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8 Healthy but Delicious Pinoy Foods You Need to Try

When you think of Pinoy foods, fat-rich dishes like lechon, adobo, and crispy pata often come to mind! But there are also lots of healthy but still delicious Pinoy foods that every health buff needs to try.

Ensaladang Talong

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A lot of Pinoys love tortang talong but because this is cooked in oil, this isn’t as healthy as ensaladang talong or eggplant salad. It is prepared in a similar way as the torta dish, with the eggplant roasted with the skin on. Then, the skin is removed before the eggplant is mixed with tomatoes, onions, and calamansi.

Tinolang Tahong

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Tahong or mussels are popular seafoods in the Philippines, thanks to its ready availability and affordable price. A rich source of folate, zinc, selenium, and vitamin B12, tahong is truly a healthy food. This dish is cooked with ginger, lemon grass, and leafy greens like malunggay or kamote tops.

Ginisang Monggo

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Ginisang monggo or sauteed monggo beans is rich in folate, manganese, phosphorus, thiamine, iron, and magnesium. Often considered as poor man’s meat, monggo can be prepared without meat but also tastes great with pork and chicharon.

Laing

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Prepared with coconut milk and spices, laing is an authentic Pinoy food that’s rich in iron as well as vitamins A and C. It is a delicious and healthy dish.

Bulanglang or Law-oy

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A simple yet very healthy dish, this food item has different names in different areas of the country. Made of vegetables cooked in water without a lot of additives or even meat, this dish is called bulanglang in Batangas and law-oy in the Visayan region. You can add any vegetable you like but this is often cooked with malunggay or camote tops, okra, squash, eggplants, and spices like tomatoes, onions, and lemon grass.

Seaweed Salad

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Prepared fresh from the sea, with just some calamansi or vinegar to taste, seaweed salad can be made from lato, guso, or some other seaweed. This healthy dish is a perfect companion to grilled or fried fish or pork.

Pinakbet

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A traditional dish that’s cooked using vegetables with alamang (shrimp paste), pinakbet is rich in vitamins and minerals. It is often prepared with squash, string beans, eggplants, and okra. You can cook this with or without meat.

Fish Sinigang or Tinola

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Sinigang and tinola are culinary cousins. These are both cooked with a water base and spices but sinigang makes use of items that make the soup sour, such as tamarind or unripe mangoes. Whereas tinola often uses malunggay leaves and camote tops, sinigang uses kangkong leaves and radish. Both can have eggplants.

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Best Vegetables to Grow at Home

Vegetables are nutritious to eat. But these healthy foods can be so expensive or the ones that arrive at your locality might already be several days old. Don’t worry because there are actually a lot of vegetables that are so easy to grow at home!

If you live in the Philippines are other areas where there is a lot of sunshine, then these vegetables would be perfect for your garden.

Malunggay

Something that you can commonly see in most Filipino homes, malunggay is so easy to grow. In most parts of the country, you can just ask for a stem that you can plant at home. It doesn’t require a lot of maintenance or fertilizer. Once it takes root and grows leaves, you can have an endless supply of malunggay all year round.

Pechay

A delicious vegetable, pechay is so easy to grow. It does not even need a lot of soil. This is a perfect vegetable to grow even if you don’t have a lot of space because you can simply plant this inside 1.5L-softdrink bottles and place on a spot that gets some sun.

Eggplant

One of the easiest vegetables to grow, eggplants are perfect for the home garden. You can even grow these in containers. Just make sure to provide support so the heavy branches won’t break or the container won’t topple over.

Okra

A very low-maintenance vegetable to grow, okra is perfect for sunny areas. The plant grows fast. Once it starts bearing fruits, you’ll have a steady supply of okra. Just make sure to harvest while the fruits are still young or else the vegetable will be too hard.

Tomatoes

A lot of Filipinos use tomatoes for most dishes, whether salads or soups and stews. What’s great about this vegetable is that it is easy to grow and will also be perfect for container gardening if you don’t have a lot of space.

Squash

It is easy to grow squash but this vegetable requires a lot of space to grow. While it won’t be ideal if you have a small space, this would be perfect for gardens with plenty of space for the vines to grow.

