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Salak, A Tropical Fruit You Might Not Know

Salak, Snake Fruits
Salak, Snake Fruits

Do you know all the fruits in your country? Have you tried eating them?

A few days ago, a Thai woman with her baby came to where I work. She brought a box full of packed tropical fruits. My Thai workmates  including me were so happy seeing those delicious exotic fruits in the box. The box was full of rambutan, Asian mango, jackfruit, young coconuts and snake fruits.

Have you heard of Salak? Me, not until the Thai woman came with the tropical fruits to sell. I have not seen Salak in my life until that day. I wonder if this fruit is sold in my home country Philippines. My Thai workmate showed me in her smartphone the english name of Salak. It´s called Snake fruit. Why snake fruit? I was so curious that I had to Google that fruit when I came home. At least I know now how it tasted as my workmate gave me one to try. Not bad at all.

 

Here´s what I have found out about Salak or snake fruits:

  • Salak is a palm tree fruit and is produced in some parts of Asia like Indonesia and Thailand.
  • It is called snake fruit as the skin of this fruit is rough and scaly like the skin of a reptile.
  • It looks like a fig fruit and has reddish-brown color with tiny spikes on it.
  • Though the skin is reddish-brown, the fruit inside is white in color and has a texture like lychee.
  • It has 3 lobes (as I have noticed when eating Salak for the first time) which resembles the cloves of the garlic. The inside of the lobe has a brown seed which is not edible.
  • The fruit is juicy, sweet but acidic and taste a bit like pineapple.
  • It is a healthy snack on the go as it contains Vitamin C, iron, thiamine, potassium and pectin.
  • Eating too much Salak can cause constipation.

 

How to eat Salak:

Salak is easy to eat. Just open the fruit skin with your hands and you will see a white film that covered the white juicy lobes. Remove the white film before eating.

 

I wish I have bought some Salak but it was so expensive. I just bought Rambutan which is one of my favorite fruits. Have you tried eating Salak?

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Healthy Veggie and Fruit Salad

Healthy Veggie and Fruit Salad
Healthy Veggie and Fruit Salad

When was the last time you have eaten a plate of salad? Was it yesterday or a few weeks ago?

 

Well, I eat salad almost everyday and I think if my doctor will take a laboratory test these days, he would advice me to eat meat again because he can only see green in my lab test😁 My doctor in Ireland had told me once to eat meat. No, I am not a vegetarian. I also eat meat but not everyday. Actually I seldom missed meat but I missed veggies when my laziness hit me to prepare something that costs my time. As you might have noticed, the food that I published at Blogjob contained mostly of vegetables and fruits. I know, I know! Meat is good against iron deficiency but there are lots of veggies with loads of iron too.

 

Yesterday, I was so tired from work and so I just put veggies and fruits on my plate and drizzled some olive oil, gherkins pickle water and balsamico vinegar in it. Spiced it with salt and pepper and that was  it. As you can see in the photo, it was plenty for one person but I was able to consume it. In an hour of chewing 😀.

 

Here´s what I put on my plate:

  • A handful of washed rucola
  • 1 ripe tomato, cut into cubes
  • 1 pineapple ring from a can, sliced
  • 6 strawberries, sliced into quarters
  • 1 small meatball, cut in small pieces
  • 1 leaf of chinese cabbage, sliced thinly
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon gherkin pickles water
  • 1 teaspoon balsamico vinegar
  • Salt and white pepper powder to taste

 

Procedure:

I just arranged every fruits, vegetables and the small portion of meat on the plate. Remember, our eyes “eat” as well. I love my food colourful and so that was the way it looked on my plate.

 

Don´t you think my salad photo is inviting to you? Well, it was to me. As I have said, I eat salad everyday but it doesn´t look the same. It´s not boring either as the ingredients are not the same. It really depends what I have in the fridge.

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A Healthy Avocado Smoothie

A Healthy Avocado Smoothie
A Healthy Avocado Smoothie

Do you love eating avocado? I do but not all people like it. I love it pure by just cutting the avocado into halves, get off the stone and eat the avocado meat without adding any sweetener. That´s just it. Yummy!

