Itallian Spaghetti carbonara

Try this Italian pasta dish with a creamy sauce for a quick, simple meal for two.

Spaghetti CarbonaraIngredients

  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 free-range eggs
  • 150ml/5fl oz double cream
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 225g/8oz dried spaghetti
  • 150g/5oz smoked pancetta, cubed
  • 100g/3½oz pecorino or parmesan, grated
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh marjoram leaves or flatleaf parsley

Instructions

  1. In a large pan with salted water, boil the pasta according to packet instructions.
  2. In a large frying pan, heat the olive oil over a medium-high heat and fry the pancetta and garlic for about 2-3 minutes, until the pancetta is crisp and browned. Reduce the heat to low.
  3. Lightly beat the eggs with the cream in a bowl and most of the grated cheese, reserving a little cheese for later purposes. Then season with freshly ground black pepper.
  4. Drain the liquid from the cooked spaghetti noodles and reserving a few tablespoons of the cooking water.
  5. Pour into the pan the spaghetti noodles with the pancetta and pour in the cream and egg mixture. Mix it well over a very low heat then adding a little pasta water to loosen the mixture, if need.
  6. Place the pasta in a serving bowl and sprinkle it with the remaining cheese and chopped herbs.

Enjoy!

Kefir Peach Mint Creamsicle

For those who love’s to eat healthy dessert, try making this recipe it’s easy to make.

Kefir Peach Mint CreamsicleIngredients

  • 2 cups Greek Yogurt-low fat (Kefir)
  • 3 ripe peaches (2 cups frozen peaches)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 1/2 teaspoon mint extract (freshly chopped mint)

 

Instructions

  1. Peel and cut into chunks the peaches.
  2. In a food processor, combine all the ingredients and blend until smooth.
  3. Add in the greek yogurt (Kefir) and mix well.
  4. Follow the instructions of the ice cream maker if your using and freeze. If not, beat after 2 hours and refreeze.

Enjoy!

Banana Pancakes

This banana pancakes is delicious and easy to make. This pancake is more banana than a pancake.

banana pancakesIngredients

  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 50g butter, melted
  • 2 bananas, cut into disks
  • 1 cup wholemeal self-raising flour
  • 1/4 cup wholemeal self-raising flour (for dusting)

Instructions

  1. In a 1/4 cup of flour to coat dust the bananas.
  2. Mix in a bowl the batter by combining the 1 cup of flour with the egg. Sugar and milk whisking vigorously.
  3. Melt a small amount of butter in a a frying pan.
  4. Dip in the batter the banana disks and fry on each side until golden.

Enjoy!

Fruity Smoothie

This smoothie is thick and creamy and definetly delicious with the healthy benefits of Kefir.

fruity smoothieIngredients

  • 1 mango (sliced)
  • 3/4 cup pineapple (diced)
  • 3/4 banana (frozen and sliced)
  • 1 cup kefir (coconut milk)
  • 3 ice (cubes optional)

 

Ingredients

  1. Place in a food processor all the ingredients and blend until smooth. And served chilled.

Enjoy!

Korean Beef Stew

Try making your very own Korean beef stew in the comfort of your kitchen.

Korean Beef StewIngredients

  • 1 kg beef spareribs
  • 1 head garlic
  • 1 large onions
  • 2 tablespoons gingerroot
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 0.50 cup soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese wine
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seed
  • 1 tablespoon chilli-garlic sauce
  • 1 bunch leeks
  • 3.50 cups hot water

Instructions

  • On a large casserole saute the ginger in oil. Add and saute the onions until soft then the garlic.
  • Add and stir fry the beef spareribs until beef changes color.
  • Combine in a large bowl the soy, sugar, wine,sesame oil, chili garlic sauce and hot water. Mix well to blend.
  • The soy mix into the beef and allow to simmer on low heat for about 1 hour or atleast the beef is tender.
  • Add the toasted sesame seeds and chopped leeks, cook for 10 minutes and serve.

Enjoy!

Peach Mango Smoothie

This is a delicious and simple smoothie recipe made of with fresh local fruits.

Various fruit smoothies isolated on white backgroundIngredients

  • 3 medium peaches
  • 1 mango
  • 2-3 large kale leaves
  • a few ice cubes
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  1. Peel the mangos then discard the pit. Remove the pit from the peaches.
  2. Place in a food processor all the ingredients and blend fully until smooth. Serve chilled.

Enjoy!

Vegetarian Diet: The Way to Go?

vegetarian dietThe common misconception about a vegetarian diet is that there is only one kind of it—nothing but vegetables all day long, 24/7. But in reality, there is a lot more diversity to the lifestyle than we give it credit for. While yes, vegetables are a main component in this diet, it is more than that; roughage is not the end all and be all of this regimen.

A vegan is someone who cuts off food with all kinds of associations with meat. A vegan will only eat fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, grains, as well as legumes. Some hardcore vegans may also restrict her/himself from drinking milk, eating cheese, wearing leather—basically boycott anything that has to do with killing animals.

