Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Bubble Tea.

I received this information via forwarded email which explains the ugly facts of the Bubble Tea. I do not know how far it is true, but I do not want to take any chances where my kids are concerned. Most teenagers love this!

Bubble tea brings sweet excitement to our taste buds but it is also very harmful to health. Milk essence is the main ingredient in bubble tea. The main ingredient of milk essence is hydrogenated vegetable oil (trans-fat). Experts says that a glass of 500ml of bubble tea a day far exceed the dosage limit of trans-fat for human. It will lead to heart and blood vessel diseases.

Milk essence gives the bubble tea the fragrance and make it very tasty. The fragrance and tastiness derived from a type of chemical. This chemical has trace of arsenic, lead, copper and many harmful minerals. Frequent consumption in long term will lead to heart and blood vessel disease, cancer, asthma and other health complications.

Consuming the black bubbles is equivalent to consuming plastic. Normally these bubbles were made from cassava (tapioca) powder. This alone does not give the rubbery texture. To make it more rubbery, millet protein is added. To improve the mouth feel further, artificial plastic powder is added. This type of artificial plastic material will never be digested and absorbed into the body. It will remain in the body and cause havoc to our health. You can imagine what will happen to your health after prolonged consumption of trans-fat and plastic.

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Happiness is a Choice.



People complain about being unhappy all the time. Who is responsible for your unhappiness? No one. Your choices determine your happiness: Happiness comes to those who choose to look for and find a happy outlook. There is always an opening to a brighter world: Find it and break through. Choose to be Happy. 


Do you see similarities or differences?


If you enjoy the similarities you see in life - you will be happy.


If you enjoy the difference you see in life...and appreciate the uniqueness of yourself and others - you find happiness.


If you see yourself or others as inadequate or not fitting in - you feel unhappy.


How you view life is your choice. Why not make a happy choice?


Guacamole Recipe.

Great with tortilla chips or as a topping for Mexican foods!

Here is the Guacamole Recipe I promised. Again, so many variations to the recipe....but I prefer a quick and simple one which is tasty too!

Ingredients

  • 2 avocados
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 ripe tomato, chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Peel and mash avocados in a medium serving bowl. Stir in onion, garlic, tomato, lime juice, salt and pepper. Season with remaining lime juice and salt and pepper to taste. Chill for half an hour to blend flavors.

Enjoy!

xoxoxoxo


Nachos Recipe.

An appealing Mexican appetizer.

I have been craving for Nachos the past 3 days but not really in the mood to go out and order one. I would love to indulge in a plateful of freshly made nachos at home, so I went on a hunt for recipes over the web. I discovered so many different twists to it but basically the same base ingredients are used. Found a simple one which appealed to me very much, from recipetips.com, but I shall tweak it a little to suit my taste.

So!...my project for today, if nothing comes up, will be to go shopping for these items. I think I will add in chunks of Avocado too if it is on the sweet side. (Had an Avocado and shrimp Salad once at Applebees in NY, and it was very delicious because the Acovado was sweet and milky to the taste...unlike the bland taste. Something to try very soon too!).

Nachos - Not just an appetizer...a perfect snack too!

Ingredients
  • 6 cups nacho chips, multicolored or chips of choice
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded - more if desired - You can also use a ready made non dairy cheese sauce, sold in some supermarkets.
  • 1/2 cup fresh tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 cup green pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup jalapeno peppers, sliced - more if desired - Basically, these are like our pickled Malaysian green chillies.
  • 1/2 cup black olives, sliced
  • Some bite size avocado chunks
  • 1/4 cup prepared guacamole - You can get this ready made or make your own. I will include a recipe for it in the next post. 
  • 1/4 cup sour cream

Directions
  • Shred the cheese or use packaged shredded cheese.
  • Chop the tomatoes, green pepper, and red onion into small bits that can be easily used to top each chip.
  • Cut the Jalapeno peppers/pickled green chillies and black olives into thin round slices.
  • Using a microwave-safe plate, evenly space the nacho chips around the plate.
  • Sprinkle the cheese over each chip, fully covering the chips with a layer of cheese.
  • Microwave the chips and toppings until the cheese is lightly melted.
  • Top the chips with bits of tomatoes, green pepper, red onion, black olives, and jalapeno pepper slices.
  • Garnish the hot nacho chips with guacamole and sour cream for dipping.
  • Add some bite size avocado bits to it if desired.
  • Serve immediately.

Anyone up for a Nachos treat?...Try this recipe and Enjoy!
xoxoxoxo

Nur Diyanah.



Friday, January 27, 2012

HUG THERAPY.



Hugs are an important expression of affection. By hugging someone, you remind them that you care about them and support them. A quality cuddle lowers blood pressure and increases levels of feel-good chemicals in your brain, shows research from the university of North Carolina.

Hugging is healthy. It helps the body's immune system, it keeps you healthier, it cures depression, it reduces stress, it induces sleep, it's invigorating, it's rejuvenating, it has no unpleasant side effects, and hugging is nothing less than a miracle drug. Hugging is all natural. It is organic, naturally sweet, no pesticides, no preservatives, no artificial ingredients and 100 percent wholesome. Hugging is practically perfect. There are no movable parts, no batteries to wear out, no periodic check-ups, low energy consumption, high energy yield, inflation proof, nonfattening, no monthly payments, no insurance requirements, theft-proof, nontaxable, nonpolluting and, of course, fully returnable. 

