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.



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



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



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



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!



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

Key Benefits of Granola + Recipes

Key Benefits of Granola + Recipes


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!



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

Nutty Tahini

Nutty Tahini

Tahini is a seed butter made from sesame seeds that are hulled, ground, and toasted. It is commonly used in North African, Greek, Iranian, Turkish, and Middle Eastern cuisine. It is a major ingredient in hummus and baba ghanoush (a dip similar to hummus, made with eggplant rather than chickpeas).



Health Benefits of Tahini

Heart Health

Sesame seeds contain the unique lignans sesamin and sesamol, which have been shown to lower cholesterol. Studies have shown that consuming these types of fats can lower harmful cholesterol levels as well as lower the risk of heart disease and stroke.The calcium and magnesium in tahini also work to decrease blood pressure naturally.

Cancer Prevention

Lignans, chemical compounds found in certain plants, have a similar structure to estrogen. The sesamin and sesamol lignans in tahini are able to bind to estrogen receptors, which can protect against hormone-related cancers.

Bone Health

The high magnesium content in tahini is beneficial for maintaining healthy bones. Adequate magnesium intakes are associated with a greater bone density and have been effective in decreasing the risk of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women.



Tahini Recipes

Vegan Baba Ghanoush

This easy baba ghanoush recipe is vegetarian, vegan, and completely gluten-free!


Green Tahini Smoothie Bowl

Healthy bowl brings all the flavor blend up in this spinach-based tahini smoothie!


 Lydia Tan






Organic Dates, The Natural Sweeteners!

The sweet date fruit is of oval-cylindrical shape, its color when ripe ranges from bright red to a light caramel color, depending on its variety. In Arabic, it is called “Tamr”, while the Greek call it “daktulos” which means ‘finger’, indicating the fruit’s shape. Dates have existed in the Middle Eastern culture for thousands of years – in fact, archaeologic evidence suggests that dates have been cultivated since 6,000 BC. Around 3,000 varieties of dates exist, and while they all possess almost the same types of nutrients and vitamins in them, the amounts of these nutrients and vitamins may differ! Continue reading to find out about its benefits!



Health Benefits of Organic Dates

Improves Digestive Health

Apart from aiding constipation, dates play a role in improving our overall digestive health. Fiber is imperative for cleaning our gastrointestinal intestines and detoxify the body. Dates helps avoid developing digestive problems such as colitis. Regular consumption of dates encourages the growth of good bacteria in the stomach, which improves digestion.

Reduces Blood Pressure

Magnesium, apart from healing inflammation, can also help control the body’s blood pressure levels. The high potassium content in dates also contributes to reducing blood pressure, as well ensure proper functioning of the heart.

Promotes Bone Health

Dates contain important vitamins and minerals which contribute to good bone health. They can help avoid bone diseases which occur with age, such as osteoporosis and promote healthy, strong bones.

Helps Cardiovascular Health

Heart health is also improved by consuming dates over time. This fruit is high in dietary fiber, which plays a key role in controlling and reducing cholesterol levels. Dates also contain potassium, which has been associated with lower heart diseases.

Provides an Energy Boost

Dates are high in natural sugars like fructose and sucrose and are perfect for an energy boost in the middle of the day to revitalize and energize the body. For this reason, Muslims eat dates when they break their fasts during Ramadan. Just don’t overdo it, as dates are high in calories and sugar, and can cause weight gain!


Organic Dates Recipes

Date Caramel

Tasty homemade date caramel to add on to your breakfast toast!



Date, Parsley and Sumac Quiche with Crushed Almonds

Dates add a surprising sweetness to a savory and rich quiche! Great for lunch and tea-time snack!



Lydia Tan





Walnuts - The Super Nut?

Walnuts come from the walnut tree, which is also one of the oldest tree dating back to history. In the past, the Romans called walnuts Juglans regia, "Jupiter's royal acorn." Walnuts were traded along the Silk Road route between Asia and the Middle East, eventually through sea trade, spreading the popularity of the walnuts around the world. Walnuts not only taste great but are a rich source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and an excellent source of those hard to find omega-3 fatty acids. Continue reading to find out on its benefits!

Health Benefits of Walnuts

Heart Health

They are full of nutrients that are particularly beneficial by improving the way your cardiovascular system functions and potentially reducing the risk of heart disease. High levels of omega-3 alpha linolenic acid linked to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. Vitamin E to prevent cholesterol oxidation within arteries, and good levels of the amino acid arginine that has been shown to help improve blood circulation in the body.

Cancer Prevention

The rich array of antioxidants and other nutrition found in walnuts, such as gamma tocopherol, omega-3 fatty acids and phenolic compounds like ellagic and gallic acid, as well as minerals like selenium, attest to their cancer prevention potential and melatonin, which reduces oxidative stress that can lead to cancer.

Weight Loss

Dieting, counting calories and avoiding fat rarely helps you lose weight. However, despite walnut’s high fat content, the fat in walnuts is the healthy natural versions of omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids that our bodies need to operate effectively. There are also high levels of anti-inflammatory omega-3 alpha linolenic acid, protein and dietary fiber! Eating a handful of walnuts is a great way to satisfy your hunger.

