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Easy Peasy Peppermint Nog

Instead of preparing an arduous eggnog from scratch try this version that substitutes ice cream for an indulgent treat.

 

  • 10 peppermint candy canes
  • 5 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 3 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

 

Method:

  1. Cover candy canes with a tea towel and smash gently with a rolling pin.
  2. Melt ice cream to liquid then stir in nutmeg and cinnamon well.  
  3. Add crushed candy canes to a flat plate. Dip the rim of glasses in ice cream mixture then roll the rim in the crushed peppermint to line them with the candy. Pour liquid into glasses and serve.

 

Brilliantly Basic Brandied Ham

Simple to make and serves many; the perfect holiday hosting dish.

 

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup brandy
  • 2 tbsp grainy mustard
  • 6 lb. bone-in half ham, fully cooked

 

1. Preheat oven to 140°C.

2. In a saucepan, combine brown sugar, brandy, and mustard. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook until glaze thickens.

3. Cut the hard rind off ham and score fat in a crisscross pattern. Place ham, flat side down, in a roasting pan and cover tightly with foil. Bake for one and a half hours.

4. Brush ham with glaze, covering its entirety. Increase oven temperature to 200°C and bake uncovered, until ham is brown, about 35 minutes.

 

No-Knead Dinner Buns

These buns, alongside the ham and peppermint nog, and you’ve got a sweet and simple festive feast!

  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1/2 ounce active dry yeast
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 5 tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour

 

  1. Pour warm water into a large bowl; add yeast, and let sit five minutes. Add 4 tablespoons of the butter, sugar, eggs, and salt; combine. Add flour; mix until well incorporated and dough becomes sticky. Brush top of dough with spare butter; cover bowl with tea towel, and set aside for 1 hour. Place dough onto a floured surface and roll into a thick cylinder. Cut into 16 pieces.
  2. Preheat oven to 200°C.  Grease baking pan then flatten each dough and fold edges inward until a round form. Add dough balls to pan and cover with cellophane. When doubled in size (approximately one and a half hours) remove wrap and brush butter over the top. Bake 30-35 minutes until golden. Pull apart, and serve.

All you need is a few manageable recipes so you can enjoy your celebrations as much as your guests!

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Don’t Suck, Say no to plastic straws

By now, you will most likely have seen countless images and videos of the impact that plastic is having on our ocean eco-system. One of the ubiquitous and recurring items that can be seen in these floating islands of plastic and rubbish washed ashore are the bright rainbow colours of plastic drinking straws. According to Strawless Ocean, the U.S. alone uses 500 million plastic straws every single day. This is an item that was introduced to every cocktail and takeaway drink served in recent decades, and is for the most part completely unnecessary. Designed to be discarded after a single use when you could just sip straight from the glass. It’s really that easy to drink without one, how have we forgotten? We now begin the slow road to undoing the damage we have done, rethinking the way we drink, and coming up with alternatives.

 

You may have already seen paper straws in many establishments, and there are now beautiful sets of metal straws complete with tiny cleaning implements to carry along with you if you can’t give them up and are a sucker for a strawed sip. But here’s another note to bear in mind and make you think twice the next time you order a bevvy out on the town, skincare experts like Renée Rouleau warn that drinking through a straw gives you mouth wrinkles; deep ones. Think about that if the environmental impact just isn’t enough to get you to give up your straw sucking.

 

It’s a small thing to sacrifice and will have a big impact on helping reduce the demand and production of plastic. So start to say no to straws today, its just one of the easy little things we can do that will encourage change and shift the public consiousness, starting with our own, towards a greener future.

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Healthy office snacks you can store in your desk

It’s not only for keeping the weight off or staying healthy that selective snacking can benefit, sugary foods that often float around offices can lead to an afternoon of lethargy when you really need to get things done. Fast, easy, satisfying snacks filled with energy boosting properties can make the difference between a productive afternoon and a pre-dinner energy slump.

 

Head to the store and stock up with these al desko snacks to keep you making mindful choices that’ll fuel you throughout the day

 

Popcorn

If you have a microwave in your office then popping kernels is an incredibly easy fix for afternoon cravings. Make sure you choose an all natural with no
trans fat version if you go for the bag pop-style or just grab a microwave-safe bowl and cover and pop kernels plain with no flavouring for guilt-free cinema-style crunching.

 

Nuts

Rich in heart-healthy fats, nuts are an ideal pick me up to get you through until your next meal. But don’t overindulge, as nuts are calorie heavy, so stick to measuring out a pre-ordained amount.

 

Seeds

Nuts are a well known healthful snack, but what about seeds? Toasted pumpkin seeds are scrumptious and sunflower seeds are moreish, delicious and both are high in protein. Seeds are an easy option with good snack-longevity (no one wants a two bite and its over snack do they?).