Hugging is good medicine. It transfers energy, and gives the person hugged an emotional boost. You need four hugs a day for survival, eight for maintenance, and twelve for growth. A hug makes you feel good. The skin is the largest organ we have and it needs a great deal of care. A hug can cover a lot of skin and gives the message that you care. It is also a form of communication. It can say things you don't have words for. The nicest thing about a hug is that you usually can't give one without getting one. Hugs are not only nice they are needed... Hugs can relieve pain and depression.. make the healthier happier, and the most secure even more so.. Hugging feels good and overcomes fear... It provides stretching exercise to short people and stooping exercise to tall people... Hugging does not upset the environment.. It saves heat and energy... requires no special equipment.. Hugging makes happy days happier and impossible days possible.

Don’t turn away from the elderly, disabled, terminally ill or long term care residents because their needs seem beyond your ability to give. The one thing they need the most is the most simple, yet profound gift you have to give. Your kind hand holding theirs and a hug from your heart. The gift of touch is the most powerful healing you can offer another, and it is the most powerful healing you can give yourself. Give generously and watch yourself grow rich in what matters the most. Hug often, hug well. In a world that has grown more complicated, more fierce in the demands made upon our hearts and pocket books, there is one easy, free gift left. The power of touch.


Reprinted from an article by Kathleen Keating entitled “Hug Therapy”:


Hugging is not only a nice way to start the day, but it's also necessary for our positive physical and emotional well-being, according to recent research.Various experiments have shown that hugging can make people feel better about themselves, positively affect children's language skills and IQ, and help improve the mental outlook of the person who is being hugged, as well as the hugger. According to author, nurse and hug expert Kathleen Keating in The Hug Therapy Book, hugging is a very special form of touch therapy that significantly contributes to the way a person heals, and his/her overall health.

Another true-life example is given by David Bresler, Ph.D, former director of UCLA's Pain Control Clinic, who instructed a female patient suffering from reoccurring pain to receive four hugs a day administered by her husband. Once her hugging therapy began, the patient's pain subsided. Touch therapy expert Helen Colton says that touch is a basic healing need sometimes even more vital than medication. Colton's observations indicate that when a person's need for hugging is satisfied, he becomes physically and emotionally stronger and better able to handle problems or traumas.

According to Dolores Krieger, R.N., Ph.D., professor of nursing at New York University and expert in the field of touch therapy, when one person hugs or touches another, it actually invigorates the body by stimulating the level of hemoglobin which carries oxygen to tissues. When these tissues receive oxygen, they have a new energy that continues to rejuvenate the body.

Other research in the hugging field has shown that hugging helps lessen the chances of senility in people age 70+, increases liveliness, curiosity, problem-solving abilities and overall physical well-being, and substantially improves a newborn's developmental progress.

For more information on how you can bring warmth into a loved one's heart by hugging, read :

1. The Hug Therapy Book by Kathleen Keating, 
2. The Gift of Touch by Helen Colton
3. Touching: The Human Significance of the Skin by Ashley Montague






Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Mandarin Orange Salad.

It tastes as good as it looks. 

This Salad is festive enough for entertaining yet simple enough for casual family dining.

Ingredients
  • 6 cups lettuce (any kind) - torn
  • 1 cucumber, small - peeled, seeded, sliced thin (1 1/3 cups)
  • 1 avocado - peeled and sliced (optional)
  • 11 ounces can of mandarin oranges - drained
  • 2 thin slices red onions - cut in half and separated
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup salad oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar (optional - use if you want a zesty taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled


Directions
  • Combine the first 5 ingredients in a large salad bowl and toss.
  • In a separate container (a jar with lid or a salad dressing shaker work well), combine all the remaining ingredients (except the feta cheese) and whisk or shake until all of the ingredients are well blended and the oil is well distributed.
  • When you are ready to serve the salad, toss the salad ingredients and add the dressing. (You may prepare the dressing ahead of time and refrigerate).
  • Garnish the salad with feta cheese.

Enjoy!




Friday, January 20, 2012

Be Transparent.


I wish more people would be transparent and open without hidden agendas....life would be better, relationships and friendships improved and the world a better place.


Thursday, January 19, 2012

judge not

Labled n condemned forever for one mistake in life? Don't worry, only God can judge you. Woe to the ones Who judge others secretly or openly...their day will come.  

Monday, January 9, 2012

Love

Do not look any further than your own Heart for the answers. 

You do not have to become anything more to be lovable. 
You only have to accept that you deserve love and it will find you.


Love doesn't make the world go around; Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.

Once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairytale.

Virgil Love Quote: "Love Conquers All"

Ever has it been that love knows not it's own depth until the hour of separation.




Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Questions for 2012




♥ Happy 2012 Everyone! 


Questions for 2012

What shall I now release from my life?

What or who no longer works for me?

What am I holding on to that holds me back?

What thoughts or beliefs belong to the old me?

How am I being unloving to myself?

What do I believe that really works for me?

Am I ready to let go?

What is going on in my life that is terrific and wonderful?

Where am I being very loving to myself?

Where am I most content?

What do I want to bring to my life?

How do I want this year to be?

Who do I want to bring into my world?

How do I want to look?

What image do I want to project?

How healthy do I want to be?

How prosperous do I want to feel?

What kind of world do I want to live in?

Where do I want my spirituality to go?

How much love am I willing to experience?

~ Louise L. Hay


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