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
https://www.healthxchange.sg/food-nutrition/food-tips/good-reasons-eat-banana-today
By: HealthXchange.sg

When to Eat Bananas and Is It Suitable for Everyone?
https://www.healthxchange.sg/food-nutrition/food-tips/when-eat-bananas-suitable-for-everyone
By: HealthXchange.sg

Recipe: Fried Banana Balls, by Nonya Cooking
https://www.nyonyacooking.com/recipes/cekodok-pisang~HyMxuwsDG5-7#video

Recipe: Banana Cake, by Best Receipes
https://www.bestrecipes.com.au/recipe/easy-banana-cake-L1581.html

Recipe: 4 desserts to make with ripe bananas
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0PQrCwol6g

Recipe: Ways to use your overripe bananas, by Womens Weekly Singapore
http://www.womensweekly.com.sg/how-to/ways-to-use-your-overripe-bananas/

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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
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=3

For Recipes, from Martha Stewart
http://www.marthastewart.com/275304/apricot-recipes

Healthy Eating: Apricots - Esther Neela Blog

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
http://www.quakeroats.com/about-quaker-oats/content/quaker-history.aspx

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….
http://www.quakeroats.com/oats-do-more/why-oats/our-oat-story

People these days are environment conscious and going “green”. Below is Quaker Oats part of being environmentally friendly….
http://www.quakeroats.com/oats-do-more/for-your-world/oats-and-the-environment

Recipe for Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies – my personal favorite
http://www.quakeroats.com/cooking-and-recipe/vanishing-oatmeal-raisin-cookies.aspx

Recipe for Famous Oatmeal Cookies
http://www.quakeroats.com/cooking-and-recipe/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”
http://www.sunmaid.com/cp_sm_subm/the-sun-maid-girl

And coming to the benefits of raisins, we know of some….here is to know more of it….
http://www.sunmaid.com/cp_sm_subm/frequently-asked-questions#q1

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….
http://www.sunmaid.com/cp_sm_subm/history-of-raisins-and-dried-fruit

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.

Sun Maid Raisins - Esther Neela Blog

Bran Flakes with Raisins - Esther Neela Blog

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
http://delcies.com/

About Delcies
http://delcies.com/about/

Nutritional Information
http://delcies.com/about/nutritional-information/

Awards and Certificates
http://delcies.com/awards-and-certificates/

Tofu

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
http://www.unicurd.com.sg/about-tofu

History of Tofu
http://www.unicurd.com.sg/history-of-tofu

Health Benefits of Tofu
http://www.unicurd.com.sg/health-benefits

Storing and Selecting Tofu
http://www.unicurd.com.sg/tofu-selection

Tofu Dish - Esther Neela Blog

 

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!