Brain Health

Vitamin E and other powerful antioxidant compounds in walnuts would play a protective role, the primary walnut benefits for your brain comes from their high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Low omega-3 fats in the diet are also a known risk factor for depression and other forms of mental illness.

Diabetes Protection

Diet high in walnuts may improve endothelial function and reduce a diabetic patient’s cardiac risk.


Walnut Recipes

Gingerbread Granola 

Irresistible spiced granola with a pack of walnut crunch to your Sunday’s breakfast!



Pork Escalope with Apples & Walnuts

An autumn treat to one’s lunch!



 Lydia Tan





Sesame Oil - The Queen of Oil

Sesame Oil, which is made from sesame seeds is a lesser known vegetable oil, but one of the healthiest option amongst the vegetable oi! Not only is sesame oil inexpensive to extract, it is also very versatile where it can be used in Asian cuisines, Japanese cuisines, Middle Eastern cuisines and many more, which explains its uprising popularity in the recent years. Continue reading for more benefits and their cooking recipes!



Health Benefits of Sesame Oil

Hair Health

Sesame oil is said to have hair improving benefits. It retains the natural hair colour and minimises hair loss. In addition, the anti-bacterial effects in sesame oil could eliminate the pathogens or foreign bodies that can potentially attack your scalp and hair.

Circulation and Metabolism

High levels of copper and zinc is required for the body to function at its optimal level. Copper aids in the production of red blood cells. So, having contained a significant amount of copper, sesame oil is able to get the right amount of blood flowing to the organs and tissues. Thus, this ensures a healthier lifestyle for all individuals.

Skin Health

Besides being rich in copper, sesame oil also contains high levels of zinc, which essentially is one of the most important minerals for our skin. Zinc increases the skin’s elasticity and smoothness, hence significantly reduces the appearance of age spots and eliminates bad skin conditions. Ever thought that sesame oil could be used as a sunscreen? By creating a protective layer on skin, sesame oil acts as a sunscreen, protecting the body from foreign substances or toxins that penetrates through our skin.

Prevents Cancer

Another benefit of sesame oil is that it contains an organic compound called phytate, which aids in reducing the development of cancer. Also, sesame oil contains an exceptionally high magnesium level and calcium content, in which these minerals are linked to lowered chances of contracting colorectal cancer (colon cancer).

Heart Health

Sesame oil owns a wide range of polyunsaturated fatty acids which keeps the cardiovascular system strong and cholesterol levels low that reduces risk of contracting atherosclerosis (disease that plagues up your arteries). Hence, by consuming sesame oil, the risk of suffering from heart attack and other heart related diseases will be significantly reduced!

Bone Growth

Minerals such as copper, zinc and calcium are crucial to a body’s bone growth. That is, by maintaining an appropriate level of sesame oil in your diet, it helps to increase the rate of bone growth and development as well as speed up healing! For older folks, sesame oil aids in the slowing down risk of suffering from osteoporosis and other bone-related diseases.


Having contained high levels of copper, a natural anti-inflammatory substance, sesame oil can reduce any inflammation and discomfort for conditions such as gout. Besides reducing swelling of joints and strengthens bones and blood vessels, sesame oil aids in keeping your body frame sturdy for many years, without any inflammation!

Oral Health

Not only have studies proven the benefits of sesame oil, dental professionals also highly recommend them! Because of a process known as oil pulling, whereby it involves putting oil in your mouth and then swishing it around before spitting it out. Result of it would be whiter teeth, lower levels of dental plague and protection against streptococcus mutants (significant contributor to tooth decay) that make us very ill. Being anti-bacterial in nature, sesame oil certainly boosts one’s dental health!


Sesame Oil Recipes

Five-Spice Nuts with Soy Sauce and Sesame

Spice things up with this amazing recipe! With the fragrance from the sesame oil and spices, it would add a taste to your conventional nuts! Feel free to try it out with a variety of nuts and treat your guests to this amazing appetizer.


Check out the recipe here: Five-Spice Nuts with Soy Sauce and Sesame


Thai Steak and Noodle Salad

Thinking of preparing a different salad, instead of the usual ones? This dish is right for you. Though the preparation steps can be a little tedious, but the end will be worthwhile. Filled with an array of flavours, the combination of Western style steak mix with Thai sauce will be amazing!

Check out the recipe here: Thai Steak and Noodle Salad


Samantha Ngo





Avocado Oil - Everything You Avo Wanted

In the recent trend, many people are switching towards using healthier oil. An example of this would be avocado oil. Unlike many cooking oils, avocado oil is not derived from a seed. Instead, it is pressed from the fleshy pulp that surrounds the avocado pit. Having originated from Mexico and Central America, avocado oil has been used by their natives for over 10,000 years and we import ours from Dipasa International, Mexico. Continue reading to find out on its benefits!



5 Fun facts about Avocados

1. Avocados are fruits that can technically be considered as berries.

2. Did you know that Avocados are the Aztec symbol of love and fertility simply because they cannot self-pollinate and they grow in pairs!