Instant oatmeal

Store a few sachets of instant oatmeal in your drawer and simply add hot water for a low calorie, fibre rich bite that’ll keep you full until dinner. Also
perfect for if you’ve woken too late for a proper brekkie and need a desk-side start to your morning. You can always keep a bottle of cinnamon or maple syrup in there too if you like to liven up your bowl.

 

Dried fruit

Ideal for sweet tooths, dried apricots, raisins, prunes and cranberries are high in fibre and give that chewy texture that is so satisfying. Don’t go crazy though as they are also high in natural sugars.


Dry cereal
You may often see kids munching on dry cheerios and oatmeal squares, you know why? Because they are high in fibre, low in sugar, fortified with vitamins, minerals and whole grains. Plus they’re crunchy and filling. Just choose carefully in the cereal aisle, sugar-laden varities will do you no good for office endurance.

 

Nut butters

Keep a jar of peanut, almond or cashew butter in your desk drawer and combine it with an apple or a few whole wheat crackers for a mid-afternoon munch. Nutrient rich, high in protein and complex carbs, nut butters will keep the blood sugar up and keep you operating on full right through until closing time.

 

Seaweed

The savouriness of this superfood makes dried seaweek a fun snack. flavour as well as being a fibrous, low-calorie, nutrient dense snack that’s exceptionally easy to munch on.


Dark Chocolate
If you’re a chocoholic, a few squares of high-quality 70 percent cacao, or higher, dark chocolate is a great magnesium-filled snack, which makes it a natural stress-reliever for those nerve-racking deadline days.

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Go Greener

If going completely vegetarian is too much for you and you’re interested in doing more for yourself and protecting the environment, here are some great ways to avoid meat without missing out on the protein they provide.

 

If issues like the environment and individual health are weighing more heavily on your mind these days, you’ve probably started to think a lot more about your daily meat-consumption. So, if you are attempting to add a few vegetarian days a week to your diet, here are some high protein substitutes to consider ordering, or adding to your meals, to replace white and red meats and seafood.

 

Beancurd
The beauty of beancurd is that it is fairly flavourless on its own so it takes on the flavour of pretty much anything you combine it with. It can be prepared in many different ways from grilled and fried to marinated or baked, and can adapt its texture to be smooth and creamy to crisp and crunchy.

 

Mushrooms
Mushrooms like hedgehog and portobello have an amazingly meaty consistency and are juicy and flavourful for the perfect meat-substitute in stirfry, in between two buns and topped with cheese for a veggie-burger, or standalone as a protein on the plate accompanied by rice or pasta.

 

Lentils
These hearty legumes are inexpensive and easy to prepare as well as being chock-full of potassium and iron. Add to salads, curries and soups or even as a filler in wraps and buns.

 

Eggs
There are countless ways to prepare eggs into interesting and delicious dishes but they are also loaded with nutrients, have a good protein count and contain healthy fats. Ever heard of having breakfast for dinner? It’s an easy way to go meat-free in the evening.

 

Green peas
This legume can give you a heaping dose of protein with 7.9g in each cup as well as being low in calories and fat. Make up a pea pesto to flavour up your pasta or add to any dish to power it up.

 

 

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November – The Easiest Healthy Dessert Recipe

Dessert doesn’t need to be difficult, and it doesn’t need to be decadent either! Here’s a delicious and nourishing sweet treat that’ll still make you feel like you’ve baked!


6 strawberries
6 blackberries
1 cup plain NESTLɮGreek Style Yogurt
6 almonds, chopped
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
¼ cup coconut oil
¼ cup honey
2 tbsp brown sugar


1. Preheat oven to 350°C.


2. Mix coconut oil, oats, almonds, honey, and brown sugar in a bowl. Spread mixture on a baking tray, then cook for 30 minutes. Stir every ten minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Granola is now ready.


3. Chop strawberries, leaving one whole for garnish.


4. Add a spoonful of NESTLɮGreek Style Yogurt to a glass tumbler or short mason jar. Add 2 whole blackberries, a spoonful of chopped strawberries and a spoonful of granola. Then add the second layer with another spoonful of NESTLɮGreek Style Yogurt, fruit and granola until the glass is full.


5. Garnish with the remaining fruit and sprinkle of granola.

Dessert doesn’t need to be difficult, and it doesn’t need to be decadent either!

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Autumn Hair Problems?

