Wednesday, June 24, 2015

New Fruit Salad Bar at MBG FruitShop

Good evening everyone, how are you doing today? Today, I am going to share with you that MBG FruitShop has new fruit salad bar that you can choose the variety of fruits to make fruit salad. I attended the Healthy Brunch Bloggers Day Out at Tropicana City Mall.

MBG FruitShop introduces it's new fruits salad bars at Tropicana City Mall and Wangsa Walk Shopping Mall with more to come. Their fruits salad bar caters to anyone who wants to mix and match their healthy snacks and for busy Malaysian like you and me who needs a quick nutritional boost. 



With variety of choice on fruits, the Malay community can now find this salad bars a convenient to break-fast avenue during the Holy Ramadhan month. I know some friends are tied up with their time and rushing to go home. 

MBG FruitShop's annual "Yes! Fruit's" fruity festival, to celebrate International Fruit Day on July 1, returns with more fruity initiatives for a healthier Ramadhan Raya. 


"Yes! Fruits" festival aims to excite Malaysians to consume more fruits with carnival-like activities such as contests, culinary demos, educational nuggets at all MBG outlets from July 1 to August 31, 2015.


MBG also kicked off its nationwide fruits survey cum contest to understand Malaysian’s awareness and behaviours towards fruits & fruits juices, promising exciting prizes amounting to RM10,000 including Pensonic Papa Blender, MBG product hampers and vouchers.

This salad bar is convenient as you can find a large assortment of nutritious fruit and vegetables.
Date syrup, Olive Oil, Date Vinegar, Pomegranate Vinegar, salt, pepper, wasabi, dried mangoes, dried longan, and many more if you visit the outlet you'll know.





Salad bars at MBG's are a convenient, fun and creative way to enjoy your fruits and vegetables as there is a large assortment of nutritious fruit and vegetables.


At the same time, in their Nutritionist On The Go - a community campaign which enable everyone can consult MBG's very own nutritionist at selective outlets to get nutritional consultant making its debut soon.

At the event to kick off MBG's "Yes! Fruits" festival, consultant dietitian Indra Balaratnam headlined a healthy fruit salad demo cum workshop for bloggers and public. 



Consultant dietitian Indra Balaratnam headlined a healthy fruit salad demo at Tropicanal City Mall outlet.

Eating fruits and vegetables which are high in vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants, water - are important for good health.

At the event, Indra share the fun and creative way to enjoy fruits and vegetables as she uses the assortments of nutritious fruit and vegetables at the fruit salad bar except for green cili padi and fish sauce that she brings on her own.

Looks at these fruit salad prepared by Indra.

It's fun learning about the key to making a good salad, adding a variety of colorful fruit and vegetables which offer different antioxidants. 
Dried fruit, nuts, seeds, herbs and dressings make the salad flavourful, extra nutritious and can be a meal replacement.
Yogurt is a good protein source high in calcium that make a perfect dressing to fruit salads.

Check out these three delicious fruit recipes share by Indra. 

Savoury Spiced Green Apple and Mango Salad

Ingredients for salad:
* Green apple – thinly sliced
* Ripe mango -- diced
* Fresh mint leaves – finely chopped
* Roasted cashew nuts


Ingredients for the dressing
* ½ cup fresh lime juice
* 3 teaspoons fish sauce (adjust to your taste)
* 3 teaspoons brown sugar
* 6 chili – finely chopped


Method:
In a large mixing bowl, mix all the dressing ingredients. Adjust the fish sauce and brown sugar to your taste, if needed.

Then gently toss in the salad ingredients.


Indra’s tip: This simple recipe has the soluble fiber goodness of mango and green apple to help control cholesterol and digestion. Makes a nice refreshing side dish to Asian dishes.
Cool yogurt salad
Ingredients for the salad:
* Salad leaves
* Cucumber -- sliced
* Pink dragon fruit -- diced
* Pears -- diced
* Pineapple -- diced
* Watermelon -- diced
* Avocado – cored and sliced
* Nuts


Ingredients for yogurt dressing:
* 1 cup Greek yogurt
* 2 Tablespoons white vinegar
* 1 ½ Tablespoons lemon juice
* 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
* 2 Tablespoons chives – finely chopped
* 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley – finely chopped
* Salt to taste



Method:
Mix all the dressing ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate to use when needed.

Assemble the salad ingredients in a large bowl. Drizzle with the yogurt dressing.


Indra’s tip: This yogurt dressing is perfect to cool you down for a light afternoon lunch. The yogurt provides protein, calcium and good probiotics. The fruits have fiber to aid digestion; plus the avocado and nuts have good healthy fats and Omega 3.

Sunshine Rainbow Salad

Perfect juice dressing for a light mixed fruit salad


Ingredients for the salad:
* Mango -- diced
* Blueberries
* Strawberries -- diced
* Green kiwi -- sliced
* Raisins
* Almonds -- slivered


Ingredients for the dressing:
* Juice of 1 orange
* Juice of 1/2 lemon
* Juice of 1/2 lime
* Orange zest
* 1-2 Tablespoons of honey (or to taste)



Method:
Whisk the dressing together in a large mixing bowl. Toss in the cut fruit. Chill in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes before serving.


Indra’s tip: This fruit salad is full of vitamin C and a variety of antioxidants from the rainbow coloured fruit combination to help keep your immunity up as you start to face another hustle and bustle day.

You can also checkout the hampers of gifts that you prefer to purchase for loved ones, or make one for your loved ones at MBG FruitShop.

The "Nutritionist On The Go" campaign will be led by MBG's in- house nutritionist Ms Sharanyha Kokilathasan (Sharon), set to make appearance at MBG outlet -- offering nutrition advice to the community, in the near future.

