May 20, 2015

Coffee Etiquette Around the World

Who doesn't love coffee?  

I must admit that I was once a coffee-lover who quit by choice, but is hooked again.  Coffee makes our mornings sane and bright.  I love all kinds of coffee.  The stronger and flavorful it gets, the better. At least one cup of coffee a day is all I need to be able to function to my full potential.

How do you love your coffee?

Coffee Etiquette Around the World


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May 18, 2015

Guest Post | Motivate Healthy Eating with Colorful Lunchbox Stickers

Recently Dana Harris of Food Packaging Labels reached out to me to share some great infographics about healthy eating and handy lunchbox printables to all of my blog readers.  I will be sharing them throughout the month of MAY.  They are FREE to download for your personal use to add pretty, nice and cool attractions to lunchboxes, when packing lunches to your kiddos.  I have asked her to guest post on my blog to reach out to my readers as well.  Thanks, Dana!

Motivate Your Kids on Healthy Eating with Colorful Lunchbox Stickers  

 By Dana Harris

Healthy eating starts at home but continues at school. Kids spend most of their day at school, therefore, preparing a healthy diet for you child is very important. Healthy food gives active kids the nutrition they need to get through the day while helping them concentrate and learn. However, every parent who packs a lunch for their child knows that it is very tricky to prepare food that is both healthy and in accordance with the kid’s wishes.

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There are many reasons why children don’t eat their lunches at school and bring them back home. Sometimes they skip lunch so they have more time to play with their friends during recess. While other times they just might find the food bland. They may not like the shape of their sandwiches or the food gets their hands sticky. Or maybe they simply do not like the look of their lunchboxes. These colorful  lunchbox stickers will help you transform your kid’s lunchbox so it will  make him or her curious to at least peek inside and see what’s for lunch that day. Various sticker designs give you the opportunity to change the look of your child's’ lunchbox on a daily basis, to keep it fun and exciting. Additionally, you can use these lunchbox labels to surprise your kids with fun and inspirational notes or simply to tell them you love them. These stickers can be used in an interactive way by making a game of it. For example, having them guess what’s in the box before they open it. The lunchbox stickers can act as a lead by placing the appropriate image in accordance to the food placed inside. You can put strawberry stickers on the container you prepared with strawberries or a doughnut one for dessert allowing you to decorate the container.

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If your kids are still bringing their lunch home, you can encourage them to decorate their lunchboxes by themselves while you are preparing their lunch. It will be a mini DIY project which allows them to participate in the process. They will take part in the project and feel proud that they helped make their lunch.

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If you like these ideas, download and print these stickers and have fun with your kids while preparing lunches.

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May 3, 2015

Honest Fizz Giveaway

Organic..Refreshing..Healthier


Over the past months, I had a chance to try out an organic carbonated beverage that I never thought would exist.  They are the Honest Fizz.  A zero calorie soda.  A healthier alternative of diet beverages.
They come in 5 great-tasting flavors. 
  • Organic Orange Pop
  • Organic Professor Fizz
  • Organic Golden Ginger Ale
  • Organic Root Beer
  • Organic Lemon Limey

What's good about this drink is it's not artificially flavored.  They are all-natural including sweeteners. So we can just indulge ourselves on these refreshments without the worry of packing on extra weights, or taking in too much artificial ingredients, which are definitely not good for our body and mind.  Best of all, it's affordable.  Now packed in 6 easy carry cans, retailing for $5.99/pack. Perfect for parties, picnics and drive-in movies.

I have sent this with one of my kids' lunches which grew curiosity in school.  He said everyone asked where he got it.  Root Beer and Orange Pop are my kids' favorite.  Mine is the Ginger Ale.  So when we had this, it feels good that it tasted almost alike the competitors' brand.  Except it's organic and you know it's healthier.

We are fortunate enough to be sent 12 variety packs of these organic drinks just to try it out.  Review is optional, but I did it anyways since they offered giveaways for (2) of my lucky followers.  Each one gets 12-variety pack of all 5 flavors.

The giveaway is open to all US residents.  No PO Box shipping addresses, please. It will be open till Mother's Day, May 10th 12mn Pacific Time.  All you need to do is to enter my rafflecopter, tweet daily for more chances of winning and share on your facebook page.  The only mandatory entry would be to comment on this blog responding to just one question. No anonymous commenter please so I can verify, if you won, if you did the mandatory entry.  After the drawing, winners are given 48 hours to respond with their shipping address.  You will be contacted either via email, facebook message, or by twitter.  So check the day after you celebrated Mother's Day.





