Healthy Snacks to Snack On When You’re (Still) Hungry

Hey Everyone,

One thing about living in Malaysia is that we are surrounded by delicious local food. And best part is, most of them are opened till late up to 24 hours! From restaurants or hawker stalls place like in Jalar Alor that serves nice local foods (bbq chicken wings, fried noodles, fried rice, etc.), and 24 hours mamak restaurants (roti canai, roti telur, etc) to fast food chain restaurants like McDonalds and KFC (although only a few open 24 hours).

Sometimes when we feel hungry at night (after dinner), we would start craving for yummy Nasi Kandar Kayu’s roti canai, McD’s french fries and instant noodle Indo Mee. I know, this is so not healthy.

That is why I want to share with you today on healthy snacks to snack on when you’re still hungry. This was what I would normally eat when I’m still hungry:

1. Oatmeat

Quaker-Oats-OatmealI normally take oats with milo because oats are tasteless. You can also mix with milk, honey and fruits. Take it warm so that you can have a good night sleep with warm belly. I would normally take up to 2 – 3 scoops. You can take more if you want because fret not, oats are free from fats, sugar and cholesterol.

2. Milo

MiloNot the 3-in-1 sachet please. You should swap those 3-in-1 with the one straight from the Milo tin. In case you didn’t know, the normal Milo tin already have milk and sugar compared to 3-in-1, they have higher sugar contain in it. So you should skip that and take the original one.

3. Fruits

FruitsApples, grapes and bananas. Or any other kind of fruits that you like. They are all water-based and fat free. Plus, they are healthy too.

4. Yogurt

Yogurt-Fat-FreeYou can buy a plain yogurt and mix it with honey and berries, or you can get a low fat or fat free yogurt. They have many flavours but I like the one with mixed berries.

5. Cereal

CornflakesI take cornflakes original. This is a good substitute if you are craving for potato chips or french fries, or if your mouth are feeling “itchy” and you just want to munch on something.

6. Wholemeal bread

Massimo-Whole-MealI don’t enjoy eating wholemeal bread but if I’m really that hungry, I would either dip it in my milo or I would spread my bread with fat free butter. You can spread it with peanut butter, jam or kaya. Just make sure that whatever you spread on is fat-free and low sugar content!

We can still enjoy all the Indo mees, roti canais and McD french fries mentioned above,

ONCE IN A WHILE *LoL*

Just don’t forget to stick to your routine: drinking at least 3 litres of water in a day because water helps to boost your metabolism, cleans bowels and flushes out all the unwanted toxins. Drinking lots of water also makes you feel full in a way, so that you won’t crave for more food. You can read about benefits of drinking lots of water here.

How about you? Any other ideas or advice that you would like to share? Let me know on your thoughts below!

x,
Leanne

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My Daily Supplements

Hey Everyone,

I have been taking supplements for the past 2 years and been sticking to the same brand. I believe that all our daily food intake, no matter how much healthy food intake you take in a day, it is not enough. Supplements are the ones that helps feed us with adequate amount of nutrients and maintain good health condition. We don’t necessary have to take all types of vitamins, like me, I only take 3 types of vitamins:

Blackmores-Omega-Cardiwell

1. Fish Oils

Fish oils are rich in Omega-3 and it is good for the heart and for memory. For more info, you can read it here.

The product that I’m taking is Blackmores Cardiwell. Its in a form of gel capsule and it has no fishy-like smell. There are many types of fish oils, and according to the local pharmacist (that I went to the Guardian pharmacy), the difference between normal omega-3 oils and Cardiwell is that Cardiwell is the original, pure fish oil and it is so concentrated that we only can take up to 2 capsules a day. Other normal fish oils have to take at least up to 6 capsules a day depending on the number of mg in the capsule to reach to Cardiwell standard.

Kordels-Bio-Ester-C

2. Vitamin C

The benefits:
1. Anti aging
2. Beat common cold
3. Boost immune system for overall health

For more info, you can also read it all here.

The product that I’m taking is Kordel’s Ester C. Its in a form of tablet and I only take once a day.

Blackmores-Multi-Vitamins-and-Minerals

3. Multi Vitamins

The reason why I take multi vitamins is because I want to ensure that my body has enough / sufficient amount of nutrients. I’m currently taking Blackmores Multivitamins + Minerals which contains essential vitamins and minerals to provide our body and mind with all-round nutritional support and help maintain health.

For more info, you can also read it all here.

Overall in my opinion, these amount of supplements that I’m taking is enough for me. We should not be over health-conscious and start taking a lot of supplements and overdose ourselves. As long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle, eat healthily, and exercise, there should not be any worries. You can also arrange an annual check up with your doctors and get professional advice from them.

