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Eat to Nguyen

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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.

My other tumblr: Nick and Nat

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!

— 1 year ago
#thanksgiving  #food  #dinner  #turkey  #vegetables  #family  #cooking  #quinoa 
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:
Eternal (8)
Fiji (7.8)
Hawaiian Springs (7.7)
Evian (7.2)
Perrier (5.6)
Ozarka (5.4-6)
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!

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:

  1. Eternal (8)
  2. Fiji (7.8)
  3. Hawaiian Springs (7.7)
  4. Evian (7.2)
  5. Perrier (5.6)
  6. Ozarka (5.4-6)

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!

— 1 year ago with 20 notes
#water  #healthy  #food  #drink  #fiji  #bottled water  #health 
Today marks day 4 of my post wisdom teeth removal. I can barely talk and I sleep most of the day. For those of you who are worried about getting the surgery, don’t be! The doctors injected some shots in my gums to numb them. I was conscious during the whole surgery and didn’t feel any pain. Just slight pressure every so often.  You guys probably don’t want to hear about the gruesome details after the surgery.  Now onto the foods that I will be eating until I recover! I have been reading tons of posts of people eating mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, and ice cream after their surgery. I don’t want to use my wisdom teeth as an excuse to gorge on those kinds of food. Here is my list of favorite healthy foods starting from the best to alright in my opinion.
It is difficult to find foods that don’t have seeds or small pieces that can easily get stuck in the holes or ones that require chewing.
1) Water - I find myself wanting it more than ever before because I always wake up with a dry mouth. I can’t close mine because of my ginormous cheeks.
2) Naked juice - Yum. The protein zone is perfect. The combination of sugar, protein, vitamins, and carbohydrates gives me a boost of energy and the cold temperature soothes my cheeks. One bottle is a meal for me. 
3) Pita Pal Hummus - Surprisingly easy to swallow. I eat a couple of tablespoons each day. Pita Pal in my opinion has the best texture and flavors on the market.
4) Zen chocolate pudding - The perfect indulgence. I feel like I am eating a decadent fudge. This pudding is very easy to swallow. It goes straight down! Only 110 calories for one cup.
5) Avocado - Blend it well with some water and you have an awesome food. After eating this, I feel full. If you want some flavor, try adding lemon juice or honey.
6) Tofu - Another great food. For the meat lovers out there, try tofu. It is high in protein.
7) Cottage cheese - This is pretty tricky to eat. I read dairy foods can prevent blood clots from forming, which leads to dry sockets! I started eating this yesterday. All I can say is that cottage cheese will be messy. I have to put a little on the tip of my spoon, then swallow to prevent it from spreading everywhere. I like eating mine with a little bit of honey. 
8) Watermelon - Remove the seeds and blend it with ice. You have a nice refreshing slushie!
9) Fage greek yogurt - I opened one package and completely forgot about the fruit syrup containing pieces of fruit. I rarely eat the syrup because I prefer to eat yogurt with honey, crushed almonds, and fresh fruit. Since I can only eat one of those toppings, greek yogurt wasn’t my favorite option.
** My mom made huge batch of chicken and vegetable soup before my surgery. I usually eat this weekly. However, I could not stand eating it when she blended it up. The soup looked unappetizing and tasted strange. For this reason, soup isn’t on my list. I need to find a good broth or canned soup because lately I have been surviving on cold food.**

Today marks day 4 of my post wisdom teeth removal. I can barely talk and I sleep most of the day. For those of you who are worried about getting the surgery, don’t be! The doctors injected some shots in my gums to numb them. I was conscious during the whole surgery and didn’t feel any pain. Just slight pressure every so often.  You guys probably don’t want to hear about the gruesome details after the surgery.  Now onto the foods that I will be eating until I recover! I have been reading tons of posts of people eating mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, and ice cream after their surgery. I don’t want to use my wisdom teeth as an excuse to gorge on those kinds of food. Here is my list of favorite healthy foods starting from the best to alright in my opinion.

It is difficult to find foods that don’t have seeds or small pieces that can easily get stuck in the holes or ones that require chewing.

1) Water - I find myself wanting it more than ever before because I always wake up with a dry mouth. I can’t close mine because of my ginormous cheeks.

2) Naked juice - Yum. The protein zone is perfect. The combination of sugar, protein, vitamins, and carbohydrates gives me a boost of energy and the cold temperature soothes my cheeks. One bottle is a meal for me. 

3) Pita Pal Hummus - Surprisingly easy to swallow. I eat a couple of tablespoons each day. Pita Pal in my opinion has the best texture and flavors on the market.

