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Guest Contribution : Clover – Living a Beautifully Healthy Life

One look at the supermarket shelves reveals the huge growth in alternatives to anything and everything, including milk. The secret is to let your diet lead you to an oasis of calm and health. When you are stressed out chances are your diet takes a plunge for the worse, You may eat the whole shebang, or lose your appetite altogether. No matter how you deal with it, stress affects your body in more ways than one and by eating incorrectly you could be doing yourself harm. Choose wisely what you put in your mouth and you can help your body with the war on stress.

Place antioxidant-rich foods on your grocery list – these include tomatoes, apricots, almonds, hazelnuts, mangoes, peppers, pilchards, mussels, broccoli, carrots, paw-paw and spinach.

The benefits of milk:

Milk contains the amino acid tryptophan, which is converted into vitamin B3 by the liver. It then helps raise serotonin levels, a neurotransmitter that helps the body regulate appetite, sleep patterns and mood. Because of this ability, tryptophan has been used in the treatment of a variety of conditions, most notably insomnia, depression and anxiety.

Eating smart:

Oat-enriched smoothie

If you simply cannot face a big breakfast, it might be a great idea to bulk up on your smoothie with a handful of oats.


One serving:

1 banana

1 teaspoon of honey

90 ml full cream milk

125 ml plain yoghurt

½ cup raspberries

1 ½ cup rolled oats


Add all the ingredients to a blender and process until smooth. Serve immediately.

A common reason for striking cows’ milk and dairy products off the menu is having a low level of the enzyme lactase needed to digest the milk sugar, lactose. Lactose intolerance is quite common affecting at least 33% of people worldwide. Moderating your milk consumption can prove to be beneficial.

Although some experts blame cows’ milk for the increased risk of health problems, others argue that its complex mixture of nutrients has health benefits:

  • Milk is rich in calcium which is required for strong bones and teeth, and for a healthy functioning heart. A 250 ml glass of 2% low-fat cows’ milk offers 24% of the adult nutrient reference value of calcium (1300 mg a day).
  • Milk contains good fats too – Milk from grass-fed cows contain “good “unsaturated fats. Replacing the “bad” fats with the “good” fats in a diet will reduce heart-disease risk. Milk also has conjugated linoleic acid, which assists in reducing cholesterol.
  • Vitamins and minerals – Milk is full of vitamins, minerals and other biologically active health-boosting compounds.
  • Probiotics – fermented milk products that have live cultures, such as yoghurt, contain probiotics – these are linked to a range of health benefits such as an increased immune function. Try adding low-fat yoghurt to your bowl of muesli in the mornings.
  • Weight control – Full cream milk passes through the gastric tract slowly, which can help to regulate blood sugar levels and appetite.

Remember that living a beautifully healthy life is what really matters at the end of the day.

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Yummy! Yes, that’s how I’ll start this blogpost.


Today I made a delicious peach jam with a twist. Thinking of calling it, “Sandy’s Peaches and Spice Jam”.

Here is the recipe:)

6 peaches (peeled, pitted, cut into chunks)
1,5 cups sugar (brown or white)
1 lemon
1 cinnamon stick
Cayenne pepper


1) Chop the peeled peaches very finely or use a food processor to grind into small pieces and place into a small pot.
2) Grate rind off whole lemon and add to pot of peaches with the lemon juice squeezed from the lemon.
3) Add the sugar, cinnamon stick, half a teaspoon salt and a dash of cayenne pepper to the pot.
4) Bring all the ingredients to a boil and stir quite often. Let it boil for about half an hour until all the foam subsides and the fruit rises to the top. Keep stirring and let it cook until the jam sticks to a spoon when lifted. Then you know it’s ready. (Remember to remove the cinnamon stick before pouring into jars.)
5) Allow to cool and pour into clean jars. Let it cool down and then refrigerate.
6) Enjoy!

MuchLuv, BeBlessed


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The Baking of Adam

This may be the, err, sweetest, thing you might see all day.

In honour of the 450th anniversary of the death of Michelangelo this past week, the cake artist Michelle Wibiwo made her mark of the celebration in recreating the Michelangelo classic “The Creation of Adam”.

The reason this is so impressive is that she did this using frosting, marshmallows and sprinkles which ends up with artwork that is both breath-taking, drool-worthy and incredibly impressive.

The video is time-lapse of 168 hours of work on this masterpiece which is also quite hypnotising to watch.

Now, I want some cake….

x flea143

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Guest Contribution : Gourmet Recipes for the Grill

Go beyond grilling the ubiquitous hotdogs and hamburgers before the year ends and continue the “tradition” in 2014. Expand your culinary repertoire and venture into the world of gourmet recipes to include grilled chicken, calamari, vegetables, lobster, lamb, shrimp and even pizza! The smoky flavour, the delectable aroma and the succulent taste are qualities of grilled food that have relegated anything flame-cooked as either good or bad.

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Over the past years, grilled food has taken some bad rap, but this is mainly because the meats being grilled don’t have their fat portions trimmed and are therefore short of being considered as healthy food recipes that are high in calories, cholesterol, and saturated fats. And then there are the PAHs or polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and the HCAs or heterocyclic amines, compounds that have the potential to cause cancer.

The Downside of Grilling: It can be Avoided

HCAs are formed when poultry, fish, and red meat meet high heat temperatures directly such as those in grilling. When meat fat drips onto hot flaming coals or the grill element during cooking, PAHs are formed and subsequently deposited on the food itself because of the rising smoke that penetrates the food being grilled.

That said, there are some ways to counter the adverse effects of HCAs and PAHs when grilling food. After all, grilled food is a healthier choice because there is no dripping grease or batter coating. Below are some recommendations which may be considered before embarking on a grilling spree.

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Hey there Dahlings.

How are you?

Last night hubby and I had his parents over for dinner. Served, was lasagna and salad. It was so delicious if I can say so myself. Here is a photo of our table setting.


I had two empty wine bottles that I kept this past weekend, and used them as candelabras.

How about that? It’s so different and brings a whole different look to a table. I absolutely love it.

Next tip? Jars! No need to throw jars away again. I like to keep mine, wash them and if you’re having trouble getting that stubborn sticky gluey label off, just spray on some wood varnish spray on and scrub off. Easy peasy.

Jars can be reused for refilling things like olives, sun dried tomatoes, sauces, etc. Add some ribbon on it and there you have it. A pretty holder.

Here are two other uses for a jars. Makeup brushes and cutlery.





And of course, I use a jar for all my ribbon. :)

What do you think?

MuchLuv, BeBlessed


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