Eat Smart! Eat Healthily! Recipes, Wacky Diets, Kids diet around the world…

Welcome to this week’s Eat Smart…How is your healthy eating going? Mine is going well(ish) a few blips this week namely cookies…I very nicely complained about some cookies I bought for Aston as a treat…The company responded immediately and were very concerned…Yes, they were and sent a sample of their cookies to reassure us that nothing had changed and they hoped we enjoyed the said cookies…They were also very sorry we had been dissatisfied…A definite 5 stars for customer service to Sarah at Merba Cookies.

Merba Cookies

I will say for a kiddie he has been very restrained and only eaten the packet in the right-hand corner, he opened another packet ate one and they are still sitting in the fridge. He is obviously listening to nannies advice on moderation although he does prefer a proper meal and fruit…

This brings me nicely onto this post I came across about a photographer who has taken a snapshot of children around the world and what they eat in a week…Two things surprised me…The first was the amount of bread one of the kids ate in a week and the second made me sad a comment made by a child…

That she wished her mother would love her the way she loved her baby brother…That really did sadden me and brought back a memory of what my sister relayed to us after returning from a visit to her husbands family in Iraq…How his sister and her daughter had to clean before they went to work/school and if it didn’t please the grandmother how the granddaughter was pulled around the floor by her hair and beaten by contrast the boys were allowed to kick, spit do anything to the females without being chastised or stopped.

It saddens me because in many cultures woman are still not equal or treated as such…

Anyway, this link shows children’s diet and I think is very revealing…A good read…

Wacky Diet Corner…Week 3…The Vision Diet…

I can always find a wacky diet…This one doesn’t line anyone’s pockets like last weeks…It just shows what some people will do to lose weight instead of just following a healthy diet…Although this one would probably cause little or no harm apart from maybe making you look a little weird…

Image by ktphotography from Pixabay

Photo credit: The Urban Scot on Visual Hunt / CC BY-ND

Quite simple rules you eat everything wearing your blue tinted glasses…No not rose-tinted…haha…The theory is it will make the food look less palatable thus you eat less…

Now back to sanity and reality…Despite the fact that I ate a few of the aforementioned cookies…The weight stayed the same…Phew!

Readers Corner…

Pete told me how well he has done by just eating moderately…Well done Pete…Pete can be found over on his site so check him out…If you are a new teacher, college student, or parent who wants to better understand what being an elementary teacher is all about, you have come to the right place. I am sure his book is not only factual but has some funny tales to tell…

Pete said:

It’s funny how cutting out a couple of things makes a big difference. I gave up soda three years ago (a bad habit of mine) and I don’t miss it at all. I rarely have ice cream in the house because I can’t say no to that. I exercise a lot because I like to eat too much, but I am eating a lot healthier. Anyway, it’s worked for me in the last three years. I’ve gone from 285 to 210, Trying to get to 200 but those last ten pounds are tough.

Now the lovely Dolly from Koolkosherkitchen reckons she has one of the wackiest diets but she is not telling …Yet! I can’t wait for the reveal…

Now for some recipes…

I have mainly been pickling this last week so have opted for quick easy meals and family favourites…This Beef salad was one of the first Thai salads I was taught to make and this recipe has gone around the world whenever I go to pot luck it is requested and loved by everyone…Kids and adults alike…We don’t eat beef often and nearly always as a beef salad…

Our favourite Thai salad… Thai Beef Salad ( Nam Doc Nua)

Thai beef salad nam doc nua

Thai Beef Salad

Serves 2. Ingredients:

  • 300gm Tenderloin Beef.
  • 1 sm red Onion or 2/3 shallots.
  • 2/3 Spring Onions. ( Green Onions)
  • 2 medium tomatoes or 8/10 cherry toms.
  • 1 sm cucumber.
  • 2 sprigs mint.
  • A big handful of Coriander.
  • 2/3 birds eye chillies chopped.
  • 1 lime.
  • 2 tbsp Fish Sauce.

Let’s Cook!

Grill the tenderloin medium rare or however you prefer your steak.
While steak is cooking chop salad into small pieces and chop coriander including the stalks.

To prepare the Mint take leaves off stems.

When steak cooked to your liking slice into thin strips.

Mix gently into chopped salad then add the coriander, mint leaves and chillies.

Stir in fish sauce and squeeze in lime juice. Taste.

Taste as personally I like more fish sauce and chillies but as the taste of chillies can vary then it is better to add less, taste and adjust seasoning if required.

This can also be made with chicken or pork although beef is the preferred meat in our house and more so now I have discovered the Thai/French beef which has a far superior flavour.

