Chicken Salad Mania – The Better Version

Chicken Salad by Flame
Chicken Salad by Flame

Last week, I had my first attempt at creating a home-made, cheaper than ever salad. If you have tried making your own using that as your guide, then you may have felt something was missing after you’ve gobbled up your bowl of greens. In fact, there was, indeed, some bits missing in that recipe. So this time, I present to you my second – and better version of Monday chicken salad dinner.

Living healthy doesn’t have to be expensive. All it requires is creativity, resourcefulness, and loads of fun.

My salad experience gets better and better with every bowl! Well, okay, let’s not get carried away. After all, I’m still on the first month of my “one-salad-dinner-a-week diet”. It was self resolution I started 2 weeks ago, along with my daily yoga and semi-vegetarian diet.

SaveMore Salad Package
SaveMore Salad Package

For this week, I decided to try out something way better than the ones before. So earlier today I was there, pushing my blue cart and strolling inside SaveMore Supermarket.

I picked items from shelves as I went down my well-prepared grocery list. Intentionally, I picked my salad ingredients last to preserve their freshness. And when it was time to gather my greens, I went to the vegetable section. The process turned out to be a lot easier and faster than I expected. That’s because I have noticed a package right next to the ball of lettuce I was about to pick. When I checked it out, it was a salad package complete with a Caesar Dressing, to my great delight! And it’s got more varied slices of fresh veggies than I was planning to buy.

What Went into my Chicken Salad

Cucumber with Skin
Cucumber with Skin
Onions, Carrots, Corn, and Turnips
Onions, Carrots, Corn, and Turnips
Seedless Green Tomatoes
Seedless Green Tomatoes
Caesar Dressing
Caesar Dressing
Chicken Salad Ingredients
Chicken Salad Ingredients
Vitamilk Soya Drink and Chicken Salad
Vitamilk Soya Drink and Chicken Salad

I got all of these for only Php75.00. Okay, okay, that costs Php7.50 more than last week’s salad, but what a small amount compared to the added colors (and nutrients) I got, right!

Same as before, all I had to do was to mix everything. Since almost everything were already sliced into bite-sized chunks, the preparation went a lot faster.

How long did we prepare the other salad last week? 20 minutes? Well, this one took only 10 minutes, and presto! Here I am, blogging as I munch on salad pieces in between sentences!

That bottle of drink on the side?

I’ve read a lot of shocking facts about diet drinks and the not-so-good effects of their artificial sweeteners, so I switched to Vitamilk Black Cereal Soymilk this time to go with my salad meal.

More from the Background

Earlier, I had my once a week “eat-anything-I-want lunch” at Orange Brutus. Unaware that I’ve successfully reduced my preferred meal size in just a matter of one week, I was stunned at how large the chicken pieces they serve! I ended up asking the crew to pack for take out one of the 2-piece chicken I ordered. That’s the chicken that ended up mixed into my salad.

By the way, if you plan to do the same thing, make sure not to include the breaded chicken skin. Only the white meat strips should go into that bowl or else, your salad will taste like fast food! It won’t be as healthy as you would intend it to be. Better yet, just use plain boiled chicken, sliced into bite-sized cubes.

 

Flame and her Chicken Salad
Flame and her Chicken Salad

There you have it! Try this, and you’ll definitely find it more delectable than the first one. Next week, maybe we’ll to find more variations in preparing our salad mania. I can hardly wait!

Asia Prince JKS To Come Back on Television as ‘Pretty Boy’

Jang Geun Suk to come back as Pretty Boy

It’s been a long while since Jang Geun Suk’s last TV drama has ended, and despite all his consistently successful tours, concerts, and album releases that followed, well, let’s admit it, eels. We miss the Hwang Tae Kyung, Seo In-Ha, and Kang Mu-Kyul side of Geun Suk Oppa. 

Well, good news, for our longings will soon be over! Rejoice, and rejoice more, for the ever charming and captivating actor side of our Sukkie will be coming back very soon to our televisions through the most anticipated new drama entitled “Pretty Boy”. The drama is expected to be released in the latter half of 2013.

Keun-chan is going to portray the role of Dokgo Matte, the man with the prettiest face in all the world. It’s really going to be a big leap towards his becoming the official world prince, wouldn’t you agree? And as sure as you are reading these words right now, millions of eels all over the globe sure are looking forward to being with the Prince once more, if only in the small screen.

The drama will be produced by Group Eight who was also one behind the success of some popular idol dramas such as “Princess Hours” and “Boys over Flowers” to name a few. The drama script is going be penned by the hit screen writer Yoo Young Ah whose previous works include movies like “Korea” and “Miracle in Cell No.7”.
Group Eight revealed:

“From the initial planning, we had already zeroed in on Jang Geun Suk to lead the drama. To raise the production quality, we have also met with Jang Geun Suk for discussions on many occasions. Jang Geun Suk has already been in the acting business for 21 years, and he will be showing his experienced acting ability through his role as Dokgo Matte.

We have already received many phone calls regarding broadcast rights for ‘Pretty Boy’ from countries in Asia, Europe, and South America”,” the production team also expressed. This goes to show that the drama is being looked upon favourably overseas prior to broadcast. The storyline of the drama will be sticking closely to the original comic series, so please look forward to it.”

