What cake is round, palmed size and is a 1000 calories each?

The answer : A Mooncake!

Are you friggin kidding me? I just ate like half!

peony jade mooncake, mid autumn festival

According to Asiaone, this asian pastry has a whopping 1000calories!

I don’t even want to think about what I have to do to burn them off. I already posted on what it takes to burn off the fast food you eat and this just wins hands down.

For the uninitated, the mooncake is (according to wiki, read more here) ,  a Chinese bakery product traditionally eaten during the Mid-Autumn Festival /Zhongqiu Festival. The festival is for lunar worship and moon watching, when mooncakes are regarded as an indispensable delicacy. Mooncakes are offered between friends or on family gatherings while celebrating the festival. The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the four most important Chinese festivals.

Luckily for us,  it is eaten only once a year.

How big is a mooncake?

As you can see, it’s not very big, a mooncake is like the size of your palm. (in circumference)

We also have Yam filled mooncakes, or Teochew Orh-Ni mooncake. Traditionally,it has flakier skin and yam paste is used for the filling instead of lotus seed paste. This one is from Peony Jade restaurant and is healthier as it has Premium Fragrant Golden Pumpkin. Pumpkins are rich in α and ß carotenes, as well as folates, niacin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin and others.

Yam mooncakes from Peony Jade

Peony Jade Teochew Orh-Ni Mooncake

They also come in great packaging

Mooncake boxes

Mooncake Packagingthis was given by  a friend, I took out the mooncakes and put them in the fridge.

Check out the official shot here

What it takes to burn off the fast food you eat

OMG! I was surfing and came across this slideshow from iVillage: What It Takes to Burn Off Your 30 Favorite Food Splurges

Just thought I would share a few here, read the rest on the link above.

(All images from iVillage)

Gluten-free, Egg-free, Butter-free Healthy Yoghurt Muffins

Experimented today. Just felt like having some muffins yet at the same time, I wanted something healthy.

healthy muffins with flax seed

Extremely pleased.

The results: A moist, crumbly muffin that is not overtly sweet. I added flaxseed for added oomph to the already healthy morsel. The best part is that it is so simple to make and you can add nuts or other health favs to your liking.

Tip: for a good post workout snack, substitute the same amount of protein powder in place of flour. Eg: 2 Tbspn of powder for 2 Tbspn of flour.

Basic Recipe:

You don’t even need weighing scales.

Just use the same pot of yoghurt for measurement.

I used greek yoghurt because it’s my favorite but any other flavor is fine too.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tub/pot yoghurt (I like plain greek yoghurt)
  • 2 pots/tubs sugar ( the same pot, clean it and dry it  first. )
  • 3 pots flour ( I used chickpea/garbanzo flour to make it gluten free, see nutritional value here)
  • 2 eggs (I used egg replacers as I wanted it to be egg free)
  • 1 tbspn sunflower oil
  • 1 tspn bicarbonate of soda
  • freshly squeezed juice of an orange (i didn’t have any so i used half a lemon)

tip* if you don’t like orange, try other flavorings like cinnamon, honey, vanilla, fruit or nut pieces.

high in protein flour

Also known as gram flour

 

 

The flour pale yellow in colour which gives the muffins a nice glow.

egg substitute for baking

It can replace egg whites too

 

Bought this egg replacer to experiment with egg free baking.. So far so good!

Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 180 deg C / 350 deg F / Gas 4

2. Empty yoghurt in large bowl

3. Add the rest of ingredients and mix well.

4. Pour batter into cake tin or muffin cases and bake for 15-20 minutes or when your skewer comes out clean when you test it.

Dust with icing sugar for decoration. (I put small mixed fruit instead and baked it together)

Enjoy…

 

How to compare two foods – Nutrition Calculator

Ever wanted to compare which of two foods were the lesser evil?

Now you can with

Just key in the two foods you wanna compare with and voila, side by side comaprison.

Of course, the data base is limited (char kway teow and others not in there) but the generic food items are.

This should help you make healthier food choices 🙂

5 Alternatives to Cow’s Milk

Because I am lactose intolerant.. (not fair!)

I pick my battles wisely. Small amounts are tolerated but I only have them at night.

I like almond milk though. Yum!