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5 Tips on How You Can Eat Healthy Even at Work

Although they are motivated, some people still fail in their endeavour of maintaining a healthy diet because they simply don’t know how to eat healthy at work. Committing to a diet plan will be difficult when you’re at work especially if you’ll be surrounded with lots of delicious, but unhealthy food, and you’ll likely be tempted to try each of them out. Yet, if you’re more than willing to stick with your diet plan, simply use these tips as your guide on how you can eat healthy in your workplace.

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  1. Eat Anywhere But Your Desk. While it may make you feel like an office rock star, working through lunch will only encourage you to unconsciously snack later in the day. This is because you’ll likely reward yourself with extra food for working during your lunch hour, instead of doing some random things. If you can’t completely get away, just sit somewhere other than your desk like in the break or conference room.
  1. Indulge Then Distract Yourself. Ignoring the birthday donut offered by your co-worker will only make you crave them more. Instead, treat yourself to it and immediately dive into an unfinished project, or take a 15-minute walk in the hall to distract yourself from craving for more. This way, you’ll be able to cut your snacking tendencies at work by 50 percent.
  1. Opt for Water Instead of Coffee. Instead of carrying a cup of Starbucks in your meetings, just tote a bottle of water. A study showed that people who drank two cups of water before their meals lost an average of 15.5 pounds in two weeks. So ensure that you’re hydrated all the time, as a slightest amount of dehydration can cause you to eat unnecessary calories.

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  1. Carry a Handful of Pistachios. These munchies will surely satisfy your 3PM snack cravings and keep you fuller for longer periods of time. So skip on the sugar and calorie-loaded snacks on the vending machine and opt for these healthy nuts.
  1. Avoid the Candy Bowl. They may seem small, but candies are actually loaded with sugar and calories. So practise bypassing the candy bowl in your office, even if it means taking a longer route to completely avoid it. Just think: You’ll be able to avoid an extra calorie intake, while sneaking in some walking exercise.

Eating healthy at work is difficult, but if you’re disciplined and determined enough to stick with your diet plan, having a healthy lifestyle is still possible even at your workplace.

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Drink Up: Singapore’s Best Japanese Sake Bars  

Sake is one of the most famous type of liquor worldwide. Served hot or cold, this popular liquor – made by brewing fermented rice – brags an array of complex flavours like no other. We scored three of the best sake bars in the City of Lion. Here’s our review:

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  1. BAM! Tapas-Sake Bar

The arrival of BAM! Tapas-Sake Bar is something of a milestone for aficionados of modern Japanese cuisine here in Singapore. This restaurant features a unique and brand new concept that pairs ancient Japanese sake with traditional Spanish cuisines to bring an element of surprise to the taste buds. If you’ve developed a fine appreciation of sake, BAM! is the ideal place for you to enjoy this drink, with its list of over 80 sakes created by sake professional Derrick Lim.

Address: 38 Tras Street, Singapore 078977

Tel: +65 6226 0550

  1. Aoki Restaurant

Located at the first level of Shaw Centre, Aoki Restaurant is easily identifiable by its modern Japanese facade and interior. Popularly known for its impressive selection of sakes, which have all been personally handpicked by restaurant owner Kunio Aoki, you’re assured that all you will be drinking are of the highest quality. One of the best varieties to try is the award-winning Nakatori Junmai Daiginjo 35%. With an SMV (Sake Meter Value) of +5, this sake gives off a nice tingly sensation yet very smooth texture as it slides down the throat.

Address: 1 Scotts Road, #01-19 Shaw Centre, Singapore 228208

Tel: +65 6333 8015

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  1. Mikuni

While most bars import their sakes, Mikuni offers homemade sakes by their in-house sake sommelier. Among their bestsellers are the yamahai sakes, which are concocted using a unique method used in specialty brews to add an earthy flavour to the drink. If you’re a seasoned drinker, you will surely appreciate the full-flavoured Kariho—a yamahai junmai that’s fruity, crisp, and refreshing to the palate.

Address: 80 Bras Basah Rd, Fairmont Hotel 3/L, Raffles City, Singapore 189560

Tel: +65 6431 6156

Singapore is a home to many international bars and restaurants. With the country’s colourful F&B scene, anyone can experience the world’s best delicacies without leaving the heart of the Lion.