Fruit salads come with a host of benefits such as managing weight as they are low in calories and enhances satiety and as a good replacement for those individual who have sweet tooth.

Adding a fruity dressing to salads not only satisfies the craving but re-energizes at the same time.

Please be mindful of certain guidelines when choosing items from the salad bars.
Consider your tolerance level, health conditions and also specific needs. Example: certain individuals may be allergic to dried nutritious items such as peanuts and the lactose-intolerant should avoid nuts and mayonnaise displayed.

For fruits and vegetables, taking each variety in small portions is not harmful but be careful when it comes to large quantities as it may affect certain health condition. For example, diabetics should avoid watermelon in a huge quantity as it will spike the sugar level.

For those without any health conditions, exercise your own creativity and preferences. For healthier dressing, choose a drizzle of healthy olive oil and favourite vinegar with addition of dry fruits and nuts.

Key fruits that you could opt from salad bar includes grapes, kiwis and mangoes, apples and berries. Grapes promote resveratrol which improves dilation of blood vessel and brain protection abilities. They are also great for asthma, increase moisture in lungs and reduce asthmatic events. 
Mangoes with high concentration of Vitamin C and antioxidants help with immunity, regulates diabetes, low glycemic index. The tartaric acid helps alkalizes the body and rich iron amounts surg well for anemia.
Kiwi, a nutrient-dense food aids digestion and has high levels of potassium balance our blood pressure.

Drawing a comparison between the benefits of fruits and fruits juices, do you know the difference?
Whole fruits provides more nutrition that fruit juices, focusing on two components - the skin and the pulp. Pulp is an important source of fiber (and nutrients) and thru juicing the pulp are usually removed. Fruit juice has higher glycemic index and lower fiber, which passes through digestive system quickly. Fruit juices can be consumed before a meal as they will provide instant energy and doesn't have a satiety feeling.



Fruits and fruits juices combinations are great for everyday health maintenance - and especially useful during Ramadhan month for an instant energy and nutrition boost. 

Photo credit to Facebook's MBG FruitShop
Time to choose fruits from fruit salad bar, so many choices of fruits, which would you choose?

Photo credit to Facebook's MBG FruitShop
The morning at MBG FruistShop, I created the Healthy Stay Awake Salad. It's fun when everyone of us is trying to create a healthy good tasting balance fruits salad.

Photo above credit to Facebook's MBG FruitShop. Everyone is happy with their healthy good tasting balance fruits salad creation.
Now if you have interest to create your very own fruit salad, don't forget to check out MBG FruitShop fruit salad bar for variety of fruits to select from.

I bought some of MBG FruitShop goodies with the MBG vouchers on the day to share with my parents and siblings.


It's a fun bloggers' day out at MBG FruitShop in Tropicanal City Mall. 
Thank you MBG FruitShop for having us.

MBG FruitShop outlets as following:
Avenue K, Jalan Ampang
IOI City Mall, Putrajaya
KL Sentral, Kuala Lumpur
Nu Sentral, Kuala Lumpur
Subang Parade, Subang Jaya
The Curve, Mutiara Damansara
Wangsa Walk Mall, Wangsa Maju
Centro Mall, Klang
Institut Jantung Negara (IJN)
LRT Bangsar Station
Paradigm Mall, Kelana Jaya
Sunway Giza Mall, Kota Damansara
The Gardens, Mid Valley City
Hartamas Shopping Centre
Jaya 33, PJ Section 13
Masalam, Plaza Shah Alam
Plaza Alam Sentral, Shah Alam
Sunway Pyramid, Bandar Sunway
Tropicana City Mall, PJ SS20

If you like more information on the MBG FruitShop please visit www.mbg.com.my
https://www.facebook.com/mbgfruit




Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Family reunion planner

Some of my friends are saying that they are too busy for family reunion planning. With Internet access today, it is possible for us to plan but how do we get everyone at one time to talk about it? I was browsing online, then I come by this website where you can check out this family online software. It is a website that you can get start with family reunion ideas and planning where to gathering or activities during the family reunion. It can be private website for the family discussion,

I can't wait to tell my friends that they can get start with their family reunion structure by gather their family members to signup. They can choose it to be single national group or into state groups. It's important to get everyone in the group so that you can be in the correct family tree. Each family password can be created, so only family member who knows the password only can login the group.

This way you can be ease at work to doing your job, you can just login from your office or home to check out the latest update in family organizing which contributes by other family members. Example on ideas on upcoming family reunions. This way you can view the importance meetings and dates of anniversary or celebrations from there.

It's one year membership the website is offering now, no harm give it a try since it's free. If you have friends with interest in family reunion planner, they can visit this website too.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

My dad has dengue fever admitted to Kajang hospital

It's heart breaking moment to know that my dad admitted to Kajang hospital, he found out that he has dengue fever after blood test at the clinic. Thanks to my sister for bringing my dad to clinic for blood test the result out that his positive of dengue fever, he started fever last Saturday.

I told my sisters to monitor dad if fever continues to 5th day and he's not well. He needs to go for blood test, my dad lied to me that saying he's better but he is not. Last night he was admitted to Kajang hospital with helped from my brother.

Today my sisters visited him and told me that dad's sleepy and tired plus his eyes cannot open at all. He had drip last night but today it's being removed. He's losing his voice too, yeah I am worry of him. I hope he recover soon, he's feeling bones pain. He's been saying that all that time because he's having knee pain and feet pain as well. The pain has been going on for a long time. He has high blood pressure and he's been complaining of not able to walk long he feel the muscle pain, and knee pain too.

My dad is stubborn so am I, so I must have got it from him. That's what my dear always says of me. Stubborn like your parents, not forget that my mom also stubborn.


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