Traditionally this salad is served with Thai sticky rice. Enjoy!

Wimbledon has arrived and strawberries and cream…I have found a lovely alternative to fresh cream ….Fresh cream is not readily available here and tends to be treated so this little discovery was and is a godsend even hubby who loves cream liked it …

If you are trying to cut down not only on added sugars but fat and I have seen many recipes for making a non-dairy cream with coconut cream/milk that I thought it was time I tried it as this is the home of coconuts…haha…

Strawberries and non dairy coconut cream


Coconut milk is in the fridge as is the stainless steel pot and the whisk blades…Everything must be cold…It is quick and easy it whipped up in about 2 minutes if that I added nothing and as I said it was very nice even hubby who loves fresh cream and lots of it had to admit it tasted good…I think it is easier here as our coconut milk is 100% no additives at all…I will be making this in future and it is so much healthier. A non-dairy cream which would go with any dessert.

You can now enjoy Wimbledon and your guilt-free Strawberries and cream and no one will know if you don’t tell them…If you want to change it up a  bit add some fresh lime, orange or lemon zest…

This cream keeps well in the fridge and would also be a lovely filling for a sponge or cream slices anything that you would use dairy cream for…

As you know I love all things Coconut and have been having my daily morning drink of fresh juice straight from the drupe I love that my little man who does it for me scrapes out the soft coconut as well it really is a lovely drink…and so healthy…

fresh coconut juice with flesh from the drupe

High in potassium and has no added sugar all natural sugar..this juice comes from the young green coconut where the flesh is still soft and can be scooped out with a spoon. A 1-cup serving of raw coconut has over 7 grams of dietary fibre per serving.

Young coconut meat is rich in medium-chain fatty acids. Although these are saturated fats, your body processes them differently from other saturated fats, such as animal fats. An article published in the “Ceylon Medical Journal” in 2006 stated that medium-chain fatty acids, such as those found in coconuts, are used directly by the body as fuel, not broken down and absorbed like other saturated fats. The scientists concluded that coconut fats are widely misunderstood in the scientific community, and further research into potential benefits is called for. I eat this young coconut meat regularly and continue to lose weight and feel healthier than I have for years. Young babies here are often fed on this from very young coconuts which are really soft and easily digestible and it was our Lily’s first taste of solid food and she is really healthy.

Just be aware if you are buying this bottled or canned to check the labels that it is 100% as many have added sugar and the like.

I hope that you have enjoyed reading this and that it proves helpful to you in your healthy eating journey xx

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

More and more of my blogging friends have joined me on MeWe…A social media site which is fairly new and which promises much without the restrictions some other social media sites are choosing to impose on many of us…Join me if you will on 

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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a creative week ahead xx

15 thoughts on “Eat Smart! Eat Healthily! Recipes, Wacky Diets, Kids diet around the world…

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  2. OIKOS™-Publishing

    Love the health eating adive, Carol. Great, kids want to know about. Better it starts in the childhood not (only) eating industrial produced food. In view on coconuts i remember the same experiences as Norah. In my childhood coconuts were really exotic. Michael

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  3. petespringerauthor

    Teaching children to eat healthily and in moderation should always be welcome, Carol. I have to share one funny memory about cookies with you. At specific points in the year, many of my students who were in Girl Scouts would sell cookies. The kids knew I would always support whatever fundraiser they were doing, but this meant buying cookies from multiple parties. I knew if the cookies were around, I would have a hard time resisting. I still bought the cookies, but I would give them away to friends.

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  4. Norah

    Your grandson is learning how to eat a healthy diet from you, Carol. That’s great. I wish losing weight was as easy as wearing blue-tinted glasses. That’s a diet I could stick to. Perhaps.
    You added some links to interesting posts, which I enjoyed.
    I was interested to read about coconut cream and what you said about the saturated fats in coconut. Although coconut milk or juice seems to be faddish here at the moment, I wasn’t too sure of its real health benefits.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      It is sold from the back of trucks here and opened in front of you…I can’t wield a knife and open them like he does 3 swipes and it is open and you have your coconut water lovely and fresh..he even scoops out the soft flesh…I think unless you can buy it frozen you may not get fresh juice it is the same as the coconut cream it is not 100% for export only about 60% my son was shocked when he went back to the UK and realised. Yes, I thought it was faddish but not harmful and would be nice. 🙂

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      1. Norah

        That sounds so exotic and fun, Carol. I remember having whole coconuts as a child, milking them and then my Dad smashing them with a hammer (I think). I don’t see many in the shops nowadays. Maybe I just don’t notice. Fresh is always best.

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