Thursday, October 9, 2014

Good View, Good Eat!

Enjoying delicious foods with wonderful sea breeze...

Welcome back to my blog :). In this article, I will share about my recent trip to Gili Trawangan, a beautiful island located near Lombok, Indonesia. Usually, people go on a eating splurge during holiday and they gain weight afterward. But, as a follower of the principle of Guilt Free Delight,  I always try to choose my foods smartly everywhere and every time so I am still able to enjoy them without feeling guilty :D.

During the trip, I had a chance to have lunch in a nice restaurant by the sea. So I can experience the wonderful sea breeze, the beautiful pastel blue water, the clear blue sky...yes, all of these...while enjoying delicious foods. How can I expect to get better than these? It feels like just too good to be true :D.

For lunch that day, I had a Mexican dish, namely Grilled Chicken Fajita, perfected with red and yellow peppers, sweet onions, as well as  eggplants.  It came with fresh tomato salsa, fresh guacamole made from avocado, sour cream, and fresh-from-the-oven tortilla wraps. For the drink, I had the refreshing young coconut.

What are the health benefits of consuming those things? Chicken, especially skinless chicken breast, is a good source of protein. Red and yellow peppers contain alpha-carotenes which serve as antioxidants, protecting our body from the damaging effects of free radicals. Onions contain flavonoid glycosides which have protective effect towards our DNA. The purple pigments in eggplants called anthocyanins have some beneficial effects such as decreasing the risk of cancer. Lycopenes in tomatoes are proven to reduce the oxidation of LDL (low density lipoproteins) which are bad cholesterols. There are two types of cholesterols: LDL (low density lipoproteins) which are bad cholesterols and HDL (low density lipoproteins) which are good cholesterols. The oxidation of LDL is linked with the increased risk of heart disease and atheroschlerosis. Avocado is beneficial for weight control because it contains monounsaturated fat which can speed up the metabolic rate in our bodies. As for the drink, natural coconut water can help to neutralize toxins contamining our bodies.

That is the story of my delicious lunch on a beautiful beach. Let us continue on our journey adhering to the Guilt Free Delight principle. Stay healthy & beautiful, while savoring the foods & drinks that we enjoy :D.