Jang Geun Suk

Pretty Boy is based on a popular comic book series penned by Chun Gi Young. It is a story of the prettiest boy on Earth who was torn apart from his family for many years, his struggle to find them again, his experiences with true love, and his adventures around teenage girls whose hearts were captivated by his unique charms. As for me, I’m still in love with Hwang Tae Kyung, but I’m also looking forward to be won over by Dokgo Matte this time.

If you’re a certified eel, surely, you are as excited as I am right now. Feel free to share your thoughts below. ^_^

Credits to and as mentioned in my source: Yahoo! OMG! – Jang Geun Suk to make small screen comeback with ‘Pretty Boy’

Easy Morning Yoga Poses – For Shaping The Legs

I’m supposed to be on my 3rd week of jogging session today. I have developed this new obsession and made an effort to find a nearby sports complex where I can run at least 3 times a week because I’ve been growing exceedingly conscious of my slightly larger-than-normal legs lately (thanks to that two-month long OJT in the province two years ago where I had to walk 4 kilometers every single day!).

Unfortunately, today is “one of those days” (you know what I mean, girls). As much as I wanted to, surely my system would not allow me to run even at least half of Abellana’s football field, so I had no choice but to stay home. And, as if to prove that all things do work together for good, I finally got the time to read my previously researched articles about one of the most trending health practices today – Yoga.

One of the many good things that Yoga does to the human body is stretch the muscles. Yes, exactly, including the leg muscles which will eventually lessen its bulkiness. That’s why I’ve grown more interested in it. But since I’ve never tried Yoga before, I have to start on the very basics, so I’ve chosen these two for a start which I can conveniently implement after waking up in the morning before heading for work.

If you’re a beginner like me, and you’re also planning to slowly include Yoga into your lifestyle, feel free to join me by also doing these two simple Yoga poses every morning. You might also want to share your own experiences after a few weeks. The comment box bellow will always be open for you.

Wind Relieving Posture

 

wind-relieving-pose

  1. Lie down on your back. As you breathe in, drag your right knee near to your chest, keeping your left leg on the ground so it is straight.
  2. Push your shoulders and the back-side of your neck into the ground while at the same time holding your knee. Breathe and hold this position for ten seconds.
  3. Repeat the first two steps with the other leg. Follow this up by hugging both knees to your chest for another ten seconds to finish the set.
  4. Keep repeating this set as long as you wish.

 

Cobra Posture

 

cobra-posture

  1. Lie down on your stomach with legs and feet touching each other. Your palms should be planted on the floor below your shoulders with fingers facing outwards.
  2. Start inhaling and lift your upper body by gradually lifting your head first followed by your chest. Remember to keep your shoulders down. Your pelvis and thighs should never leave the floor.
  3. Breathe normally and hold this pose for about twenty five seconds. As you breathe, make sure that it is in even breaths all the way through your nose.
  4. Go back to starting location and repeat if desired.

If you find these two insufficient, you can include this 4-minute video in your session. It’s easy to follow and will definiteley make you feel good:

Yoga For STRONG SLIM Legs : Work It Out Wednesday – BEXLIFE

That’s about it for now. don’t forget to drop by every now and then as I’ll be posting more of my discoveries and experiences (and body improvements) in connection with this wonderful exercise in the coming days. Stay healthy! ^_^

Credits to my sources:
Yoga Holistic Online
iSport Yoga
How to Perform Yoga Postures – WikiHow

Salad Mania

image credits: http://food.lizsteinberg.com/2009/01/27/pretty-purple-salads/
image credits:
http://food.lizsteinberg.com

I used to think that salad is only for rich girls, and so is the pretty skin and other health benefits that comes with it. But not anymore.

I’m now on the second week of my “operation-dissolve-those-tummy-potatoes-diet-and-lifestyle”, and as part of it, I have imposed a self rule to have a dinner of fruits and greens every Monday night. So there I was, squeezing in lettuce and green tomatoes into my carefully budgeted weekly grocery basket at SM. I was determined to prove that yes, even a college student like me can enjoy a bowl of home-made healthy salad at least once a week.

You see, if you want to try this, too, the ingredients can be as colorful as your budget would allow, or you can follow the cheapest version I have come up here:

Lettuce at Php16.00
Lettuce at Php16.00
Cucumber at Php11.50
Cucumber at Php11.50
Papaya at Php10.00
Papaya at Php10.00
Green Salad Tomato at Php12.50
Green Salad Tomato at Php12.50
Best Foods Mayo at Php18.50
Best Foods Mayo at Php18.50

All these ingredients I got for only Php68.50. That’s actually cheaper than a one-serve meal at some fast food chain!

The preparation was no sweat at all. All I had to do was wash and slice the fruits and lettuce, put them in a plate big enough to hold them all (I was supposed to use a salad bowl, but could not find one), add the mayonnaise, and mix until the dressing was evenly spread. In less than 20 minutes, I was already enjoying a plate of fresh salad along with a bottle of four seasons Fit ‘n Right.

The final product (plate already half-empty!)
The final product (plate already half-empty!)

I saved myself from being tempted to eat fried chicken or some red meat for dinner, and I felt like a Korean millionaire’s daughter picking my salad slices with my good old wooden chopsticks.

Let's eat!
Let’s eat!

Next Monday, maybe I’ll try to add some strips of my favorite carrots and some apple slices. ^_^

Living healthy doesn’t have to be expensive. It should only be fun through creativity and resourcefulness.