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Amazing Zespri Kiwifruit

It’s Zespri Kiwifruit season again in Singapore’s supermarkets! Have you seen all the green kiwis in the supermarket lately? If you’ve seen a god kiwiffruit, you are in luck! Gold kiwifruit is very rare this year due to a drought in New Zealand which affected the gold kiwi fruit crop! If you manage to lay your hands on some, you can buy toto as well!!

Do take the opportunity to stock up on more kiwi fruit as they contain TWICE the amount of Vitamin C as compared to Oranges!

Kiwi Fruit

The easiest and most brainless way to eat a Kiwi fruit is obviously to slice the fruit in half and use a spoon to scoop out the flesh. But check out this video below, where you don’t even need a spoon, just a knife will do!

And in case you want to peel a whole kiwi fast, this video below shows you how! Good for when you need pretty slices of kiwi to decorate your cakes or if you just need to peel a ton to make kiwi chutneys!

I will be doing some Zespri Kiwi fruit giveaways in a few days time! Do watch out for the contest here. Bonus points to early birds who leave a comment here first on your thoughts about eating kiwi fruit!

Zespri Kiwifruit Goodie Bag Giveaway!

Ok who’s up for another freebie contest??? I hope you’ve enjoyed the Kiwifruit posts that I have been inundating you with in the last 1 month. The good people of Zespri Kiwifruit have decided to reward you with some great goodies! Check out what you stand to win in each goody bag.

Zespri Kiwifruit Goodie Bag

Each goodie bag contains the following:-

  • 3 of the kiwi holders and spives (spife = spoon & knife)
  • 1 kitchen apron and glove set
  • 3 sets of washing sponges
  • 3 mini shopping bag soft toys
  • 1 Zespri recyclable shopper bag
  • 2 yellow kiwi thumb drives

Kiwifruit Thumb drive

The thumbdrives are especially cute! I really love them!

Here are the details of the contest:-

  1. Like 365days2play’s Facebook
  2. Share my Facebook post regarding this contest
  3. Leave a comment at my Facebook contest post stating that you have done so.
  4. Name one reason why you should eat more Kiwifruit. Submit the answer via my Facebook post.
  5. Contest ends 2 September 2012 Sunday 23:59!
  6. Five winners will be selected and the prizes will be couriered to the winners!

Zespri Kiwifruit Marinated Steak

Today marks the final day of the Zespri 14-Day Daily Scoop of Amazing Challenge. In a way, I feel a little sad because it was fun to be part of this Kiwi Challenge. Eating fruits can sometimes be mundane, but when a prize’s at stake, or simply when there’s competition, things spice up don’t they?

Never has eating Kiwifruit been so exciting for me until now. The Challenge has also opened my mind to various possibilities of incorporating the Kiwifruit in my diet. Although it’s perfectly fine to slice open a Kiwi and devour the flesh straight, I now know how to use the Kiwi as a marinade for my steaks or as a salsa to accompany the steak. I also know how to make Kiwi Pavlova, the 1st time I’ve ever tried making a Pavlova!

But I think most important of all, the Challenge has reminded me to have health at the top of my mind. A Kiwifruit a day is now my mantra and if I don’t, it just doesn’t feel right!

Zespri Kiwi Mountain

I will miss my little gold (and green) mine as the numbers dwindle…But I will feel happy knowing that they have been useful in nourishing me.

Kiwi Marinaded Steak

I shall end this post with a simple recipe for Super Tender Kiwi Marinated Steak. To make the marinade, all you need is the following ingredients:-

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Health mantras by 365days2play

While I’m on this healthy streak, I thought I should share my enthusiasm with you guys by posting some health tips you might like to follow.

Before I jump into the hard stuff, I’d like to tell you that I am a label reader, and I’ve always been so since I was a kid. My music school was right above a supermarket, and after class, I’d prowl the supermarket shelves, stalking the canned food or confectionary section. I’d actually read the ingredients and nutrition list. Don’t ask me why it’s so fascinating, but it just is. In fact, one of my dream jobs (still is!) is to work in a supermarket!