A lactovegetarian, on the other hand, has no problem consuming dairy products with his daily vegetable servings. In my mind, this is a good thing as this affords you more dessert choices like ice cream and cheesecake. Of course, when you turn to a vegetarian diet, the principles come first before the dessert menu.

Ovo-lactovegetarians (or lacto-ovovegetarians) add eggs into the mix. And more than that, semi vegetarians eat poultry and fish, though in my opinion, the last one isn’t exactly vegetarian at all. To me, that just sounds like a person whose stomach doesn’t agree with red meat.

Anyway, people take on the vegetarian diet for different reasons. For example, in some religions, being a vegetarian is just a given—it coincides with their principles of respecting the life force of all living, breathing beings. In the same way, other people choose to follow a vegetarian diet in order to advocate animal rights.

It could be entirely possible though, that a person will go the vegetarian route simply because s/he feels that it is a healthier path. Obviously, employing a vegetarian diet implies some sort of healthier alternative. In some ways, a vegetarian diet is better in that studies have shown rare occurrences of heart attack, diabetes and some forms of cancer.

There are a few drawbacks to following this kind of lifestyle, though. For example, as one has a limited choice of ingredients, it is highly possible that some nutrients fall by the wayside. It is important that a meal still be well-balanced even at such a restrictive circumstance.

vegetarian dietPerhaps the most deficient of the necessary nutrients in the vegetarian diet is protein—after all, protein usually comes from meat or eggs. But that doesn’t mean vegetarians are doomed to be forever protein-deficient, without the capacity to build muscle. There are excellent sources of protein that are also vegetarian friendly; an example of this is tofu.

The trick is to keep the caloric level high (protein-wise) as the absence of meat will balance out the calories. The idea is to plan one’s meals well enough so that no essential nutrients are forgotten. Extensive research can help in this endeavour.

So if you find yourself drawn to a vegetarian diet for whatever reason, explore all of the possibilities in which you can create a menu that will fit your needs. Given today’s vegetarian options in terms of recipes and spices, there really aren’t many things that one will miss out on. It’s all a matter of committing to this particular lifestyle.

Choosing Holistic Therapy

Holistic therapy is often misrepresented as an alternative to conventional medicine but it’s more than that. But before we delve into it, I should primarily say that while alternative medicine is well and good, it is still best to seek the help of professionals before deciding a course of action. After all, it does not do well to jump the gun when it comes to these matters. Anyway, let’s get started.

holistic therapy

An illness is usually a manifestation of something wrong with the body—a signal for you to stop and check the engine. In fact, sometimes the signal can be so aggressively blatant that you have no choice but to go to a medical practitioner. However, there are times when the problem needs more than just a quick fix.

This is where holistic therapy comes in. Holistic therapy is more than just a substitute for conventional medicine—it’s a lifestyle choice. It looks at the imbalances in a person’s life and attempts to fix the discrepancy.

Manifested discomfort can come from all aspects of a person’s being, be it physical, emotional, or psychological. But holistic therapy is not just a onetime fix, it is a course of living designed to make a person become as whole as possible. It is more than just the perceptible health of the person at the moment.

Holistic therapy is about finding a balance in one’s life. It is about the belief that getting better is about living healthier, strengthening relationships, and ultimately being centred. To put it in easier terms—it is about finding whole-ness.

Holistic advocates assert that when you find a whole-ness within yourself, you become more connected to the world. They also say that once you find the whole-ness, you begin to attract your personal desires and send good vibes to the world. In short, a load of good will happen once you find that holistic therapy is for you.

Now, when shopping around for a holistic healer, it’s important that you find out if the healer has a specialty and if the specialty meshes with your needs. A healer would look at your overall needs and asses where your imbalances are. After all, holistic therapy is about finding a balance.

holistic therapyHow do you find the healer for you? I guess it all depends on what your needs are. For example, if you feel better knowing that you are not only working on your spiritual aspects but also on your health, and would feel better with some physical evidence of getting better; maybe you should try a holistic healer who is an expert on acupuncture or herbal remedy.

But it’s vital that one remembers that holistic therapy is not just used as a complementary to conventional medicine. Emphasis should be put on therapy—this is a way of life. All the principles that one learns in therapy should be applied daily and constantly.

In conclusion, if you feel that you are not just in need of significant medical attention, then maybe you should try holistic therapy. In some ways, it could be better as you walk away with a lifestyle overhaul, and if it doesn’t work then it’s not a complete loss as you were just trying to better yourself. Integrating a little bit of whole-ness in your life isn’t that bad.

I got to learn this when I was in Thailand earlier this year. It was an enjoyable stay, that’s for sure. I had a lot of fun, I had wifi and cell service everywhere thanks to TopupTH so that’s why you could see all my posts on Instagram (woot!) and I relaxed and recharged my batteries before I got back to work. It was a worthwhile trip. I’m coming back again this year. It’s worth the 8 hour trip for me.