 

It´s so boring to eat the same food and so I think of many ways what to do with my  avocado. Sometimes I make avocado:

  • Fruit salad
  • Ice candies
  • Ice creams
  • Milkshakes
  • Dessert decorations
  • Smoothies

 

I use avocado too for facials and body scrubs and it was always good. Now I am thinking of making avocado cake or cupcakes. That would be great and I am looking forward to making those goodies.

 

Now back to the main topic. Here´s my healthy avocado smoothie recipe with my overripe banana and almost out of date yoghurt. As you see, I don´t like to throw food and so I make use of it.

 

Ingredients: 2 persons

1 ripe banana

200 gram natural yoghurt

2 tablespoons canned oranges

1 ripe avocado

1 tablespoon of honey

 

Procedure:

  1. Cut the avocado into half and get rid of the stone.
  2. Spoon the avocado into small pieces and put the meat into the blender or smoothie maker.
  3. Slice the banana and add this to the avocado.
  4. Add the oranges, natural yoghurt and the honey.
  5. Blend the fruit mixture well until as smooth as you like it.
  6. Wet the tops of the serving glasses and then dunk them to sugar before serving the avocado smoothies. CHEERS!!!

 

The avocado smoothie was very delicious that my hubby who didn´t like avocado drunk the smoothie. LOL! Btw, I left 1 tablespoon of avocado meat and made it for my facial mask. It´s good to have hit 3 “birds” by 1 shot at a time, don´t you think?

 

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Healthy Strawberry Mandarine Smoothie

Strawberry Mandarine Smoothie
Strawberry Mandarine Smoothie

I was so thirsty this afternoon after I got a back and shoulder massage from the Thai massage salon nearby. I had a terrible backache these last few days that I had to go for a massage. It was a good one. I am okay now but sleepy. Anyway when I reached home I was so thirsty that I was looking something for a cold drink. A healthy cold drink. I still had a small package of strawberries and mandarine leftover from yesterdays Tuna Mandarine Filo Pastry Pinwheels. Natural yoghurt was also in my fridge that I made myself a smoothie. I made Strawberry Mandarine Smoothie for 2 persons.

Strawberry Mandarine Smoothie, ready to mix
Strawberry Mandarine Smoothie, ready to mix

Ingredients: for 2 persons

  • 10 pieces of medium size strawberries
  • 150 gram natural yoghurt
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 3 tablespoons mandarine from the can

 

Strawberry Mandarine Smoothie, ready to serve
Strawberry Mandarine Smoothie, ready to serve

Procedure:

  1. Clean, wash and cut the strawberries into halves.
  2. Put the strawberries, mandarines, honey and natural yoghurt in the smoothie blender.
  3. Blend them together until smooth enough to your liking.
  4. Serve the smoothies in a glass decorated with strawberries or any other fruits you like and peppermint leaf.

 

Tips:

  • If you don´t have natural yoghurt, you can use fruit  yoghurt  or milk for you need a little liquid in  making a smoothie.
  • In case you have strawberries leftover, you can either eat them or cut some of them and scrub them in your cleansed face. Let it stay for a while and then wash your face before moisturising it. So it´s not only your tummy having a healthy drink but your face has a healthy treatment as well.

 

When making this smoothie, you have to use an electric blender or smoothie maker. Every time I made smoothies, I used the fruits that I had at home as I was and still am not good in planning for what to eat unless I had to cook for a crowd. I mostly cooked spontaneously what I was craving for. If I was lucky, I had all the ingredients in my kitchen or else I had to be creative again.

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Fruit Salad with Yoghurt

Fruit Salad With Yoghurt
Fruit Salad With Yoghurt

Do you love fruit salad? Do you always plan to make fruit salad or you just make fruit salad out of the fruits you have in your fruit basket?

We had a visitor this Sunday and I was glad that we had. We had a good afternoon chat  with our friend Mary. Mary brought a box of delicious cookies and I still had a package of gingerbread cookies from Christmas.