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6 Quick and Simple Lunch Ideas for the Kids  

Most of the time, the idea of meal planning only revolves on dinner. For many moms out there, it’s challenging to whip up a quick lunchtime meal for their kids to bring to school. If you’re oftentimes caught up standing in front of the fridge, pondering what to make for your kid’s lunch, here are some easy lunch ideas that you can quickly whip up in a matter of minutes.

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  1. Arnold Palmer Sandwich

Combine smashed boiled eggs and finely chopped pickles with mayonnaise and mustard, and then spread it on a slice of whole wheat bread. Create another tasty sandwich by combining drained canned tuna, chopped onions and celery, lemon juice, and mayonnaise, spread on another slice of whole wheat bread. Sprinkle with finely chopped basil leaves and pack with love.

  1. Turkey Salad Roll

If you have leftover turkey, dice it and combine with chopped toasted almonds, thinly sliced celery, halved grapes, and mayonnaise. Put it in an airtight food container, packed with a multi-wheat bun or loaves of bread for your kid to assemble.

  1. BLTA Wraps

Mach avocado slices with lemon juice, and then spread it on a wheat wrap. Top it with crumbled bacon, sliced romaine lettuce, and chopped tomatoes. Roll it all up and wrap it in a wax paper or parchment paper to secure.

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  1. Stuffed Sweet Potato

This one can be really quick if you have a couple of sweet potatoes baked the night before. Cook two or three small sweet potatoes in the over until they become crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. Pop them in the fridge, and then reheat them in the microwave the nest day. Slice open, fill with anything from the leftover tuna or Bolognese and mayonnaise.

  1. Banana-Peanut-Butter Wrap

Spread your kid’s favourite peanut butter on a toasted wheat wrap, sprinkled with crumbled bacon and drizzled with honey. Place a banana at the edge of the wrap and roll it up. Or you can also slice the banana and scatter it all over the wrap before rolling it up.

  1. Barbecue Chicken Burger

Toss shredded chicken barbecue and chopped carrots and tomatoes with barbecue sauce, and heat them in the microwave. Sprinkle the mixture with chopped parsley or cilantro and transfer it to an airtight food container. Throw in some burger buns for assembly at lunch.

Your kid’s lunch need not to be complicated. After all, what matters most for the little ones is the taste of the food, not the cooking techniques used to prepare them. With these six simple lunch ideas, preparing lunch for your kiddos early in the morning should no longer be time-consuming for you.

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Nutritious Vegetables and Fruits for the Festive Season

There is no doubt that the festive season has arrived. If you go around Singapore, you will see the lights and you will feel the joy. This is indeed the season to be jolly. Festive season brings two challenges for you – presents and food. For presents, it can easily be remedied because discounts and sales are everywhere.

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The real challenge will be the food especially if you are on a diet. There are people that suspend their diet efforts during the festive season so they can totally enjoy it but if you are strictly following your diet no matter what, you have to know that there are nutritious vegetables and fruits you can eat without worrying about adding few pounds.

Here are some nutritious vegetables and fruits that you can consider for the festive season:

  • Avocado: Avocado is a pear-shaped fruit with a dark colour. Many people consider this because it is a good source of potassium and fibre. You can eat it plain or you can make a guacamole and whip it on your burgers, salads and sandwiches.
  • Cherries: Cherries are small and luscious. Cherries are a good source of antioxidant. Antioxidants can make miracles. If you do not want to eat it plain, you can make a salsa and mix it on your grilled chicken.
  • Corn: Corn is a good source of vitamins such as vitamin C, folic acid and niacin. You can boil it and eat it plain or you can put some butter to add taste. No matter how you eat it, you will still get the vitamins.

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  • String beans: String beans or green beans are a good source of calcium. It does not end there because string beans are also famous because they are low in calories. If you cook string beans, some of the nutrients are removed so it is better to eat them raw. Try it.
  • Lime: Lime is a common alternative for lemon. Lime is an excellent source of vitamin C. You can make sauces and dressings out of lime.
  • Mangoes: Mangoes are present in most occasions here in Singapore. This fruit is juicy and sweet. You can eat it plain. You can also make a dessert out of it. If you want a drink, it can be made into a juice or a shake. You can make a lot of things with mango. The important thing is it helps reduce body fat.
  • Watermelon: Watermelon will make sure that you are hydrated at all times. It is an excellent source of water and vitamin A which helps preserve eye health.

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