Friday, January 27, 2017

Healthy Mango Banana Smoothie with Dutch Mill Delight

We love smoothies and shakes at home. It’s a hands down refreshing way to take in fruits and vegetables, and we love that we can add a host of delicious and nutritious ingredients like yogurt, almond milk, chia seeds, whey protein, flaxseed, peanut butter or honey to change the texture, boost the flavor or add variety to our usual smoothie recipes. 

A new discovery to our smoothie line-up of boosts is a tasty Probiotic: Dutch Mill Delight


From the same makers of my kids’ favorite Yoghurt Drink, Delight is a Probiotic drink that contains the duo active combination of Pro and Prebiotic fiber.

In addition to Probiotics, which are good bacteria that aid in digestion, Prebiotic fiber is a plant-based fiber that helps nourish good bacteria inside the tummy. When Probiotic and Prebiotic are combined, it produces longer living good bacteria (in other words, good bacteria will not die that easily in the tummy's harsh conditions!) which makes digestion better and absorbs nutrients faster.

It’s made with non-fat milk too, so it’s definitely guilt-free as well.

A Delicious Way to Enjoy Probiotics

I’ve always believed in taking Probiotics. Whether in capsule form, as a milk drink or as medicine in the event that somebody in the family suffers from diarrhea, Probiotics have become a staple in our everyday diet.

But it was only recently that it occurred to me to include Probiotics in our smoothies.

I’m sharing with you the first recipe I’ve come up with using Dutch Mill Delight, and it’s such a tasty addition, I should have thought of this sooner! One thing’s for sure, I’m coming up with more fruit combinations to add this to. I’m thinking an Orange Julius type of drink is next. But first up, Mango Banana! The fruits are readily available, in stores year round, not expensive, and loved by everyone in our household, it’s a guaranteed hit.

Delight-ful Mango Banana Smoothie


Ingredients 

- 1 mango, with cheeks sliced, cut up and frozen
- 1 banana, sliced and frozen
- 1 cup of ice
- 1 100 ml bottle of Dutch Mill Delight

Instructions

1. Pour Dutch Mill Delight into a blender and use it as the liquid base


2. Add the cut-up frozen fruits and blend.


I like freezing fruits beforehand because it lessens the need for ice, and it turns out into this delicious, chilly treat which is best enjoyed during hot, scorching days. 


3. Add some ice, and blend until smooth.


4. Enjoy!

I made Tepper try before I finished off my smoothie with bibingka and it was so refreshing, I was so happy with my merienda 

Dutch Mill Delight comes in 100ml bottles, with 5 bottles per pack at P40.00

It is available in major supermarkets in the Philippines and may be bought through their Delight ladies in Rizal, Manila, Taguig, and Quezon City.

For more about Dutch Mill Delight, visit Dutch Mill Delight PH on Facebook and follow @dutchmilldelight_ph on Instagram.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

MFO and Xavi’s Verdict On: Alaska Powdered Milk

I grew up drinking powdered milk, but my kids drink fresh cow’s milk from a carton, and have never really tried powdered milk ever. I thought it would be fun to have my son Xavi give it a try, like a taste experiment! 

How would he find it? Would he like it? Would he drink it again? Will he have a preference for powdered over fresh, or vise versa? Read on and watch what he has to say. 

The Product: Alaska Powdered Milk with Lakas Nutribuilders


The Promise: Alaska Powdered Milk Drink has 20 Essential Nutrients for growth, energy and mental alertness. Just what our children need to grow up healthy and happy.

Put to the Test: Watch the video here!



Passing the Verdict: If my kids liked it, so will yours! The general consensus seems to be that kids enjoy the delicious milky goodness of Alaska Powdered Milk. Watch and see!



Practical Tip: We all grew up knowing that drinking milk is good for us, because it has calcium to help kids grow taller and protein to make them stronger. But there’s more to milk than just that. Here’s some fun facts we can share with them to get them to gulp down their milk with no struggle.


