I grew up drinking orange juice but now I prefer eating the fruit entirely. This is after I realized that orange juice does not comprise of the same nutritional benefits as eating the fruit (that's because the juice will not have fiber). But orange juice wins in the department of quenching my thirst anytime! lol......
Here's a tip to choose sweet and juicy oranges. The skin must feel supple and not dry. The texture of the orange should be smooth and not crinkled. A crinkled orange indicates that the orange is not fresh and is semi-dried on the inside. Feel the orange, if it is slightly soft when pressed, you can be assured that it is juicy. A hard orange will lack juice and contains more pulp.
Oranges are a great source of vitamin C, vitamin B6, betacarotene, calcium, folic acid, magnesium, potassium and thiamin. Taking one orange a day is equivalent to 100% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C.
Oranges also reduce the risk of cholesterol, high blood pressure, kidney stones, heart diseases and cancer. The anti-oxidant properties of oranges help to protect the skin from free radicals that cause premature aging.
So with all that said, go eat your sweet, juicy oranges today! :-)
I boiled this soup with dried longans, wolfberries, red dates and chinese herbs called 'yuk chuk'. A good soup is boiled for at least 3 hours. If you are short for time, try to boil for 2 hours at the minimum. Do you know that soups boiled with charcoal fire tastes better than those boiled with gas fire?
Another tip to stay healthy........try to remove all the skin from the chicken for boiling soups. Fats from chicken or any meat are bad for cholesterol and unhealthy for the heart.
Anyway, here's my recipe.
Half a chicken, de-skinned
10 dried longans
20 red dates
1 small bowl of wolfberries
1 small bowl of chinese herbs or 'yuk chuk'
1. Put a medium pot of water to boil over high flame.
2. Place the chicken into the pot. Remove the residue and excess oil from the pot.
3. Pour in longans, red dates, wolfberries and chinese herbs.
4. Reduce to low flame and boil for 3 hours. Add some water after 2 hours of boiling.
Today I thot I'd post about my review of the Malibu Pilates Chair. As you know, I'm a fitness buff as well and I write about health and fitness issues on top of my love of cooking and food.
Just finished another site on Pilates......my all time favorite exercise. This time I focused on Malibu Pilates Chair, a very popular equipment used by Pilates practitioners. The best part is it can be used at home or in the studio.
Read in detail about this great machine which does wonders to shape your body. I appreciate any comments you may have. Just drop me a mail at the comments section below. See ya!