Quaker Smart Heart Challenge

Monday, February 17, 2020

Would you believe that I never consumed oatmeal as a child?  Yep!  Oatmeal was never forced on us, I remember trying it and saying it doesn't have taste and that was it.  I only really ate oatmeal as an adult, a full blown adult.  And do you know the reason why?  It was because I was told that it was the healthier alternative and also because, well - my cholesterol level was slightly above the borderline.

I would put honey as a flavoring or strawberries, when it was in season.  I remember eating it for a few days and then that was it.  My Panget on the other hand ate it regularly - it's his breakfast every Monday.  He said this was to counter all the food that he eats over the weekend.  

I remember seeing ads of Aga Muhlach with his healthier look and 'abs' on TV.  He was saying that he Quaker Oats helped him get back into shape and at the same time lowered his cholesterol!  I remember thinking, this was a very good testimony because a LOT of us saw that he gained weight.  We didn't know that it really affected his health too! 

Fast forward to a few years ago, when I was introduced to the Rolled Oats of Quaker.  I was given a kit to try and it changed me and my breakfast choice.  The rolled oats of quaker opened my eyes to the possibilities of oats for breakfast!  It was also then that my friend and I started to sell our breakfast jars with measurements.  

This year, Quaker Oats wants us to have a healthier heart and with that - they are having the #QuakerSmartHeartChallenge !!  It's wonderful really that a brand encourages us to be more conscious of our health.  And what a great way for us to jumpstart this with their Smart Heart Challenge!  Thank you Quaker Oats!

We were introduced to health guru Nadine Tengco.  I've seen her but I've never heard of her story on why she came a health buff.  I was amazed at her transformation and it's such an inspiring story to share with everyone.  It's so nice that she's paying it forward by helping others and sharing her recipes for everyone to try.  We also saw and heard stories of Neri and Chito Miranda and of course, Ms. Nadia Montenegro.

(L-R) Neri Miranda, Nadine Tengco, Nadia Montenegro

Kickstart your heart-healthy lifestyle with the Quaker Smart Heart Challenge

In a country where eating is a national passion, we tend to disregard the effects of the food we consume. Even though fast food and processed goods are becoming staples in our daily meals, many don’t take into account their nutritional density.

In a recent survey conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI)[1], they found that one out of two adult Filipinos has borderline to high cholesterol mainly because of unhealthy diet and lifestyle. Our inclination towards fatty foods contributes to an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases. In fact, based on the latest report of the Philippine Statistics Authority, heart disease is the #1 cause of death in the country[2].

Quaker, the number 1 oats brand in the world, aims to lower cholesterol for better heart health management among Filipinos through the Quaker Smart Heart Challenge. First introduced in 2004 in the Philippines, the challenge was developed to demonstrate how adding oatmeal to your daily diet helps reduce cholesterol. “Oats is a common cereal noted for its heart benefits, owing particularly to its high soluble fiber content called beta-glucan,” says Dr. Rodolfo F. Florentino, Immediate Past Chairman-President of the Nutrition Foundation of the Philippines, Inc. “Scientific studies have shown that beta-glucan is capable of lowering the cholesterol level in the blood, particularly LDL-cholesterol,” he adds.

The Quaker Smart Heart Challenge aims to help individuals lower their high cholesterol in just 30 days by making one simple change: incorporating two scoops or eight tablespoons of Quaker oatmeal daily, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol. This challenge was created to help adults learn about and develop heart-healthy eating habits, especially now that more and more individuals - including more and more young Filipinos - are experiencing heart problems and high cholesterol levels.

To show how simple, convenient and tasty an oats-filled diet can be, Quaker partnered with health coach Nadine Tengco to create a variety of sweet and savory recipes to complement the 30-day Quaker Smart Heart Challenge, perfect for young Filipinos who are looking to take better care of their hearts. Make your own oats breakfast jars with recipes like Coco-Choco Oat Jar and Oats n’ Mango Breakfast Jar, or step up your morning pick-me-up with Oats n’ Raisins Banana Mug Cake or Whipped Egg-Whites n’ Oats. “Incorporating oats into your daily diet need not be boring nor complicated. It’s easier and more accessible now than ever to kickstart a heart-healthy lifestyle,” shares Nadine.

Make the smart move to take good care of yourself with the Quaker Smart Heart Challenge.

For more information on Quaker Oats and the Quaker Smart Heart Challenge, visit www.quakeroats.ph. Quaker oats is available in instant, quick, and rolled oats format. And is also available in a variety of flavors: Chocolate, Banana &

[1] Food and Nutrition Research Institute-Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST). (2015). Philippine Nutrition Facts and Figures 2013: 8th National Nutrition Survey Overview. FNRI Bldg., DOST Compound, Bicutan, Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines.
[2] Registered Deaths in The Philippines, 2017. (2019), 1–16. Retrieved from https://psa.gov.ph/vital-statistics/registered-deaths-philippines-2017

Please go ahead and scan the QR code or click this link http://quakeroats-ph.teectest.co.uk/smart-heart-challenge/ and start your #QuakerSmartHeartChallenge !!

