Teach your Kids to Eat Safe and Nutritious Cafeteria Food

It’s June and in the Philippines, this means that children are back to school. It also means that we’ll be encountering more traffic! Haha! But kidding aside, I am excited as this is the first time my daughter will be attending school. They had us pack nutritious meals for them for their “snack time”. They gave the parents a list of healthy food that we can pack and a list of food that we should avoid. This is great since we need not worry or think about the other kids bringing unhealthy and junk food. The school seems strict on implementing these “food” rules, and they seem really adamant on wanting to help parents instill healthy eating habits.

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For moms, like me, a question that often comes up is how do you teach kids to eat safe and nutritious food in school? We can’t be with them 24/7, so how do you make sure that they don’t spend money on unhealthy food or splurge on sweets and candy? I thought about this and here are some of the things that I came up with and heard from my mommy friends:

1. Instill the habit of eating healthy – In our home, we cook healthy food so that our daughter will get used to eating these kinds of food. We try to go for boiled, broiled or grilled food. We avoid fried and fatty food. We also see to it that we have vegetables and fruits. The most accessible food in the house should be healthy! By getting them used to eating healthy food, they will look for the same kind of food in the cafeteria.

2. Teach them proper portioning – They need not bring measuring cups to school. What we do at home to easily remember portioning is by using or hands. Open your hand. Keep your fingers together. This is how much vegetables you should eat. Then for the meat or protein intake, it should be the size of your palm. For rice or any carbohydrate, keep it to half a cup to one cup.

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One whole fist is a cup of rice. For spreads or butter, keep it to just a “finger-tip” portion. Make it a fun lesson for your kids by using your hand to explain proper portioning.3. Don’t deprive them of sweets, but limit intake – We avoid junk food, candies and sweets at home, but at least once a week, our daughter gets to try some of these. This is so that she’s aware also of how these stuff look like. I know that I may not be there with her 24/7, so better that she tries them in an environment where I can limit her intake rather than she learns and always eats these things in a place where I don’t get to monitor her and properly explain why she should avoid these unhealthy snacks and drinks.

4. Lead by example – My husband and I try to limit eating junk food in front of our daughter. The best way you can actually teach them is by leading through example.

5. Have them bring clean and safe water for drinking – It’s really best when food and water come from the house. I, personally include a bottle of Wilkins Distilled Drinking water in my daughter’s lunchbox, together with healthy snacks and fruits. But, of course, if you don’t have time to prepare, just tell your children to see to it that the food that they buy is warm and heated enough. Also, it’s best to advise them to look for Wilkins Distilled Drinking water instead of drinking from any place else in school. It’s important to drink safe and clean drinking water to avoid diseases like diarrhea and cholera.

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These are the things that you can do to teach your kids to choose safe and nutritious cafeteria food. Do follow the Wilkins Distilled Drinking Water fanpage where we will share more tips for moms! Join us and join in on the conversation of the Wilkins Circle of Trust. The Wilkins Circle of Trust was built so that moms can have a safe haven where they can share their thoughts and concerns about raising their children, and even get answers from experts. If you want to join in on the conversation, use #WilkinsCircleofTrust.

Clara Ole Potluck FoodFest: A Double Baby Shower Celebration

Two months ago, I discovered products and cooking ingredients that encouraged me to cook. Read all about it here: Check out on What Encouraged me to Cook! I have enjoyed cooking for my family and recently, I had a great time and enjoyed cooking for one of my best friends who is pregnant with her second baby. I got to throw a double baby shower celebration for her and her sister, since both of them were pregnant! It was a cool double baby shower celebration. This party was part of the Clara Ole Potluck Foodfest. The Clara Ole Potluck Foodfest is a series of eight themed potluck mini parties at condo residences. In the party, we got to share our own own signature dishes using Clara Ole products.

Clara Ole Potluck Foodfest 1

It took us weeks to prepare for this baby shower. I am really thankful that the Clara Ole team helped a lot in preparing for the event. The theme that we had for that double baby shower celebration was inspired by the book Dr. Seuss’ Oh the Places you’ll go. This is why we had little hot air balloons dangling from the ceiling. My friend Sharon is having a baby girl and her sister Michelle is having a baby boy. This is why we had to incorporate both the colors blue and pink.

Clara Ole Potluck Foodfest: Double Baby Shower

Clara Ole Potluck Foodfest: Double Baby Shower

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Clara Ole Potluck Foodfest: Double Baby Shower

Check out the cute napkin and plates that we had!

