My Favourite Healthy Food

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Spelt flour pancakes with Nutella and bananas

Spelt flour pancakes with Nutella and bananas

There’s nothing better than to start a day well. A good sleep at night and a good stretch on getting up and feeling fresh and happy that I am still alive is what I enjoy most. After that is good food…..*big smiles*. It’s important to start the day well with proper, healthy food as your body needs all the nutrients and energy for the day’s activities.

I have a list of food that I enjoy each day. Here they are:

Carrot-apple Juice

Carrot-apple juice

Carrot-apple juice

This is my favourite drink. It’s really refreshing, delicious and densely packed with lots of vitamins and minerals. It is always freshly made. I love to use red apples as I like it sweet. You can use green apples too. Sometimes I add celery too. My daughter loves to add beet root. A simple juice like this is an immune-boosting drink. Friends who had tried this regularly find that they hardly suffer from flu. And even if they do, they recover very quickly. Sadly too many people would rather resort to drugs for a quick fix. Every drug is a chemical and gives side effects which you don’t generally see immediately.

My best friend back home who suffered from aggressive lymphatic cancer about 9 years ago still gets up at 5am each day to make her juice and prepares a healthy lunch to bring to work. I really salute her. She looks very healthy and vibrant.

For more about juices, please check it out at my Health section.

Flaxseed Oil

Flaxseed oil is high in omega-3 which is very important to our bodies. It has a nutty taste. I always go for the cold pressed organic flaxseed oil which is sold in a dark bottle in the fridge (not on the shelf).

Cold pressed organic flaxseed oil

Cold pressed organic flaxseed oil

Dr Johanna Budwig, one of Germany’s top biochemists as well one of the best cancer researchers throughout all of Europe and who was nominated 7 times for the Nobel Prize, found that flaxseed oil mixed with cottage cheese or quark gives a highly therapeutic benefit when taken. Her research on oil and cancer cure are very well documented. If you are interested to read more, you can check it out at Budwig Centre. You can even download a Budwig Diet Guide for free from the website.

Add flax oil to yoghurt

Add flax oil to yoghurt

Flax oil, yoghurt and blueberries

Flax oil, yoghurt and blueberries

I had tried it with both cottage cheese and quark but I don’t quite like it. I prefer it with blueberry yoghurt with lots of blueberries added. That’s really delicious…..mmmm. But very often I mix quark and blueberry yoghurt for greater health benefits.

My favourite blueberry yoghurt

My favourite blueberry yoghurt

It’s important that the flaxseed oil and yoghurt are very well mixed until there’s no trace of oil seen. Do read up more.

I get my flaxseed oil from Newton Dee StoreNewton Dee is a Camphill community in Aberdeen, Scotland which offers a home and meaningful work along with opportunities for personal development to adults with learning disabilities and other special needs. It’s good to support them. The stores sells a lot of food stuff. There is a also a Gift Shop, a Cafe and a Bakery. If you are here in Aberdeen, do drop by. I love to go there.

Spelt Flour Pancakes

I love pancakes. To make it healthy, I use spelt flour to replace the ordinary wheat flour.

Spelt flour pancakes

Spelt flour pancakes

Making  pancakes is one of the simplest thing to make. There’s no need for measurement. My usual ingredients are:

-wholegrain spelt flour
-eggs
-goat milk
-some olive oil
-some water

Just mix them all together until well combined. Then scoop into a non stick pan to fry. You can fry it thin or thick. You don’t need sugar or salt as you would be spreading it with jam or using it as a wrap. But if ever I want it sweet, I use unrefined organic sugar in the batter.

I love it with a thin layer of Nutella spread on half of it, then layer some sliced bananas. That’s really delicious….mmm. Top picture above.

I get my spelt flour from Sainsbury which is so far the cheapest.

Spelt pasta in soup

Spelt pasta in soup

I also like spelt pasta. So far the only place I find it is at Newton Dee Store. I always cook soup with it for a simple hot meal. All you need is a good soup, like chicken soup. This one, just right above here, is a meatless meal. It’s very delicious. It’s something quite light to eat before going for my badminton.

Spelt pasta in soup with tiger prawns

Spelt pasta in soup with tiger prawns

If you like it more elaborate, you can add meat or prawns. This dish here is cooked with beef soup and topped with big tiger prawns. I added red wine to the soup too. Absolutely delicious! It looks elaborate but actually it’s very quick to cook. I bought the ready peeled tiger prawns from Costco and the ready washed salad leaves from the supermarket.

Always cook the soup ahead so that when it comes to meal time, it is very quick to get the meal ready.

For more information about spelt and its health benefits, read more at Benefits of Spelt.

Oat

I love rolled oat. Oat is very good for health. I prefer it to all the other cereals.

Wholegrain rolled oat

Wholegrain rolled oat

Wholegrain rolled oat

Wholegrain rolled oat

My favourite brand right now is the Asda Special Oat. I don’t like those that looks gluey after cooking. Wholegrain rolled oats retains it’s texture and give a bite to it which I like.

Oat with Marmite

Oat with Marmite

My eldest daughter likes it with honey while I and my youngest daughter likes it with Marmite. My youngest even adds an egg to it. I haven’t tried that. Got to try that out one day.

Eggs

I love soft boiled eggs or just any eggs with runny egg yolks. I know many people are trying to avoid eggs for fear of cholesterol and salmonella.

Soft boiled eggs

Soft boiled eggs

High cholesterol is mainly caused by trans fat or hydrogenated fat like margarine and vegetable oil, etc. It’s advisable to avoid them. I use pure olive oil, coconut oil and sesame oil for cooking. Lots of the cookies, cakes and pastries sold on the shelves in shops are loaded with preservatives, additives, trans fat and hydrogenated oil. The best is to make these food yourself at home as you are in control of the ingredients. I am totally shocked that you can even get liquid eggs these days! The best is to read the ingredients.