3. In the past, avocados were a luxury and only royals could have access to it.

4. A surprise to many, there are a total of 1062 varieties of avocado and a single tree of avocado produces as many as 500 avocados per year.

5. Bananas are known for being rich in potassium. But, did you know that avocados contain more potassium than a banana? An entire avocado supply about 700mg of potassium! Wow, that’s a whole load of nutrients!

Benefits of Avocado Oil

Rich in Oleic Acid (Healthy Fat)

Almost 70% of avocado contains heart-healthy oleic acid, a monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid. This fatty acid is what makes it responsible for its health benefits such as reducing of blood pressure and increases fat burning that aids in weight loss.

Lowers Cholesterol, Improves Heart Health

Studies have shown that the avocado oil were found the most effective in increasing HDL, essentially being the “good” cholesterol. At the same time, it reduces the blood cholesterol levels in the human body.

High in Lutein

Avocados do contain lutein in them! Not only does Lutein functions as an antioxidant that improves your eye health, it also helps to protect one against atherosclerosis (build-up of fatty deposits in arteries), the disease that leads to most heart attacks.

Reduces Symptoms of Arthritis

Arthritis happen due to the painful inflammation of joint areas which is a common disease that many people face. Multiple studies have shown that avocado oil extracts can reduce pain and stiffness at the joints! 

Prevents Gum Disease

The combination of avocado and soybean extracts can essentially help in preventing of gum disease. Individuals suffering from gum disease may experience gum bleeding, bad breath and many more. Hence, avocado oil unsaponifiables can block a protein that is known to promote inflammation and the driver of tissue and bone loss.

Improves Skin Condition

Fatty acids present in avocado oil benefits the skin. Studies have shown that cream made from avocado oil is said to improve symptoms of psoriasis!

Neutralizes Free Radicals

Antioxidants are known to fight cellular damage caused by free radicals, which are waste products of metabolism. The ability to reduce the production of harmful free radicals reduces oxidative stress. This prevents type 2 diabetes and heart disease from occurring as well.


Avocado Oil Recipe

Avocado Oil Vinaigrette

Try out this 5min quick salad dressing. All you need are 4 ingredients, honey mustard, apple cider vinegar, avocado oil and salt and pepper. Mix well together before serving!



Check out the recipe over here: Avocado Oil Vinaigrette


Check out the sale of Avocado Oil over here and don’t hesitate to purchase one for yourself today!


Samantha Ngo




The Acai Craze!

Acai (pronounced as ah-SAH-ee), are dark purple berries found in the rainforests of Amazon. These amazing berries have also been named the number one superfood in the world today! Recently in Singapore, there has been many food places offering Acai Bowls (an Acai puree topped with fruits, granola and more). But, do you really know the health benefits of Acai berries? Or are you keen to find out how you can make them on your own? Continue reading on!



Health Benefits of Acai Berries

Promotes heart health

Superfoods contain loads of antioxidants, and Acai is not an exception. Acai contain high amounts of anthocyanins, an antioxidant that supports balanced cholesterol levels. Being rich in plant sterols, consuming of Acai ensures overall cardio-protective benefits such as improved circulation and relaxing of blood vessels!

Aids weight loss

Being nutritious in nature, Acai not only help individuals lose weight but also maintains the weight at a healthy range. An interesting study even found out that the pulp from the acai berry had the ability to reduce fat deposits!

Promotes skin health

Fun fact: Due to its high antioxidant content, Acai oil has been used as a great alternative to many chemicals-based skincare and makeup products! When consuming of Acai, the nutrients present in Acai will give off a healthy glow on your skin, causing improved skin condition.

Helps digestion

These amazing superfood berries contain powerful detoxification capacities and are an excellent source of dietary fiber. Berries in general assist in improved digestive system.

Boosts immune system

Study has shown that polyphenolic compounds extracted from Acai reduces the proliferation of malfunctioning cells by up to 86%. Before the affected cells multiply, these phytochemicals then disrupt the cell mutation at a molecular level!

Anti-aging effect

Having contained many forms of phytochemicals, Acai berries may slow down aging processes as they relate to oxidative damage. But should you know, berries are one of the best sources of antioxidants. A single berry has 10x as many antioxidants as grapes and 2x as many as blueberries!

Boosts Energy

Being an overall healthy and nutritious superfood, consuming Acai may lead to an increased overall level of energy and stamina, and aid in combating fatigue and exhaustion. Need an energy boost? Try Acai the next time round!


DIY Acai Recipes from Acai Powder

Fruit Mix Acai Bowl

Why order from your neighbourhood when you can BYOB (Bring your own bowl). This superfood bowl can be easily prepared under 15 mins. After blending the organic acai powder to a smoothie texture, feel free to add the toppings of your choice! Great as a breakfast bowl or simply as a diet snack.

Check out the recipe here: Mixed Fruits Acai Bowl


Chocolate Acai Raw Cake

Heard of an Acai cake? This after meal dessert consists of a rich chocolate base with creamy Acai filling, full of nutritious ingredients that you won’t feel guilty eating!

Check out the recipe here: Chocolate Acai Cake


Head over here  to purchase organic acai powder for yourself today! Also, do check out here for organic superfoods and many more!


Samantha Ngo



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