Anyway, the point is that when you read labels, you learn a lot more about the food you’re consuming. It just baffles me how easily people are fooled by the colourful words on the packaging, that are designed to make you think what THEY want you to think. Cereals for kids are the worst offender! But the truth is there for you to see, in the labels! For example, I once told a colleague to drink more fruit juice since he had come down with the flu. He dutifully went to 7-Eleven, and to my horror, bought a juice drink. Now when you see the word “juice drink”, rather than “juice” or “pure juice”, you know that it’s not pure. Many times it’s apple juice added, but in bad cases it’s sugar added. So he sipped on a sugary juice drink. Ah well, on to the mantras.

Eat 2 servings of fruit a day

So everyone has this vague idea that one should try and eat more fruits. The question is how much is enough? The answer is that you should eat at least 2 servings of fruit a day. And how much is 2 servings of fruit? 1 kiwi is about the size of 1 serving of fruit.

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In a survey conducted by Zespri (the company that represents and markets NZ Kiwifruit), it was found that most Singaporeans aren’t getting at least 2 servings of fruit a day. At least more than 50% eat at least 1 serving of fruit a day. I certainly hope you’re not in the 8% that do not eat fruit at all! Two servings is the minimum btw, there are some health experts out there who say that you need to consume 9 servings per day! I think I’ll give myself a pat on the back if I can sustain 2 servings.

Not all fruits are created equal. Be kiasu, choose the best!

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Okay you guys may think that I’m trying to hard sell the kiwifruit, but the facts are not fake. We should always eat a good variety of fruits for the various vitamins, but if you can only stomach a bit of fruit a day, go for the most power packed one!

Make your breakfast a nutritious one

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You see, one excuse I have for not eating enough fruits is that after lunch or dinner, I’m just too full to eat anymore fruits. And believe it or not, I don’t snack all that much, yes it’s true lah! So actually, a good time to pack more fruits into my diet is to have fruit for breakfast.

In another survey conducted by Zespri, only 19% have fruits for breakfast, while a whopping 84% have bread, buns or biscuits. I don’t know about you but plain bread or bread with a sweetened spread is a definite NO NO for me for breakfast. The sugar from all the carbo hits me really hard and I literally feel like taking MC for the rest of the day.

So are you one of those that makes use of breakfast to jumpstart your day? Let’s ignore the survey that Zespri has done and conduct one ourselves. Fill in this survey and let me know what you have for breakfast!

Real Food Revisited 3

In line with the healthy theme these 2 weeks thanks to Zespri’s Kiwifruit Challenge, I decided to take my parents to the new Real Food outlet that just opened at Killiney Road. The original Real Food cafe is at The Central just above Clarke Quay MRT Station and I’ve been there many times over the last 2 years.

It’s interesting how when you do something unappealing a number of times, it soon becomes more palatable, and may even turn into a habit? After having a Kiwifruit daily, plus the more or less raw dinner at The Living Cafe, my mind is more attuned to the benefits of eating healthily which was why I instantly thought of Real Food for Saturday brunch.

Real Food strives as much as possible to utilise organic ingredients in its food. Also, no meat is used. However, you would be really hard pressed to miss it because all the other flavours in each dish come together so nicely even without the meat! Another reason why I like coming to Real Food is because the prices are very affordable, and comparable to non-organic cafes!

Real Food - Dumpling Soup (Dumplings handmade with 10 ingredients like carrots, mushrooms, bean curd, french beans and chest nuts) $7

Dumpling Soup (Dumplings handmade with 10 ingredients like carrots, mushrooms, bean curd, french beans and chest nuts) $7

For example, this dumpling soup. There is no meat in the dumplings but because it’s bursting with other ingredients, and chestnuts to give it a bite, you don’t miss the meat at all. In fact, my mother asked me if the dumplings contained minced meat as it was so flavourful. The soup itself is also a delight to drink, and has a peppery base that warms you.

I almost always order this dumpling soup, or the dumpling noodles. I believe most customers who patronise Real Food consider the dumplings to be one of their signature dishes.

Real Food - Organic Fried Quinoa with french beans, mushrooms, carrots and crushed black peppercorn $7.80

Organic Fried Quinoa with french beans, mushrooms, carrots and crushed black peppercorn $7.80

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