As Autumn arrives, there’s a significant change in temperature and also lower humidity. Exposure to low humidity could cause a lot of effects on your health, but this time we would be focusing on talking about the impact of electrostatic hair. Believe us. We’ve all been there. It’s annoying to watch how your hair stands straight out from your head, and no matter how well dressed you were, that frizzy hair will kill your style in no time. Let’s see how we can tackle this problem and tame that frizzy hair.

 

First thing first, try improving the indoor humidity. By placing a glass of water or humidifier inside your home or office area, it can increase the amount of moisture in the air, which can then reduce static electricity.

 

Also, try to avoid twirling your hair with bare hands! Human hands are filled with static electricity, which is why it increases the chance of electrostatic hair the more you touch it. You may consider applying hand cream first before touching your hair. It will also help reduce static electricity.

 

Last but not least, as the saying goes, a handy tool makes a handyman. Choose a comb that was made out of natural materials, i.e., natural bristles, scalp brush, wood brush, etc., and brush your hair with the appropriate method – start with the tail first, then the middle and finally the top of your head. There are plenty ways to resolve electrostatic hair, and there are even hair masks on the market that were designed to solve this issue. But one shoe doesn’t fit all, remember to study online, and pick the most suitable method that fits you the best.

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How to Make a Perfect Iced Coffee at Home It’s super easy and here are some tips to make it even tastier

First, you’ll want to brew the coffee at double strength as the ice will dilute the coffee flavour. You can also adjust the amount of ice you add to the hot coffee if you prefer the coffee to be stronger, but beware that if you add too little ice you could end up with a tepid brew rather than an ice cold bevvy.

 

Next, fill a glass halfway with ice, then pour the brewed coffee over top. Add cold milk if desired, evaporated milk for a creamier beverage, or substitute coconut milk for an iced coffee with an exotic edge.

 

You can also make coffee ice cubes in advance for those hot summer days as another way to retain that strong coffee flavour. Simply pour room temperature coffee into ice cube trays and let freeze. Then fill a glass with frozen coffee cubes and top up with hot coffee for an ingenious way to enjoy iced coffee without the watered down effect.

 

Another more obvious option with the NESCAFÉ® DOLCE GUSTO® machine is to flip it to cold brew and purchase the Cappuccino Ice capsules. Place a glass half full with ice under the spout, insert the white milk capsule first, then when complete, add the silver coffee capsule and you’re good to go with a cool down, wake up beverage. You can also choose the NESTEA® Peach Iced Tea pods for an alternative sweet sip on a hot summer day.

 

With plenty of coffee flavours to choose from, ranging from the aromatic, floral Catuai Do Brazil and milky Café Au Lait to the rich Mocha, silky Green Tea Latte, exotic Chai Tea Latte and more, NESCAFÉ® DOLCE GUSTO®’s entire range can be enjoyed hot or cold, and it’s as easy as pie to whip up an icy cool cuppa.

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Save up? Or drink up?

Have you ever wondered how much you have spent on beverages each month? To name a few scenarios like refreshment summer drinks on a crazy shopping day, cups of coffee during office hours to deal with stressful work… sounds familiar? And the list goes on and on…

 

The truth is, you can always justify your reasons to spend, but let’s just say you would be quite amazed by what you could do or achieve with that money if you save it up instead. Here are some saving tips from us – invest in a NESCAFÉ DOLCE GUSTO®. It’s a more cost-effective way to manage your spending on beverages in the long run with its high flexibility to create a wild range of drinks according to your cravings and preferences!

 

Say, for example, you can make a cold peach tea during a sunny day to chill with your friends, or a blended cappuccino for a relaxing weekend and to catch up some reading. Perhaps an expresso on a Monday morning to fuel up your energy for the hectic week ahead? You can also make a cup of hot chocolate to cheer yourself up during bad mood day. Sounds pretty impressive, right? All those drinks with capsules in one compact machine!

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There’s always room for more dessert?

Who doesn’t love dessert? Imagine that satisfying moment when the indulging sensations fulfill your sugar cravings, and it’s pure evil! But don’t worry about getting fat, because we have the perfect dessert recipe for you which is healthy and delicious at the same time.

 

You probably won’t know that Greek Style Yogurt has double the proteins than regular yoghurt, which is a healthier choice for people who are on a diet. The best part of it? It can also contain their desire to eat for a much longer period. Which is why we recommend having Nestlé® Greek Style Low Fat Yogurt as the foundation of the dessert to begin with.

 

Apart from it’s original Natural Plain flavour, Nestlé® Greek Style Low Fat Yogurt also comes with Apple Cinnamon, Strawberry as well as Lychee Nata De Coco flavour. Simply mix it with fresh fruits pieces or oatmeal to increase the overall taste of your dessert! Ta-da!

 

Nestlé tips: Sugar naturally occurs in fruits and yoghurt. Avoid excessive intake!

