How to choose and cook Chinese leafy vegetables
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Chia seeds are rapidly spreading and gaining popularity among adherents of a healthy diet. But many, standing in front of a supermarket shelf with this rather rare product, will think about whether to take it? Why are these outlandish seeds so useful and, most importantly, how to cook them? Let’s get it right.

The seeds of this plant of the sage genus came to us from Central America. In 2005, the European Union recognized chia seeds as a “promising food.” Yes, this food is really very promising. Especially when you consider that only two tablespoons of these seeds – and this is enough to cook such a delicious and refreshing raspberry “jam” – contain at their 140 kilocalories as much as 5 grams of protein and 10 grams of fiber. And do not be afraid of 9 grams of fat contained in this portion. After all, most of it falls on essential fatty acids: a couple of tablespoons of chia seeds will more than provide you with the daily norm of alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3) and about one sixth of the norm of linoleic (omega-6) fatty acids. Continue reading

How to choose and cook Chinese leafy vegetables

For two years now I have been living in Singapore, and although the life of expats here is quite isolated, you can learn a lot about the local traditions, culture and cuisine if you wish. As you can imagine, it is the food that I study with particular zeal, and today I decided to talk about such a category of plants as green leafy vegetables.

Chinese leafy vegetables are not only very rich in nutrients, but also able to diversify your diet and taste experience. Some of them can be found in most supermarkets and cooked by yourself, others are easier to order in Asian restaurants. These simple rules will help you choose and cook Chinese leafy vegetables:

Buy only fresh greens of bright color without yellow and limp leaves and dark spots.
Cut off the ends of the stems and cut off the damaged or yellowed leaves.
Wash, wash and wash again! So you remove the remaining fertilizer. Continue reading

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