Benfits: The top of the stem and the leaves can cool down the body. The roots relieve flatulence. The leaves contain protein, Vitamins B1 and C and beta-carotine.
Use: It is eaten fresh or soft-boiled with chilli dips, although some people dislike the scent of the raw leaves. It is more common to mix the leaves in on omelette, or to eat them as on accompaniment to namprik kapi, the shrimp paste dip. In the North it is enjoyed with grilled fish and gaeng kanun on and in the Northeast with gaeng normai.
Benefits: Good for the heart, it also refreshes physical energy, soothes allergies and urinary ailments and lowers the blood pressure. Crushed leaves heal bruises and help restore skin tissue. The Juice eases migraines. The leaves contain Vitamins A and B1 and calcium.
Use: Fresh leaves are served as accompaniment to laab, pad thai and chilli dip and they can be squeezed to make juice.
Bai Bua Bok is a green herb used to make health tea. You’ll see the ice tea sold in many street markets across Thailand, it’s the green tea, often sold next to yellow Chrysanthemum tea, and also called ‘Gotu Cola’. A claimed cure for cancer, and sold as a health tea drink, it actually has quite a pleasant herb like flavour and goods source of vitamins when fresh. The herb can also be eaten raw, and is eaten with chillie paste.
To set yourself up for success, think about planning a healthy diet as a number of small, manageable steps rather than one big drastic change. If you approach the changes gradually and with commitment, you will have a healthy diet sooner than you think.
Simplify. Instead of being overly concerned with counting calories or measuring portion sizes, think of your diet in terms of color, variety and freshness—then it should be easier to make healthy choices. Focus on finding foods you love and easy recipes that incorporate a few fresh ingredients. Gradually, your diet will become healthier and more delicious. Continue reading
Oat of this world
Our skin – both male and female – needs regular exfoliation to remove dead skin cells and combat dullness, but it can be harsh on sensitive complexions. Try this if you’re allergic to shop-bought exfoliation products: mix two heaped tablespoons of oatmeal (finely ground oats) with 2 teaspoons of double cream and rub gently on to the skin using your fingertips.