Why You Should Switch To Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Why You Should Switch To Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Why You Should Switch To Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Extra Virgin Olive Oil, commonly known as EVOO, is the highest quality olive oil in the market. Made from extracting the oil from olives, EVOO is a form of natural oil. This unrefined oil, compared to other olive oils, retains its true olive taste and has lower levels of oleic acid. EVOO has been proven to have multiple health benefits that are supported by scientific research. Used in many Italian and Spanish cuisines, EVOO pairs perfectly with salads, fish, poultry and pasta – one of the most important ingredient in Aglio Olio.

 

Health Benefits

1. Rich in Healthy Monounsaturated Fats

About 14% of the oil is saturated fat, whereas 11% is polyunsaturated, such as omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids (Leech, 2018). Bonus point - monounsaturated fats is quite resistant to heat, making it a healthier choice for cooking.

 2. Strong Anti-Inflammatory Properties

EVOO can reduce inflammation. Research also suggests that oleic acid, the main fatty acid in olive oil, can reduce levels of important inflammatory markers like C-reactive protein (CRP) (Leech, 2018). Many use EVOO as part of their skin & haircare routine as well.

 3. Large Amounts of Antioxidants

Antioxidants have powerful biological effects. They help to fight inflammation and protect your blood cholesterol from oxidation.

 

Recipes

1. Spaghetti with Olive Oil, Chili, and Garlic

Spaghetti with Olive Oil, Chili, and Garlic

This classic Italian dish is perfect for parties, quick and easy to make.

 

2. Olive Oil and Sea Salt Truffle Brownies

Olive Oil and Sea Salt Truffle Brownies

Chocolate-y goodness with hints of sea salt and truffle!

 

3. Pancetta Salmon Kebabs with Parsley Vinaigrette

Pancetta Salmon Kebabs with Parsley Vinaigrette

This dish may look complicated, but is in fact super easy, and delicious!

 

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Jie Yeu

WHAT’S HOT: Grower Direct Nuts

WHAT’S HOT: Grower Direct Nuts

grower direct nuts

Nuts are one of the healthiest foods you can eat. Packed full of nutrients, these little pieces are the answer to your essential nutrients needs. They make the perfect snack, being easy to pack, store and bring on the go. In addition, nuts are also relatively inexpensive! Thinking of getting some for your food pantry? Try out our Grower Direct Nuts now!

 

All the way from California USA, Grower Direct Nuts are available in 3 types – California Walnuts, California Almonds, and Roasted & Salted Pistachios. Not only are Grower Direct Nuts great in taste, but they are also one of the best quality nuts available. With quality being Grower Direct’s top priority, all nuts are carefully inspected based on industry standards. These nuts are then packed and sealed for distribution for your consumption.

 

California Walnuts

california walnuts

 

Walnuts have a multitude of health benefits. Just a quarter cup of Grower Direct walnuts provides more than your entire daily requirement of omega-3 fats, along with high amounts of copper, manganese, molybdenum, and biotin. Walnuts also contain powerful antioxidants! These tasty morsels are wonderful in salads, stir-fries, baked goods and strewn over your morning cereal for breakfast! Available in 2 sizes, 227g and 454g.

 

Health Benefits

1. Rich in Antioxidants

2. Plant Source of Omega-3

3. Supports Good Brain Function

 

Recipes

White Chocolate Walnut Muffins White Chocolate Walnut Muffins

Toasty, caramelized and irresistible muffins for any special occasions!

 

California Almonds

California Almonds` 

 

Among their many health benefits, almonds are a fantastic source of protein and fibre. They keep you feeling full longer, making them an excellent snack throughout the day. Almonds are so versatile -- roast them with spices for a flavourful snack or try your hand at making your own homemade almond butter or almond milk!

 

Health Benefits

1. High in Monounsaturated Fats

2. High in Vitamin E

3. Lower Cholesterol Levels

 

Recipes

Cranberry Almond Coleslaw

Cranberry Almond Coleslaw

 Dried cranberries and roasted almonds go hand in hand to make this perfect coleslaw.

