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Macronutrients, Micronutrients, and MESONUTRIENTS? What this New Subcategory of Nutrients is All About!

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Macronutrients, Micronutrients, and MESONUTRIENTS? What this New Subcategory of Nutrients is All About!

  We’ve all heard of macronutrients (protein, fats and carbs) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals), but have you heard of mesonutrients? We sure haven’t! Don’t worry, this is a relatively new term but we came across this term recently and we were really keen to understand what it is and what types of food contain this nutrient. But first, let’s quickly go through the two most commonly talked about nutrients: macro and micro. What are Macronutrients? These are nutrients you need in large quantities and supplies you with energy. The three types (macros) are protein, fats, and carbohydrates. If you...

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How to Get Your Sourdough Starter Baking the Fluffiest, Most Delicious Bread!

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How to Get Your Sourdough Starter Baking the Fluffiest, Most Delicious Bread!

New to baking?  Or maybe making Sourdough bread for the first time?We know the difficulties of maintaining a healthy sourdough starter so that’s why we wanted to share this How To Guide so you can bake fluffy delicious breads at home!   What is a Sourdough Starter? A starter is a pre-ferment made from flour and water.  So how does the fermentation process work? Basically “wild yeast”, a naturally occurring bacteria in the air, helps to convert natural grain sugars and starches found in the flour into carbon dioxide.  This will create those nice air pockets that make the dough...

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10 Foods to Boost Your Mood - Be the Happy and Health Self You Deserve to Be!

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10 Foods to Boost Your Mood - Be the Happy and Health Self You Deserve to Be!

  Frankly, I wouldn’t have spoken about this next topic had it not been for the experience I had yesterday walking into a psychiatric clinic for the very first time in my life. I don’t want to go into the nitty-gritty details of why I sought help to begin with, but in general, I’ve struggled with bouts of depression, anxiety, and body image issues for the past 7 years living in Hong Kong.   Having lived in the Asian version of the “city that never sleeps” for so long, you start becoming desensitised to the constant moaning, groaning, and complaining...

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Oat Milk - What's the Craze and Is it Better than Almond Milk?

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Oat Milk - What's the Craze and Is it Better than Almond Milk?

    Is it me or is there suddenly an influx of Oat Milks everywhere in Hong Kong? I’ve even noticed oat milk boxes selling in 7-11! For years now, soy milk has been available at various cafes and grocery stores as dairy-free alternatives to cow’s milk.  Other popular options were: coconut milk, rice milk, and nut mylks (almond, cashew, macadamia, and hazelnut). Credit: VeganAngie   But in the recent year, I started noticing the brand Oatly gaining widespread popularity and marketed as a better alternative for people with nut allergies. Credit: Green Queen   We’ve tried many different brands...

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The Undiet-Diet Approach: Guide to Intuitive Eating

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The Undiet-Diet Approach: Guide to Intuitive Eating

Thanksgiving - check.Christmas - check.New Years - check.Chinese New Year - check. Phew - we know all too well how exhausting this string of festivities can be.  It is then usually followed by many people setting out their weight loss New Year’s Resolutions and convincing themselves that this is the year and it’s going to be a fresh start! Sounds familiar, or is it just me? Haha… Well, if you’re a chronic dieter like me who has pretty much tried all the diets in the book, you would probably know that in the end, all the extreme diets will probably...

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