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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Did You know That Dark Chocolate is more Healthier than Fruits?

    While watching early the morning news, I was surprised when I heard about this. So I ended up consulting Mr. "Google" to find out if it is true. Well, according to some studies, it is a big YES! So, It is a goodbye feeling of guilt over eating lots of chocolates or reaching just one truffle after meals. 
     I love  dark chocolates, especially the pure 70% dark chocolate of Lindt , but I never knew that it is better than fruits. All I knew was dark chocolate is good for the heart, but I did not know that it has more antioxidants than fruits. 
According to some US experts and Scientists, Cacao seeds should be considered as a "Super Fruits" and products derived from cacao seeds extracts, such as natural cocoa powder and dark chocolate as "Super Foods".
    It all sounds too good to be true for chocolate lovers, but it doesn't mean we should slow down eating fruits or having fruits on our table. There are nutrients that we need from fruits that the dark chocolate doesn't have. It is still a matter of balancing our food or diet every day.
I suggest Eat a Healthy and Balanced Meal every day.

For more Information about dark chocolate, you can visit the link provided below:

NBC 2  Dark Chocolate Healthier than Broccoli?

THE HINDU "Super Food" Dark Chocolate are Healthier than Fruits: Study

SAN FRANCISCO GATE What is Flavonoid in  Chocolate?

Dark Chocolates that I Love the most:

All Lindt chocolates are available at all leading Supermarkets especially at Walmart or Walgreens.
This is also available in Philippines, like Puregold, SM Hypermarkets, Landmark Supermarket etc.
3.5 oz
$ 2.48/pc (Php 110.46/pc)

Hersheys Chocolates the most common chocolates. Can find them everywhere.
6.8 oz 
$29.60/24 bars ( php 1,317.20/24 bars)

Goya Dark Chocolates from Philippines
Php 24.00/bar ($0.53)

What about you, do you have any favorite dark chocolates?
Come and share them here.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Simple Exercise at Home Without any Equipment

I was chatting with my online work mate Cai, while I was on my break time. She brought up the topic about exercise. She was saying she needed to lose weight as she is gaining so much weight now.  But her problem is, She can't leave her youngest daughter if she is going to jog or go to any fitness gym facility.
I know she is not alone with this problem. There are many " Work at Home Mothers (WAHM)", "Stay at Home Mothers (SAHM)" or "Full Time Mothers" that have the same concern. Being tied up with our house errands it is hard to budget our time, especially if the children go to school every day.
To burn off inches without spending money is easy, but it does require determination, everyday dedication and time management. Hmmm.. determination?? Yes, determination to lose weight ladies!

Here are some few suggestions from me:

- Warm up and stretch first before doing exercise at least 5 to 10 minutes, to get your blood and muscles flowing.

- Do jumping Jacks (laundry time) while the washing machine is or while meat is boiling when you are cooking.

- Push ups, while waiting for your kids returning from school.

- Jog in place while watching TV instead of sitting on the couch.

- Light Weight Lifting, no need to buy weights, a can of green peas would do or anything similar in your kitchen. You can also use water jugs, detergent bottles, liquid dishwashing bottles. Walk back and forth carrying one of these filled with water swinging your arms. If you have a second floor much better.

Do this 45 minutes every day and eat reasonable amounts of a balanced diet.
See the difference after 3 weeks.

If these are not enough, or want other ideas, then I suggest you visit 


That's all for today's Healthy Tips.
See you on my next post.

Credits for Google Image for the Images above and
XHIT DAILY for the video.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Simple Java Rice

I am going to share with you today, is my simple version of Java Rice. Inspired by Chef Dino Ferrari of Del Monte Kitchenomics.
Java Rice has nothing to do with the place Java in Indonesia, weird? Oh no! I think that is normal like Cuban Rice and that has nothing to with Cuba. Isn't it funny? Well, the weird naming of foods just confuses us with regards to place of origin. 
Why Java Rice is color yellow? Because of the Ingredient Turmeric powder, some recipes are mixing with Anatto or Cayenne powder.
For my approach I used Del Monte Tomato Sauce Original style to make my simple Java Rice color yellow.  Not only for flavoring,  we all know that tomato is very rich in Vitamin C.
Del Monte Tomato Sauce original style claims to be 100% natural flavor to all our recipes. It is made with no artificial flavors and preservatives.

Here are the Ingredients:

3 cups of cooked rice
2 gloves garlic, minced
1 small onion, chopped
1 small carrot, diced
3 tbsp of green peas, cooked
3 tbsp of Del Monte Tomato Sauce original style
3 tbsp of Del Monte Whole Kernel corn
1 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp black pepper
Salt to taste
Pork Barbecue for toppings


For Pork Barbecue, I used only a few pounds of pork meat, soaked for only 10 to 20 minutes with 1 tbsp of Del Monte Tomato sauce, 2 tsp of soy sauce a dash of black pepper, then fry slowly until pork is well done. And set aside.
For Java Rice, the usual, heat the pan, put the butter and  sautee the onion, wait until golden brown and follow  garlic. Stir. Add the carrots, green peas and corn, stir for 2 minutes.
Then next is my secret, the Del Monte Tomato Sauce original style, again, stir slowly and follow the cooked rice, stir until the tomato sauce is evenly mixed. Add black pepper and salt to taste.
When serving top with pork barbecue. 

And you can pair Java Rice with Fried Chicken or Chicken Barbecue. 

I am hungry, I am drooling now.
See you on my next simple recipe.
I hope you like my simple Java Rice.

This is not a paid or sponsored article.