As I did not  bake anything due to lack of time and so I was thinking what to make for us besides the cookies for our mugs of teas. Gladfully,  I  saw a bowl of fruits on our dining table. I thought that before these fruits got rotten, I  better made a fruit salad out of them . The fruits were mango, apples, bananas and a single Kiwi. I needed something red but I  only had preserved cherries in a bottle. Well, I had to use those to make my fruit salad a bit colorful. Those cherries were stored in the kitchen cupboard for my  Schwarzwäldertorte, a traditional Geman  black forest cake.

 

Ingredients of Fruit Salad With Yoghurt:

1 Mango

2 Apples

1 Banana

1 Kiwi

2 tablespoons of cherries from the bottle  or 2 handfuls of fresh cherries

2 cups of natural yoghurt

1 tablespoon honey

1 lemon

 

How to make yoghurt fruit salad

  1. Wash the apples, get rid of  the core  and cut the apples into cubes. Sprinkle with the juice of the half lemon so the apples won’t get brown.
  2. Wash the mango. Cut both sides of the mango with a sharp knife. Scrape off the mango meat or cut the inside of the mango into cubes without cutting the skin of the mango. Then scrape the mango meat off with the use of tablespoon.
  3. Peel off the skin of the kiwi and slice the fruit into cubes or your desired size.
  4. Peel of the banana and slice it in cubes. Then mix this fruit with the remaining half lemon juice.
  5. Mix the natural yoghurt and the honey in the mixing bowl. Add the sliced fruits and the conserved or fresh cherries. Mix them well and refrigerate the fruits salad if you serve this in summer.
  6. Enjoy your fruit snack!

 

Tips!

You can combine yoghurt and double cream together in this salad, just in case you have this fruit salad spontaneously in your mind  and you don’t have enough yoghurt. Thanks for reading.

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Healthy Banana And Mandarine Smoothie

Banana and Mandarine Smoothie
Banana and Mandarine Smoothie

After a few days of eating varieties of delicious food this Christmas,  I thought of making something healthy today. Well, after we had a visitor because I was serving some Christmas gingerbread chocolate cookies and marzipan Christmas cake  for our afternoon snacķ.

 

Yes,  I really have to make something healthy. We received a smoothie maker this Christmas. When I told my hubby that we have smoothie for dinner, he said that he didn’t mind. He wondered though what else I would put in the smoothie maker besides Bratwurst (German  sausage), potatoes and brown gravy. LOL! Of course he was joking.

 

Banana Orange Smoothie Ingredients:

1 Banana

1 Mandarine

1 teaspoon of honey

1 teaspoon of lemon juice

1 glas of fresh milk

 

Procedure:

After cleansing my new smoothie maker, I put the milk first in the smoothie holder or bottle. I then added the cut banana, the mandarine fruits, lemon juice and the honey. Then I screwed the blade unit on top  of the smoothie bottle  before putting it on the machine.

Making this smoothie is really simple. Just follow the direction of your smoothie maker. You can use any kind of fruits you like.

 

Fruits for making smoothies:

  • Strawberries
  • Black or blueberries
  • Pineapples
  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Mandarine
  • Tangerine
  • Plum
  • Cranberries
  • Avocado
  • Guava
  • Pear
  • Banana
  • Grapes
  • Jackfruits
  • Tomatoes
  • Carambola or Star fruits
  • Cherries
  • Durian

 

Vegetables for smoothies:

  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Cucumber
  • Carrots
  • Lettuce
  • Zucchini
  • Peppers

 

Herbs and spices for smoothies:

  • Ginger root or powder
  • Parsley
  • Cinnamon
  • Turmeric
  • Cloves
  • Chili or cayenne pepper

 

There are many kinds of fruits and vegetables for making smoothies. It depends on your taste. If you like durian fruits, you can add this too in your smoothies. This is the fruit that I don´t like, not because of the disgusting smell but because it had caused me stomach ache when I have eaten this fruit once. Maybe it was just heavy for my tummy.

Enjoy making your healthy smoothie!