 

Roasted and Salted Pistachios

Roasted and Salted Pistachios

Pistachios are not only tasty to eat, these little things contain healthy fats and are a good source protein, fiber and antioxidants. These pistachios are roasted and salted to perfection, making them the snack for any occasion. Grab a bunch of these as a midday snack, or whenever you are feeling for an extra crunch!

 

Health Benefits

1. Good Source of Protein

2. High in Antioxidants

3. Promote Healthy Gut Bacteria

 

Recipes

Leek and Potato Galette with Pistachio Crust

Leek and Potato Galette with Pistachio Crust

Adding ground pistachios creates a substantial dough that complements the leeks for these galettes.

 

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Jie Yeu

These are TEFF-rific For You!

These are TEFF-rific For You!These are TEFF-rific For You!

 This ancient grain Teff, originated from Ethiopia and Eritrea. As small as a seed, this little grain is used as a staple for many cuisines back in the day. Most common methods of usage would be making bread, pancakes, or eating it as a side like rice or quinoa. Naturally high in minerals, many who can't tolerate gluten use teff as an alternative, or ways to increase their whole grains intakes. Currently, teff is being used in many commercialised ways, from making pasta to protein bars and pancake mix. (O'CONNOR, 2016)

 

Health Benefits

1. Free of Gluten

For people who are sensitive to gluten, or thinking of going gluten free, teff is a great alternative for you!

2. Provides long lasting energy

Instead of chugging expensive energy drinks which contains loads of sugar and fat, why not try out a healthier option? Teff grains are purely natural and low in fat, at the same time being able to provide you with high amounts of energy needed for your day.

3. Loaded with fibre

A single serving of these grains provides about 5 grams of fibre, which is much higher than other whole grain flours. Replace your normal baking flour with teff for that added boost of fibre!

 

Recipes

1. Gluten Free Teff Crepes

Gluten Free Teff Crepes

These crepes contain higher amounts of fibre compared to your normal flour crepes. Added bonus: it's gluten-free!

 

2. Tahini Blondies with Blueberry Chia Jam Swirl

Tahini Blondies with Blueberry Chia Jam Swirl

Whether you're looking for a crowd-pleasing dessert to bring to a potluck or seeking something to satisfy your craving for something sweet, these will do just the trick. 

 

3. Roasted Cauliflower & Teff Grain Salad

Roasted Cauliflower & Teff Grain Salad

An interesting twist to your usual green salads!

 

Try Out Our Newly Launched Teff Now!

 

Jie Yeu

Why Organic; Health Benefits and More

Why Organic: Health Benefits and More!

The rising trend in organic foods has been the talk of the town in the food industry recently, whether is it really better for your health or does GMOs and pesticides cause cancer and other related diseases. Is choosing organic instead of conventional more beneficial for you? Here are things you should know about organic food and how to make organic eating more affordable.

 

Organic and How to Identify It

Organic refers to the way crop is grown and processed. The U.S. definition of organic agriculture must be grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, bioengineered genes (GMOs), petroleum-based fertilizers, and sewage sludge-based fertilizers (Robinson, 2018). The end goal of organic farming practices is to enhance soil and water quality, reduce pollution, and promote a self-sustaining cycle of resources on a farm. Products that meet the organic standard on how such food is grown, handled and processed will be organically certified by The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and have the official USDA Organic seal on the packaging.

 

 

Benefits of Choosing Organic

What you put into your body has a great impact on your overall health, be it physically or mentally. Organic foods often provide more nutrients than conventionally grown food. Choosing organic also benefits the environment by the practices that organic farmers adopt.

 1. Organic products contain fewer pesticides

Pesticides such as insecticides and herbicides are widely used in conventional farming. Such chemical residues may be left behind on the food we consume.

2. Higher amounts of antioxidants

Research has shown that antioxidants are substantially higher – between 19% to 69% in organic food (Carrington, 2014). The increase in antioxidants levels is equivalent one to two portions of fruits and vegetables.

