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July 2015

Health

What I learned from oil-pulling for a week

July 31, 2015

There has been quite a bit of chatter recently (around me at least!) about the potential benefits of oil-pulling, so I thought I’d give it a shot! Oil-pulling is not a new idea. I’ve been hearing about it since I was a little kid but I thought it was just swallowing oil and that disgusted me so I never tried it.

How to oil-pull: Even though it’s called oil “pulling” there is no “pulling” involved! It just basically swishing oil around in your mouth like mouthwash for as long as you can stand it before you wanna puke (you’re supposed to do about 10 minutes). And this doesn’t have to turn into some sort of jaw-Olympics, just gentle swishing so you don’t get tired. I read that about a tablespoon of oil is a good amount. Also, spit it in the trash when you’re done not the sink because it’ll solidify and clog drains!

Here are some of the touted benefits:

                       -Prevents/cures tooth decay                             -detoxes the body                                       -heals bleeding gums

                       -helps  prevent gingivitis                                     -aids hormonal changes                          -prevents heart disease

                       -helps prevent plaque build-up                         -reduces headaches                                   -reduces inflammation in the body

                      -whitens teeth                                                            -keeps skin clear                                         -boosts immune system

                      -increases energy                                                     -improves general oral hygiene            -strengthens gums and jaw

So I tried it for a week and this is what happened.

Day 1: I decided to use coconut oil because I felt like it would taste the best. I get my coconut oil from Amazon. My oil was room temperature but halfway between solid and liquid so I plunged my tablespoon into the jar and came up with about half a tablespoon, which was plenty to start for me. I swished it around in my mouth to make it all liquid because the chunky texture made me want to hurl. At this point it’s warm, thick and slightly coco-nutty which makes it sounds more pleasant than it was. Because it wasn’t pleasant. I made it about 4 minutes before I had to gracefully spit it into the garbage. No benefits occurred.

Day 2: It was hot today so my coconut oil was totally liquid, which made it a lot easier to handle! Made it about 10 minutes, mostly thanks to the fact that I was mesmerized by The Bachelorette while I swished. Not feeling or seeing any benefits.

Day 5: I’m skipping ahead a few days because from day 2 continued until day 5! Now it’s getting easier and easier to swish and I am noticing my teeth look a little whiter for sure but nothing else.

Day 7: Teeth look whiter and cleaner. I haven’t notice any other results yet but my teeth do feel good and my skin has been looking  good lately. However, it probably hasn’t been long enough for the benefits to develop so I shall continue swishing and give y’all an update in a  couple weeks!

In the meantime, you should give it a try. Just don’t forget to spit it out in the trash instead of the sink, I don’t want all your drains to get clogged. Let me know your record swishing time too, more than 10 minutes is Olympic-swisher status!

xoxo

Recipes

The Best Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

July 24, 2015

A couple weeks ago I made a delicious strawberry rhubarb pie, which is my favorite kind of pie maybe…Pumpkin and apple are up there too. Anyways, I thought I’d share what recipe I used to make it!

I used Smitten Kitchen‘s recipes for both the crust and the filling.

For the crust, you will want to make it a bit in advance because it needs to chill 1-2 hours in the fridge before rolling it out, so keep that in mind! Here is Smitten Kitchen’s recipe below:

All Butter, Really Flaky Pie Dough (Smitten Kitchen)

Makes enough dough for one double or two single-crust pies.

2 1/2 cups (315 grams) flour
1 tablespoon (15 grams) sugar
1 teaspoon (5 grams) table salt
2 sticks (8 ounces, 225 grams tablespoons or 1 cup) unsalted butter, very cold

  • Some people use shortening in their crusts but Smitten Kitchen (and I) think it’s kinda gross and butter works just as well.
  • Don’t use a food processor because it’s easy to overwork the dough
  • When you work the butter in, make sure it’s very very cold! Cutting the butter into small cubes and then putting them in the freezer for a bit could help with this.
  • Visible butter chunks means visible dough flakiness so don’t be afraid to leave some various pea sized chunks in the dough.

