Thursday, September 26, 2013

Valor Chocolates: Spain's Leading Chocolate Brand Now in the Philippines

I love eating chocolates! I usually sneak in a bite at night, right after I am done with tutor duties, while C and I are watching a recording of our favorite TV shows. I make sure to get the ones that are mini-sized, so I can limit the temptation.:) Bad, bad practice, I know - eating chocolates at night, because you know what they say: one moment on the lips, forever on the hips. Haha! But I feel like I deserve a little treat at the end of the day.:)

But there’s good news for everyone who count chocolates as one of their guilty indulgences! We don't have to feel all that bad about eating our chocolates becasue Spain’s market leader, Valor Chocolates, is now on our shores.  And not only did Valor Chocolates bring with them their distinctly flavoured chocolate bars, they are also introducing their new range of Valor sugar-free chocolate bars which are sweetened with stevia, a natural sweetener derived from a plant originating in South America. 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Nail Room

A few hours at the spa is always a good way to de-stress. But even if I know that, I do not really find time for it.  I keep arguing with myself that my days are filled with a hundred things that I need to do for my family, so the pampering can wait.  But when some of the SoMoms were invited for an afternoon of pampering at The Nail Room, I immediately said yes.
Cai from Apples & Dumplings, Jackie of Go Jackie Go, Michelle of My Mom-Friday, ME, Jay of Nail Room And Nuat Thai- Libis.  Photo from My Mom-Friday. 

Friday, September 13, 2013

Phenomenal Tip: Fast Track Your Smoothies

I have been serving the kids a whole lot of smoothies as after-school snacks since the start of the year. My kids are always hungry every time they get off from school, and I used to give them carbo-rich foods like brown rice toppings or pasta. But now that the two girls are older, and consequently their dismissal times have also been pushed back and they now only have about an hour before training, so a light snack that is easily digested is ideal. Their usual merienda of pasta or rice is not suitable anymore as a full tummy that is busy digesting all those carbohydrates will leave them sluggish and feeling heavy.

Hence, a little adjustment had to be made to give them after school snacks that are filling and yet are also easily digestible. Smoothies are our new favorite after-school snack!
I make smoothies almost everyday, and sometimes even twice a day – one for the kids' pre-workout, and another one for after training recovery. It is easier to prepare rather than the time-consuming effort of preparing pasta sauces. And another upside to this is I also lessen the amount of gluten (from the pasta) that my kids take in.