Lunch Box Ideas for Office Workers

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We are often told that we have to be thankful if we have three square meals a day, for seven days a week. Yes, we are already grateful as it is, but you also have to relish every meal, with as much gusto every dish actually deserves. However if you have chicken sandwich every day straight for a week, the next time the clock ticks twelve you’re like Cinderella running the other direction as far away from your chicken sandwich laden lunch box.

Here are five lunch box ideas for every employee who deserves more than just the same menu every day:

1. Avocado Shrimp Salad
Not only is this recipe pleasing to the eyes with all the vibrant colors it radiates, it also is a healthy go-to dish for employees looking forward to a long day at work. To prepare, place red onion, celery salt, salt and pepper, lime juice and olive oil in a mixing bowl.

Let the onions stay for at least five minutes, and ten minutes at tops. Prepare ahead chopped shrimp, cucumbers, cilantro, tomato and avocado. Mix together with dressing and make sure to gently toss your salad contents for even flavor. Let your salad cool for 30 minutes in the fridge and voila it’s ready for packing.

2. Mixed Green Salad with Cilantro Dressing
The key to this salad is nailing that distinct flavor of the dressing. Just mix in your light mayo, Greek yogurt, milk, olive oil, lime juice, roughly chopped chives, chopped cilantro, salt, pepper and garlic. A blender easily gives you a smooth and creamy touch to your dressing, so just keep mixing until you reach that texture. You can store this up to two weeks in your fridge.

3. Stuffed bagel sandwiches
Gone are plain bagels we’ve always been accustomed to; bagel sandwiches are the next trend. You will need 1 large bagel, just large enough that you could slice the bagel in half (top from bottom). Remove an ample amount of breading so you can free up space for your stuffing. Mix your whip cream cheese, diced salami, dill relish, diced carrots, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Place your stuffing in between the halves.

4. Pizza Dip
Place oregano, cream cheese, parsley, basil, onion powder, shredded cheese, minced garlic cloves, pizza sauce and pepperoni pieces in a Crockpot. Blend in the ingredients. Keep the fire on high until the dip is cooked. Once melted, keep the fire low before serving. This dip is perfect for light lunches in the office, coupled with tortillas or any chip of your choice.

These are only a few suggestions to break the monotony of your everyday usual lunch. So before savoring in your morning route to work, make sure to pack your lunch that’s sure to energize you and keep you healthy.

A Beginner’s Guide to the Different Types and Varieties of Chocolate and What They’re for

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Everybody loves chocolate, and ever since we have learned to use it by itself or as a food ingredient, it’s become one of the most loved all over the world, with millions of people consuming it daily.

However, there’s a catch. Chocolate may be one of the most familiar foods all over the world and one of the most common ingredients in different dishes and pastries, but the word itself could mean many different things.

Whether you’re looking to include chocolate as an ingredient in your pastries or you’re a starting aficionado, there are many different types and varieties that you need to keep in mind. Here are a few to get you started:

Cocoa Powder
This versatile ingredient used in pastries, dishes, and even as a drink on its own, is the ground-up version of chocolate liquor with a reduced fat content. Natural powder appears lighter and slightly acidic, while dark cocoa powder tends to be more alkaline and tastes milder.

When it comes to recipes that need baking powder, dark powder is usually preferred over natural because of the relative lack of acid content.

Otherwise known as “pure” chocolate liquor or plain “baking chocolate”, unsweetened chocolate is not fit to be consumed on its own and is instead used as an ingredient.

Unsweetened chocolate gives baked goods and pastries a much deeper and richer flavor, owing to its composition of equal parts cocoa butter and solids, and is the foundation of all other types of chocolate with the exception of white.

This type of chocolate contains no milk solids, but instead contains other elements, such as sugar, vanilla, and an emulsifier known as lecithin. Dark chocolate that is sold commercially often contains between thirty to eighty percent cocoa.

This means that certain varieties, such as semi-sweet and bittersweet chocolate, fall into this category.

The reason why this type of chocolate is called “white” chocolate is because of the relatively high amount of cocoa butter instead of other cocoa products, such as liquor. The end result of the process of making white chocolate makes it taste like vanilla.

While white chocolate can be confused with milk chocolate, the two are in fact very different varieties.

Milk chocolate is different from white chocolate in that it contains milk products, either condensed or solid, along with cocoa butter and chocolate liquor, compared to white chocolate which consists of mostly cocoa butter.
This type of chocolate has a more noticeable sweetness when compared to dark chocolate, as well as lighter in color and with a lesser taste. It is also overheats more easily and can be hard to temper for use as an ingredient in pastries.

(Disclaimer: This list is compiled in no particular order.)

6 Diet Mistakes That Only Make You Crave Food More  

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Cravings, an extremely frustrating experience, especially when you’re trying to lose some pounds or even just maintain your weight. You might probably even be torn between indulging the food that you’re craving for and doing what you’re supposed to do to keep off the pounds, and a lot of our daily habits even make these cravings worse that we often find it difficult to make good, healthy decisions. But that doesn’t entirely mean that you can’t do something about it. Take control of your cravings by learning and correcting these health mistakes that you might be doing.


