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Healthy lunch cooking demo with Nadine Tengco

Like most mommies, I try to give my kids yummy and nutritious school lunches most of the time. But my two girls are growing up, and their taste buds are becoming more discriminating – demanding could be a fitter term. They easily get bored with their school lunches so I need to vary the menu. So when I got invited to a cooking demo with Nadine Tengco, health guru and nutritionist, I couldn’t pass up.

Last week I watched Chef Bruce Lim whip up an easy but delish Asian Stir-fried pasta dish. A few weeks back, there was a Korean cooking demo at the girls’ school where I learned how to make Korean seafood rice roll and authentic Chap Chae (which I’ve yet to blog about, by the way).

So last Friday, I went to a cooking demo with Ms. Nadine Tengco on healthy lunch box recipes at SM North Edsa Active Fun.

Healthy lunch cooking demo with Nadine Tengco Soyami Chips

Nadine Tengco, a US-certified nutritionist, is the fitness nutritionist of the TV show Pinoy Biggest Loser. She advocates eating – yes, eating –  instead of reducing food intake to lose weight. (Hmmm, I like her a lot na!)

Friday’s cooking demo with Nadine Tengco was all about healthy school lunch boxes. Nadine showed us how to prepare healthy snacks that kids can bring to school and actually eat (not give away to classmates, hehe) using Soyami Chips.

Healthy lunch cooking demo with Nadine Tengco Apples Morales Soyami Chips
Top: Ms. Apples Morales of Soyami and Active Fun assists Ms. Nadine Tengco during the cooking demo. Bottom (photo courtesy of Soyami Marketing): The mommy bloggers pose with Apple.

Adding soya is an excellent way of improving the nutritional value of a meal. It helps to decrease fat and cholesterol, while increasing fiber content. Soyami Chips are MSG-free, GMO-free, transfat-free, and made from 100% soya. So adding Soyami to our kids’ school lunches is an easy and yummy way of making their meals more nutritious.

Healthy lunch recipes cooking demo with Nadine Tengco
Sneaky Mac n’ Cheese, Sneaky Tuna Nuggets make sneaky-healthy school snacks.

Here are the recipes.

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July is Nutrition Month

In the Philippines, Nutrition Month is celebrated every month of July. So this month, on POC Wellness, we shall be featuring articles related to nutrition and good eating.

The habit of eating healthy is not something that we are born with or develop overnight. Kids naturally go for what is sweet or crispy, not what is green and healthy. So it’s good to start them off right. For me, the best tip is to be good examples as parents, because children copy what we do. Read more tips for making healthy eating fun for kids here from Toni of Wifely Steps.

Also from Toni is an article on label lingo. Good nutrition starts with choosing the right food. The article includes 10 supermarket buzzwords that each supermarket shopper must know.

This month is also a good time to dig the archives of POC Wellness, especially the articles on organic food. What’s a better way to eat good food than to make it yourself? Organic gardening sounds like a good hobby, though I’ve never really tried it myself (I must be the only brown thumb in a family of green-thumbs!). I may initially be excited setting up the garden – buying seeds, pots, soils, garden windmills. But I’m not really sure if I can sustain the hobby…

Anyway, here’s a great article on Organic Gardening 101. While you’re at it, you may want to make your own organic fertilizer by vermiculturing.

Here’s to good food and good health! 🙂