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Monday, May 17, 2010

Banana cake, Melon smoothie and Sago Malamig

Banana, Melon and Sago Malamig

Revisit our Banana cake, Melon smoothie and try our quick and easy cooler Sago Malamig!
I prepared banana cake sans the peanuts in our archive recipe and I reduced the sugar by 30% and doubled the recipe.

For Melon Smoothie, I blender the melon sans the watermelon in our original recipe, and in lieu of the yogurt, I used all purpose cream. In other times, an evaporated milk may be used.

Now, for Sago Malamig, boil a multi-colored 100g sago pearls until cooked without white in the center. Put in the freezer. In a liiter cold water, add mascuvado sugar untl desired sweetness and shake until dissolved and freeze. In a tall glass, put three tablespoons of sago, add the mascuvado juice and top with ice. There, the cooler is for gulping.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Bottled Fruit Juices... What to choose and what not to

FYI... I am a fruit juice follower. I find the article below very helpful in choosing my fruit juice next time.

I abandoned juice powder as almost all contains aspartame... and as i turn to fruit juices, here are the handy tips...

well, if i got time, it pays to hit the wet market for the real thing...

Well that’s akin to what happens when you turn a fruit into fruit juice: You still have the flavor, but you don’t have the grit, the substance, the power. Even the very best fruit juice isn’t as nutritious as the fruit it originally came from, because the fiber that makes a piece of fruit so filling has been stripped away: Instead of filling your belly like an apple or an orange, juice just passes through your gastrointestinal tract like a little stream of sugar. It’s like listening to “Hey Jude” without the “Na-na-na na” part at the end. The sweet melody is intact, but the soul is lost. So as a rule, always choose the original version (that would be the fruit) over the Muzak version (that would be the juice).

That doesn’t mean juice is a terrible choice—after all, it’s still a great way to get your daily quota of vitamins and minerals. Problem is, a lot of what food marketers try to sell us as “juice” is about as healthy for you as, well, being chased down a highway in a white Ford Bronco. Manufacturers have found that mixing a lot of water and sugar with a tiny bit of fruit flavoring and calling it “juice” is a great way to get health-conscious consumers to pony up the bucks for the liquid equivalent of Skittles.

To put together our new book, Drink This, Not That!, we scoured restaurant menus and supermarket aisles to uncover the best and worst drinks in America. Below, we reveal the six worst juices at the supermarket, and for each one we’ve provide a healthier alternative. Or, as the Beatles might say, we took a bad juice, and made it better. Just call it “Hey Juice!”

Ocean Spray Cran-Apple (8 fl oz)
130 calories
0 g fat
32 g sugars

Ocean Spray makes a whole line of cranberry juice blends, but there’s only one thing you need to know: They’re all polluted with unruly loads of added sugar. The first two ingredients here are water and sugar, the hallmark of an inferior bottle. In fact, the best juices in this line have only 27 percent juice. This one? A paltry 15 percent. Go with Ocean Spray’s Cranenergy line instead. Compared to Cran-Apple it delivers slightly more real juice, a far weightier package of vitamins, and just over a fourth as many calories. (You're far better off eating your vitamins than drinking them. Here are 40 foods with scientifically proven superpowers.)

Drink This, Instead!
Ocean Spray Cranergy Raspberry Cranberry (8 fl oz)
35 calories
0 g fat
9 g sugars