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Dad Promises to Give Php10k as Reward for Daughter’s Weight Loss in 5 Months

One dad promises to give Php10k as reward for his daughter’s weight loss in 5 months – and netizens could only wish #SanaAll! LOL

Dad Offers Php10k Reward for Weight Loss

Everyone knows how hard it is to lose weight. That’s why many people put “weight loss” as part of their long list of New Year’s resolutions but do this every year because they just can’t lose weight.

Year after year, people try to lose weight but end up gaining more as they just can’t let go of the delicious high-calorie food they love to it. Plus, doing exercises can be so tiresome. But many would say that you can overcome all that with proper motivation. And what’s a better motivation for a young girl than money, huh?

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Dad Jeric Paulo De Jesus feels a bit apprehensive about the weight of his daughter, Jelaine Paola De Jesus. So, he decided to give her the best motivation to lose weight – a whopping prize of Php10k! Wow.

See you in 5 months baboom 🤣🤣🤣. Mapapasayo kaya ang 10k?? Abangan!!!!” this dad encouraged his daughter, sharing her photo and the ‘contract’ they made.

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Nasa 69kg na siya, magdadalaga na kaya ko inalok yong challenge. Pabata nang pabata na rin kasi ang inaatake sa puso eh kaya pinagdiet ko na rin,” Jeric explained.

To make the deal official, they drew up a ‘contract’ that came with a witness to the deal, mommy Annalaine De Jesus.

In the contract, the young girl’s starting weight is at 69kg. The weight goal is 50kg for a duration of 5 months.

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A lot of netizens are unsure whether the young girl can reach the target weight in such a short amount of time without starving herself, but many are also cheering her on!

Ideal Weight

A person’s ideal weight is based on gender and height. For example, a person with a height of 5’0” has an ideal weight of 48.1kg if male and 45.3kg if female. Someone who’s 5’2” has an ideal weight of 53.5kg if male and 49.9kg if female.

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Sick Kid, Mom Ride MRT to Seek Help After Hospitals Kept on Turning Them Away

A sick kid and his mom took a ride on an MRT to seek help after hospitals kept turning them away. Someone taking a ride on the same train shared their story in hopes that someone could help them because the kid really looks so pitiful.

Hospitals Keep Turning Sick Kid Away

It is not easy being sick because you don’t really know whether you might get well or not. But what is really sad is that there are times when the sick person is not even provided with treatment just because the family can’t afford to pay the hospital at all!

Manilyn Palad was on her daily commute when she noticed a mother cradling an obviously sick and weak kid on the MRT. She and the other passengers took pity on the kid and asked his mom what’s happening.

So, the mom showed them her son’s body, saying that he’s been having trouble eating and that some of his internal parts from the digestive system are out of his body. The two had come all the way from Parañaque, walking in some areas as they tried to find a hospital to accept the kid but they kept on getting rejected because they did not have money.

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According to Manilyn, the two were headed to the Pasig City General Hospital in hopes that the boy will receive treatment there.

Many netizens took pity on the kid and his mother. Donations and any help you wish to provide should be coursed through this number: 09262872534 owned by Rosemarie, the kid’s mother.

Some netizens slammed Manilyn for not helping out, saying that she’s just doing this for likes. However, others defended her and pointed out that Manilyn probably didn’t have the means to help the two financially but her post would have helped them reach more people who might actually be able to help.

Hospital Down Payment Law in the Philippines

Under Republic Act No. 10932, also known as the Anti-Hospital Deposit Law, it is unlawful for any hospital or medical clinic to require or demand deposit or any other form of advance payment before providing basic emergency care or medical treatment. The same thing also applies for confinement.

Under the law, “any official, medical practitioner or employee of the hospital or medical clinic who violates the provisions of this Act shall be punished by imprisonment of not less than six (6) months and one (1) day but not more than two (2) years and four (4) months, or a fine of not less than Php100,000.00 but not more than Php300,000.00 or both.”

What’s sad, however, is that most hospitals still require down payment and most patients don’t really have a choice but to comply.

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