- Milk helps them play longer by building strength, energy, and metabolism
Alaska contains protein that develops and grows the muscles they need to run, jump and play, as well as carbohydrates so they have the energy to go on all day. The best part is, drinking milk after a day of active play is a nutritious way to rehydrate.


- Learning is fun with better memory and learning abilities 
Because of the Choline and Magnesium in Alaska, their brain development and memory will get a boost. Plus, with improved eyesight they’ll get from Vitamin A, they’ll stay alert, and won’t miss every opportunity to learn.

- Playtime becomes more fun with strong bones 
Broken bones and toothaches are no fun! Strong bones are needed for active play that they enjoy, and Alaska is a great source of Calcium, Vitamin D, and Phosphorous, which improves bone strength and density. At the same time, it can help protect their teeth between brushing, reducing the risk of tooth decay and weak gums caused by bacterial acids.

- Never miss a day of school with a strong immune system 

Avoid missing out on days of play and learning. Alaska powdered milk includes zinc for producing antibodies that fight infection and boost the body’s natural defenses.


Packaging:

POUCH
• Alaska Instant Powdered Milk Drink (Pouch) 33g
• Alaska Instant Powdered Milk Drink (Pouch) 80g
• Alaska Instant Powdered Milk Drink (Pouch) 300g
• Alaska Instant Powdered Milk Drink (Pouch) 900g

BOX
• Alaska Instant Powdered Milk Drink (Box) 150g
• Alaska Instant Powdered Milk Drink (Box) 450g
• Alaska Instant Powdered Milk Drink (Box) 700g

TIN
• Alaska Instant Powdered Milk Drink (Tin) 1000g
• Alaska Instant Powdered Milk Drink (Tin) 1800g

Points of Sale: Alaska Powdered Milk is available at leading supermarkets, groceries and sari-sari stores nationwide

Monday, January 23, 2017

Win an iPhone 7 at Watson's Big White Blowout!

Watsons is throwing a Big White Blowout for all the even-ing out, lightening and brightening products you need!


From whitening soaps, facial creams, body lotions, and deodorants to beauty supplements you can drink, Watson's just has about everything.


When you use your SM Advantage or BDO Rewards card for every PHP 500 purchase on whitening products at Watson's, you can even get a chance to win a brand-new iPhone 7. Make sure to look for the qualifier stickers on the products you buy.




The Watson's Big White Blowout runs approximately until mid-February 2017. Make sure to check with your store SAs on the exact promo period per product so you can stock up on your essentials and take full advantage of the sale. ;)

Saturday, January 14, 2017

MFO’s Verdict On: Dyson Pure Cool Link Purifier

I have had allergies for most of my life, and while I’ve kept it in check thanks to changes in diet (cracking down on gluten, dairy and eggs) and lifestyle (no pets, living with air purifiers in the room, vacuuming constantly, cleaning the A/C regularly, always having a constant supply of anti-histamines, etc.) I’m always still on the lookout for that wonder product that will deal with allergies and the sneezing and sniffles that come with it, once and for all. 

Add to the fact that we live along a very busy street, I’m constantly worried about the dust and fumes my family is exposed to on a daily basis. So you can just imagine how pleased I was when I discovered that my my holy grail of vacuums, bladeless fans and hair dryers aka Dyson had an air purifier like no other. Here’s my review: 

The Product: Dyson Pure Cool Link Purifier


The Promise: Removes 99.95% of allergens and pollutants as small as 0.1 microns. With a host of impressive features…


Put to The Test: I have to start off by saying I’ve never had warm fuzzy feelings about appliances until I came across Dyson. I remember first seeing a TV ad about Dyson’s ball vacuum and how it could niftily manuever itself across tight spots without the clunkiness of the typical square floor vacuums, and I was blown away. It made such an impression I wanted to own a Dyson. While I never bought the ball because it was beyond my budget then, I’ve aspired for the brand since. 

