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Off Mushrooms..

>> Tuesday, July 29, 2014



Do you eat mushrooms? We do. We love mushrooms at home. Mushrooms are a type of fungus. There are many kinds, some are edible while others are poisonous. The most commonly eaten varieties are the white button mushrooms. All edible mushrooms supply certain vitamins and minerals. What's good about them is that, Mushrooms are low in fat and calories. Plus, they can be added to soups, stir-fries, casseroles and pasta recipes to increase the nutritional value, not to mention add flavor.  



Mushrooms contain Potassium, which is an essential mineral that acts as an electrolyte in the body. We need adequate amounts of potassium fro us to maintain a healthy balance of fluids. This contributes to the healthy function of our muscles, which aids in normal heart functions and helps to metabolize carbohydrates as well. Our daily potassium requirement is 4,700 milligrams, in which one cup of sliced white mushrooms can supply 223 milligrams. Mushrooms also contain Niacin, which is a water-soluble B vitamin that is not stored in our body. This means that we need to get plenty from the foods eaten everyday. We need between 14 and 16 milligrams of niacin on a daily basis to support healthy digestive system, skin and nerves. Our body also uses niacin to change food into energy. A cup of sliced white mushrooms contains 2.52 milligrams of niacin.


There are actually many kinds of edible mushrooms and the most popular are Shiitake, portabella and morel mushrooms, which are nutritious additions to our diet. Each kind contain similar nutrients, while others may have what others do not. A piece of shiitake mushroom contains 58 milligrams of potassium and almost 1 milligram of niacin, as well as small doses of magnesium and zinc. A cup of portabella mushrooms contains just 19 calories, but can supply the body with 313 milligrams of potassium and 3.86 milligrams of niacin. Morel mushrooms supplies 271 milligrams of potassium as per 1-cup serving, plus a whopping 8 to 18 milligrams of iron that we need on a daily basis. 

To use mushroom in cooking is very easy. Simply slice white mushrooms into a pot of vegetable soup or beef stew. We can quarter mushrooms to add to stir-fry dishes or to pasta sauce. If we chop mushrooms into small pieces we can add them to our favorite meatloaf or hamburger recipes. Amazingly, they add flavor and nutrients to the meat. We can also slice raw white mushrooms and include them into a tossed green salad. Paleo dieters stuff a portabella mushroom with reduced-fat cheese and broil them for a healthy appetizer. And of course, grill a portabella mushroom, serve it in a whole-wheat bun as a nutritious substitute for a hamburger patty. That's a healthier, yummier burger bun there, don't you think? Dried morel mushrooms can add bold flavor to soup, stews and pasta recipes.

But for us, we always prefer the fried mushrooms that tastes like fried chicken.. Yum :-)

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It's Not Expensive



My co teachers told me that I am spending too much for my shakes, and they said I should just join then for their coffee time. But I know my stand.. I love my shakes and they keep me healthy. Besides, I know I have saved a lot on food while getting healthier.. 


My replacement meal for breakfast is just amazing.. It costs less, and it gives me more for health.. Having embraced a healthy lifestyle have its advantages. And I swear it costs less because I know now that those unhealthy foods that we used to indulge in are quite expensive on the pockets as well as the health costs, especially when we get sick. When we go to the groceries now, we always look at the health benefits, and healthy foods are not at all expensive. All the more when you think of what they can do to the body. That is why I am loving my program.. Apart from the shakes, we are taught everything that we need to be healthier.. 

I will never argue with anyone, but above is my result so far.. Still, I am a work in progress.. I will be in my ideal weight soon.. 

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Happy Morning

Good morning everyone.. I am up early for early morning Gongyo. But I had to check my emails first and what good news I have seen. Thank you Universe for that. I just bought a new table cloth  for our dining table from the woman who sells household items at the office yesterday. I saw a Natural Burlap Drape too, but the color does not match my decor at home so I just didn't buy it. Unfortunately, no one was interested with it despite its very attractive nature. If only it matches the color scheme of my home I could have bought it too. I feel for the woman because she has so many children to feed. I hope someone will buy it. 

Anyway, I am happy because we do not have classes today for a holiday. It's Eid Mubarak for all brothers and sisters in Islam. 

