Anti- Aging Foods– Yes, Please!

Eating for Youth

 

Now for the foods!

ONE: Blueberries (one of my favourite fruits!)

It makes me youthful because…

In a landmark study published in 1999, researchers at Tufts University’s Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging fed rats blueberry extract for a period of time that in “rat lives” is equivalent to 10 human years. These rats outperformed rats fed regular chow on tests of balance and coordination when they reached old age. Compounds in blueberries (and other berries) mitigate inflammation and oxidative damage, which are associated with age-related deficits in memory and motor function  (link)

TWO: Cocoa (See? Chocolate is healthy!) 

 

because…

it is unusually rich in flavanols that help preserve the healthy function of blood vessels. Maintaining youthful blood vessels lowers risk of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease and dementia. (link)


THREE: Fish 

Especially the oily kind, tuna, salmon, herring and sardines. These Brain Foods contain vitamins A, B, D and E and omega-3 to boost the immune system and maintain those gray cells. (link)

 

Like fatty fish, nuts are high in omega-3 fatty acids. They are also rich in antioxidants, including vitamin E. Antioxidants support healthy brain cell communication through the neurotransmitter pathways, and promote healthy blood circulation, especially throughout the vast network of tiny blood vessels of the brain, enabling you to stay focused, alert, and functioning at peak mental capacity. (link)
 
 

FOUR: Nuts and seeds

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 These contain good amounts of minerals, fat and antioxidants. Including nuts in your diet helps you to have a healthy skin, but boosts up your immune system and assist in combating several disorders. (link)
 
Great source of protein containing omega-3 and omega-6 oils. These protect against heart disease and stroke. They improve immunity and are a super anti aging food for the skin. (link)
 

FIVE: Beans (did I mention I love beans?)

Beans like black beans and black soybeans are high in anthocyanin. Anthocyanin is a water-soluble pigment, associated with flavinoids that help in curbing neurological and aging disorders. Soybeans contain isoflavones that are good sources of anti aging properties. (link)

SIX: Tea (苦口良药 you don’t have to understand what I wrote in chinese)

 This might come as a surprise for most, but green tea is a best anti aging food for skin. It is also rich in the tannic acid and catechins that acts like an antioxidant. Green tea aids in maintaining beautiful and healthy skin.(link)

SEVEN: TOMATOES (Ketchup doesn’t count okay?!)

Tomatoes contain lycopene, a powerful weapon used by our body to combat free radicals. This neutralizes free radicals but aids in dealing with sun induced aging also. (link)

My mum is living proof of this!

 

EIGHT: Water (the drinking kind, not swimming pool kind

This is the most important component in anti aging diet for skin. It is must to keep your skin hydrated always. Water aids in eliminating unwanted wastes and toxins that are either produced or ingested into the body. You are recommended to drink at least 8 – 10 glasses of water daily. (link)

NINE: Watermelon (My favourite fruit of all time!)

 This is the most effective anti aging food for healthy skin. It contains many nutrients like zinc, essential fats, selenium, vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin B and vitamin A. These aid in combating against free radical damage and skin aging. (link)

TEN: Garlic (My favourite spice!)

There’s some korean herb television programme that talks about it performing miracles like helping old men and women to start growing black, not white, hair again, and about it curing diseases. This is another useful herb containing numerous health benefits. This is an efficient anti-inflammatory agent that combines to eliminate heavy metals from body and thereby helps in maintaining the ever glowing and healthy skin. (link)

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Many thanks to: (Bibliography)/ For more information, visit…

  1. http://www.drgranny.com/food-nutrition/best-15-anti-aging-foods-for-skin/
  2. http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/health/7-anti-aging-super-foods-272163
  3. http://www.anti-aging-4-mature-women.com/anti-aging-foods.html

This series will also include the following posts! Do check in for them soon :D

  • Weight loss food
  • cancer prevention food

and more!