So yes, I’m biased to start with. We have the Dyson V6 Mattress handheld vacuum that can take out dust mites and leaves our pillows and mattresses smelling so clean and fresh, I’m already a believer. 

Of course, when we got the Pure Cool Link, I made attempts to keep my views objective, but given my background, excuse me if I sound too enthusiastic, haha. 

PORTABILITY – It’s quite compact, that it fits comfortably in the backseat of our sedan. It’s so light too, I carried it out of the store to the car without a sweat. Can’t say the same for our old purifier.


INSTALLATION – Such a breeze, after unboxing and reading the manual, it took less than a minute to clip on the tower to the base and plug it into a socket.

I literally just put the bladeless tower on top of the base and once it clicked, it was good to go

PURIFYING POWERS – Try sitting in front of the air purifier and you can already smell the difference in the air you breathe. It just feels fresher, so much different than having the electric fan on and having the same warm air in the room spewing out from the blades.

If you’re curious about how the filter looks like, here ya go:


This 360° Glass HEPA filter captures ultrafine particles (up to 0.1 microns) from the air including pollen, bacteria and pet dander. It does not have to be replaced until after 4000 hours of use, which translates to about 5.5 months of 24/7 use.

If you think it’s all in my head, well, because I linked our purifier to my phone, I could tell the change in air quality right on my phone screen. Check this out:

From FAIR at 2:24 PM to GOOD at 2:37 PM

COOLING – Our old air purifier spews air up, with no cooling involved. Our Pure Cool Link oscillates and circulates cool purified air across the room, so in a sense, it also works like an electric fan, shooting out a fresh breeze once it’s on. I also love the fact that it’s gentle and quiet. You won’t drown in hangin and the air that comes out is cool. Not like with electric fans where your hair gets into your face when it’s on full blast and how when its warm, it also spews out warm air.


My daughter also knows that while quiet, the air that comes out is strong enough to dry her nails quickly. Too funny.

AESTHETICALLY SPEAKING – For this alone, nothing beats a Dyson. Sleek and well-designed, it just elevates the look of the room. Just spot the difference in these photos:


SAFETY – I have 3 kids all under 7 so safety is always a consideration in our household. With the Pure Cool Link, I can rest easy knowing that my kids can stick their hand in and I don’t have to deal with bloody fingers. There’s also no vents where they can drop balled up bits of paper or some tiny objects the way they would with our old purifier.


Passing the Verdict: I’m pretty much chuffed with myself that I’ve found IT. The wonder product I’ve been looking for. I need not look further after all because hello, Dyson, like that needs an explanation.

The only thing keeping me from putting one in every room right now really is the price. At over Php40,000 a piece, it’s a luxury that while justified, needs to be put into my 2017 household budget.

Practical Tip: I’m estimating that I need 2 more Pure Cool Link Purifiers, so for now, I’ll have to move our current one from room to room. Which is not really that big of a deal because it’s so light, I can carry it myself from downstairs to the rooms upstairs.

Also, it’s the only thing that can effectively take away the smell of cooking and ulam in just a few minutes of running it. No need to mask scents with fragrance sprays if you suddenly have visitors coming and you just had danggit or daing for breakfast. Super galing.

Price: Php42,500

Point of Sale: Available at the Dyson Concept Store in Greenbelt 5, and Dyson activation stalls in Greenhills Promenade, Century City Mall. Also at True Value, Rustans, SM Appliance Center, Abenson, Anson’s, Robinsons Appliances and Landmark.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

How We Said Bye to Eczema

Imagine this. You are a new mom. Your baby is just a little over a month old. 

She’s fussy, she cries a lot. Her diaper has been changed, she’s been burped. Maybe she just wants to feed more? 

Then again, maybe it’s the red and raw spots between the folds of her skin that’s bothering her.


You try to soothe her as best as you can. You look at her sweet but bumpy little face and think, I’d gladly take her eczema so that she won’t have to suffer the discomfort and look so kawawa.


Yup, story of my life. That was me and Berry when she was just a newborn.

