really—I just wanted to point out how complicated the business of losing weight has become, and it’s ridiculous. Weight loss systems are nothing more than a step-by-step (well, sometimes, not really) procedure telling you how to possibly be thinner but only so much as the effort that you put on it. I hope I’ve lost weight just by analyzing this phrase and making a very short point.

Top Snoring Treatments

snoring treatmentsSnoring is probably one of the most common non-violent, at-home problems that anyone can experience. In fact, most everyone does it at one point or another. The good news is that there are snoring treatments that you and your partner can do to avoid plaguing each other with incessant snoring.

The first step towards dealing with the problem is identifying the source—what are the reasons that people snore? Basically, people snore because of narrow air pathways which produce the snoring sound when you breathe. This can be attributed to either abnormalities in the soft tissue of the throat or poor sleep posture.

Other factors that may contribute to snoring are age and fat as these implicate poor muscle tone. Alcohol and medication may also lead to snoring as these relaxants slacken the muscles. Also, sleeping on your back causes the flesh on the throat to ease and block the airway.

Knowing which sleeping positions in which you snore are also beneficial for choosing which of the snoring treatments you will benefit from. For example, snoring when you are sleeping on your back may just mean a change in lifestyle and habits will cure it. Open mouthed snoring is indicative of issues with the tissue in the throat, while closed mouth snoring indicates a problem with the tongue.

If you can pinpoint the cause of your snoring, then you can begin the undertaking snoring treatments. There are both invasive and non-invasive remedies for snoring, and if you find that your problem is of the easily resolved persuasion than it would be best to try out the non-invasive procedures first. After all, you can always try out the more serious snoring treatments if the latter doesn’t work.

Most all of the top tips on snoring treatments are to lose weight. When you exercise, all muscle in your body will tone up—even the ones which you cannot see in your throat. Excellent muscle control can curb your snoring with an added bonus of being healthy all over.

If you snore while you are sick, it’s most probably because of the blockage in the nasal pathways. Decongest your nose as best as you can with over-the-counter decongestants and breathe easier at night. Additional benefit: you can breathe through your nose again.

snoring treatmentsQuitting smoking is also an advisable, relatively simple treatment for snoring. Smoking causes irritation in the throat and nose membranes, thus, depreciating the effectiveness of air pathways when you sleep. As you may have noticed, most of these snoring treatments stem from having poor health—in these cases, snoring may be only be symptomatic of the real complaint of your body.

Repositioning your head while sleeping may also minimize (and hopefully totally eradicate) the problem. Elevating your head four inches can ease breathing while persuading the tongue and jaw to move forward. A specially designed pillow which supports the neck muscles can help in this attempt.

These snoring treatments are merely preliminary to actual surgical treatments made available for your night time problem. It’s like taking an aspirin first for a hangover, rather than asking your doctor to remove the liver now. In any case, remember that snoring is only a setback if you want it to be—get help and help your partner get quality sleep today.

Different Kinds of Hearing Problems

hearing problemsThe best chance of preventing any kind of illness is by being aware of its causes, as well as its repercussions—this applies to all kinds of diseases and hearing problems are no different. Contrary to popular belief, hearing loss has many different factors. These are seven of the most general kind.

Occupational hearing loss is a kind of hearing problem where the inner ear is damaged through some types of work and/or entertainment. Common causes are listening to loud music for too long a period or being exposed to loud noises at work. It may seem trivial but this sort of problem is actually irreversible.

Another petty cause of hearing loss is taking certain kinds of medicine. Some forms of medication can induce ringing in the ears—a common hearing problem. If you suffer from this, you might want to see your doctor before the problem gets worse.

Ceruminosis (or more commonly known as earwax blockage) can cause hearing loss in one or both ears. It may manifest itself as partial hearing loss, a sensation of fullness in the ear, along with earache. This kind of hearing problem can be dealt with by baby-oil to soften and remove the wax (also, some pharmacies offer over-the-counter earwax removal kits).

hearing problemsSerous Otitis Media is a chronic hearing problem in which fluid is built up in the ear. If you have a fever, suffer from cold symptoms, are feeling pain, have partially lost hearing and have a “fluid” feeling in the ear, you may have this hearing problem. You may take cold medicines for a week to counteract the problem, see your doctor if symptoms carry on to more than a week after medication.

Gradual hearing loss is known as Presbycusis. The unmistakeable manifestation of this hearing problem is the progressive loss of hearing as one grows older. If this is the case, you should see your doctor for hearing aid options.

Conversely, if you suffer from a loss of hearing in one ear only, it might be Acoustic Neuroma. This hearing problem is actually a non-cancerous tumor on the hearing nerve. While, yes, the growth is non-cancerous, it would still be a god idea to see you doctor as soon as possible.

Meniere’s Disease is the most severe form of hearing problem—a serious tumor on the hearing nerve. This disease can manifest itself with bouts of nausea, dizziness, vomiting, and ringing and loss of hearing on the same ear. If you happen to have most or all of these symptoms, then you must go see a doctor right away.

While prevention is key, some of these ailments cannot be helped. In some cases, it would be wise to see a doctor as soon as possible. Do not put it off—make your appointment today!