A Rich Chocolate Cake (fat free and with an unexpected ingredient)

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY MUMMY!!!

My mummy is my best friend and the most beautiful woman in the world! (I’ll bet your mom is the most beautiful woman in the world to you too… unless well… you think she isn’t) Mummy turns … _____years old this year (I’m not supposed to reveal her age. A woman’s age is her secret. After a certain age of course).


My mum is a SUPERWOMAN!!! REALLY

Last year, I bought my mum a green tea cake from Breadtalk (not the most exquisite and worthy of my mum) and she liked it, but did not love it. “I want a rich, chocolate cake that’s fat free and healthy”, she said. ”HUH?” I replied, astounded.  Rich chocolate? Fat free? A rich chocolate cake and fat free, is by the way, an oxymoron in the baking world. I didn’t think about it again until… well… one year later… because its her birthday… again. So, I put on my thinking cap and sifted through my (limited) baking knowledge stored in my brain (where else?)… AND… I SUCCEEDED!!!! I was soooo sooooo soooo sooo happy!

I made the cake (took about 4 hours and 3 failures) but it was totally worth it!

The cake (actual cake part) is a fat free chiffon cake.

The fillings are adzuki bean paste and light chocolate mousse (no cream at all involved)

And the icing/frosting is chocolate (syrup?) that’s low in sugar.

This cake is delicious and very very complex to make (for amateurs/ novices/me). But I think I kind of got the hang of it. Don’t really like sponge cakes. Smelly eggs :( ,  Sifting :( , Perfectly whisked egg whites :( ,  Folding Urgghh, baking FINALLY

My favourite part is filling and icing the cake (was too tired to think of how to decorate it).

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Almost Fat Free Chocolate cake

No. of servings: 6 big slices

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For Cakeusing 3/5 of this recipe: (It’s in Chinese so I’ll translate it with the new measurements)

Ingredients

A:

18g caster sugar
3 egg yolks

B:

42g caster sugar
3 egg whites

C:

12g corn flour
60g cake flour
10g unsweetened cocoa powder

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Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 175 degree Celsius.
  2. A: Mix ingredients together until even.
  3. B: Whisk egg whites with electric mixer  till bubbly then add caster sugar in increments. Continue whisking until the mixture does not move easily when you tilt the bowl.
  4. Fold in A into carefully
  5. C: Sift in C into the above mixture and fold in till mixture is almost smooth.
  6. Pour into baking tin and bake for 25 minutes.

 

The 2 Fillings
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Ingredients

For Chocolate Frosting
  • 100ml water
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 100g semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

  1. In a saucepan bring water to a boil.
  2. Add sugar and cocoa powder and stir till dissolved.
  3. Add chocolate chips. Turn off heat.
  4. Stir till chocolate chips all melt and mixture is smooth.
  5. Dunk saucepan into ice cold water and continue stirring.
  6. Stop stirring unless you want your hand to break.
  7. Let it cool and thicken.
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How to Assemble

  1. Prepare fillings.
  2. Slice cake into half.
  3. Place one half back into the cake mould.
  4. Spread the Adzuki bean paste.
  5. Pour in the chocolate mousse (right after the recipe says “Slowly pour gelatine mixture into egg mixture (make sure mixtures are both at the same temperature before you combine them), beating constantly until well combined.” ) ****NOTE: not yet set mousse and cake must be at same temperature
  6. Cover with the top half of the cake.
  7. Put in freezer to set for 1 hour.
  8. Remove cake from cake mould/tin and pour icing/frosting (cooled) over it.

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By the way, the secret ingredient is Adzuki bean paste.

It’s not really a secret :(

 

Facarons (Delicious low sugar, feetless macarons)

Guess what happened to my egg whites?

I made macarons.
Twice.
And failed.
Twice.