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Banana and Mandarine Smoothie
Banana and Mandarine Smoothie

Cranberries, Super Fruits Against Urinary Tract Infection

Cranberries
Cranberries

You might have heard about super foods but have you heard about super fruits? Cranberry, a super fruit?

Winter time is fast approaching. In fact, it´s already Autumn here in my neck of the woods. The heater is working again and so is the coldness of my  hands and feet . Walking without socks is a no go now. It´s time for me to eat fruits which have a lot of Vitamin C. Besides other Vitamins  and minerals, Vitamin C helps me prevent  from having a urinary tract infection. This mostly happen during winter time. Having a urinary tract infection is not nice. The pain and the feeling to go to the toilet but nothing or only a drop comes out is annoying. So preventing is better than healing.

A year ago, I did not know about cranberries as super fruits. I know that these fruits are very common in England, Ireland  and in  the United Satates of America. I know that the English and the Irish  people mostly use cranberries for their Christmas sauces. Cranberries are not popular in Germany before, until lately.

Last year, I saw packed fresh imported cranberries in our supermarket nearby. I bought the pack of cranberries, washed them at home and ate them while blogging. I had only eaten 2 handful of cranberries and I noticed that I kept on going to the loo. I was glad I did not have to go out. My hubby experienced the same and so I searched Google about cranberries and I was surprised of what I have read.

Cranberries are very effective in preventing and fighting against urinary tract infection. These super fruits  have  lots  of antioxidants that help fight against the bacteria in the stomach. Eating cranberries everyday strenghten my  immune system, thus keeping me healthy the whole year round.

Ways to eat cranberries:

  1. Fresh washed and raw
  2. In fruit salads
  3. In vegetable salads
  4. In baking cakes, muffins and cupcakes
  5. In smoothies
  6. In milk shakes
  7. In making  gravy

Do you have any other ways to eat cranberries? Please share. Thanks for reading. Enjoy your weekend!

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Cranberry Muffins
Chocolate Cranberry Muffins

 

 

Fruits I Add To My Vegetable Salads

Are you fond of adding fruits on vegetables salad?  I do and it depends mostly on what I have in my fridge or on my fruit stand. Fruits are very good to our health and they have lots of vitamins and minerals. Adding fruits to my daily meals or snack is one way of keeping myself healthy. I have reach my golden years a few years ago and I am more healthy now than when I was a child. Thanks to my healthy lifestyle and avoiding things (if I could) that stressed me. Life is too short to worry about everything and anything.

Vegetable Salad with Oranges & Nuts made by ©Thelma Alberts
Vegetable Salad with Oranges & Nuts made by ©Thelma Alberts

 

Fruits I Add To My Vegetable Salad:

Fresh harvested red currants by ©Thelma Alberts
Fresh harvested red currants by ©Thelma Alberts
  • Avocado
  • Red Currants
  • Strawberries
  • Pineapples
  • Starfruits / Carambolas / Balimbings
  • Papayas
  • Mangoes
  • Apples
  • Brambles
  • Grapes
  • Peaches
  • Oranges / Mandarines / Tangerines
  • Pears
  • Cranberries
  • Cherries

 

Star fruits I have harvested in my Philippines garden ©Thelma Alberts
Star fruits I have harvested in my Philippines garden ©Thelma Alberts

Those star fruits above were harvested in my tropical garden a few years ago and from those plenty of fruits I have made  lots of salads that my Filipino family in my home country have not tried yet before I came. I even made smoothies and milkshakes out of those. I know I´m very creative when it comes to NOT wasting food. I could only eat star fruits when I´m in my home country as I have this tree in my garden. Here in Germany, I don´t care because it´s really painful to my wallet to buy this fruit.

Ripe Philippines mangoes ©Thelma Alberts
Ripe Philippines mangoes ©Thelma Alberts

Maybe you have not tried putting these fruits in your vegetable salad. Why not try! Be creative. Fruits together with vegetables are very delicious and will keep you healthy. Of course, if you want meat on your bowl of salad, why not. It´s a change of maybe getting a bored meal everyday.

There are lots of vegetable and fruit salad recipe books  online or in the shops if you can´t create your own. Good luck! Cheers for our healthy living!

 

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