Check out the cute napkin and plates that we had!

The celebrants were so happy to see the decorations and were really excited! We had our pictures taken first before the guests arrived!

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The two Mommies, Sharon with son Tyler and Michelle with her husband and daughter, Chloe and their mom 🙂 That’s me on the right side!

With my friend, Sharon, her husband, Tim and Son Tyler! :)

With my friend, Sharon, her husband, Tim and Son Tyler! 🙂

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When guests arrived, they had to write down their own tips (#diskartips) for mommies Sharon and Michelle. I called out some guest to read their tips for the two lovely mommies, too!

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One of the guests writing her #diskartips for Mommy Sharon and Mommy Michelle

One of the guests writing her #diskartips for Mommy Sharon and Mommy Michelle

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Calling out guests to share their #diskartips with the two moms!

Calling out guests to share their #diskartips with the two moms!

Chicken Lollipop with Clara Ole Dips n' dressings

Chicken Lollipop with Clara Ole Dips n’ dressings

When almost everyone was there, I welcomed the guests to an afternoon of good food, fun and surprises! Of course, we started by introducing the dishes that we prepared. The first dish was prepared by Michelle. She prepared Chicken Lollipops with assorted Clara ole dips. It’s a very straight-forward dish but kids love this! All you need to do is to fry the chicken. It’s so easy to preprare.

Liempo marinated using Clara Ole Hickory

Liempo marinated using Clara Ole Barbecue Marinade -Hickory

The second dish was from Sharon. She prepared Grilled pork belly. A lot of people love liempo. They will love it even more when they did what Sharon did which was to use the Clara Ole Barbecue Marinade Hickory.

Clara Ole Dishes

Pasta using Cheesy Pesto Pasta Sauce topped with Sardines and Parmesan

The third dish was prepared by yours truly. For those who don’t know, I love Spanish sardines so what I did was I made pasta using the Clara Ole Cheesy Pesto Pasta Sauce. I cooked spaghetti then mixed the sauce and then topped it with parmesan cheese and Spanish sardines.

Ensaimada topped with Clara Ole Guava Jelly

Ensaimada topped with Clara Ole Guava Jelly

The last dish which was truly a hit was the Ensaimada topped with Clara ole guava jelly, which my friend Chef Raquel made. This was a great idea! This is something that you can actually pull off and prepare for your own celebration and party!

Ginger shows us how you can give your ordinary favorites a quick and special twist with the help of Clara Olé! We hope this delectable suggestion will help you create the perfect merienda treat on your next gathering, Ms. Bebi Lorenzo! Kindly send us a private message to claim your prize! 🙂

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Clara Ole Drinks

We also had a unique drink! We had Dalandan Soda mixed with Clara Ole Truly Fruity Blueberry. It was delicious!

After eating, we played games and here are some games that you can do for a baby shower:

1) Make a Baby using modelling clay – The adults and kids had fun making cute babies using clay. During the party, we had a lot of creative babies that Amy Perez-Castillo, Clara Ole Brand Endorser had a hard time choosing the winner!

Adults and kids having fun making babies (clay babies that is!) during the Clara Ole Potluck Foodfest!

Adults and kids having fun making babies (clay babies that is!) during the Clara Ole Potluck Foodfest!

Our friend Candice enjoying herself!

Our friend Candice enjoying herself!

Amy Perez-Castillo had a hard time choosing the winner!

Amy Perez-Castillo had a hard time choosing the winner!

2) We also played a game called baby genius. The mechanics was that the two celebrants had to guess as many words as they could in 2 minutes. They could ask questions only answerable by yes, no or maybe!

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3) We also played guess the waistline of Mommy! Contestants had to cut a ribbon approximating the waistline of mommy. They could not go near nor touch the mommies!

Guess the waistline of Mommy!

Guess the waistline of Mommy!

Clara Ole gave amazing prizes for the Clara Ole Potluck Foodfest Double Baby Shower! We all had so much fun! We would like to thank Amy Perez-Castillo also for coming and joining in the fun!

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We had so much fun. Are you preparing for a baby shower soon or any children’s party? What are some #diskartips that you would like to share? Feel free to comment below!

The Payoneer Forum: See you there!

Happy Monday, everyone! We just came from Real, Quezon this weekend and oh my, the place was breathtaking! Actually, the trip to Quezon made me realize that there are a lot of places in the Philippines that are still undiscovered and we should all travel within our country first before we go out! The travel made me really sentimental. My thoughts were if Filipinos only realize that we have such a beautiful country and if we do one thing, just one thing every day, to improve our nation and to help others, I think our country would be in a better position and we may even be a first world country.

