Power of Yellow & Orange Fruits and Veggies

In many cultures, yellow is the color of happiness and optimism, of enlightenment and creativity, sunshine and spring. It’s said that bright colors like yellow can be an instant mood booster. In fact, some fast food restaurants use yellow as the main color in their interior design and logo (you know which one 😉 to…

Why Are Sprouted Nuts, Grains, Seeds and Legumes Better For You?

The sprouting of nuts, grains, seeds and legumes has been an age-old practice in many cultures around the world for thousands of years. I wonder if our ancestors somehow knew about the health benefits of sprouting at the time, or it all happened simply by accident due to the shortage of food and preservation methods,…

Super Quick Curried Zucchini & Swiss Chard

Summer means an abundance of vibrant, nutritious vegetables – zucchinis, Swiss chards, tomatoes, lettuce, herbs… Isn’t it a wonderful time?! While I don’t have a veggie garden (#goals!), I get these beautiful farm fresh veggies from Little Bee Farmer’s Market delivered to my doorstep almost every week! It’s a great way to support local and…

Pineapple for Gut Health

Growing up in a tropical climate, I love topical fruits, especially pineapples! They are incredibly delicious and packed with gut-friendly components: Fibre & Water The high fibre and water content in pineapples help “move things along” and thus preventing constipation. It’s also incredibly hydrating. Despite the fact that high fibre foods tend to help lower…

DIY 2-Ingredient Coconut Yogurt

I found this amazing recipe from the Minimalist Baker (I love her blog!) on how to make a simple 2-ingredient Coconut Yogurt! It’s nice and simple, uses easy-to-find ingredients, and only takes less than 5 mins to put together. Then all you have to do is to let it sit on the counter for 24-48…

Should You Cook With Olive Oil?

It’s widely known that Extra Virgin Olive Oil has many health benefits: modulate gut microbiome, improve insulin sensitivity, and lower risks for cardiovascular disease, prevent neurodegenerative diseases, etc (check out this post for a summary). However, there’s been a heated debate on whether olive oil is suitable for use as a cooking oil. Opponents say…

Non Medical Ingredients in Supplements

There’s been lots of debates on whether one should take supplements (multivitamins and probiotics seem to be the most popular ones, along with vitamin D especially for those of us living in northern latitudes). My opinion on this topic has changed many times throughout the past few years as I went through college & university…

Got Milk? Why the Craze for Plant-based Milk?

The rise of plant-based milk has been unstoppable in the past few years as more and more people are looking for dairy alternatives, some for health reasons such as food allergy & sensitivity and concerns for growth hormones & antibiotics in cow’s milk, others for ethical and environmental reasons. Soy & coconut milk have been…

Nightshades…What the Heck?

Nightshades refer to a group of flowering plants that belong to the species Solanaceae. While many plants that belong to this family are not edible or even extremely toxic, some common edible nightshades include tomatoes, eggplants, peppers (sweet bell peppers, cayenne and chili peppers), potatoes and goji berries… They are packed with nutrients and are…

Miso Sesame Ginger Shrimp Bowl

This simple power bowl makes a great light and refreshing lunch, an appetizer or a side dish. I found eating a high-carb lunch makes me very sleepy and sluggish in the afternoon which in turn makes me less productive in the rest of the work day. So a low carb, high-protein lunch like this is…

10 Interesting Podcasts on Food and Health

I listen to podcasts when I’m stuck in traffic commuting to work, going for a long walk by myself, doing meal prep, or even just taking a break after scrolling on the phone for too long (a great way to relieve eyestrain from smartphones but still embrace the technology!) What I love about podcasts is…

Recipe – Matcha Avocado Frappuccino & Turmeric Coconut Latte

Here’s some healthy hot & cold drink ideas for you! Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant rich, soothing, refreshing, energy-boosting, and subtly sweet deliciousness 🙂 They just happen to be vegan and dairy and gluten free! Matcha Avocado Frappuccino 1 cup Coconut Milk (canned, or any other diary-free milk) 2 tsp Japanese Matcha Green Tea Powder 1.5 tbsp…

Should You Eat Breakfast? How Soon Should You Eat After Waking Up?

In this post, I’ll talk about How skipping or delaying breakfast may help boost metabolism and promote fat burning (a brief on intermittent fasting) But how skipping breakfast may increase your risk for liver disease, obesity and diabetes, and affect your energy and productivity on the other hand (conflicting, eh?) How soon you should eat…