3. Organic farming is better for the environment

Organic farming practices are beneficial for the environment by reducing pollution and conserving water and soil quality. The reduction of pesticides used is also better for nearby animals and people living close to the farm.

 

Making Organic Food Affordable

Organic food is generally more expensive than conventionally-grown food. However, there are many ways to make organic food shopping more affordable.

 1. Shop around various platforms

With the rising organic trend, many grocery stores are importing in more organic food to cater to this market. Shop around the different grocery and online stores to find the best deals and on-going promotions.

2. Know what you will be paying for

It is common for companies in the food industry to use organic foods to make their food sound healthier. However, such snacks and goods often contain high amounts of salt and sugar. Check your labels and ingredients carefully to ensure that you know what you are putting into your body.

 

Whether to go full organic or opt-in some conventional, it is most important that the food you put into your body is nutritious and good for you. Choosing organic may bring in some added benefits, but ultimately it is the kind of food you choose to consume that matters the most!

 

Try Out Some of Our Organic Products Now!

 

Jie Yeu

5 Snacks You Need This FIFA World Cup

5 Snacks You Need This FIFA World Cup

world cup

Snacking and soccer matches come in hand in hand, but are you consuming stuff that are actually good for you? Choosing healthy snacks can offer multiples health benefits for you, at the same time keep your hands and tummy satisfied while watching the game! Put down that bag of unhealthy chips and get your healthy snacks journey started! Here are 5 healthy snacks you need in your snack stash this World Cup.

 

 1. Organic Soft Dried Mulberries

 mulberries

Amphora Dried White Mulberries are like sweet chewy jewels of goodness! Thousand years ago, they were used by the Greeks and Romans for their many health benefits. The Chinese have used the leaves of the Mulberry tree to feed their silkworm, make tea, and for a variety of health issues. These organic mulberries are grown on the Mediterranean fields in Turkey. They are sun dried to perfection and then rehydrated with spring water to give it a jam-like texture as compared to other dried fruits. Add them into your morning cereal or granola for a surprising new taste, or eat it on its own as a perfect snack will watching the World Cup!

 

2. Sesame and Quinoa Purple Corn Chips

 purple corn chips

Drop that bag of overly flavoured potato chips and try out these purple corn chips instead! Purple corn contains high amounts of anthocyanins, which are miracle molecules found in darkly coloured fruits and vegetables. Originated from Peru, these gluten-free organic purple corn chips are made without chemical pesticides, fertilizers, and other artificial chemicals. Add some colour to your party and dunk these chips in your favourite guacamole, salsa or cheese dip!

 

3. Brazil Nuts

 brazil nuts

Nuts lovers, have you tried brazil nuts? Brazil nuts are grown in rich rainforest soils, making them rich in a wide range of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and phytochemicals. These nuts are the perfect healthy snacks for a healthy diet, and pairs perfectly with cakes and other baked goods. Fun fact; Brazil nuts are actually not from Brazil, but Peru!

 

4. High Protein Granola

 granola

Granola can be considered as a healthier form of cereal, and it is just as good as them! Containing rolled oats, pumpkin seeds, chopped almonds and walnuts, and brown rice syrup, this mixed goodness is the perfect breakfast food to start your day right! Furthermore, it is toasted and ready-to-eat, and packaged in a handy portion sized sachets for you to bring over to your friend’s place and watch the soccer match together!

 

5. Organic Dried Cranberries

 cranberries

Are you craving for something tangy? Try out dried cranberries! Cranberries have exceptionally high nutritional and antioxidant content and are often considered one of the world’s superfoods. These organic tart, flavourful morsels are terrific baked into cakes and bread, or thrown into salads and yogurt as toppings. You can even have them on its own as the perfect snack while supporting your favourite country!

 

Choosing the right snacks is as important as any other diet tips can get. Choose snacks that are actually good for you, for a better and healthier World Cup season!