#SundaySeries: Be the Light, Pay it Forward

Monday, February 10, 2020

Be the light.
Be the salt.
Pay It Forward.

The animated priest who officiated the Mass I attended yesterday said to share our light to others.  What he said struck me and I found myself in tears.  I was asking for a sign, and it was during his Homily that I found the answer.

Be a gift to others.  Share your light.  Pay it forward.

And so I will pay it forward.  I will share my light.  I will try and be a gift to others.

I thanked the priest after Mass.  I told him that I was asking for a sign and that his Homily was the answer.  He hugged me and said 'You're going to be OK'.

Have a wonderful week and month ahead.

Take care everyone!

Infographic on the Coronavirus!

Monday, February 03, 2020

Cooking Quest with #HeinzAsianSauces: Chicken in Claypot

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Cooking is something that I like to do.  If I only had so much time on my hands, I would cook everyday.  My kids like my cooking (I'm so glad they do!) and it really warms the heart when they tell me that what I made them is good!  But I'm a creature of habit, so I tend to make the same dishes over and over again with some tweaks here and there.  Good thing though, that my kids are kinda like me.  Haha!  So once in a while, they will ask me to cook 'that' chicken dish.  Problem is, which chicken dish!  Hahaha..  So I went Asian this time.

I don't usually follow a recipe when I cook fast meals.  I just look at what I have and just wing it.  No definite measurement, most of the time - I just do it by taste and by mood.  I'll make a list of ingredients at the end of the post, so you'll have an idea.  Hehehe..  Recently, I was given #HeinzAsianSauces to try and I decided to cook with it last weekend.

I find chicken dishes very forgiving, so it's usually my go to 'meat' to cook with, plus my children love chicken more than pork.  My chicken part of choice is always thighs and thigh fillets, they're more juicy and easy to cook.  For this meal, I wanted it to be easy - so I decided, a rice topping of sort.

So I cut up the 5 pieces of chicken thigh fillets into cubes - there is no definite size as long as it's bite size.  I drizzle some corn starch on it (my mom taught me that cornstarch makes the chicken 'softer') season with a little salt, white pepper and add some #HeinzGoldenMarkSoySauce.  I mix them very well and set it aside.  I then sliced a medium onion (the size may vary depending on your taste, we like onions, so a medium size is perfect), you may slice it whatever way - but I suggest to dice it so it'll blend in the dish.  

Saute your onions until fragrant and then toss the chicken and saute until cooked.  Please do a taste test because I had to add more soy sauce and a bit of the #HeinzBlendedSesameOil.  Toss and mix very well so the flavors will be infused.  Then lastly, add about 4 to 5 cloves of pounded garlic to the mixture and stir fry until fragrant.

To serve, I chose to serve it on a claypot - para may presentation.  Hahaha!!  So place cooked white rice in the claypot, put the cooked chicken on top of the rice.  Place the claypot on the stove on high heat and wait till you hear crackling.  When you hear crackling - turn off the fire and carefully take the claypot off the stove and serve as is.

Let me know what you think when you've tried this!

Here are the ingredients:
5 pieces (or more) of Chicken Thigh Fillets (cubed into bite sizes)
Cooking Oil
Onion (diced)
Garlic (pounded)
Heinz Golden Mark Soy Sauce
Salt and Pepper to taste
Heinz Blended Sesame Oil
White Rice and a claypot

Every day is a blessing..

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

I am not staring at the screen thinking of what I should write.  I was planning to write about my son's chinese lessons in school, a cooking post using #HeinzAsianSauces, and something about being grateful of what we all have right now.

Yesterday, I woke up to the news of Kobe Bryant's death.  He was with his 13 year old daughter, Gigi.  It's sad news really - and it made me and so many of us realize that life is really short.  I took for granted the blessing that my Panget and my kids get to go home safe.  I saw one IG post of my IG friend - it says

Just last week, I witnessed two motorcycle accidents.  It made me realize that so much can happen in an instant.  After seeing those accidents, I said a little prayer and thanked God for keeping me safe.  Everyday, I pray for the safety of my friends and loved ones.  Now, I'm starting to say to keep everyone safe in the world.

Currently, the world is facing a panic on the Wuhan Coronavirus.  So many news here and there and social media is adding to the fear with hysteria because of fake news.  We can only be vigilant and be socially responsible citizens by sharing factual news and by discerning if we should share it or not.  Being socially responsible is not only for our online lives - in real life, we should also be responsible enough not to bring our kids to school when they are really sick.  We should also wear masks for our safety and the safety of others.

Bottoml ine is - let us appreciate all that we have and be thankful for them - EVERY SINGLE DAY.  Love more and forgive more.  I remember Pope Francis' message - MERCY and COMPASSION.

So, I want to take time to THANK you guys - who have supported this blog for years.  I started in 2005 and I'm still here now.  Thank you for still reading through my blog.  THANK YOU to the brands and PR companies that still believe in me.  I know that I don't have a huge following, and so I appreciate from the bottom of my heart every invite that you give me, every package that you send my way, THANK YOU for believing in me.  THANK YOU!