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Ordinance No. 12685: The Half-cup Rice Ordinance

>> Monday, July 28, 2014


Food establishments in Cagayan de Oro are now required to serve half cup of rice to avoid rice wastage. Data released earlier this year by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI – DOST), reported that each Filipino wastes an average of 3.29 kilograms of rice every year. The rice wastage in 2008 amounted to 296, 869 metric tons (MT) which is equivalent to 12.2 percent of the rice import that same year. Said loss amounted to about P7.3 billion, which could have fed around two million Filipinos. An innovative solution is necessary to minimize wastage, that will be a great help to boost the Philippine food security. Addressing this concern at the local level, City Councilor Annie Daba authored Ordinance No. 12685, known as the Half-cup Rice Ordinance of Cagayan de Oro City, to encourage the responsible consumption of rice as embodied in the Presidential Proclamation No. 494 by President Benigno Simeon Aquino III. The ordinance mandates that “all food establishments including restaurants, cafeterias, caterers, fast-food chains and other related food services in Cagayan de Oro City to include one-half cup serving of rice in their menu with the corresponding one-half price as an option for the public customers. This ordinance was enacted last November 2013, and the memorandum is currently being distributed to restaurants, canteens, caterers, fast food chains and hotels. By August, food establishments are expected to have the full implementation of the half-cup rice servings on their menu. 

Violating the said ordinance shall have its consequences. The fine for those violating the said ordinance will be set at P1,000 and P2,000 for the first and second offenses, respectively. For the third time offender, penalty of P3,000 fine and the cancellation of their business permit. Succeeding offenses by food establishments will cause the filing of an appropriate case in court with a fine of P3,000 to P5,000 or an imprisonment of one day to twelve months.



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How One's Plate Should Look

>> Sunday, July 20, 2014





I got this really helpful information from a friend's FB.. This is commendable, don't you agree?


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Fiesta Left Over.. Take 2

>> Friday, July 18, 2014

Finally Mama Nitz came back and reported back to school with this.. 



Another Fiesta left over that everyone welcomed with delight.. Thank you Thank you Thank you Mama Nitz.. 

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After Fiesta Foods

>> Thursday, July 17, 2014



So Mama Nitz came back to the office today and she brought additional Fiesta foods.. 


My co teachers loved them.. I went with my shake of course.. Anyway, thank you thank you thank you again Mama Nitz.. 


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Happy Fiesta Mt. Carmel

>> Wednesday, July 16, 2014



Our co teacher is absent today because she had to take care of their visitors at home for the Feast of Mt. Carmel in Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City. We could not go there because we have classes, so instead of waiting for the entire department to go, she sent the food to our office.. 









They were all yummy.. Happy Fiesta Mt. Carmel.. Thank you Mama Nitz..



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Cheesy Tomato Omelette

>> Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Here is what the kids had for their breakfast this morning.. with rice and milk.. Thanks to my sister Sweet for preparing this for the kids.. They love it.. 


It is very easy to prepare, just get 2 eggs, 1 ripe tomato and cheese.. Spices and salt to taste. First cook the eggs then put them on top, tomato first then the cheese.. no folding, and not letting the eggs dry out.. 

Here's mine.. My yummy Chocolate Smoothie.. 


How about you? What's your breakfast?


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Pizza Bread: Hotdogs and Eggplant



So the kids wanted pizza at a very early morning.. No deliveries, so we had to make our own. No time to make the dough. Good thing we have a loaf of bread which we used as base. 


We also have a packet of pizza sauce left and a little block of Parmesan cheese left, so it's perfect.. Hahaha.. Grated some, sliced the hotdogs and an eggplant, readied the bread slices, preheated the oven. In just a few minutes we were done. The layering of bread, pizza sauce, hotdogs and eggplant and cheese was very easy.. baking took only less than 10 minutes.. 

Kids verddict? Nom nom nom.. yay! :-)


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No Pork Pansit

>> Saturday, July 12, 2014



So we no longer cook with pork. The healthier choice, really. And all recipes from the past have been tweaked to make a better, healthier version, without using pork as one of the ingredients. For lunch today, mother cooked Pansit using leftover fish flakes, shrimps and chicken meat and liver. 


The verdict is of course, nom nom nom.. minus the fat.. 



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Baked Spicy Chicken and Steamed Okra

>> Friday, July 11, 2014



I decided to bring my lunch to school today. I have Baked Spicy Chicken filet and steamed okra. It's actually a simply, easy to prepare dish that served as my main meal since I am highly into the protein diet. 

A serving of chicken with the size of a palm each, that adds so much to my protein need for the day.. Calorie wise, this meal is only 700 calories. 

How to prepare? All you need are chicken fillet, soy sauce and spices that includes cayenne pepper, basil, black pepper, thyme, Spanish paprika and oregano. Mix everything and bake. Remove from oven when done, and serve with steamed okra with vinegar and patis sauce.. That's it.. Yum yum.. 


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