 

Jie Yeu

5 Ways to Make Your Ramadan Meals Healthier

5 Ways to Make Your Ramadan Meals Healthier

5 Ways to Make Your Ramadan Meals Healthier

Ramadan, the ninth month of the Muslim calendar, marks the start of the holy month of fasting. During this period, Muslims around the world fast between sunup to sundown, limiting their eating and drinking times from dusk till dawn. It is also during this month that Muslims tend to binge-eat to make up for the loss during the day, resulting in unideal habits and the indulgent of unhealthy food and drinks. Here are some ways to help make your Ramadan meals healthier for a better fasting season.

 

1. Replace White Rice with Quinoa

Replace White Rice with Quinoa

Quinoa’s texture is very much like white rice, with a grainier texture and a nuttier taste. However, the health benefits of quinoa outweigh white rice with no doubt. Quinoa has about 40 fewer calories as compared to white rice, with it providing you with 5 more grams of fiber and even double the amount of protein. Furthermore, white rice is a form of refined starch, which is not ideal if you are looking into shedding a few pounds this Ramandan season.

 

2. Hydrate Yourself with Green Smoothies

Hydrate Yourself with Green Smoothies

Ditch the overly sweetened fizzy drinks and replace it with a green smoothie instead! Green smoothies are packed load of fiber and antioxidants, at the same time providing you with a boost of energy and nutrition which will definitely help you get past your day easier. Add in some fruits to sweeten things up or even chia seeds for that added texture in your drink!

 

3. Choose Dates that are Good for You

Choose Dates that are Good for You

Traditionally, dates are consumed when people broke their fast. Dates are an excellent source of fiber, potassium and carbohydrates which are essential nutrients for the body. However, many conventional dates sold in stores usually have tons of refined sugar added into them, which is not ideal especially after a day of fasting. Make it a good habit to always check for the ingredients stated on the packaging to avoid such products which are not good for you at all.

 

4. Prepare a Healthy Midnight Snack

Prepare a Healthy Midnight Snack

If you ever get hungry in the middle of the night, ensure that you always have some sort of healthy snack prepared beforehand! This prevents you from being tempted by a bag of potato chips or instant noodles. Try out these energy nut balls made from dates, hazelnuts and rolled oats. These little treats are bound to satisfy any sugar cravings you may have and fill your tummy up at the same time!

 

5. Drink Plenty of Water

Drink Plenty of Water

To prevent yourself from dehydration, drink enough water before and after your fast. Water is required for digestion and absorption of nutrients and helps with the elimination of waste products. Add in some chia seeds to further boost your fiber intake or squeeze in some lemon juice for extra flavour in your water.

 

These are simple habits you can incorporate into your daily lifestyle this Ramadan, easy and healthy at the same time for a better fasting season!

 

Jie Yeu

 

5 Ways to Spice Up Your Salad

5 Ways to Spice Up Your Salad

salad

Salads are known to be food that people consume when trying to stay healthy or lose weight. Basic salad ingredients often include greens such as lettuce, spinach, kale and rockets. Many associate salads as plain and boring. However, there are many interesting ways to make your salad more attractive, with the added nutritional value to your meal. Here are 5 different healthy and delicious ways for you to spice up your salad and eat better!

 

1. Organic White Quinoa

 quinoa

 

Quinoa is one of the worlds’ most popular health foods. It has a nutty taste that is a great addition to any salads, plus high nutritional benefits. It is gluten free and high in protein, making it an excellent plant-based protein source for vegetarians and vegans. Even though it is technically not a grain, it still counts as a whole grain food and contains much higher fiber than most grains. White quinoa is also very high in antioxidants which helps to fight aging and many diseases.

Shop Foodsterr Organic White Quinoa here!

 

 2. Ruby Dried Cranberries

 ruby dried cranberry

Dried cranberries can be enjoyed in many ways. Adding them into your salads provides you with a tangy taste that makes your salad more refreshing! Dried cranberries are also known for its health benefits such as preventing urinary tract infections (UTIs) and boosting your immune system. Like any other fruit, it is also high in fiber which helps to improve your digestion and prevent stomach infections. 

