Welcome to my blog about a subject I am very passionate about: food.
Growing up in a health conscious family, I constantly heard my parents telling me to shed some pounds. I never listened to them because I didn't think that there was anything wrong with my weight. During my 16 year physical check up, the doctor told me I was becoming overweight. That was the wake up call that I desperately needed. For the first time, I looked in the mirror and saw my body. Seeing my reflection, I vowed to reach a healthy weight, which I accomplished through exercising and changing my diet. Along my weight loss journey, I learned many things about food, which I hope to pass onto my readers and inspire them to lead a healthy life.
How do I come up with my recipes?
Let's get this straight: I have no experience in the kitchen whatsoever. I just cook for fun because I love seeing how food takes on different tastes and textures when combined with different ingredients. Now on to the question. I like to take popular foods such as pancakes and pizza and make the healthiest version possible, using fresh and nutritionally packed ingredients. My goal is to create food that I will not regret eating once the plate is clean. Provided that I have some of my favorites food such as cottage cheese, greek yogurt, and oatmeal always stocked up in my house, you will most likely see at least one of these ingredients in my recipes. I will admit that it does take a while to come up with recipes because I try to eliminate butter, which is found in almost all recipes especially desserts! Foodgawker is definitely the website where the whole thinking process begins.
What does Eat to Nguyen mean?
My friends tease me about being healthy. They always tell me that my lunches are "foreign" to them because they consist of a variety of fruits and vegetables. Since my last name is Nguyen, which sounds like the word win, one of my close friends came up with the title Eat to Nguyen for a future cookbook. Because I cannot cook a decent meal, I just decided to use it for the name of my blog.
I know I said that I would update around Thanksgiving, but that time of the month was really hectic for me! Here is a cheesy video that I made of my family preparing Thanksgiving dinner for our guests. It was not the healthiest meal, but it was delicioussss!
I have been watching a couple of YouTube videos this past hour and I stumbled upon a makeup guru named Blair Fowler. I watched one of her videos and loved it. Wanting to learn more about her, I went to her website that she shares with her sister called elleandblair.com. While browsing through the What We Love Tab, I had a mini heart attack. I spy my recipe! This made my day.
Frozen bananas whipped in a blender have a texture just like ice cream! There’s still a fair amount of sugar in that, though.
That one completely slipped my mind! Frozen bananas are awesome! Although bananas has sugar, it is the natural kind. There are also more health benefits to eating a banana than ice cream though. Thank you for reminding me.
cute-slutty-baby-bunny asked: I really have a weakness for ice cream. I've gained a lot of weight on that alone. I can kick cookies, soda, chips... that isn't hard. Ice cream always makes me cave though! Is there a good alternative so I don't have to give it up? Or something similar I can substitute to sort of "wean myself off" the ice cream?
Well, any sort of frozen treat such as ice cream, frozen yogurt, sorbet, slushie, etc. is going to have a good amount of sugar, so they should be eaten in moderation. You can try making smoothies, so you will be receiving some vitamins and other health benefits. Another option is placing a greek yogurt cup (any flavor) in the freezer for a little bit to mimic frozen yogurt. The texture is not as smooth as the real thing, but it is less expensive. You will be getting some protein, which is a plus! Frozen yogurt (the real thing) is definitely better for you than ice cream because it tends to be fat-free or low-fat. Just don’t go crazy over it because again there is sugar. If you are really craving for ice cream, try Skinny Cow. They have some great options such as the fudge bar (100 calories, 1g fat, 22g carbohydrates, 13g sugar, 4g protein) or the vanilla/chocolate combo sandwich (140 calories, 1.5 g fat, 30g carbohydrates, 15g sugar, 4g protein. They are satisfying!
Everyone knows that water is good for you, but did you know that some are better than others? Yes, it is all about the pH levels. 7 is neutral, so you want to aim for that or higher. Anything below 7 is considered acidic. Yikes!
Eternal water (the one on the far right) is my go to bottle. It has a pH level of 8 and tastes wonderful! I drink at least one bottle a day. If you want to start drinking any of these waters, I recommend that you buy them from Marshalls or T.J. Maxx, which is where I get all of mine at a fraction of the cost. The Fiji and Eternal Water cost $1.79 and the Hawaiian Springs cost $1.99. Stock up! Here is a list of brands listed from the highest pH to the lowest:
Hawaiian Springs (7.7)
I got these results from either looking at the backs of the bottles or on the brand’s website. Go to this link to see pictures of some water brands undergoing the pH test!