Eggs have long been known as one of the most nutritious food. We grew up eating lots of eggs which came from our own chicken. Buy organic free range eggs if you can. It is easily available in the supermarket.

Right, I have shared with you my favourite healthy food which I eat almost everyday. In fact I eat most of them in the morning. Sounds a lot , right? Looks like I am such a big eater…haha. No, most of the time the portion is quite small. Lunch is then usually light.

What about you? I would love to hear of what healthy food you eat everyday?

There are lots of awesome information on the internet these days. I hope you read up more for yourself to stay informed so that you can make good choices for yourself and your family for better health. I find that too many people don’t read and just believe what other people says. I think that’s dangerous. I don’t even want you just to believe me. Read more so that you can understand more because what I share here is just a very, very tiny bit of what I read and believe. I always tested it out and apply what I read, from many reliable sources. I am all for natural food and natural healing.

Till then, see you in my next post! Trust you are taking good care of your health. Little changes here and there goes a long way. It takes discipline and commitment to achieve what we want to achieve. Don’t forget, regular exercise is very important too….*wink*

Quote of the day……

“I believe life is constantly testing us for our level of commitment, and life’s greatest rewards are reserved for those who demonstrate a never-ending commitment to act until they achieve. This level of resolve can move mountains, but it must be constant and consistent. As simplistic as this may sound, it is still the common denominator separating those who live their dreams from those who live in regret.”

- Anthony Robbins

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15 Comments

Belinda @zomppa  on May 16th, 2012

Super wonderful reminder for healthy food! I want to eat with you….

suituapui  on May 16th, 2012

Oooo…the pancake in the first pic looks sooooo good. Drool! Drool! And half-boiled eggs!!! Hmmm…I must have that for breakfast tomorrow morning now. Craving already. LOL!!!

claire  on May 16th, 2012

wow…Mary… the food above are so healthy, I can eat all those except for the big giant prawns! Gosh..so tempting……

Ann@Anncoo Journal  on May 16th, 2012

WOW! I need all these healthy especially now :)

Juliana  on May 16th, 2012

These are sure great choices of healthy food…I still have to try spelt flour/pasta products.
Hope you are having a great week and thank you for sharing this post :)

somewhere in singapore  on May 16th, 2012

I also want to eat with you, kakaka….

Love2cook Malaysia  on May 16th, 2012

This is too good, would love to join you too…lol!:)

kdonkey1000  on May 17th, 2012

some great tips for a healthy start of the day. I make my up my own breakfast which contains, oats, oat bran, rye flakes, bran flakes, mixed seed, dry cranberries, blueberries and some sour cherries which I serve with soya milk.

Drick  on May 17th, 2012

such good eating and so many good foods - many I have not had but I guess that is no surprise to you… now I do love blueberries in all sorts of things, pancakes, muffins, cereal are my morning favorites… thanks for sharing yours

Mistletoe  on May 17th, 2012

Wow! You eat really healthy, Mary!! It’s so great and encouraging to see you feeding your family such healthy foods. Big cheers for you! As a mom with young kids, I’m starting to find it hard to feed my kids healthy food as they’re starting to get picky…sigh. Persistency I guess. Kiddies and I love your carrot apple drink! Actually a lot of the food you mentioned here, my kiddies will eat. On Mother’s Day K asked to make blueberry pancakes with me. She enjoyed them very much. Next time we should try your banana Nutella pancakes. That looks so yummy! We love having noodles for lunch too. On the weekends we enjoy having Vietnamese beef noodle soup (called pho). Ok I better end this…getting too long for a comment. Haha. Thank you for sharing all these healthy food with us and health tips. Have a great weekend!!

Angie@Angie's Recipes  on May 19th, 2012

Spelt pancakes and that pasta soup ;-) I LOVE them!

Mary  on May 19th, 2012

@Belinda @zomppa - Come, we will have fun eating together and talk more about healthy food :D

@suituapui - Haha….now I see your list of favourite food is getting longer :D

@claire - Aha…next time you have prawns, call me along. I can help you to eat all :P

@Ann@Anncoo Journal - I think we should form a healthy eating club to help ourselves :D

@Juliana -Give the spelt flour a try. It’s a better choice for health. Hope you have great weekend! :D

@somewhere in singapore - Come, still waiting for you! You are taking too long…haha :D

@Love2cook Malaysia - You got to come too! :D

@kdonkey1000 - Wow…love your breakfast! That’s very healthy and so full of fibre! Thanks very much for sharing :D

@Drick - Oooh…I would love blueberries in pancakes. How come I have not tried that? Too many things to eat I think…haha. I got to try one of these days….mmmm :D

@Mistletoe - Haha….I am stiil in your same boat. No matter how old our kids are, they can still be picky. We as moms just have to out smart them :P We may fail but not all the time…hehe. I need to try making blueberry pancakes one day. Must be very delicious…mmm. I ned to try your beef noodle soup. Make me hungry now. I love noodles in soup. Just SO good! It just makes me smile :D I’m really glad that your kids love the carrot apple soup.

@Angie@Angie’s Recipes - Thanks very much, Angie! :D

Sophie  on May 21st, 2012

I also love all of your healthy favourite foods especially spelt flour, the whole grain & the lighter spelt flour! :) thanks for sharing with us, my friend! :)

Katerina  on May 23rd, 2012

I am in the healthy food phase too Mary! Great choices!

lena  on May 28th, 2012

wow, all healthy food ..i guess you look pink! my breakfast is very simple..plain oats, milo, bread and during weekends, it’s noodles!! never knew about the existence of cold pressed oil!

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