Different Uses for Turmeric

Commonly used as a spice for most Asian cuisine, turmeric is also known as a medicinal food because of its anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants. Here are the different ways you can use turmeric at home and in your recipes.

Turmeric Face Mask

You can make an all-natural face mask with only a few ingredients such as turmeric, unsweetened yogurt, and honey to soothe and cool skin.

Instructions: Combine 1 teaspoon of honey, 2 tablespoons of unsweetened yogurt, and ½ teaspoon of turmeric in a bowl. Apply on the face and leave for about 5 minutes before rinsing thoroughly. The mask can leave a stain, so don’t use your brand new towels.

Turmeric Tea to Calm Nerves

Substitute this fragrant tea for your usual cup in the morning to start your day right.

Ingredients: Turmeric powder, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ginger, 1-2 cups water, milk, honey, ground black pepper, clove, and nutmeg

Preparation: In a pot, simmer all the herbs in water for about 10 minutes. Then strain the tea before adding milk and honey.

Turmeric Poultice

This simple homemade poultice can help soothe inflamed skin especially if you have eczema or psoriasis.

Instructions: In a saucepan, mix 1 tablespoon of turmeric powder, 1 tablespoon of salt, 2 tablespoons of castor oil, water, and 2 to 3 tablespoons of flour. This should form a paste. Warm the paste on low heat and drops of water to prevent it from sticking on the pan. Let the poultice cool before applying it on the skin. Wrap it on the skin with a cotton flannel then secure with a safety pin. Remove after 2 to 3 hours.

Turmeric Tonic for Colds

Staying at home because of a cold? Relieve the symptoms with this simple and fragrant tonic.

Ingredients: 1 teaspoon dried turmeric powder, 1 ½ cups hot water, ½ teaspoon cardamom seeds, ½ teaspoon ground cloves, 1 tablespoon goji berries, 1 tablespoons coconut oil, 1 tablespoon honey, 2 tablespoons hemp seeds, black pepper, and cayenne

Preparation: Combine all the ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth. Pour mixture through a sieve to strain it. Serve while warm.

Turmeric and Garlic Marinade

You can use this for a variety of meat recipes instead of your usual marinade.

Ingredients: 2 teaspoons ground turmeric, 1 teaspoon ground ginger, 1 tablespoon macadamia nut oil, ½ up apple cider vinegar, and 4 minced garlic cloves

Preparation: Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Mix well and use as a marinade.

Turmeric Teeth Whitener

Why spend hundreds on teeth whiteners when you can use turmeric instead?

Instructions: First, wet your toothbrush then dip it in 1/8 teaspoon of turmeric powder. Brush your teeth then allow turmeric to sit for not more than 5 minutes. Rinse thoroughly then brush with your regular toothpaste.

Turmeric Broth

This is a calming treat for lazy rainy days at home.

Ingredients: 1 teaspoon turmeric powder, 4 cups broth, 3 minced garlic cloves, 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon grated ginger, ½ teaspoon black pepper, ½ teaspoon cumin, and ½ teaspoon salt

Preparation: Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan, the cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Let cool slightly then puree in an immersion blender.

Foods That Help Boost Immune System

Want to start a new diet but you don’t have the motivation to do it? Why not start by choosing food that can help you fight off diseases?

Green Leafy Vegetables

These are loaded not only with fiber to help your digestion, but they also have antioxidants and various nutrients and vitamins. Adults who are busy must have at least three cups of dark green veggies every week; these include kale, collard greens, turnip greens, swiss chard, spinach, mustard greens, broccoli, rapini, romaine lettuce (both red and green leaf), cabbage, bok choy, arugula, and watercress.

Citrus Fruits

These are natural and tasty sources for vitamin C, plus they are also cheaper than most fruits as they come in different varieties. These include orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, tangerine, clementine, grapefruit, mandarin orange, bergamot orange, pomelo, kaffir lime, citron, bitter orange, and many more. You will never run out of choices in markets in Singapore.

Garlic, Ginger, and Turmeric

Luckily, you will find garlic in most types of dishes, so you’ll have no shortage of sulfur compounds that will help you boost your immune system. Ginger, like garlic, is also valued for its medicinal properties especially when it comes to inflammation and inflammatory diseases. Turmeric, too, is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and it’s sometimes even recommended to patients with rheumatoid arthritis as a relief.

Yogurt

You can alternate your citrus desserts with a cup of yogurt after meals. Plain yogurt in particular is rich with vitamin D which help your body absorb calcium for your bones and regulate your immune system.

Chicken and Turkey

Poultry is also good for you because they contain vitamin B-6 which help your body form red blood cells. You should also use chicken broth or stock in some of your recipes to get your daily intake of protein and vitamins. Who says no to a steaming cup of chicken soup on a lazy day?

Green and Black Tea

A cup of green tea daily can help you fight diseases because it contains antioxidants and amino acids. Just make sure to pick authentic green or black tea. Green tea specifically packs more antioxidants than black tea because it undergoes a different technique. You can also substitute them with ginger, ginseng or turmeric tea.