But I’m happy because I know why it went wrong. Stupid me forgot to do the 30 seconds test until after I overmixed the batter. Grrr… And the scoop flattened out in 10 seconds. Not good! That accounts for the cracks and feetless stature of my dear facarons (failed but delicious macarons)

Or maybe it was because I halved the sugar? 200g of sugar for 70g of almond powder and 55g of egg whites? That’s just… scary. I couldn’t bring myself to do that (need to get over my whimpy self).

The first batch was a delicious horror. Ugly looking things that don’t look a speck like the real thing (undermixed the batter by A LOT).

My second batch was better. I prayed before I made it and promised God I would study. I ran around my kitchen rejoicing. Showed it off to my mum and ran back to my kitchen  rejoicing (not while carrying the facarons though– that’s suicide).

Making macarons is, if I may say, a good baking project for someone who just needs a short (I really mean short) break from academics. For one, it doesn’t require much attention. The sifting can  be done with eyes closed (I did my sifting while demystifying the first few pages my new horror of horrors– Diversity and Evolution, not that I believe in evolution, that’s just disgusting), beating of egg whites and piping taking altogether not more than 20 minutes (Max!) and the rest of the time I spent… waiting for the things to develop a shell and bake (i.e. doing some studying and dinner)…

Stop staring at my… err… Facarons (lousy tasty failed macarons) I know they don’t have feet! But they are still gorgeous and delicious mind you! With my homemade red bean paste and half the amount of sugar (maybe that’s why it failed), they are soo soooo good!


I wanted to give them to my friends but the boss (my mum) said her colleagues were more important because “you’re not going to see your friends anyway after you graduate”. Thanks mum, for your wonderful blessings (this is sarcasm, by the way).

I’m going to STUDY!!!! YAY YAY! I need something else to look forward to so that I can keep my head in the books (or out. Its easier to read that way)

Church on saturday.
and macarons again next Monday.

Ready set go!

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Recipe ingredients for the sake of recording:

60g egg whites

70g almond powder mixed with sesame and peanut powder and 1 tsp matcha

65g icing sugar

45 g caster sugar

Sesame seeds for sprinkling

Help Japan, Love Japan


The harsh in judgement will point to Japan and conclude, ” it’s hopeless!” The optimistic and confident will declare “we will help Japan recover”.

Which camp do you belong to?

We see a country sinking into the darkest period of their existence. A country that had been fumbling in its economy, trying to keep things in shape, struggling to keep the country from declining.

Then in the midst of all this, a evastating tsunami, massive earthquake and unexpected nuclear crisis crippled the nation.

About 28,000 people are dead or missing from the earthquake and tsunami. More than 172,400 living in shelters on high ground above the vast plains of mud-covered debris.

Estimated cost of damage to top $300 billion, making it the world’s costliest natural disaster.

Japan was already in the midst of much financial troubles. Now with the triple disaster, I can’t help but worry for the nation.

What’s going to happen to their tourism industry? After all, no one of a sound mind would travel there for a holiday with the risk of radiation.

What’s going to happen to the food industry? After all, no one wants to eat food with radiation.

But most of all, what’s going to happen to the people? Homeless people who lost it all in a few short minutes. Their family, their homes, their regular life.

To certain Chinese, stop grinning over their plight. You of all, should be able to understand and relate to what they are going through the most. Remember the Sichuan earthquake? Remember how Japan helped you? Sure, you remind me of the Nanjing Massacre. More than 10 times of lives lost. Its over guys. Those Japanese murderers are either old or dead now. The younger generation of Japanese are your friends. Help them.

Chinese or not, help them today.

” Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
Luke 6:31

Thank you, the international community, for chipping in effort, money, people, dedication, heart, love to the people of Japan.

“And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”
Colossians 3:14

Please help: http://sg.news.yahoo.com/how-you-can-help-japan.html

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 “Be generous: Invest in acts of charity. Charity yields high returns. “

Ezekiel 18:7

Credits: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/03/12/world/asia/20110312_japan.html?ref=asia#133