For the mean time, I need to find more information about holistic therapy locally so that I can avail of it. If not, then I’ll need to wait later this year. Sigh!

What is Herbal Weight Loss?

By now, you’ve probably heard it all—you cannot lose weight without doing work. It doesn’t take a genius to recognize that, whether you use medical, natural, alternative ways to lose that extra pound, you can’t ever lose weight just by eating and breathing at the same time. So you’ve probably turned to herbal weight loss in some hopes to find a magic formula.

herbal weight lossSorry, but no dice. There are herbs however that can aid in your quest to be thinner. These can come in a thermogenic way (which speeds up the body’s metabolism) or just plain tricks your brain into thinking you’re already full.

The first thing I need to say though is this—you need to treat herbal medicine the way you treat regular medication. Just because it’s more “natural” and “organic” doesn’t mean you can have your fill of it. Seeking out professional opinion before undertaking an herbal weight loss program is still safer than just popping herbal pills left and right.

Right, now that that’s settled, back to the original topic. Thermogenic herbs contain substances such as caffeine that speed up body function. Some may be a safe alternative to over the counter weight loss drugs, while others work as a diuretic which helps in reducing water weight.

Regarding those that help you lose water weight, the effects of these herbs ebb quickly. As soon as you stop taking them, the weight does not creep back in so much as it launches a full on tackle. This is one reason why it’s smart to employ the opinion of your doctor before undertaking any weight loss supplement.

Another reason is so you can avoid very dangerous herbal substances. For instance, herbal laxatives are hugely disregarded as a weight loss supplement as they cause cramping and diarrhoea when taken in large doses. If overused, this also causes you to have difficulty evacuating your bowels without any stimulant help.

Ephedra is another drug that one should be wary of as it over-stimulates the nervous system. Researches show over 800 side effects of using this substance including heart attack, stroke, chest pain, and palpitations. This herbal weight loss supplement has been officially tied in with 2 deaths.

herbal weight lossIn addition it is the main ingredient in a diet drug known as fen-fen. A drug which has been in the limelight and taken out of the shelves because of its history of misuse resulting in death. This should make you think twice about using herbs as a main form of weight loss.

Of course, there are still some “natural” products which you could avail of to help in the pursuit of weight loss. Green tea, for example, works just like coffee but contains added vitamin C as well as healthy antibodies. Nature always has something good in store for those who are willing to look for it.

The herbal weight loss route is one that is worth looking into. But as I said in the beginning, include your doctor in all of your dietary plans to make sure you are doing it the healthy way. You’re not doing yourself a favour if you do get thin but feel awful in the process.

Benefits of Herbal Nutrition

herbal nutritionThese days, the terms “holistic” and “all-natural” are such hot commodities as everyone is forever raving about the benefits of herbal nutrition as opposed to the smorgasbord of chemicals that one can expose himself to. The truth is, just like medical remedies, herbal medicine has both good and bad effects on the body. Even more so on the aging body.

While no one is certainly saying that one side is better than the other, it would be only fair to weigh the consequences of each side. The problem is that when we think of all-natural substances like herbs and whatnot, we tend to think that they have no off-putting effects but this cannot be further from the truth. Herbal nutrients and medication is, like most things, a two faceted affiliation.

For example, Echinacea is said to boost the immune system to common colds and flu and helping with the overall healing process. But what most people neglect to say is that it can also cause inflammation of the liver if used in some circumstances (for example, with other anaerobic steroids). How scary that herbal nutrition can sometimes backfire.

Gingko is well known for its uses in helping with memory problems as well as blood circulation with regards to oxygenization. But to take this particular herb with other anti-clotting agents can cause an increase in bleeding. This is a horrifying result that can easily be remedied by research before consumption of this particular herbal treatment.

Goldenseal sounds really, really nice and it is nice for reducing inflammation and is sometimes used as a mild laxative. The downside, though, is that it may increase the risk for high blood pressure. It would be fair to say though that this isn’t a commonly use herbal nutrition source so not a lot of people will actually be affected by this particular risk.

Ginseng, on the other hand, is quite popularly used for physical stamina and higher rate of mental concentration. The side effects range from higher blood pressure to induced bleeding even in menopausal women. All these health risks are quite scary, to be perfectly honest.

herbal nutritionBut there is no real reason to be afraid if one can only research on the herbal treatment that one is partaking of. The only real danger is in taking both herbal and traditional medicine at the same time without informing an expert about it. These oversights are often the cause of some preventable health risks.

So, what can you do to prevent from seeing the ugly side of herbal treatment? Tell your doctor about it. Don’t be ashamed about your preferences.

The worst thing that could happen is that the herbal medication you are taking now and the medication prescribed to you could counteract and even disagree with each other. The health benefits are great, but they can quickly turn to risks if not properly administered. So be smart and do your research before you make up your mind about taking it.

Herbal nutrition is an important part of a person’s well-being. It would be a shame if they were misused and were given a bad rep based on that. Know your herbal supplements and use them well.