Drinking Water from Copper Cups

You will know the benefits of copper vessels if you happen to be in the Yoga and / or Ayurveda line. Alternatively, if you have had Indian traditional upbringing, you will also be aware that drinking water from copper vessels is important.

I spent my younger days with my great grandmother, grandmother and all the elders. In those days (that is in late 1970s), silver ware and copper ware were the most used by Indian families. The elders in my family taught me the benefits of drinking water from copper vessels and eating from either copper or silver wares. Come to think about it right now, those days glass wares were not common and so was plastic wares too. The most common types of plates and utensils were usually made of copper, silver or wood.

As days passed and modernization took place, Pyrex glassware were the trend and so was forgotten the copper and silver wares. Nowadays, I try to make changes to my daily life based on what I learnt in my younger days. One of the many things that my elders taught was to drink water early in the morning out of a copper cup/mug. I re-started with that practice and I should say it rather makes a slight difference to my body systems. Benefits are not major and visible immediately. As with any healthy changes to food and lifestyle, the results will be visible or experienced slowly. The results I experienced was a better “feel” of the inner systems mainly in the digestive system. Other results are not visible to me, but I do believe it does well for my body systems one way or another.

While Indian elders and traditions tells of benefits of drinking water from copper, there are always reports contradicting that. I am not here to debate which theory is correct. I am sharing what I have learnt in my younger days and a practice I am putting back into my life and influencing my family members at the same time too. Moreover, drinking water once in the morning from a copper cup is not much work or something to debate about. It all comes down to how much you believe and trust what has been said (or learnt) or passed down from generations.

Below are some articles on drinking water from copper cups:


From OneWorldAyurveda.com: Health Benefits of Drinking Water in Copper Vessel

From Wholesome Ayurveda.com: Correct Way To Drink Water From Copper Vessels And Its Health Benefits

From Vasantihealth.com: Are You Using Your Ayurveda Copper Water Vessel Correctly?

From Today.com: Drinking from a copper cup: Good for health or the latest health fad?

From DrCopper.in: Various Information such as cleaning, benefits, etc

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Dim Sum

One my favourite “light” dishes to fill tummy will be Dim Sum. For those who are not familiar with Dim Sum – it is actually “small bites” of dumplings, pao (steamed buns), spring rolls and more.
While some Dim Sum items tends to be steamed, some will be deep fried. As with any food, over indulgence is not advisable. Always eat light…not eat till you are full!

Check out some articles that can open your eyes to the world of Dim Sum:

From HerWorld: These are the healthiest dim sum to order

From SmooDiaries: Dim Sum guide for beginners

From TheSpruceEats: Chinese Dim Sum Menu Translator

Happy Dim Sum!

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Tropical Fruit Goodness! Bananas…

From where I am now (that is in Singapore) it is always possible to get all kinds of tropical fruits all year round. But today, I will post on bananas.

In Singapore, bananas are imported from various countries such as the Philippines, Malaysia, Ecuador, Vietnam and India.

Bananas need to be consumed at a certain time. If not they become overripe and not so pleasant for some to consume. Well, there are other ways which we can use ripe or overripe bananas for cakes, kuehs (local delicacy) and more…below are some links to the benefits of our tropical fruit, bananas and some recipes for trying…

Enjoy the yellow goodness! 🙂

6 Good Reasons to Eat a Banana Today
By: HealthXchange.sg

When to Eat Bananas and Is It Suitable for Everyone?
By: HealthXchange.sg

Recipe: Fried Banana Balls, by Nonya Cooking

Recipe: Banana Cake, by Best Receipes

Recipe: 4 desserts to make with ripe bananas

Recipe: Ways to use your overripe bananas, by Womens Weekly Singapore


Healthy Eating: Apricots

The season for apricots are coming – well, at least in most overseas countries, not here. These are usually imported from overseas for us here and is slightly pricier than other common fruits found here. Dried apricots or canned apricots are usually available all around the year. Fresh apricots are seasonal. Nevertheless, let us look into some benefits of apricots.

Apricots are a good source of Vitamin A, C and rich in antioxidants. For detailed benefits on this fruit, refer to the links below:

From The World’s Healthiest Foods

For Recipes, from Martha Stewart

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Healthy Eating: Oats

Last week, I covered on raisins and its benefits. Today, I will briefly write on oats. Oats has existed in many forms and in many varieties and my all time favorite will be Quaker Oats and I am going to cover some aspects on it. This brand has been in existence for 130 years!

