The Importance of Fresh Produce

Walking down the aisle of the supermarkets in Singapore is not exactly amusing. You look at the labels for the fruits and vegetables and see the same thing on every piece of produce: “imported from Indonesia”, “imported from the Philippines”, and “imported from Malaysia”. While it’s not necessarily a bad thing that we buy produce that imported from other countries, it’s definitely not the best thing. Not only are the fruits and veggies not the freshest, but we also don’t get a wide variety of foods. For my family, our standard shopping cart consists of apples, oranges, onions, broccoli and the occasional eggplant, but only if we find good ones. That’s basically it. 10 months out of the year. But for those magical two months that we spend out of the country (mainly in So Cal, a little in Japan), walking down the supermarket aisle is 100% my favorite thing to do (okay, that might be a little over the top, but you get the point). Instead of just reaching for our standard apples and oranges, I find myself reaching for pints and pints of strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. We get bags on end of cherries, picked right in California, and humongous summery watermelons. Not only do we get our fresh eggplant fix, but we’re reaching for bundles of asparagus, fresh corn, peppers, tomatoes, and possibly any other vegetable you could think of. Because of all of the fresh produce we have available, I find ourselves eating a lot healthier. We’ve been making tons of salads and roast veggie dishes, we’ve been adding fresh asparagus and tomatoes to our pastas, and tons  of eggplant, onions and peppers to our curries. And let me tell you what, it’s absolutely delicious. Living in Singapore, I often forget how good fruits and veggies are supposed to be, and sometimes force myself to just eat the fruits and veggies like I’m taking vitamins or something. Becoming aware of the food you’re eating and learning to appreciate the freshness of produce is one of the most important steps to learning how to start eating better and enjoying the food you eat. So where do you get your produce from and how fresh is it? I promise, fresh produce makes all the difference!

Food for Thought

Food for thought - article

As a swimmer,I am accustomed to stuffing my face with whatever I want. I don’t have to worry too much about what I’m eating, because I train and workout so much that I usually burn everything away. A few weeks ago, I injured my ankle, keeping me out of the pool and off my feet. Because I can’t do much cardio or even swim, I realized that I needed to start watching what I eat. A friend of mine became really into raw and vegan foods, and eventually got me hooked on it too! At first, I rolled my eyes at her saying that she was being so boring and healthy, until I started looking up healthy recipes. I found that there are so many different ways you can play with food to make healthy, low carb, low calorie meals…AND THEY STILL ARE DELICIOUS! I always thought that eating healthy was just for your appearance, but once I actually started eating super healthy, I realized that it can be super beneficial for you mentally as well. I am able to concentrate better and I just feel better overall. Even though I normally don’t eat processed foods and tend to eat healthy, being able to really concentrate on what you put in your body does you so much good! So today I thought I would share some amazing healthy recipes I have tried (check my next post for recipes!), and LOVED! Enjoy!