Real, Quezon: We have such a beautiful country!

Real, Quezon: We have such a beautiful country!

In helping our country, what we can do is assess our own strengths and see if we can help our country by using these strengths. Wouldn’t you feel fulfilled if you wake up every day, doing that thing that you love to do and at the same time, you get to help your country? In my own little way, what I want to do is really to help spread the news about entrepreneurship. I would want to help aspiring entrepreneurs start their own businesses.

I am glad and blessed that I have been given the chance to reach more and more people everyday. This week, I am speaking at the Payoneer Forum. The event is FREE. All you have to do is register here: THE PAYONEER FORUM

I will be with some colleagues in the industry and really brilliant ones! My talk is entitled, Love the Leap: What Aspiring Entrepreneurs Need to Know.

I hope that you can join me on Wednesday and please do say hi! Feel free to approach me.

See you at the Payoneer Forum!

Workshops for Entrepreneurs (June-July 2015)

Happy Hump day to you, guys! Currently working at vOffice and I just realized that we have a lot of workshops that cater to people who want to start their own businesses and for those who already have their own businesses. I love it! For a while, we have been concentrating on targeting parents that we have not given you much in terms of workshops that you need for starting your own business.

For those who haven’t visited ManilaWorkshops.com ever before, I’d like to introduce you to our platform. ManilaWorkshops.com is a learning hub or platform where anything and everything about learning can be sold and bought. Right now, these are mostly workshops, but we are looking to have more stuff in our store.

Today, I realized that we have more than a dozen workshops that are for entrepreneurs and for aspiring entrepreneurs. We hope that you can help spread the word.


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Foodee: Enjoy Food Whenever… Wherever!

My view of FOOD is so different from my how my husband sees food. He always tells me that he sees food as something enjoyable; therefore, he eats very slowly. He enjoys each and every bite! I, on the other hand (he says), only see food as something that fuels my body. If I feel that my tank is almost empty, I gas up, in order to function properly. He says that I see food as something that helps me function, therefore, I eat really fast.

I really need to enjoy eating. Aside from the numerous benefits of chewing food slowly, it will also help remind me that life is too short to rush through it. Recently, I had a marvelous chat with my two friends, Charm and Jayjay. This husband and wife tandem are the proprietors of foodee. Foodee is a food delivery service but they deliver unique products.


We had a chat on branding and there are actually two types of food that they deliver. One branch is called Freezee. Freezee is their line of products that are delivered to your home still frozen.  Most of the Freezee products are dimsum. When I first saw these products, I instantly thought that these products are heaven sent for moms. All you need to do if you want to prepare these items is to thaw them and heat them. I tried some of the products and these were simply amazing. The dimsum were packed and every bite was worth it!



The other line of products that Foodee has is called Yummee. Yummee are their cooked items already and they deliver it to homes and offices.


Their specialties are really the porkchop and the Korean Squid. I have tried both and both are addicting! Don’t say I didn’t warn you. We ordered these two products and ate them at home for two weeks in a row!

Yummee Porkchop

Yummee Porkchop

What I find innovative about the Porkchop is that it’s a good alternative to the whole chicken that you normally order for parties or for guests who come to your house. The porkchop is also cooked uniquely and deliciously that your guests will definitely enjoy eating. I love that how it was cooked is sort of like the Salt and Pepper taste in Chinese restaurants that we all are fond of.

Yumee Korean Squid

Yumee Korean Squid

I also love the way they cooked the Korean Squid. The squid was so tender! I don’t normally take rice but with this dish, I couldn’t stop myself. The other yummee dishes that they have are their Gambas, Stir Fry Curry and Stir Fry Noodles.

Yummee Gambas

Yummee Gambas

Yummee Stir Fry Curry

Yummee Stir Fry Curry

Yummee Stir Fry Noodle

Yummee Stir Fry Noodle

For the past two weeks, I have really enjoyed eating at home! These meals from Foodee are really affordable. So if you are a mom, who wants a break from cooking or if you have a big party to throw in the office, fret not! You can relax and just call Foodee. Enjoy food! Enjoy life!

To order, you can visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/foodee.meals or https://www.facebook.com/foodee.co?pnref=story. Follow their instagram account, too: https://instagram.com/foodeemeals Let me know if you have tried it! Feel free to leave a comment below!