 Shop Foodsterr Ruby Dried Cranberries here!

 

3. Raw Organic Almonds

almond

Almonds are known to be a waistline-friendly snack, with them being one of the lowest-calorie nuts in the world. Throwing them into your salad gives you with that extra crunch, at the same time providing you with other nutritional benefits such as calcium and heart-healthy fats. Choose raw instead of roasted almonds as roasted almonds may be heated in trans or other unhealthy fats.

 Shop Infinity Foods Raw Organic Almonds here!

 

 4. Organic Pumpkin Seeds

pumpkin seed

When you are feeling a little snacky, try adding some pumpkin seeds! Not only does it make an easy and convenient snack, pumpkin seeds are also one of the top foods in the nutrition department. They are exceptionally high in magnesium which is vital for proper muscle functioning and reduces the risk of diabetes. These little seeds are also packed full of omega-3 and omega -6 fatty acids, antioxidants and fiber which have great benefits for the liver and heart.

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 5. Organic Toasted Sesame Oil

toasted sesame oil

Instead of the usual caesar dressing or olive oil, why not try out organic toasted sesame oil next time! Toasted sesame oil has been used in Asian cuisines for the longest time. It possesses a subtle nutty flavour which makes it the perfect dressing or condiment for any meal or even used as cooking oil. Sesame oil is rich in Vitamin E which is an antioxidant, and also high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated which are also proven to have many health benefits such as reducing the risk of dementia.

Shop Foodsterr Organic Toasted Sesame Oil here!

 

Jie Yeu

Key Benefits of Granola + Recipes

Key Benefits of Granola + Recipes

granola

Granola, typically made out of rolled oats, nuts, dried fruits and honey, is a healthy breakfast and snack food suitable for all ages. Granola is often eaten in combination with yogurt, fresh fruits such as bananas and strawberries, or as milk as a form of cereal. It also serves as toppings for desserts such as pastries and ice cream. Granola is also often combined with honey or corn syrup and condensed into a bar for which makes it easy as an on-the-go snack for hiking or other activities.

 

Health benefits

1. Improved Digestion

Granola is commonly consumed by those who want a boost in their fiber intake as it contains both soluble and insoluble fiber. Fiber is an essential part of anyone’s eating habits as it regulates digestion. Soluble fiber is good for alleviating symptoms of constipation while insoluble fiber can harden loosen stools and reduce the occurrence of diarrhoea.

2. Reduced Cholesterol Levels

The soluble fiber in granola reduces harmful cholesterol and promotes the spread of good cholesterol throughout the body. This prevents the development of plaque in the arteries and veins which causes the increase in blood pressure and strain on the cardiovascular system. The nuts in granolas such as almonds and walnuts are great sources of omega 3-fatty acids, which are forms of good cholesterol for the body.

3. Boosted Cognition

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day as it keeps your brain working throughout the day. This is especially true when you incorporate granola into your diet as it reduces the blood pressure in the body as it is high in potassium and low in sodium. When blood pressure is lowered, it stimulates an increased blood and oxygen flow to the brain, hence boosting cognitive function. This shows that granola is an excellent form of “brain food” for your body!

 

Recipes

1. Fruit and Granola Yogurt Parfait

When layered in a glass, a healthy parfait is the perfect grab-and-go breakfast. 

Fruit and Granola Yogurt Parfait

 

2. Granola-Chocolate Bark 

Bark is the easiest chocolate bar you can make. Add in some granola for a nutty bite! 

Granola-Chocolate Bark

 

3. Savoury Sweet Potato Crumble

A hearty sprinkle of organic granola makes this buttery crumble an instant hit at the breakfast (or dinner) table. 