Mushrooms

Incorporate mushrooms in some of your dishes to get your dose of antiviral, anti-tumor, and antibacterial nutrients. There are a lot of edible mushrooms to choose from that you can mix with soup, pasta, and other savory recipes.

Dark Chocolate

Now you have an excuse to eat more chocolate because cocoa contains antioxidants to help fight off disease. However, you should probably stick to dark chocolate which has less sweeteners and other ingredients.

Whole Grains and Nuts

If you like bread, you should switch to healthier whole wheat bread that has anti-inflammatory properties and is more filling than white bread. Nuts are also healthy sources for fats, vitamin E, zinc, and antioxidants. Plus, you can create a variety of dishes with them.

3 Chard Recipes for Picky Eaters

Chard or Swiss chard may not look palatable but it is high in vitamins and minerals similar to those found in beets. If you want to prepare this healthy veggie for picky eaters at home, here are some fantastic ideas for you.

Chard, Chickpeas and Poached Eggs

  • Ingredients: 2 bunches chard (separate stems and ribs), 1 cup soaked and dried chickpeas, 8 eggs, ¼ cup and 2 tablespoons olive oil, ½ lemon, 3 onions, 2 bay leaves, 6 smashed garlic cloves, 1 fresno chile, 1 teaspoon baharat, 3 tablespoons dried and unsweetened cranberries, 1 tablespoon marjoram leaves, labneh, 2 teaspoons salt, and ground black pepper
  • Preparation: In a pan over medium heat, hear 2 tablespoons oil and cook 1 onion, lemon, and 2 garlic cloves for 4 minutes. Stir in chickpeas, bay leaves, and water until covered. Bring mixture to a boil, making sure to skim the surface, then reduce to a simmer while covered to cook for 30 minutes. Next, add 2 teaspoons salt and simmer for another 10 to 20 minutes. Remove bay leaves, onion, and lemon. In another pan, heat ¼ cup oil over medium heat and cook 1 onion, chile, 4 garlic cloves, salt, and baharat for 8 to 10 minutes. Next, add chard ribs and stems to cook for 5 to 8 minutes. Add the chickpeas and some water until mixture is covered, then bring to a simmer. Add the chard leaves and cranberries then cook for 5 to 8 minutes. Next, crack eggs in indentations and simmer for 10 minutes. Season then cover and cook for another 2 minutes. Serve in a bowl with labneh, marjoram, and pepper.

Sautéed Chard

  • Ingredients: 2 large chard bunches, 3 garlic cloves, 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 1 onion, ½ teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar, dried thyme, dried nutmeg, and ground black pepper
  • Preparation: Separate the stems from the leaves of the chard then place the latter in a salad spinner. Fill spinner with water, then wash, drain, and dry. Do the same with the stems. Meanwhile, heat oil in a skillet over medium heat and cook onion, garlic, thyme, nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Stir in the chard stems first to cook for 6 to 8 minutes, then add the chard leaves. Stir in 2 tablespoons water then cover skillet to cook for 2 to 4 minutes. Remove cover then stir until cooked for another 1 to 3 minutes. Serve with a sprinkling of balsamic vinegar.

Chard and Tahini Dip

  • Ingredients: 1 ½ pounds chard, 5 garlic cloves, 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, ½ cup tahini, 1/3 cup lemon juice, salt, lemon wedges, and toasted flatbread
  • Preparation: While toasting the flatbread, trim the stems and ribs of the chard and tear leaves into bite-sized pieces. Next, heat 1/3 cup olive oil in a pot over medium heat then cook the chard stems and ribs first for 5 to 7 minutes. Add a teaspoon of water to avoid burning the stems if necessary. Then, stir in garlic to cook for 1 minute before adding the chard leaves. Cook while stirring for 10 to 12 minutes. When done, squeeze out excess liquid into a clean glass. Transfer the mixture into a food processor with 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, lemon juice, tahini, salt, and 1/3 cup olive oil. Process until creamy. Add more of the cooking liquid you squeezed out if necessary. To serve, pour into a bowl then drizzle with olive oil. Serve with the flatbread and lemon wedges.

Diet Guide for Diabetics

One of the most difficult experiences of a diabetic is choosing the right food to eat. There are so many restrictions to the diet that some patients feel deprived of the good stuff. However, once you understand what you are getting from your food, it will be easier to choose the ingredients and to prepare the food.

Healthy Eating Tips

  • Consult your team of doctors if you’re planning to start a new diet or if you need a new diet plan
  • Don’t skip meals if you’re trying to lose weight, instead, eat regular meals evenly spaced out everyday
  • You might need snacks in between meals if you are taking insulin
  • Generally, you are advised to eat avoid meals that are high in fats and sodium
  • No single diet plan will work for everyone, and even children and adults with diabetes have different needs
  • Remember these three nutrients that will impact your blood glucose levels: proteins, fats, and carbohydrates
  • Always choose non-starchy vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and lean meat, poultry, and fish

Counting Carbohydrates

One of the most important considerations to keep in mind is the amount of energy that you will burn and the matching amount of food taken daily. The effect of carbohydrates on your body will depend on the type and the amount of carbohydrates.