Everyday, I’d look at the red wet lesions on the folds of her arms and legs and crusty, flaky skin on her cheeks and tears would fall down my face. My mom and sister who were around to help me take care of Berry felt so bad for her. No one in our side of the family had eczema and we had no clue on what to do.


I’d take a picture to show the pedia and show him how it seems to get worse, and he’d say, if only to reassure me, “It really does happen to some babies. Remember to apply topical medication as prescribed.”

So I’d religiously apply the cream on her thin wet skin, and ointment on the dry parts while also researching tirelessly on how to fight eczema once and for all. I’d ask fellow moms for tips, look up information from the eczema website and vowed never to stop until every little bump and lesion was gone.


To cut a long story short, yes, we’ve successfully battled eczema, and looking at Berry now, with her smooth, practically flawless skin, you’d never guess she’s prone to it.

All those hours spend obsessing about eczema has paid off, and I’m sharing the fruits of my research with you. Read on!

1. Eczema or atopic dermatitis is linked to allergic diseases like allergic rhinitis and asthma. While the exact cause is unknown, it definitely is manageable.

2. It is an inflammatory skin condition characterised by dry, itchy, red patches, oozing or crusting , rough, scaly patches of skin 

3. Those who suffer from eczema have a defect in their skin barrier function leading to loss of moisture and increased exposure to irritants and microorganisms. 

4. Managing eczema requires a two-pronged approach: 
  • relieve itching, swelling and inflammation 
  • keep skin moisturized 

5. To relieve itching and swelling, use Elica*, a topical corticosteroid that is a safer alternative to steroids that you have to use twice a day. Cream for wet lesions like inside the folds of skin, and Ointment for dry, scaly patches of skin, like on the cheeks. Just apply a thin film on affected areas once a day. That’s it. Because you can already see a difference in just one day of use. Be sure however not to use for more than two weeks. 

6. Now, for the new normal. You’ve got to keep these in mind to keep flare ups from happening: 
  • Avoid scratching! keep fingernails short or for babies, keep their hands in mittens for the meantime
  • Bawal pawisan! Keep them cool all the time. Luckily, we were living in the US when Berry’s eczema was at its peak, so it wasn’t that hard to keep her from sweating
  • Be quick to wipe drool away on baby’s chin 
  • A natural way and cheaper way to having the A/C on the whole time is through cold compresses and wet wraps 
  • Now this, I learned the hard way. If you bathe your baby in water that is too warm, it will strip the skin of moisture fast. My mistake then as a first time mom was that I made Berry bathe in warmer than lukewarm water because I was afraid she’d get cold. Wrong move! Lukewarm is fine for young babies, cool water is better for older kids.
  • Avoid smoke, perfume and air fresheners. When washing clothes, avoid strongly scented detergents and fabric softeners. Try to use mild (up to now we use Perwoll on our family’s clothes and sheets), or fragrance free or organic detergents like Perla, and make sure to always rinse clothes well.
  • If you are breasfeeding a baby with eczema, avoid food allergens. If they are big enough, avoid giving food that may trigger allergic reactions 
  • Make them wear light, natural fabrics like cotton and linen, and keep the areas covered as much as possible
  • Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. I used to put drops of olive oil on Berry’s bath and didn’t use soap on Berry’s skin until her eczema cleared up. After bathing, I’d moisturize her skin with lotion on top of the film of olive oil on her skin. Yes, she was a greasy baby. Haha. But with this rigorous practice, it sounds counterintuitive, but her eczema cleared up by her third month and hasn’t returned since!
Berry always wore long sleeved cotton cardigans or tops when we were out so that we don’t expose her eczema to possible allergens or bacteria

A word of advice though, before embarking on our tried and tested practices, make sure to consult with your doctor for the cause of your child’s itching and lesions, even if your maternal instinct says it is eczema. It’s always better to be cautious with kids, and to be safe than sorry!

*Elica is available over-the-counter at drugstores and pharmacies and retails for Php428 for a 5 g tube.
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