History of Quaker Oats – get to know briefly the downs and ups of this company

Even in oats, there are varieties such as “Old Fashioned”, “Quick”, “Instant” and “Steel Cut”. Don’t understand what I am saying? Refer to the below link, with pictures and details….

People these days are environment conscious and going “green”. Below is Quaker Oats part of being environmentally friendly….

Recipe for Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies – my personal favorite

Recipe for Famous Oatmeal Cookies

And my simple version of oatmeal “snack” is with raisins (Sunmaid). That is something I can never resist….

As mentioned earlier, or simple logic, each of us vary in our nutritional needs.
Practice moderation for any kind of food and always have a variety of greens and colors….
Have liquids in your daily diet – in the form of water, juice and soups…and most importantly, remember to add qualities like gratitude and positiveness in your daily life!

Let’s all enjoy the goodness of oats! 🙂

Goodness of Oats! Esther Neela Blog
Goodness of Oats! Esther Neela Blog

Healthy Eating: Raisins

Everyone would have eaten raisins in our life. Raisins are actually dried grapes. And when I mention raisins, what brand comes to your mind first? Well, for me will be the red boxes SUN MAID. It is widely available in many countries around the world.

Do you know that the “Sun-Maid girl” really existed?
Her name was Lorraine Collett Petersen.

Read the below link to know the history of the “Sun-Maid girl”

And coming to the benefits of raisins, we know of some….here is to know more of it….

History of raisins, anyone? Of course, being a Humanities person, I shall never stop searching for histories of anything…From Ancient Egyptian time, let’s trace the history of raisins….

Other than the above, if you constantly have sweet cravings and do not want to indulge in sweet things all the time, try popping some raisins into your mouth. The sweet feeling will subside and you will not be craving for any more sweet things.

And if you are also an oatmeal fan, try adding some raisins into your oat porridge – it is sure yummy and healthy too.

You can also try the same with bran flakes. It helps increase the fiber in your body. But do take note that you must drink enough fluids such as water and juice to “soften” the fiber in your system.

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Delcies Desserts & Cakes

Delcies Desserts and Cakes comes to my mind each time I need a healthier option or purchase a vegan cake or cake suitable for diabetics. I came upon Delcies when I wanted to celebrate a birthday of my yoga friend who is a vegetarian from India – that was more than 5 years ago. Finding high and low and reading of many stores, I decided to place an order for a vegetarian cake for my yoga friend. The first cake I placed an order was Black Forest. My yoga friend enjoyed that cake very much…

And just very recently I purchased a diabetic friendly Mud Fudge cake for my birthday which was in January. Catering to the people who are health conscious and wants to care for their calories intake, this was sure a treat for them….

Delcies Desserts and Cakes Mud Fudge Cake - Esther Neela Blog

Not only that, I purchased Pineapple Ball (Eggless & Diabetic Friendly) and Melting White Almond Cookies (Dairy-Free, Eggless & Lower Sugar) for Chinese New Year this year. Both were healthy and very tasty too….

If you are also considering a healthy choice for birthdays or other occasions, consider Delcies Desserts and Cakes. Their outlet is located somewhere near Boon Keng MRT and other details can be found in the below weblinks…

Delcies Desserts and Cakes believes, “WHEN WE BAKE, IT BECOMES HEALTHY™

And sure that is so, with many awards and recognition and hard work, they have come a long way….

Main Website

About Delcies

Nutritional Information

Awards and Certificates


Tofu is one of the popular dishes among vegetarians and health conscious people. In fact, tofu is one of my favourite dish too. Having said that, ever wonder what exactly is tofu, how is it made and benefits. Found a website, Unicurd, which is one of the brands of Tofu sold here in Singapore. I have provided the various links. Enjoy reading!

About Tofu

History of Tofu

Health Benefits of Tofu

Storing and Selecting Tofu

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Dark Chocolate – Pros and Cons

If you are a lover of chocolates, especially dark chocolates, there are pros and cons. I am especially lover of dark chocolates with nuts. There are a lot of information online on the benefits and the disadvantages. Below are links to various articles.

In any food, as we already know, it is best to consume in limitation and according to our body needs and health. Enjoy reading!

Healthy Eating: Nuts

Living in Singapore, we are blessed to have access to many kinds of food. While we may be focusing on too much on big items such as noodles, rice and vegetables for our daily dietary needs, it is also important to note that nuts can also play a crucial role too. Below is an article on the various kinds of nuts and its benefits. There are also recipes too…Read and apply it to your daily diet…