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.
Ever since I made almond milk, I kept thinking about what other kinds of milk are out there. An idea came to me and I could not wait to try it out. What was it? Strawberry milk. It is unbelievably simple to make and delicious to drink.
1 cup strawberries
1 cup water
3 tbsp + 1 tsp organic cane sugar
unsweetened soymilk (any kind of milk will do)
Chop the strawberries and place them in a pot.
Add the water and sugar to the pot.
Boil the ingredients for 8-10 minutes.
Remove from heat and strain the mixture in a bowl. Allow the liquid to cool down. You can use the cooked strawberries on top of oatmeal, yogurt, or ice cream.
Pour desired amount of liquid into the unsweetened soymilk and stir. Save remaining syrup.
My family has been using our new dehydrator like crazy! We bought one because we were tired of seeing dried fruits at the grocery store with added sugar and preservatives. Even though it took more than a day for the moisture in the fruits to be removed, the wait was worth it. The dried fruits might not be as filling as regular fruit due to the water loss, but they make the perfect travel snack. I can throw a bag of dried fruits in my purse without worrying if my wallet is going to squish them and make a mess. It has happened before when I packed a bag of grapes. Anyway, my whole family agreed that the bananas and apples dipped in lemon juice and sprinkled with cinnamon were the best ones. I can’t wait to dehydrate other fruits and vegetables! Maybe meat to make a jerky?
After I purchased an adorable strawberry pop mold from Williams-Sonoma for only $6.99, I immediately went to the grocery store to look for a drink to make my popsicles. My search led me to Tazo’s passion tea. Seeing that it was naturally sweetened and had 0 calories, I did not hesitate to put the drink in my cart. I thought it would be the perfect base for the cold treats. However, when I came home, I took a small sip of the drink and grimaced. It tasted strange and not at all like I imagined it would be. Nevertheless, with some lemon juice and honey, the drink went from yucky to yummy! After filling the molds and leaving them in the refrigerator for a little over 8 hours, the popsicles were ready! They were the perfect treat to cool down in the ridiculously hot 102 degrees weather.
No, I did not burn the toast. On this sunny morning, I made chocolate french toast! I think I have found the perfect egg to milk ratio or at least a very close one. The french toast was moist and had a nice chocolate taste. The fruits complimented the chocolate goodness of the breads. Today is a going to be a good day.
2 slices of whole wheat bread
5 tbsp egg whites
1 tbsp + a splash more soymilk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp unsweetened cacao powder
1/4 tsp espresso powder
Heat skillet to medium heat.
Whisk the egg whites in a shallow bowl.
Add in the soymilk, vanilla extract, then whisk again.
Add in the cacao powder and espresso powder, then stir until they become become well incorporated into the mix. The batter will become rich and chocolaty.
Take one slice of bread and soak both sides thoroughly in the liquid mixture.
Pour a little oil on the skillet and cook the bread. I used grape seed oil.
Repeat steps 5 and 6 for the other slice.
Top with your choice of fresh fruit and/or powdered sugar.
Don’t forget to wash your produce because it has been handled by so many people before ending up in your kitchen. Some of the foods with the most pesticides are apples, strawberries, spinach, potatoes, and peaches.
I just put this together on a whim and was surprised by how well it turned out. As always, I stuffed my pita pocket with cottage cheese and toppings. In this case, they were strawberries, blueberries, and a couple of spinach leaves. I toasted the stuffed pocket for a few minutes and voila! I had a tasty breakfast that I made in a matter of minutes.
Plastic tupperware is your best friend.Seriously. I cannot stress how important it is to pack your own lunches and snacks. I remember having to buy my lunches from the school cafeteria where I was faced with unhealthy food choices such as fried chicken and cheese burgers. Since the only healthy choice was a basic salad, I would purchase the fattening, greasy foods, which were definitely more appealing than the pile of green leaves. Let’s face it - everyone has been in this situation at least once in their life. I am so glad those days are over after I started using tupperware, which holds my fresh fruit, steamed vegetables, and a grilled protein. I credit my weight loss success to tupperware because it has definitely kept me on track. Not only do I save calories by using plastic containers, but also money. Using tupperware is like killing two birds with one stone. Enough said.
Don’t forget to pack your own lunch and snack before you leave the house! You don’t want to have to purchase your meal from the cafeteria or a fast food place, where you might not have control of what goes into it.