Sunday, July 29, 2012

Kiddy Kimbap - 꼬마 김밥

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I'm finally doing a kimbap post, but only because my mum is here helping me make them. My little brother's at camp and we decided to make it for his lunch and ours too! It's a perfect picnic recipe and my mum and I enjoyed these under the LA sun. The weather is to die for :)

Have short intestines? Addicted to Alcohol?
I guess you can't really tell if your intestines are short or not... But if you're older and have undergone gastric bypass surgery (stapling stomachs!), you're more likely to become addicted to alcohol! For people with short or damaged intestines, the alcohol goes straight into the intestine and is absorbed rapidly. That higher absorption rate makes alcohol oh-so-enticing, says research team from the University of Pittsburg Medical Center.

There are obese testimonials who developed alcoholism and were treated for their alcohol addiction. What would you rather have? A trimmer figure swapped for alcoholism? Well...both (as in gastric bypass and alcoholism) are avoidable if you get off your lazy butt, exercise and eat healthy!

Kid's Kimbap - 꼬마 김밥 (Ggoma kim bap)
Makes 3-5 servings 

Here's a jumpstart to a healthy lunch! KOREAN SUSHI.
Since we had to be out of the house early the next day, we prepped all the ingredients the night before and kept them in the fridge after letting them cool. Then we made fresh rice that day and rolled the kim bap straight away. If you're making it all in a day, make the rice as your rice cooker says first so that it can cool.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

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Woohoo! How long has it been since my last post...? eek. I've been on a vacation, going around Hong Kong and Korea and now I'm back. I've been eating like I'm about to hibernate, bought all kind of Asian goodies and weird phone accessories and finally tried out wakeboarding (whether you believe me or not, I am a total pro). I thought I would gain 10 pounds but looks like all the water activities I did made me lose weight instead. Bring on the bikini weather! Although, it's more like just laying still's a desert in LA.

You should see my phone accessories. They're super popular in Korea and so funny! You can stick like an object into the earphone plughole. I can't really explain, but now my iphone looks like an apple. If you find me on Facebook you can see it! I've got all kinds of other attachments too. Heehee. Although, I don't know if I want to keep using my phone so much because of this article.

Frequent Cell Phone Users Slobber More
How funny and gross is that? The investigation found out that heavy users of mobile phones had increased salivary flow rate, blood flow rate and volume of parotid glands. Those are our salivary glands. You know how your ears get hot after being on the phone too long? Well, that heat and radio frequency radiation emitting from your phone is absorbed by the tissues where you use your phone (hopefully that's your ear). All that heat can cause the adjacent tissue to expand and increase in volume and the radiation absorbed by the water in the tissues can further raise skin temperature and modify blood flow too.

Hopefully, we'll be talking less on our phones and more face-to-face time. Or we'll find ourselves slobbering and spitting all over each other. EW.

I made these cookies before I left DC, so I could use everything up in the fridge! Super fast and easy to make. You can always freeze the ones you don't eat and then toast them up or microwave them for a healthy snack. I always have a few of these in the mornings. If you're not a fan of chocolate, add in nuts, shaved coconut blabla etc... you get the idea :)

Banana Choc Chip Oatmeal Cookies
Makes 2 dozen
Guilt-free goodies

1 cup Oatmeal
1/2 cup Flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

1 Ripe banana
1/4 cup honey and 1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
2 tbsp butter (room temp)
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup Dark or semisweet Chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350F.
First, cream the butter and sugar until nice and fluffy. Whisk in the egg, honey, mashed banana and vanilla extract.

In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together (oatmeal, flour, cinnamon, powder, baking soda, salt)

Add the wet mix to the dry (or vice versa) and mix until incorporated.

Lastly, fold in the chocolate chips (or/ and nuts) and then pop it into the oven for 10-12 mins.

Straight out of the oven!