And remember to drink plenty of water everyday. At least 3 litres of water. You can read my post here.

Do you normally take daily supplements? How many and what kind of supplements are you currently taking? Feel free to leave a comment below!

x
Leanne

Kindly take note that all the above are based on my opinion. I’m not a professional doctor or nutritionist, so please consult your doctors to get professional advice. 

5 Foods To Beat The Bloat (Naturally)

Hey Everyone,

Most of the time the bloat occurs every after meal. To hide that bloated tummy, you will have to cover with loose shirts or dress, or drink less water. Fret not, today I’m going to share with you natural way of reducing the bloat by consuming 5 healthy food:

1. Water With Lemon

Lemon-Water

Water itself helps to eliminate fat cells, flush out the unwanted toxins, keep us dehydrate, boost your metabolism and beats bad breath. You can read my post here. Having said that, you can add in lemon in your warm water and drink it everyday to reduce the bloat. Lemon contains citric acid, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium which also helps our digestion.

2. Celery

Celery-Cucumber-Apples-Juice

I used to not like celery because of its smell. So, I take it with my juice: I will mix celery with cucumber and green apples. Celery and cucumber contains a lot of water thus, it helps in digestion as well. If you don’t like to take celery just like that, then just mix it with other juices and down it! Plus celery has a high level of antioxidants, which is helps to beat bad radicals and promotes anti-aging.

3. Banana

Banana

Banana a good source prebiotic fiber, which helps to feed good bacteria and improve digestive health. They are also have rich potassium, which in addition to helps to reduce blood pressure, supports body muscle and relieve water retention and bloating.

4. Yogurt

Yogurt

Yogurt contains “good bacteria”. It facilitates efficient digestion and prevention of bloated tummy. Go for low-fat or non-fat yogurt. The best is to take with plain yogurt, and add your own fruits in it, like strawberries and blueberries to add in natural sweetness. For lazy people like me, I always go for low-fat yogurt. (Hehe)

5. Ginger Tea

Ginger-Tea

Ginger tea assist in improving digestion and increasing absorption of food. This can prevent bloating after eating too much. It’s so easy to make this: 1 inch ginger to put in hot boiling water. Once the water begins to boil, you can pour it into a mug with 1 teaspoon of honey. You can also drink plain ginger tea if you want to. Plus, don’t forget the lemon!

So here it is, all the 5 foods that can assist us in reducing the bloat. If you have any other alternatives, feel free to comment below!

x,
Leanne

5 Best Reasons Why Water Is Important

Hey Everyone!
I’ve been making a habit to drink at least 3 litres (yes, 3 litres!) of water everyday. I have a 1.5 litre water bottle at my workplace and 3 litre water bottle at home. At my workplace, I drink at least 1.5 litre in the morning and 1.5 litre in the evening. And back home, another 1.5 litre to 2 litre at least before I go to bed. Most beauty gurus said that we should drink less water at night to avoid puffy eyes the next morning, but what the heck? After reading the best 5 reasons, I couldn’t care less:
1. Water helps us to lose weight

  Slim woman after diet.
When you drink plenty of water, it fills up your stomach and reduces your craving to eat more. Water increases our body’s fat burn rate, thus it eliminates all the fat cells in our body.
2. Water flushes out all the unwanted toxins from our body
Drinking Water Splashing
Water is a natural detox. It helps in digestion and relieves constipation. And prevention from kidney stones!
3. Water promotes healthy skin
Water-Promotes-Healthy-Skin
When we are exposed to air conditioning, it tends to dry up our skin and we will get dehydrated. When our skin are dry, fine lines will appear, which we will not want that! Drink plenty of water helps to keep our skin subtle and smooth. It can help to prevent acnes too! You see, water helps to replenish our skin tissues, moisturisesskin and increase the elasticity of the skin. So why drink less at night?
4. Water boosts your metabolism
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Drinking plenty of water will help to boost your metabolism and hence, regulates your body’s bowel movements. In particular, is good for digestive health.
5. Water beats bad breath
Water-Beats-Bad-Breath
Always gargle your mouth with water after you had your meals. Else, the food that stuck between your teeth will cause bacteria which leads to bad breath. Now, you don not want to have bad breath when talking to your crush, right? So there it is: 5 best reasons why water is important. It is not necessary to stick to 3 litres a day or whatsoever. Just make it a proper routine whereby drink at least 3 litres a day to promote good health.
There are many reasons on the importance of drinking of plenty of water everyday. These are my 5 best reasons why. What about yours? Let me know on your thoughts below!