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If you think durian qualifies as the king of the weirdest fruits, then you haven’t seen everything yet. Try some of these strange-looking fruits from around the world and decide for yourself.

Hala Aka Puhala Fruit

Also called Pandanus tectorius, this fruit is native to some Pacific Islands and parts of Australia and has an unusual shape, texture, and color. Its exterior has green tips that could prick your fingers, but when cut, its interior looks like a miniature cross section of the Earth.

Horned Melon or Kiwano

Native to the Kalahari Desert, it’s known as the African horned cucumber, hedged gourd or melon jelly because of its appearance. It has a yellowish exterior with small spikes and when cut open, it has greenish seeds trapped in a green jelly-like substance.

Dragon Fruit or Pitahaya

It looks like an oversized pink flower with petals that haven’t fully opened yet, but in its cross section, you will see black several black seeds in a white substance. The plant is a type of cactus that is indigenous to some parts of the Americas.

Ugli or Uniq Fruit

Although not as strange-looking as the others on this list, this Jamaican tangelo, is a product of a hybrid of orange, tangerine, and pomelo or grapefruit. No wonder it looks like a misshapen orange.

Physalis Fruit

The physalis fruit is encased in a leaf-like lantern-shaped husk and looks like tiny oranges. Compared to the others on this list, the physalis fruit looks good in pictures.

Jabuticaba Fruit

It’s not the appearance of the fruit itself that is unusual, but the tree from where it grows. If you have trypophobia, it’s better not to look it up on the Internet.

Buddha’s Hand

This fruit looks like the zombie version of a lemon with its segmented sections that look like human fingers.


This fruit has gained a good reputation among foodies because Mark Twain claimed that it’s the most delicious fruit he ever tried. It looks like a tiny soursop, but without the spikes.

Medronho Fruit

The cute little red balls are known as strawberry tree fruits and are made into fruit brandy in Europe.


These fruits look like stunted eggplants and are native to Africa. It has been part of the native cuisine in Central and West Africa for hundreds of years and can be served fresh or cooked.

Miracle Fruit

Also called calabash or miracle berry, the miracle fruit is thought to cure cancer and other diseases although most foodies are more interested in its ability to make sour fruit taste sweet when consumed one after the other.

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  • Many people seem to think that eating a healthy diet automatically means spending more money than you already do on food. But contrary to what people think, this doesn’t actually have to be true. In fact, there are several foods that you can buy for cheap, which means there’s no reason why you shouldn’t make them staples in your weekly groceries.

    Here are the seven foods you should definitely add to the list the next time you go grocery shopping in Singapore:


    Tofu is a versatile ingredient that every kitchen needs to have in their pantry. Whether it’s steamed on its own, stir-fried in vegetable dishes, or added in soups, a healthy helping always helps cut down on cholesterol and reduce high blood pressure.

    Brown rice

    Compared to its polished, white counterpart, brown rice is much richer in nutrients such as magnesium, calcium, and fiber. This makes it great not just for those working out or dealing with diabetes, but also for getting as much nutrients as you can while sticking to a minimal calorie intake.


    Not only does yoghurt help regulate blood pressure and prevent stroke thanks to its high protein content, but it also contains all kinds of probiotics that improve your digestion and balance out the healthy microbes in your gut. However, keep in mind that it’s not for everyone – people who have lactose intolerance, for instance, may need to search for other options.

    Chicken breast

    Being a tried and tested source of lean protein for meat-lovers, a single serving of chicken breast is more than enough to keep you full. The best part about chicken breast is that it goes well with all kinds of dishes, whether it’s chicken salad or with whole-grain pasta.


    Grapes not only contain powerful antioxidants that help prevent many different types of cancer, but they also keep your heart healthy by reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. Grapes can even boost eye health and protect them against various eye-related problems, such as glaucoma, cataracts, and even macular degeneration.

    Soy Milk

    A good alternative for people with lactose intolerance is soy milk. It’s made from soybeans, which not only contains omega-3 and 6 fatty acids to help you lower your blood cholesterol, but also protects your blood vessels and makes them more resilient.


    Watermelon is great for cooling down when it’s hot, but it’s not the only reason why you should have watermelon in your pantry as a staple. Aside from its 91 percent content, watermelon has all kinds of health benefits, from lycopene for heart health to potassium, which keeps calcium for stronger bones.

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  • Powder Must-Haves in Your Diet


    Looking for new life-saving alternatives to nutritional diets? Well, let us introduce you to pulverized versions of the good stuff—and now you can just sprinkle them on your meals! These alternatives are great because they’re less processed compared to other pills or supplements. While many powder supplements out in the market today are not well regulated, these powder powerhouses are guaranteed to fill your vitamin needs and heathen your energy levels:


    Cocoa Powder

    Who doesn’t want chocolates, right? And who says chocolatey stuff couldn’t be healthy? Apart from its great taste, cocoa also has the benefit of having heart-friendly components such as polyphenols, which are cardio-protective as they help reduce the oxidation of bad cholesterol. Such risk is considered as a main reason for cardiovascular diseases. No wonder why cocoa or chocolates are closely linked to hearts.