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Step 1: Gather ingredients for the crust

Step 2: fill a glass with one cup of water and drop some ice cubes in it, set aside.

Step 3: In a large bowl, whisk together 2.5 cups flour, 1 tablespoon sugar and 1 teaspoon salt.

Step 4: If you haven’t already, dice two sticks of cold unsalted butter into 1/2 inch pieces and get out your pastry blender thing.

Step 5: Sprinkle butter cubes over flour mixture and start working them into the dough until the chunks are about pea sized, this won’t take much time and even if it’s uneven stop sooner rather than later!!!

Step 6: Start to drizzle 1/2 cup of the ice water over the butter/flour mixture, use a spatula together the dough together and use an additional 1/4 cup (approximately) tablespoon by tablespoon to bring the dough together. Once it;s kinda together, use your hands to form a gentle ball.

Step 7: Divide the dough in half into two balls, wrap well in plastic wrap and flatten them a bit, like into disk shapes. Chill in fridge for 1-2 hours (dough will last for up to a week in the fridge btw).

Now your dough is done, let’s start the filling!!

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Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Filling (Smitten Kitchen)

3 1/2 cups (about 1 1/2 pounds, untrimmed) rhubarb, in 1/2-inch thick slices
3 1/2 cups (about 1 pound) strawberries, hulled and sliced if big, halved if tiny
1/2 cup granulated sugar (with this much the pie is a little tart and not too sweet, use 3/4 cup if you prefer sweeter!)
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup quick-cooking tapioca (odd but good, used in place of cornstarch!)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 large egg yolk beaten to blend with 1 teaspoon water (for glaze)

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Step 1: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Read these helpful tips on rolling out dough and then roll out one ball of pie dough onto well-floured surface into a 12-inch circle and put in a 9-inch pie plate On a well-floured counter, roll half of pie dough into a 12-inch circle and carefully transfer to a 9-inch pie plate.

Step 2: In a large bowl, stir together rhubarb, strawberries, sugars, lemon, salt and tapioca and then pour/stuff into bottom pie crust and dot with small pieces of butter.

Step 3: Roll out second ball of dough into an 11-inch circle and do whatever your hearts desire for the pie top. Lattice, decorative slits or cookie cutouts! I highly recommend taking a look at Gimme Some Oven’s lattice pie crust tutorial, it’s super helpful.

Step 4: Brush egg yolk mixture over crust.

Step 5: Bake for 20 minutes then reduce temparature to 350 degrees and bake for 25-30 more minutes until crust is golden and juice bubble.

Step 6: Place on cooling rack and let cool for several hours or just eat it and burn your mouth.

Note: Pie should keep for up to three days at room temperature but let’s be real, it’ll be gone in about 24 hours…!

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Finished pie:

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Those bubbly juices!

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Another picture because I love how pies look and  I only make them for holidays!

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The inside was nice and pink!

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If you ever make this pie, send me a pic and let me know how you liked it!

xoxo

What I Ate Wednesday

WIAW: The best guacamole

July 15, 2015

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Happy WIAW!

Breakfast: Oats with pb2, cinnamon, honey, chia and hemp seeds. Obviously not my picture but I woke up a  little late today and had to scarf it down super fast!

Snack: As a I slept last night these dried plums were being cooked up in the food dehydrator so I had a yummy snack this morning.

snack dried plums

Lunch: Not the healthiest but very tasty: Amy’s mattar paneer frozen meal. I got a bunch of these at Costco for hot summer days (it wasn’t hot today…but I didn’t want to cook!). Last weekend I made big pot of green curry with tofu and cauliflower “rice,” which I already ate, so I feel like I’ve done my cooking for the week!

lunch amy's

Dinner: corn tortillas with organic refried beans, chickpeas, salsa and guacamole. This really hit the spot, I LOVE guacamole and it was nice and easy since I had just got home from a long workout and I was starvin marvin! And yes, those are my pjs, I change into them immediately sometimes!

guacamole chickpea tacos

On 4th of July weekend, I went to visit my grandparents and my grandpa introduced me to the easiest best guac ever, you just mash up 2-3 ripe avocados in a bowl and dump a jar of good salsa in! I don’t know why I have never thought of that! Anyways, I made it again this week and you should try it asap.

guacamole recipe

Serve with chips, carrots or just eat it with a spoon!

chips and dip

I finally got my hair done, it’s been about 9 months. I got my hair cut for $7 at this Chinese beauty school near my apartment and I got full highlights at my favorite place Bocz salon downtown.

new hair kyla

Okay, we just have to get through Wednesday and then it will almost be the weekend! Hang in there!

