Friday, March 11, 2016

The 6th MommyMundo Mommy Milkshake Run 2016

One of my resolutions this year is to get back in shape by making healthier food choices and engaging in regular physical activity. Admittedly, exercising has taken a backseat after I've given birth to my second baby.  My default excuse was that I'm breastfeeding and I don't have the time.  But now that my baby is more than 1 year old, I decided to prioritize my own health and well-being.

Since late January, I've been regularly hitting the gym doing circuit training and boxing.  While my weight loss has not been as fast as I would want it to be (age being the culprit as it slows down our metabolism), I'm starting to fit in some of my pre-pregnancy clothes. Weeee!  My husband and I have always been physically active in our younger years. Well, as you know things change once kids come in. But we both still like to continue the active lifestyle we used to have even if family life sometimes makes that quite challenging. Living an active lifestyle is not only beneficial for us. It is also an important habit to teach and pass on to our kids.

When I learned about the 6th Mommy Mundo Milkshake Run at the Bonifacio Global City on March 6, 2016, I didn't hesitate to sign up at once. We registered as a whole family but my husband came home sick from a business trip in Thailand a day before the event. We decided that only me and my 4-year old son, Caleb would go.

I was so excited because this was our first run together as mom and son. I prepped our stuff in advance and hit the sack early the night before the event so we could make it to the 5:30 AM registration. 

On the day of the event, moms, dads and kids of different ages flocked 9th corner 34th street in BGC even before sunrise.  Many parents came with their kids' strollers and some mommies wore their babies on slings! There were booths from the sponsors and stalls for food and refreshment. A tent served as a diaper-changing and breastfeeding station. How convenient is that? 

Rookie USA Apparel set up a Mega Blocks play area for the kids to enjoy

Breastfeeding station for nursing moms like me.  Beats NAIA 1... LOL!

Before the start of the run, a fitness instructor from Curves led the warm up and stretching.  Afterwards, the participants of the 5K run headed off 10 minutes earlier than the 3K run participants.  Majority joined the 3K and it gave thrilled my son to see so many kids and their parents at the starting line.

As soon as the 3K started, Caleb immediately dashed off and I had to catch up with him because he might get lost in the crowd. I think he thought it was a race. Lol! After 1 Kilometer, he was already complaining that his legs are starting to hurt. Good thing they had a couple of water/hydration stations by Waters Philippines and Gatorade. We kept a steady pace all throughout the route and what do you know! We made it to the finish line! I was so proud of my son!

Proud moment! We made it!

Guess where my tired finisher headed first? He was super thirsty! 

Enjoying sweet treats from Goldilocks 

The fun didn't stop at the run. No matter how tired my son was, he still had the energy to try out the toy pony ride at the Fun Ranch booth.

Moms checked out the fitness assessment/consultation at the Curves' booth.

Participants were given a loot bag of healthy products at the end of the event. My favorite was the lactation cookies and brownies from Mommy Treats and Dona Maria Jasponica Brown Rice. 

Thank you Mommy Mundo! We had an awesome and unforgettable mom and son quality time at Mommy Milkshake Run 2016.  This experienced inspired my son and he even urged me that we  run again in BGC.  Wow! So to this, I say, "Mission Accomplished!" We look forward to joining again next year and we hope that we'll be complete as a family by then. 

Photo c/o Mommy Mundo

Monday, February 15, 2016

6 Tips On How To Make The Most Out of Your Fruits and Veggies

A trip to the country's summer capital will not be complete without a visit to the infamous Baguio City Public Market.  It has been years since I last visited the public market and I don't know about you, but there's just something about it that makes a Manilena like me feel euphoric.

Perhaps, it is the wide array of goodies for pasalubong - Good Shepherd Ube, Romana Peanut Brittle, Garcia's Benguet Mountain Coffee, and oh, the abundance fresh produce that are so cheap compared to Manila prices.  

I remember asking for the price of Romaine lettuce. The friendly ate told me it's 80 Pesos to which I replied, "per head?" She said, "Hindi po, per Kilo." I was amazed. 1 Kilo is 3 huge heads of Romaine. Whereas in Manila, a small bunch of not-so-fresh-looking lettuce would cost about P100. Needless to say, I hoarded on fresh produce. How could I not, when a kilo of it is like the price of 1 piece in the supermarket? P20 per Kilo for cucumber, P40 for a Kilo of carrots P120 for a Kilo of fresh strawberries. P80 for zucchini.  Ahhh.. It was produce heaven!!!

So with the load of fresh produce we brought home came the dilemma of how to make the most out of the veggies I've hoarded. It has been 3 weeks since our Baguio trip and I'm proud to say that none of it had gone to waste. And mind you, I did not force my family to eat salad all week. 

With some creativity and online research, allow me to share some tips on how I've managed to make the most out of our fresh fruits and vegetables.

1.  Store vegetables properly.  Keep them away from extra moisture in the chiller.

I've stored them separately in manila paper and wrapped them tightly in sturdy plastic bags.

2.  Separate broccoli florets from the stalk.  

Consume the florets within a few days after purchase. Cut stalk into small pieces, wash and blanch if desired (optional). Place in small containers and store in the fridge.

Blanching is the process of quickly plunging vegetables in boiling water for 2-3 minutes and shock it in cold icy water to stop the cooking process.

3.  Serve veggies the way you enjoy best.

That way, eating veggies won't be such a chore, especially for your kids. Personally, I like to stir-fry veggies in a wok, add some ham and tofu. Voila! Fast and nutritious meal for your family.

 4. Store herbs in ice cube trays. Drizzle with Extra Virgin Olive Oil. 

Now you have available herbs anytime you need them for cooking.
Fresh Wansoy/ Cilantro for Asian dishes and Rosemary herbs for
chicken and meat dishes

5.  Make infused water and fruit-veggie smoothie. 

Infused water is known to have a number of health benefits including ridding our bodies from toxins, boosting our metabolism and satisfying our sweet cravings.  How I wish I can buy a kilo of Lemon for just P100 so I can put as much lemon in our water everyday.

For the fruit-veggie smoothie, I combined carrots, strawberries, cucumber and malunggay, added soymilk and put them in the freezer. Instant fro-yo for my kids to enjoy as snack.

Infused Water:  Cucumber, Lemon slices, Mint Leaves
Fruit-Veggie Smoothie:  Carrots, Cucumber, Strawberry, Malunggay and
Silk Soymilk

6.  Make your own ready-to-cook frozen meal.

Preparing your own frozen meal will surely come in handy when there's not enough time to prepare lunch or dinner. For vegetables, I chose to prepare lumpia or spring rolls. 

When it comes to lumpia, you don't have to limit yourself to the same old boring mung sprouts (togue) and cabbage. I've created my own recipe by mixing all these vegetables:  Zucchini, sayote, carrots, Kani crabsticks and Cilantro (wansoy).  I stir-fried them with garlic and onions and drizzled some sesame oil.

Hope you like these tips. Let me know if you have something to share. I can't wait to go back to Baguio and panic buy fruits and veggies again.