I am not sure how many started off trying to eat healthy at the start of every new year but along the way, it somehow didn’t carry through. If you had carried through well last year, I am really happy for you. I’m sure you will keep up with that. But if not, you still have this year to try, like me……*grin*. In general, I do keep to a healthy diet and healthy living. That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy all the so-called unhealthy food. Of course I do, with great excitement……*big grin*…..but only on special occasions. There’s always room for improvement, right?
It’s really not worth to fall sick. I think too many people live life too carelessly. We can spend a lot of money on unwise living but when sickness catches up, we may not even have enough money to spend on the doctors and the treatment. At the moment, I have 2 dear friends who are suffering from cancer. It’s really so heart-breaking. But there’s hope in cancer. It’s not the end of the world. If my best friend can recover completely from aggressive lymphatic cancer and my hubby’s uncle from 3rd stage colon cancer, I want to believe that these 2 friends of mine will recover. It requires drastic diet and lifestyle changes.
It’s cheaper to eat healthy! I think we can all encourage each other to eat healthy and live healthy. And as mothers, we have a great responsibility to prepare healthy food for our family and chase everyone out for exercise regularly…..*grin*. As I always say, home cooked food is still the best, no matter how simple it is, because we know what we put in and the quality of ingredients used. Even desserts can be made much healthier at home.
I have here a very healthy, simple and easy carrot to share with you. It’s very moist and delicious. Besides, it’s dairy free….olive oil instead of butter! I made it to bring along to my friend’s year end party last week end. But I had improved on it to make it even better by using wholemeal spelt flour and also using dried figs. I made it early in the morning for my family to take to work.
For those staying in UK, you can get spelt flour or wholemeal spelt flour at Sainsbury. As for dried figs, it’s available in every supermarket.
Figs are very good for health, particularly beneficial to those who is of Blood Group O, according to Dr Peter Adamo. They are not only good in baking but very good as a snack too. I love the fresh ones too. They are just SO good!
If you want to know more about what food is beneficial for you or what food to avoid, you can check out more at Dr Peter D’Adamo’s website. The best is to buy his 3 books to read in order to understand better, how our body work and why different food has different effect on different people. Remember the saying, “One man’s food is another man’s poison.” Read to find out more. His 3 books are:
Eat Right For Your Type
Cook Right For Your Type
Live Right For Your Type
Here’s my fabulous, dairy free carrot cake recipe, adapted from bbc website at http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/3229/yummy-scrummy-carrot-cake
175g unrefined sugar
175g olive oil
Put all Ingredients A into a mixing ball. Whisk it up.
100g dried figs (chopped)
grated zest of 1 orange
175g wholemeal spelt flour
1t baking powder
1t baking soda
1t cinnamon (optional)
All all Ingredients B to the egg mixture. Mix well.
2 big carrots (grated)
Add the grated carrots to the mixture above. Mix well.
Pour into a baking tin lined with baking paper and bake in a preheated oven of 180 degrees Celsius for about 35 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. I used a deeper tin, so it takes longer. If you use a bigger and shallow tin, it will take much shorter time to bake.
Mmmm…my carrot cake fresh from the oven. I couldn’t wait for it to cool down, as usual…..*grin*. It tasted really good I must say.
Have you been baking lately? If not, why not get a go at this one. It’s really simple and easy. If you think grating carrots is difficult, just get a processor. It takes less than a minute to do the job…*smile*. The processor not only cut down your food preparation time but it makes cooking and baking more fun.
I do hope that you have lots of fun cooking and baking this year. Keep Learning Keep Smiling! Remember, home cooked food is still the best!
Quote of the day……
“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.”