All posts filed under: Healthy

FINDS: Nordic Restaurant featuring Healthy Omega 3 Pork

I’m with the meat-eating camp who believe that fat meat=yummy meat. It’s not exactly the most health-conscious choice, but fattier cuts tend to be more flavourful, juicy and tender, which is why I always order ribeye steak and why Hong Kong-ers love chicken thighs so much. So although pork is rarely my first choice of meat, I was curious to learn about the Flodins “Omega-3 Pork” because it is extremely tasty and tender, yet has a healthier composition to regular pork, i.e. lower percentage of saturated fat, four times the Omega 3 of normal pork and the perfect ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3. They say, you are what you eat, and no doubt the same would be true for pigs – this healthier composition is resultant of a special diet. This type of pork was innovated by leading Nordic meat expert, HKScan, after 5 years of research and after a very porky tasting menu, I’d agree it’s pretty revolutionary. Tasting menu with Flodins Omega 3 Pork at FINDS The Flodins Omega 3 pork is available at FINDS …

Recipe: Sugar-free Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

I often encounter phases in my life where one cookie ingested leads to a continuous daily craving for more, usually at 4pm in the office. But anyone who’s actually watched cookies being made, will know how bad it is to give in to that craving everyday. There is so much sugar involved. Sugar-free Natvia So when I found out that Natvia‘s 100% natural sweetener, made of Stevia, had a “baking” version, I was excited to see if making delicious “guilt free” cookies was at all possible. I’m aware of the other healthy sugar replacements such as coconut palm sugar. But it definitely seems to be marketed as way more “healthy” than it actually is. According to this article, coconut sugar is still 78% sugar, so it seems to me we really shouldn’t be using it as liberally as its marketing suggests… I’ve still got a pack at home I haven’t opened for precisely this reason. On the other hand, Natvia is not only derived from 100% natural sources, it’s also totally sugar free and almost …

Cafe Greenprint: New Green-Conscious “Realistically Healthy” Spot

Comfortable light green shades, wooden furniture and quotes dotted on the walls – I was already sensing that this would be a cafe worth writing about when I saw the entrance. Of course the “healthy” concept was the selling point which attracted me here in the first place, but it’s the, I would say “realistically healthy” or “sustainably healthy” food, that left me impressed in the end. What I mean is that, they don’t exactly serve organic-only food, nor do they focus on superfood salads, raw diets or any of those detox fads that have become so popular in magazines and the internet these days. They added a bit of imagination to real food, and made sure every meal is nutritious. And the food was delicious. Set lunch is served from 11:00am-2:30pm and includes an appetiser, main course, quinoa & red rice and hojicha. The price tag of HK$100-140 is definitely not super appealing, but for the quality and taste of the food, this would definitely be my regular lunch spot if I worked near Taikoo. Tofu Coconut …

East Bali Cashews: Healthy Snacking with a Cause

Ever since I had a batch of really fresh and crunchy cashews in Sri Lanka, I’ve been searching for some good ones in Hong Kong to (sort of) guiltlessly snack on. But the ones sold in supermarkets were the reason for my lack of enthusiasm for these nuts in the first place. Finally I found a likely cashew contender, accompanied by a lot more flavours: East Bali Cashews. They aren’t available in chain supermarkets, but can be spotted in some boutique health stores such as Nature’s Blessing and Spicebox Organics. I’ve also seen them featured in the healthy snack boxes created by Snacking Bird. They have a range of interesting flavours which all sound extremely tempting. I started off with the Native version which are plain – they’re relatively sizable and super tasty itself. I actually prefer cashews plain or with Sea Salt. But to entertain guests at home, I served the Chili Crunch and it was such a crowd pleaser – addictive to say the least. The Sesame Ginger is also highly recommended! A Social Enterprise Apart from being delicious, there was also an intriguing …

Make Your Own Ricotta Cheese from Scratch with 3 Ingredients

I shockingly learnt from my invaluable cooking class at Red Feather Inn that you can easily make your own ricotta cheese at home with close to minimal effort and accessible ingredients too. It’s easy, cheaper (than buying it) and you can use it to make delicious ricotta hotcakes, mix it into your scrambled eggs to make it extra creamy or simply use it to top your salad. Here’s how… Ingredients 2 cups of milk 1 cup of cream Apple cider vinegar Method 1. Put the milk and cream into a saucepan and heat over low fire until it is “bearably hot” (I check by dipping my finger) or just as soon as you start to see a bit of steam. Turn the fire off. 2. Pour in about 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Mix and wait 2 minutes. You should see the mixture curdle into small lumps. Add a bit more vinegar if parts of the mixture are not curdling. 3. Strain the mixture using a soup bag (cheese cloth) to separate the cheese …

Try This: Most comprehensive salad bar at Zelo Pacific Place

Update (February 2016): Zelos is now closed and replaced with Plat du Jour. I’d say it’s a good thing!  Do you sometimes feel you’ve had just three too many fatty meals in a row and insecure as to whether your food baby will become a permanent part of you? That usually calls for a super clean and nutritious meal to get rid of the guilt. That’s exactly what motivated me to Make Healthy Mondays a Habit and also prepare more healthy lunch boxes on other weekdays. But when I really don’t have time to prepare a meal, instead of preparing to fail, I go to one of my healthy outside lunch options. Typical healthy options in Central: Salad box from M&S Salad or sandwich from nood food Salad or sandwich from Pret-a-manger Make your own salad at Marketplace (Jardine House) But to be honest, these options often leave you feeling as if you didn’t eat anything at all. So I was looking for a more luxurious option the other day and thought of Zelo Spanish Restaurant & Tapas Bar. …

3 ways to cook flavourful and healthy chicken breast

With the growing number of burger places and steakhouses opening up all around Hong Kong, not only am I eating out at least 10 times a week, these dining out meals are getting increasingly oily. In an effort to extend my Make healthy Mondays a habit, I’ve been trying to dish out more healthy lunch meals for weekdays (2-3 per week), giving myself a little more burger-eating quota without gaining 100 pounds. Meal preparation takes a huge amount of effort (3 hours on a Sunday afternoon), so I’ve come up with three different ways to make the same meat (chicken breast), in attempt to introduce some variety into my lunch boxes, without the effort of making something totally different every day. Where to buy your herbs and spices Herbs and spices are key to adding colour and flavour to meals (without adding unhealthy ingredients like sugar, salt or soy sauce). I recently discovered better quality spices from online store Regency Spices and found they are much more effective in flavouring up a piece of meat, compared with the ones …