My weekend is a lot closer this week because I am taking Friday off, and my birthday is on Sunday!

What are you looking forward to right now?

Do you have any birthday traditions?

Crafts, Recipes

My Latest Pins

July 8, 2015

These amazing nutella-stuffed pancakes that I can never make because I would never stop eating them and eventually die from malnutrition.

Nutella Stuffed Pancakes - frozen Nutella discs makes it a breeze to make the Nutella stuffed pancakes!

These adorable pineapple-shaped fruit gummies!

Speaking of candy, how fun does this peanut butter salt water taffy look?

Peanut butter salt water taffy: a labor of love.

I want to make this sponge cake very soon!

victoria sponge cake

And after all that sugar, I pinned this workout next!

The Plank Workout That Will Tone Your Abs, Sculpt Your Tush, and Strengthen Your Arms | Women's Health Magazine

And this cute craft! I and everyone else in the world seem to have an obsession with pineapples this summer!

Easy and cute! DIY Pineapple Print Pillow Tutorial. Craft and make your own cute pink pineapple stamp and then print it onto a pillow or any where you like! #stamp #print #craft

How fun is this champagne bottle disguise?!

Pineapple Champagne Bottle. Amazing.

Don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest to see more recipes and other goodies like these!

xoxo

What I Ate Wednesday

WIAW: Trader Joe’s Finds + Custard

July 1, 2015

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Hello lovely people of WIAW! Wow I can’t believe it;s the first day of July, it’s been so hot it feels like its been summer for longer to me. I’m excited this week because we have Friday off work and I am going to my grandparents beach house for the weekend! I’m planning on making a Fourth of July treat too. If you want some ideas, check out my last post!

Breakfast: This oatmeal from Trader Joe’s, I feel like it’s better for you than the Quaker instant oatmeal (which I used to think was healthy!) so I treat myself to this every once in a while instead of making oats myself. I like to add in a bit of regular plain oats to each packet so it’s more filling too. I forgot to take a picture clearly, whoops.

Snack: Blueberries! Definitely my favorite fruit. I can’t wait to go blueberry picking later this month. I ate all of these in about 5 seconds, like a ravenous squirrel.

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Lunch: Another Trader Joe’s item, a prepared kale, quinoa, lemon-y salad. I have gotten this twice and both times the kale is right on the edge of being to wilty and spoiled to eat, not cool TJs! Other than that it’s pretty tasty. I like the crunchy quinoa puffs and the cranberries the best. I also had some peppermint tea.

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Dinner: My friend Sulki and I got our favorite tacos at Barrio. we split some fish tacos and chips and salsa. It’s amazing how fast we eat, we were both done in 20 minutes! (probably not a good thing ha ha).  Picture is blurry because excitement.

barrio tacos

Dessert: Some deliciously sweet frozen custard from Old School Frozen Custard.

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They have flavors of the month! Blueberry cheesecake sounds good.

old school custard

We both got the S’mores sundae which had vanilla custard, graham cracker crumbles, chocolate chips, marshmallow cream and hot fudge sauce. Just writing it out makes me drool! It was super yummy, except there were too many mini chocolate chips for my taste.

old school custard yum

 Jeez all of my photos are blurry, sorry guys! One more beauty shot:

old school s'mores custard

This lady is going to Thailand this week. How exciting!

s and k

Have a good rest of the week!  And happy Fourth of July (almost)!

Do you have any Fourth of July traditions? 

Did you bake anything special for it last year?