4) Zen chocolate pudding - The perfect indulgence. I feel like I am eating a decadent fudge. This pudding is very easy to swallow. It goes straight down! Only 110 calories for one cup.

5) Avocado - Blend it well with some water and you have an awesome food. After eating this, I feel full. If you want some flavor, try adding lemon juice or honey.

6) Tofu - Another great food. For the meat lovers out there, try tofu. It is high in protein.

7) Cottage cheese - This is pretty tricky to eat. I read dairy foods can prevent blood clots from forming, which leads to dry sockets! I started eating this yesterday. All I can say is that cottage cheese will be messy. I have to put a little on the tip of my spoon, then swallow to prevent it from spreading everywhere. I like eating mine with a little bit of honey. 

8) Watermelon - Remove the seeds and blend it with ice. You have a nice refreshing slushie!

9) Fage greek yogurt - I opened one package and completely forgot about the fruit syrup containing pieces of fruit. I rarely eat the syrup because I prefer to eat yogurt with honey, crushed almonds, and fresh fruit. Since I can only eat one of those toppings, greek yogurt wasn’t my favorite option.

** My mom made huge batch of chicken and vegetable soup before my surgery. I usually eat this weekly. However, I could not stand eating it when she blended it up. The soup looked unappetizing and tasted strange. For this reason, soup isn’t on my list. I need to find a good broth or canned soup because lately I have been surviving on cold food.**

— 1 year ago with 10 notes
#wisdom teeth  #food  #healthy 

Disney is known for their over the top, decadent desserts and Main Street Confectionery is one of the places that serves them. I walked into the store, browsed for a little bit, then walked right back out. Saying no to all those treats took a lot of self control.

— 2 years ago with 6 notes
#dessert  #disney  #disney world  #food  #mickey mouse  #candy  #Main street confectionery 

For dinner, my family and I ate at The Hollywood Brown Derby. The lighting in this restaurant was so dim. I would say that it is the perfect place for a romantic meal for two. Too bad my sister and I ruined it for my parents. Anyway, the food is extraordinary here!!! If you have a Disney dining plan like my family had, I suggest you spend those points here. To my healthy followers: the desserts here are not the healthiest options, but they were included in the dining plan. I let myself indulge a little on this trip. :)  

— 2 years ago with 1 note
#dinner  #disney world  #food  #hollywood brown derby  #hollywood studios  #disney 

There is never a time when I do not crave sushi. Luckily, my dad loves it as well, so we went to a place nearby my house to eat some.

Kinda off topic, but the Camera+ app on my iPhone takes pretty good pictures. :)

— 2 years ago with 5 notes
#sushi  #food  #lunch 
Can’t cook? Well, don’t worry because neither can I. This sandwich took 5 minutes to make. Very tasty for an early morning workout. Alternatively, you can pour the banana mixture over 1/2 cup Fage Total 0% yogurt to receive an extra protein boost and slash 30 calories from the total calorie count.
1 whole wheat salad pocket, cut in two (or 1/2 pita bread)
1 small banana, sliced
1/2 tsp unrefined coconut oil
2 tsps honey
2 tsps almond slices
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
Place a pan over high heat. Pour the oil. 
Carefully drop the sliced bananas and almonds into the oil. 
Add in the honey and cinnamon. Stir everything until the banana gets brown and mushy on both sides. Remove the pan from heat.
Stuff the bread halves with the bananas and almonds. Place the bread on another pan over low heat. When the bread is toasted on both sides, remove from heat. Serve immediately. 

Total calories: 265

Can’t cook? Well, don’t worry because neither can I. This sandwich took 5 minutes to make. Very tasty for an early morning workout. Alternatively, you can pour the banana mixture over 1/2 cup Fage Total 0% yogurt to receive an extra protein boost and slash 30 calories from the total calorie count.

  • 1 whole wheat salad pocket, cut in two (or 1/2 pita bread)
  • 1 small banana, sliced
  • 1/2 tsp unrefined coconut oil
  • 2 tsps honey
  • 2 tsps almond slices
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  1. Place a pan over high heat. Pour the oil. 
  2. Carefully drop the sliced bananas and almonds into the oil. 
  3. Add in the honey and cinnamon. Stir everything until the banana gets brown and mushy on both sides. Remove the pan from heat.
  4. Stuff the bread halves with the bananas and almonds. Place the bread on another pan over low heat. When the bread is toasted on both sides, remove from heat. Serve immediately. 

Total calories: 265

— 2 years ago with 19 notes
#almonds  #banana  #food  #fruit  #sandwich  #honey