Savoury Sweet Potato Crumble

 

 Try out our newly launched Lizi's Granola range here

 

Jie Yeu

Why Should You Try Out Polenta Today

 Why Should You Try Out Polenta Today

polenta

Polenta, a traditional Northern Italian cuisine staple, has been an essential food in their everyday nutrition. It is also commonly eaten in many parts of the world, including everywhere in Europe and in the United States. Polenta is made by grinding corn into flour, or meal. It has a rich yellow, yolk-colour, and has a slightly sweet flavour. Often associated with hot porridge and cakes, this versatile food can be widely used for many recipes and even as a substitute for wheat-based dishes.

 

Health Benefits

1. Good source of Fiber and Protein

Polenta contains both fiber and protein. Fiber helps to keep the digestive system functioning properly, to feed healthy gut bacteria and prevent constipation. Protein works to stabilize your blood sugar levels, boost energy levels and support the absorption of important nutrients.

 2. Substitute for Gluten

For people looking for gluten-free dishes, Polenta is a good option. Polenta can be used in baking cakes and bread in place of flour in recipes. Using polenta in baked recipes can add nutritional value and a moist consistency with a pleasantly grainy texture.

 3. Rich in complex carbohydrates

Polenta is an excellent source of complex carbohydrates. Simple carbohydrates are broken down fast, causing a person’s blood sugar levels to spike. Complex carbohydrates, on the other hand, are broken down slowly and takes a longer time to digest. This slow release can help keep blood sugar levels steady, making Polenta a fantastic ingredient to add into your diet.

 

Recipes

1. Polenta Squares with Gorgonzola and Pine Nuts. 

Polenta Squares are impressive and delicious! These are also tasty with chopped, dried figs or cranberries in place of the currants.

Polenta Squares with Gorgonzola and Pine Nuts.

 

2. Smoky Shrimp and Parmesan-Polenta Cakes

Invite company over for this gourmet-inspired dish that's a snap to make. Serve with salad greens splashed with vinaigrette.

Smoky Shrimp and Parmesan-Polenta Cakes

 

3. Orange and Polenta Cake

This delicious cake is full of zingy flavour and the syrup makes it something really special!

 Orange and Polenta Cake

 

Shop Foodsterr Polenta here!

 

Jie Yeu

Flax Oil - Benefits and Recipes

Flax Oil - Benefits and Recipes

flax oil

Flaxseed oil has been growing in popularity in recent years, as more and more people begin to discover the benefits and uses of both consuming and applying this oil. Flaxseed oil, otherwise known as flax oil or linseed oil, is made by grounding and pressing flaxseeds. Originating from present day Republic of Georgia, this wondrous oil has come a long way. Temple walls since Ancient Egypt had traces of drawings of flax plantations, although flax was more commonly used for textiles rather than for consumption.

 

Health benefits

1. Good source of Omega-3 Fatty Acid

Flaxseed oil has a reputation for being an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acid, which is most commonly found in fish and chicken, rather than plants. This makes flax oil a perfect alternative for vegetarians to obtain these beneficial fatty acids. Flaxseed Oil contains 50-60% of omega-3 fatty acid in the form of Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA). Omega-3 fatty acids are extremely crucial and beneficial in many body processes, and can help to minimise illnesses such as heart diseases and depression.

 2. Relieves constipation and promotes healthy digestive system

Flaxseed oils are excellent natural lubricants for our colons. They also serve as laxatives which helps to keep things moving in the digestive system. Apart from relieving constipation, flax oil are also anti-diarrhoea agents which can stop irregular bowel movements.

 3. Improves skin conditions

Increasing intake of essential fatty acids can improve skin’s conditions by increasing skin’s elasticity and texture, making flaxseed oil one of the top choices for skin illnesses like eczema and rashes.

 

Recipes

1. Flax Almond Meal Banana Muffin with Dark Chocolate 

Talk about a decadent but healthy treat!

 

2. Homemade Flaxseed Hummus 

 Tasty dip that goes well with anything and everything!

 

3. Chia Flax Hot Pudding

hot chia pudding

Perfect for cold and rainy days!

 

Jia Jia

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