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Saturday, July 2

Mix Nuts

My little family loves peanuts. We usually eat that whenever we pass by a stall that sells nuts. I'm amazed how my tot would binge on it and would ask for more.

I was told [as always] that eating peanut would cause pimples. I used to believe that of course because zits are all over my face, lol!

And they also said peanuts can make someone smart? I don't know about that though.

Are nuts good to eat?

Nut Facts

  • Nuts are high in fat: true. Ergo they are bad for you: false. A diet low in fat is indeed healthy, the keyword here is low, as not all fats are bad for you. There are two types of fat: saturated and unsaturated. Unsaturated fats are actually good for you, and all nuts contain roughly 90 percent unsaturated fat. Nuts contain both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats; both reduce cholesterol levels, and lessen the risk of a heart attack. Though they are high in fat, the nutritional benefits in nuts may actually facilitate weight loss if consumed in moderation and as part of a healthy diet. Nuts of all types are high in protein, fiber, vitamins and antioxidants, and when consumed raw, contain no sugars or carbohydrates.


  • Sadly, peanuts have the worst reputation in the mixed category for their high fat content, and popularity as a bar and carnival snack. However, studies show that this coveted nut is just as effective in lowering the chances of coronary heart disease as are the more trendy tree nuts even when roasted, salted or sugared. Peanuts also contain high amounts of protein.


  • Many health-conscious individuals associate almonds as the "healthy nut," and for good reason. Almonds are packed with a little bit of everything: protein, antioxidants, magnesium, potassium, calcium, iron and vitamin E. Cholesterol studies have shown that two handfuls of almonds a day lowers bad cholesterol by almost 10 percent.

Brazil Nuts

  • The name says it all, though in Brazilian Portuguese, the nut is referred to as Castanha-do-parĂ¡. Either way, the Brazil nut contains extremely high amounts of selenium, an antioxidant that helps fight against cell-damaging free radicals that cause cancer and heart disease. As such, Brazil nuts have been proven especially beneficial in the prevention of breast cancer.


  • Cashew nuts are teaming with a plethora of minerals and vitamins including iron, magnesium for bone growth, phosphorus, zinc for a strong metabolism and selenium.


  • It is argued that walnuts, of all the nuts, are the most beneficial to health because they contain omega-3 fatty acids that are also found in many fish oils (such as salmon) but are not found in other nuts. Omega-3 is a critical component to healthy arteries, and is proven to lower cholesterol levels.


  • Though nuts contain many nutrients, minerals and heart healthy fats, they should not be abused. All nuts pack a very high calorie content, which is beneficial in producing the "full" feeling, though can spike your caloric intake if not monitored. As with all foods, they must be consumed in moderation and as part of a balanced diet. Many dietitians recommend around 50 g (about 2 oz.) of nuts of any variety (mixed) per day. Nuts have proven effective as diet aides as they reduce feelings of hunger for longer periods of time; that is of course nuts that are raw, unsalted or low in sodium and not coated in sugar.

I gotta love nuts more, agree?


What's in a Cheese?

There are many kinds of cheese around the world, at least I have that information just a while ago. I only know 2 or 3 of its kind. But too surprised there are plenty of them. Who can blame me? I'm not fond of cheese since when? Since childhood. I cannot remember myself binging on it just like other kids do. OK, to be fair I have eaten cheese on a bread, cheese-flavored pizza, spaghetti with cheese on top and others which has cheese. But I can't say its my favorite..

So what is the nutrition information for cheese?


  • One 1-ounce serving of cheddar cheese is high in saturated fat, with 6 grams (or 30 percent of your recommended amount). It is high in calcium, however, with 20 percent of your daily value.


  • A 1-ounce serving of Swiss cheese contains 106 calories. It also provides 8 grams of fat and 8 grams of protein.


  • A 1-ounce serving of feta cheese crumbles has 74 calories, making it a lighter type of cheese. It also contains 6 grams of fat, with 4 grams coming from unhealthy saturated fats. Feta can be high in sodium, with 312 milligrams, or 13 percent of your recommended value.


  • Blue cheese has 99 calories per 1-ounce serving. Blue cheese has 6 grams of protein per serving and 8 grams of fat.


  • Soft goat cheese contains 75 calories per ounce. It also has 5 grams of protein and 6 grams of fat. It is lower in calcium, though, with 4 percent of your daily recommended amount. 

Cheese Sticks

I want to cook a yummy snack for my tot when she's at home and in school. As much as possible, I want to cook her everyday snack at school.

So my first attempt was to cook cheese sticks.

Note: I'm a newbie cook so bear with my mistakes about step by step procedures and also the terms used. but corrections are welcome. :) Thanks!


cheese of your choice

cut the wrapper into two equal parts

cut the cheese into strips but must be thick enough or according to your preference

wrap the cheese

and it looks like this

and when done wrapping heat the pan, add the oil  and then fry the sticks

It's an easy-peasy  yummy snack.

My tot even helped me. :)

Here it is... I suggest you cut the cheese more thicker so when you take a bite its more cheesier.

I also made a dip for it. Plain mayo and ketchup then mix.