That doesn’t mean, however, that you should avoid carbohydrates completely, but you should maintain your energy levels with the right amount of carbohydrates. Doctors will usually advise you to pick food that have low glycemic index (or the duration of the digestion of carbohydrates to glucose), but are high in fiber content.

Fats

You will be advised to limit your fat intake, because it increases the chances of gaining weight even if it will not directly affect your blood sugar level. You’re not supposed to go for a fat-free diet either, because fats can help you to control the feeling of hunger. You will be advised to avoid animal fat, and pick monounsaturated fats instead.

Protein

Your body needs protein to repair itself, so don’t worry about avoiding your favorite cheese or meat, because proteins can’t break down into glucose and affect your blood sugar level. As long as you don’t have allergies and food intolerances, you can still eat eggs, fish, tofu, seeds and nuts, milk, lentils, legumes, and yoghurt.

Sugar

You don’t necessarily need to avoid sugar, but you need to be careful about its sources, such as added sugars and alternative sweeteners. You can occasionally have high-sugar food, but you should limit these snacks to not more than 3 times a week.

Alcohol and Sweet Drinks

You can still drink alcoholic beverages and sweet drinks as long as your doctor permits it. Limit alcohol to not more than 2 glasses per day and your sweet drinks to low joule or diet types. Beverages such as coffee, tea, herbal tea, and soda water are okay as long as you don’t use artificial sweeteners.

The Best Places to Experience Korean BBQ in Singapore  

Korean pop music and Korean television dramas are not the only things making waves in different parts of the world. More and more people nowadays are enjoying delicious Korean cuisine. Because of this, the Korean dining experience have mushroomed into a profitable business especially in Singapore.

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Perhaps we were enticed by what we see in Korean dramas where people dine in eating shacks, grill beef and drink soju that the Korean meat roasting techniques have grown very popular not only in Singapore but in other parts of the world as well.

To enjoy authentic Korean barbeque in Singapore, we listed some of the best Korean barbeque restaurants you have to visit.

 

Ssikkek BBQ

They serve both fresh and marinated beef, chicken and pork in big trays. You can cook them however you want. There are even non-marinated meat slices available if you want to marinate or boost its flavor just the way you like it.

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If you want other food choices, they also have sausages, seafood and other Korean side dishes like kimchi. A lot of people keep coming back to the restaurant because the area is clean, comfortable and very well maintained.

 

The Corner Place Korean BBQ

One key attraction in The Corner Place aside from their grilled meat options is the Dong Chi Mi Gook Su or noodles served in water kimchi. It’s refreshing and a bit sweet. It’s a perfect combination with grilled meat and it gets you ready for another serving of meats.

The restaurant also offers a bibimbap buffet, which includes a hefty serving of rice, mushrooms, cooked meats, lettuce and other vegetables.

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Smaller Than Cake  

What’s smaller than cake but just as delicious or maybe even more delicious? The answer is cupcake! Cakes are so last season. Now, cupcakes run the show. This heavenly dessert is indeed a delightful, gastronomic creation and it’s also such a lovely site that just looking at it can already brighten up a day. So for a mood-booster in the form of the mighty cupcake, before you head out and buy yourself one, or maybe a dozen, take a look at this list of promising cupcake bakeries.

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Twelve Cupcakes

Open since 2011, this cupcake shop has now been selling to a total of 15 locations. To name a few they have outlets at United Square, Millenia Park, and Ion Orchard. In case you didn’t know, Twelve Cupcakes is owned by local celebrity couple Jaime Teo and Daniel Ong. But that isn’t the reason so many cupcake-junkies are queuing for their sweet creations. Their cupcakes are celebrities on their own because they are moist, fluffy, and less sweet.

The perfect finish on top is their light, smooth frosting that’s always pleasing to the taste buds. These cupcakes are made from scratch daily and are always freshly baked. With 12 everyday flavours such as Red Velvet and Vanilla Chocolate and even monthly specials like Nutella and Chocolate Salted Caramel that Jaime, herself, has created, people will surely have a hard time choosing. Well, there’s always the easy solution of buying twelve cupcakes, right?

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Cupcakes with Love

Longing for cupcakes that taste like they were lovingly cooked by our moms? Then grab a piece from Cupcakes with Love. Inspired by their mom who baked such heart warming cupcakes for them when they were young, the founders of this adorable cupcake shop have made it their aspiration to spread the love and several of their mom’s wholesome recipes to all the cupcake-lovers out there.

Each of their cupcake is baked with the perfect balance of less sugar but more flavour. They have 9 flavours available. Among them are Vanilla Mallows, Blueberry Summer, Chocolate Storm, Polka Chocs, and their rum-infused Adult Chocolate. And for a sweeter touch, you could even have your cupcakes personalized. They are located at 10 Tampines Central 1, Tampines 1, #03-22 and another outlet is at 216 Joo Chiat Road, #01-12, Soho Life.

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