  1. You Skip Breakfast

Even if you’re not really hungry in the morning, consuming some calories will help keep cravings at bay later in the day. Some studies showed that overweight Singapore girls who ate 350-calories worth of breakfast with 13 grams of protein experienced a reduced desire to eat sweet and savoury snacks compared to those who regularly skip their breakfast. Although it isn’t fully proven yet, protein is believed to help stimulate the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that helps in controlling the reward and pleasure centres of the brain, which can be helpful in managing cravings.

  1. You Consume Big Snack Servings 

Another mistake that might be making your cravings worse is consuming bigger snack portions. As opposed to relieving cravings by indulging on bigger food servings, a study presented by researchers from Cornell University found that individuals who were only given small snack-sized portions of potato chips, chocolate, or apple pie reported feeling as satisfied as those who consumed larger servings. So satisfy yourself with a small serving, and wait for your craving to subside after a few minutes.

  1. You’re Unaware Of The Reason Why You’re Craving

Can’t get your hands off a bag of cheesy chips? Well, if you really can’t understand why you can’t stop munching on it, then you won’t be able to do something about it. Singapore health experts recommend keeping a cravings journal as it will give you a better understanding about your cravings, as well as the ways on how you can manage it. When your craving hits, simply jot down your emotions – you’re anxious, bored, stressed or tired. Eventually, you’ll be able to pick out a pattern and learn to deal with it head on.


  1. You Feel Guilty On Satisfying Your Craving

Being guilty about indulging on a particular food will actually make your cravings worse instead of keeping it off. Why? The guilt feeling will only make you ignore your thoughts, which actually causes you to obsess on the food even more. So rather than feeling ashamed of eating the food, just delight on it and let yourself enjoy the snack.

  1. You Fight Cravings With Willpower

Using you willpower to handle your cravings won’t always work, as it only causes people to feel awful when they eventually give in to their cravings. A more winning strategy to practice? Get distracted. Doing something while you’re craving actually reduces the strength of the yearning compared to waiting for it to completely subside. Cravings don’t really around for too long, so you just need to momentarily stick it out.

Fighting off cravings is not easy at first. But as you learn the reason behind it and how you can properly manage it, keeping it at bay together with the pounds that it carries is already easy.


The Creation of Hokkien Prawn Mee

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As history states, the Hokkien prawn mee – one signature dish in Singapore – was made by the great Hokkien sailors during the post war. These sailors come from South China and are working in factories. With their experinced gained by working in factories, they have invented a new recipe and that’s the Hokkien Prawn Mee.


During their time, they would search excess noodles along the Rochor Street and fry it using a charcoal stove. At present, it has become a dish that is fried with soy sauce, eggs, yellow noodles, garlic, prawns, bean sprouts, squids and bee hon. The dish is usually made of dried fish, clams and prawn heads.


To prepare this dish, you need to first simmer the noodles for a couple of minutes while combining it with the seafood. After simmering, fry the prawn until it moist. In this dish, pork lard is one main ingredient of the Hokkien recipe that plays a vital role in the food. However, today, most food booths put less pork lard or sometimes, they wdo not put at least a pinch of it. The reason for ignoring pork lard is that many study shows that it is unhealthy to consume most especially to human beings.

On top of the dish, lime and sambal chili is placed. These elements give extra kick to the food and make it more lively and presentable. On the other hand, some food stalls in the country serves the Hokkien Prawn Mee with Opei leaf (a yielding palm bark) to improve and boost the smell of the recipe.


Behind Compulsive Eating

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If you have kids, you know the importance of food. If your kids do not have food struggles or weight issues, you are lucky. However, if you think your kids are suffering from compulsive eating, it is time that you change that so they can live a healthy life. It is crucial that you stop their compulsive eating while they are young.


Correcting the eating habits or attitude of your kids is not easy but it is a necessary step towards a healthier life. Kids ages 6 to 12 usually suffer compulsive eating. You should know the compulsive eating is a defence mechanism of children. When you see your kid eating compulsively, you should look around. Are there troubles in your home? Are there troubles at school?


You need to identify the source and help your kid towards a healthier path. Your doctors can help too. You can develop ways to help your kids cope with compulsive eating if you identified the problem. Compulsive eating has nothing to do with being hungry. It is only a habit developed by kids (and eventually adults) to ease boredom, stress, anxiety and depression.

As a parent, you simply want your kid to be healthy and happy. You do not want them to grow in misery thinking how obese they are. The first thing that you should do is encourage them to eat healthy and avoid buying unhealthy foods. Compulsive eating is a habit but it can be a grave health issue when your kids grow up. You should not let them be that way. You need to be careful and avoid depriving them.

Here in Singapore, there are parents who are dealing with compulsive eating. Parents should make sure that their kids do not develop the habit until they are old. The best part here in Singapore is that people are increasingly aware of the benefits of healthy eating.