Who doesn’t love dessert? Imagine that satisfying moment when the indulging sensations fulfill your sugar cravings, and it’s pure evil! But don’t worry about getting fat, because we have the perfect dessert recipe for you which is...

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Soups that Energise Body and Soul MERITENE ® Energis ® Soups are filled with goodness

Easy, nutritious and energising pretty much sums up the qualities of MERITENE ® Energis ® Soups. These savoury soups are rich in vitamins B which can convert fat energy, helps to combat daily tiredness and fatigue to keep you feeling healthful and alert.


Containing fibre, protein and 19 vitamins and minerals, regular intake of MERITENE ® Energis ® Soups can act as a nutrition supplement to maintain a healthy lifestyle.


Available in Chicken or Vegetable flavour, they make for a delicious and hot meal addition combined with sandwiches or salads.
Keep a box at work to keep you going throughout the day and for a warm afternoon snack when the air con chills are getting you down or the temperatures begin to drop, and keep a box at home for a mindful complement to any meal that needs a warm accompaniment that’ll energise you for the rest of the day.

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What should we get for snacks today?

Eating takeaway during lunch, dining out at night, consuming oily foods (and way more meats than vegetables)... Sooner or later you will realize, your digestion system will suffer as a consequence of this. To avoid further deterioration of your digestive system and to strengthen intestinal health, you should proactively explore different eating habits, such as to consume more vegetables and less meat, eat more healthy foods such as fruit, and yoghurt…etc. You are also encouraged to be more creative on how you eat your food!

 

Yoghurt Dessert Cup

It’s easy to make, just simply grab a cup of yoghurt and add in your favourite fruits such as mango, strawberries, pear, corn slices, dried fruit and so on. Simply pour the corn slice into a glass till it's half full, then add in the yoghurt, finally, put in the sliced fruits and other ingredients. And if you want to strengthen the taste of the yoghurt dessert cup, you can also add in sauce, condensed milk, jam, etc.!

 

The arranging order of the ingredients can be subject to your personal preferences. But I would recommend to also add in some honey star! This yoghurt dessert cup can help absorb active lactic acid bacteria to balance the number of bacteria in your intestines, while also increasing the number of probiotics, which help to improves gastrointestinal motility.

 

As for the choice of yoghurt, Nestlé ® ACTI-V® low-fat drinking yoghurt includes 1 billion of FORTIS® that is not easily digested by gastric juice; it goes directly to the intestine for a smoother digestive transit. Plus, it’s freshly made in Hong Kong, which ensures the freshness and quality assurance of the product. What's more? It also comes in nine flavours, which allows you to experiment with different combination of ingredients, best for those who pursue a higher level of eating enjoyment at work! My favourite flavours would be Golden Kiwi and Aloe Vera! Try it out!

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A mother’s biggest wish

Most parents want nothing but to provide the best for their babies. They do all sorts of amazing things - such as enrolling into interest classes, planning for travel, as well as buying different toys and nutritional supplements. But a lot of parents will often overlook baby’s allergic problems, which includes but not limited to intestine allergy, tracheal allergy, skin allergy, food allergy, you name it! Allergy is more than just simply coughing or having a runny nose. In fact, a severe allergy would impact your baby during their growth stage and they may miss out on a lot of different opportunities as a result of the allergy. Question is, what should we do to prevent babies from allergies?

 

Before you go into labour

Start preventing the allergy from pregnancy! Avoid alcohol and tobacco at all cost, and follow doctor's instructions for a controlled diet, also pay attention to the changes in the environment so to improve immunity, and lay a healthy foundation for yourself and the baby.

 

After laboring

The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding for six months. Nestlé fully supports this and continued breastfeeding, along with the introduction of complementary foods as advised by doctor or health authority.

 

If you wish to learn more about breastfeeding, please browse the website of the Hong Kong Department of Health. Before you start feeding solid food to your baby, try adding a new food ingredient for every two to three days to test out baby’s reaction towards that particular food. Be mindful though! Adding in food ingredients such as milk, eggs, or peanuts at a too early or too late stage, might also increase the chances of causing allergy for the baby.

 

Nestlé Tips: If a mother later decides to interface breast milk with formula milk, try to avoid macromolecule milk protein and allergens which will cause macromolecule milk protein allergy. Consider using hydrolyzed formulas (pHF) milk powder to interface with breast milk instead. Hydrolyzed formulas (pHF) uses a unique hydrolytic technique that converts highly allergenic milk proteins into low-allergenic protein molecules, which can reduce baby's risk of having allergic reactions towards milk protein. If you would like to learn more, please consult a doctor or learn more via this link here: http://bit.ly/2p5KT9R.

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