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March 31, 2015

Almonds: The Health Benefits

Allergy-friendly, Gluten-Free, Healthy & Safe


Almonds is one of the most nutritious snacks with a low caloric content.  One of the healthiest choices especially for families with allergen sensitivity issues, and individuals with medical history of chronic diseases and cancer.  Not just that, but also for any individuals who choose to live a healthy life.

Why Almonds?

Almonds is one of the top choices because of its several nutritional benefits that can contribute to healthy lifestyle.  Primarily, they are a good source of:

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  • Vitamin E, which is an antioxidant that contributes for the formation of healthy blood cells and tissues.
  • Folic Acid, keeps the neural tubes healthy especially on pregnancy.
  • Protein, which is necessary for healthy muscles, blood and organs. 
  • Fiber, a good source that aids in the cleansing of the digestive system.
  • Iron helps carry oxygen to all of the body's cells and organs.
  • Zinc, which aids in wound healing and is involved in protein metabolism. It is also important in the development of the reproductive system.
  • Copper, which helps carry oxygen throughout the body and helps keep bones, blood vessels and nerves healthy.
  • Magnesium is used in building bones, making protein, releasing energy from muscles and regulating body temperature. It's also needed for calcium and potassium balance in the body.
  • Phosphorous is the second most abundant mineral in the body. It helps build strong bones and teeth, and helps the body uses protein, fat and carbohydrate.
  • Pytochemicals have protective or disease preventive properties.
 


 
What are the Health Benefits of Almonds?
  1. It reduces the risk for chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.
  2. It reduces the risk of birth defects.
  3. It is a good source of energy.
  4. It prevents constipation, diverticulosis, colon and rectal cancer.
  5. It lowers ‘bad’ cholesterol level and improve blood sugar control.
  6. It protects arterial damage.
  7. It helps build strong bones and teeth.
  8. It provides healthy fats and aid in weight loss.
How do we incorporate Almonds in our diet?

Easy! I have partnered with Nuts.com to raise awareness of the important health benefits of almonds in our diets.  If you are new to almonds incorporating into your diet, you can get ideas from their site with a wide variety of almond products such as:
  • Almond Flour, as substitute to regular whole wheat or all-purpose flour used for baking.
  • Almond Milk, as substitute to regular whole milk.  It is especially best for families with dairy and gluten allergies.
  • Almond Butter, used for sandwich spreads, especially used by families with peanut allergies and have gluten-free diets.
  • Almond Paste, used for cakes
  • Chocolates with Almonds
  • Almonds covered with chocolates, yogurts and other delectable delights that will surely entice your little ones at home.
My family are chocoholics.  Chocolate is a good medium when incorporating anything new to our diet.  Chocolate covered almonds is a huge hit in our household, which we love mixing it with other stuffs we love when making trail mixes for school, movie nights and road trips. For added fun, we coat our own almonds with the kind of chocolate flavor we love.  Almond butter is next when making sandwiches for after school snacks.  And when kids are tired of regular milk, I give them almond milk as a treat. We love almonds!

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March 13, 2015

Tuna Salad Bunwich

A Meatless Friday Lunch Post

Lent is here and I have been wanting to make a post about lunches we can pack for families observing the Lenten Season.  Lent is the season for penance and prayer before Easter.  Typically Catholic families fast or abstain from meat, and other activities they love as part of their penance, as they pray.  For devotees, there's hardcore fasting and abstinence happening around this season.  Some don't actually eat on Fridays, which I honestly can't survive.

I grew up in a household that actually remove one meal in a day, and just 2 small meals for the other 2.  No snacks.  So when hunger strikes, water is your best friend to flush out gastric juices, and push hunger away.  One great way to lose weight.  Ha! 

My family and I love food.  We can actually live without almost anything except food.  So I asked the kids to come up with stuffs they can abstain in observance of Lent.  No answer.  So I suggested, we all stay away from meat like chicken, pork and beef.  The only meat we can eat is seafood, like fish, clams, crabs, lobsters etc.  Still yummy I know.  So I just limit our meat intake to fish and shell foods.  And no eating out on Fridays. All agreed.
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So today's lunch is our leftover breakfast that I never get the chance to eat.  So I packed it and brought it to work for lunch.  I snatched my daughter's soy drink, and mandarin orange fruit pack with purple grapes to keep me filled till dinner time.  And lots of bottled water.

My daughter had 2 bean and cheese burrito, grapes and soy drinks as well.  My son ate in school. Cafeteria served cheese quesadilla, fruits and milk.  Hubby had tofu and spicy eggplant with rice. Morning was rough for me so no pictures for those yumminess were taken. 

Do you abstain or fast on Lenten Fridays?  Show me your lunch.  You can post it on Instagram and tag @OhMarieOh so I can see.

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