And in the event that you have some of these symptoms, you must remember that only a doctor is qualified to diagnose your hearing problems. It’s not smart to prolong illnesses. Get help, and get well.

Which Hearing Aid is for You?

hearing aidsAs with many things, choosing a hearing aid is a personal choice and should be highly deliberated before about before buying. One should choose according to one’s lifestyle—how active you are, how old you, what are your specific hearing needs are. This is a guide on different kinds of hearing aids and how to choose the one for you.

Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids are one of the more commonly seen hearing aids in the world. This kind sits behind the wearer’s ear where an ear mould is fastened through a special type of tubing. They are fastened with the use of ear hooks, while the ear mould is customized to fit in the wearer’s ear.

In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids, on the contrary, are placed in the ear itself. This might be more suitable for adults as tiny parts of machinery should not be allowed ear children. One should always remember to be responsible for their paraphernalia.

In-the-canal (ITC) and Completely-in-the-canal (CIC) hearing aids are precisely what they sound like. These hearing aids are placed in the ear canal. ITCs are slightly bigger than CICs as CICs are utterly tiny and frequently described as invisible.

Body-worn hearing aids employ the use of a box external to the body. In this case, the user wears an earpiece connected to the box. Some regard this hearing aid as too bulky and too cumbersome.

Not to be forgotten are disposable hearing aids. These kinds are battery powered and will only work for an allotted time frame. When the battery dies, one need only to throw it away and replace the whole hearing aid.

Some considerations when buying a hearing aid are the nature and extent of the person’s hearing disability. The shape of the ear (as well as the ear canal) should also be considered. Some ear structures cannot support the microscopic, imperceptible hearing aids and would benefit more from the larger ones.

Another consideration is of course, the aesthetic in which the hearing aid plays into. While most people would prefer an indistinguishable (or even just skin toned) hearing aid, one must remember that the tinier the object, the harder it is to operate. In this case, maybe it would be more beneficial to focus on what one needs, rather than what one looks like.

Insurance also comes into play when buying hearing aids—as with anything you buy, you must secure a warranty or insurance of some sort. What are the repair and return conditions and policies? Be conscious of what the seller is offering you as this is a purchase that you would want to (and indeed, should) use for a relatively long time.

Some hearing aids offer assistive listening devices—it would be useful to also check up on that. When choosing the hearing aid for you, remember to consider your lifestyle both in the present and future tense. Take your time in choosing and remember that this is a highly personal choice, one that you should make for yourself.

Know Your Genetic Diseases

genetic diseasesWhen Charles Darwin engaged the world’s imagination with the concept of evolution, people had no idea that evolution is often a gritty and aggressive process. When the body determines which genetic structures can be altered, and which have no relevance anymore, our health is often the battleground for the process. Genetic diseases can be the manifested casualty in the war between the genes.

In many ways, the gene is a fascinating thing—it is the map to your person. For so many years, people have been working to decode this map in hopes of translating heritage and deducing how a certain person might be even before they are born. Most of the research is geared towards correctly predicting if a person will have genetic diseases in their life as the latter is a very serious matter.

Case in point, the advances in genetic information are now so far that parents have the option of knowing whether or not their child will be affected by genetic diseases even before they are born. In some cases, parents can choose to give birth (as well as the other way around) to a child because of some genetic factors in the child’s composition. This, of course, becomes a question of ethics.

But this article is not about that, this is an article about genetic diseases. Because these kinds of illnesses are among the most dangerous threats to the human body as we know it, we should all make an effort to learn more about it. There are four main kinds of genetic diseases and these disorders are no doubt as destructive as they are fascinating.

The diseases are as follows: single-gene/monogenic genetic diseases which as the name suggests is brought on by a genetic mutation that can cause anything from sickle cell anemia to Huntington’s disease. Multifactoral/ polygenic disease is, of course, a breakdown of several genes which can cause diseases like Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and cancers—in fact a good number of cancer types are usually attributed to multiple gene mutations. Chromosomal and Mitochondrial genetic diseases are some of the more uncommon genetic diseases.

Why do genetic diseases happen, you may be asking. Well, it just happens: changes in the DNA structure happen, just like Darwin said it would. Of the four types of genetic impairment mentioned the last two are arguably the most damaging —causing abnormalities both physically and mentally.

For example, some chromosomal aberrations can cause Down syndrome. A life changing (as well as threatening) disease not just for the person afflicted with it but also, for the family. Down syndrome not only affects a person’s mental growth but also the personal growth as the disease inhibits him/her from having normal social relations.

Today, the researches that are being done to map out the human genome can help in the bid to prevent these sorts of diseases. When a person’s DNA can be examined and problems can be pinpointed even before birth, there is a chance to correct that defect even before it manifests. Genetic diseases can very well be a thing of the past.

In the meantime, how can we alleviate the needs of a person with genetic diseases? Well, some kinds of genetic ills are already well researched so that the quality of a person’s life need not change when one has a genetic malfunction. In terms of chromosomal or mitochondrial diseases, many societies are building towards extending more help to people with these genetic diseases.

The most important thing is this—genetic diseases can only impair life if we let it. Sick people are still people. We must all help and care for them in the most compassionate and emphatic way possible.