    Apart from its antioxidant compounds, Cocoa is also a good source of fiber where a tablespoon can provide more than half of what brown rice can supply. There are endless ways on how cocoa powder can be incorporated into your meal and even in your drinks. For meals, you can add cocoa by sprinkling it into your various dips for main course recipes or as an ingredient to your salad dressing. For beverage, shakes and other chocolatey drinks can be made.

    Spirulina Powder

    This freshwater powder is jam packed with nutritional perks! One of its most notable health benefit is that it can help you to lose weight the natural way. Taking 3 grams of Spirulina powder 30 minutes before meals can help you control your appetite and prevent hunger. It also supplies vitamin B12, proteins, carotene, antioxidants and iron—which is ten times than what we get from Spinach.

    One of the world’s best quality Spirulina providers are found in Singapore and even cater free delivery to your door steps. This is also promoted in the said country as it free of pesticides and 100% vegetarian. Spirulina can be added to your glass of water, pouring at least 2 tablespoons, with honey if desired before meals or sprinkle it to your smoothie!


    Acai Berry Powder

    This powder is from a dark-purple berry that grows from Acai palm trees which are originally founded in Central & Southern America. One of its reported benefits include detoxification of the body, digestive improvement, creation of beautiful skin and strengthened immune system. If you are working out in the gym and feel sore, this powder also contains amino acids to repair muscles after work-out.

    Acai powder can be mixed with other ingredients in making smoothies, vegan cheesecake, truffles or even ice blocks!

    Maca Powder

    Maca is a good source of getting your sexual charm back! This powder is an herbaceous plant where its Peruvian roots are used as vegetable and for medicinal benefits. One study of Maca’s effectiveness in remedying sexual dysfunction for women suggest that there is an increase in sexual satisfaction when 3 grams per day (highest dose) consumption is observed. Also, some small scale researches indicated its helpfulness in the bedroom as a powerful aphrodisiac as it contains iodine, essential fatty acids, zinc and Maca can balance sex hormones that can improve one’s mood. After all, if there is an improved mood for lovemaking, arousal is easier to achieve. Also, it’s good for the bones as it contains rich calcium to support bone density.

    Maca powder can be used as an ingredient for homemade oatmeal, smoothies, snack bars or fruit salad recipes!



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  • The search for weight loss fixes is never ending, but the most effective steps are clear: exercise, drink more water, avoid unhealthy foods, and eat more veggies. However, eating veggies is the most difficult part for many as most of these produce are bland in taste. If you want to enjoy vegetables the delicious way, here are some ideas to prepare them.


    1. Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

    One popular substitute for pasta is cauliflower, which is a versatile veggie thanks to its subtle flavour and soft texture (when cooked). Next time, when a mac-and-cheese craving kicks in, whip up a cheesy cauliflower for a guilt-free alternative. Additional tip: reach for parmesan cheese in making your creamy sauce. It lends the dish a more distinct cheesy flavour without the need for handfuls of cheese.

    1. Zucchini Fettuccine

    If you despise the bloated feeling you get from indulging in a plate of Alfredo, you might want to substitute conventional fettuccine noodles with zucchini fettuccine. With a peeler, shave a whole zucchini to create strands of faux noodles. Boil your faux noodles for a few minutes before plating and add in your favourite pasta sauce.

    1. Avocado Frosting

    Admittedly, avocadoes are not veggies, they’re fruits; but they contain impressive nutritional contents and a smooth and creamy texture that can be easily incorporated to different dishes. Instead of using butter in frostings, use avocadoes, which flavour is unnoticeable when paired with almond milk and pure dark chocolate.


    1. Butternut Squash Sauce

    You can also make pasta sauces with vegetables. The key here is to choose veggies that easily blends and turns into a smooth, creamy sauce, like squash. Butternut squash is a savoury and nutritious pasta sauce with nutmeg, sage, and shallot accents that’s an autumn staple. Sweet potatoes work just as good for these sauces, too.

    1. Balsamic Roast Chickpeas

    This roasted chickpeas can be your healthy alternative to so many guilty pleasures. You can use this in substitute for croutons on salads or munch on them while watching a movie instead of popcorn. The kick of balsamic is sure to tickle your taste buds, and you’ll get full much faster with these due to the great amount of protein they’re packed with.

    With these delicious dishes, there’s no need for you to stick to trendy foods like wheatgrass extracts and raw kale salads, which don’t taste appetizing at all. Work on these creative recipes and you won’t look at vegetables the same way ever again.


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