8 Guilt Free Healthy Snacks

15 Sep 2016 by Venetia Sng

If you’re a stress eater, don’t eat those feelings away! Here are some low calorie snacks you can munch on to fight those midday hunger pangs without feeling guilt ridden.

#1 Low fat yogurt

Healthy Snacks Yogurt

Regular consumption of yogurt helps reduce brain activity that handles emotion (stress and anxiety) and increase activity in the ‘decision-making’ regions of the brain. Yogurt’s also chock-full of calcium and protein, and is great if you’re looking to shed some weight, so aim for around 200 calories worth of low fat yogurt and throw in a handful of berries to make it tastier!

#2 Asparagus

Healthy Snacks Asparagus

Asparagus are loaded with folic acid, various vitamins, fibre and antioxidants. There’s nothing bad about having too much of it other than the fact the it makes your pee smell funny. Which isn’t a big deal, considering you’ll need the folic acid and vitamin B it gives to produce serotonin (positive brain chemicals).

#3 Unsalted nuts

Healthy Snacks Nuts

Flush with vitamins B and E which provide a boost to your immune system, nuts are also loaded with zinc, Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids, which are great for soothing stress. Go for a pack of unsalted trail mix for a serotonin-inducing munch.

#4 Sweet potato

Healthy Snacks Sweet Potato

Eating sweet potatoes boosts your serotonin production while supplying your bod with fibre, carbs, vitamins and minerals that are good for both your heart and mind. In addition, sweet potatoes negate pesky sugar cravings because they’re already subtly sweet. So yay for double efficiency!

#5 Carrot

Healthy Snacks Carrot

Another root vegetable you can go for is carrot. We love munching on boiled baby carrots mixed with a dash of salt or butter. They are the yummiest mid day snack ever! Other than the awesome vitamins and fibre it provides, carrots are great for your eyes too.

#6 Banana

Healthy Snacks Banana

Reach for a banana the next time you need an instant pick-me-up. They contain tryptophan, a protein that converts into serotonin, the feel-good chemical that makes you happier. Also, bananas are packed with vitamin B, potassium, iron, fibre and many other health benefits that help alleviate PMS, boost brainpower… the list goes on.

#7 Dark chocolate

Healthy Snacks Dark Chocolate

This unexpected superfood is laden with cancer-preventing antioxidants, and minerals like iron, zinc, magnesium, fibre etc. It also lowers blood cholesterol, reduce stress hormone levels, and improves alertness, concentration and memory recall. Milk chocolates are a NO NO ’cause they’re sugar-filled and overly processed. Only go for dark chocolate with 70% to 90% cocoa.

#8 Orange/Grapefruit

Healthy Snacks Orange Grapefruit

Stocking up on vitamin C helps reduce stress levels, and fruits like oranges and grapefruits get the job done. Also, breathing in citrus scents curbs stress and anxiety, eases nausea, improves moods and even reduces food cravings while increasing metabolism – just peel one and take a whiff!

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Having a filling breakfast and lunch removes the urge for a midday snack. If you want to avoid snacking, these filling high protein breakfast recipes are your best friends!

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5 Morning Stretches To Energise Your Day

7 Sep 2016 by Venetia Sng

We are all familiar with the dread of not wanting to get out of bed when we wake up every morning. That said, morning stretches gets your blood flowing and eases any muscle tension from the night before. So instead of sulking about it, why not take 10 minutes to do these simple stretches while you’re in bed and start the day feeling more refreshed than ever!

Reclining Spinal Twist


Start the routine with a spinal twist, it relieves all the stress in your lower back that was accumulated overnight. Hold the pose for at least 30 seconds on each side and don’t be alarmed if you hear some “cracks” when you twist into position. As long as you’re not forcing to hard, you’re good.

Lying Side Quad Stretch


Now switch to laying on your sides and stretch your quads by pulling your feet towards your butt, hold the position for at least 30 seconds for each side. To maximise that stretch, squeeze your butt while you’re in position to really pull that muscle. Since quads are one of the most overworked muscles, be sure to stretch them every morning!

Hamstring Stretch


Wake those legs up by doing some hamstring stretch, 30 seconds on each side. Make sure you do the stretch while your hips are centred and flat, we wouldn’t want you to injure yourself. While stretching, give those ankles a good wiggle for some extra circulation.

Upward Stretch


Now that you’re feeling a bit more energised, sit up and raise your arms towards the sky. Lace your fingers together and raise your hands above your head with your palms facing upwards. Hold that position for 10 seconds and then stretch slowly towards your left and right to pull that torso muscle.

Neck & Shoulder Stretch


Lastly, some neck and shoulder stretches to end the routine. Tilt your head to your left to stretch the muscle on the right side of your neck and hold for 20 seconds. Repeat on the other side to stretch out the left side of your neck. After that, roll your shoulders to the front and back, lift them up and then drop them. Repeat sequence for the shoulder stretch three times and you’re done!

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Feeling all nice and relaxed now? Power up your day further with with these easy peasy breakfast recipes


5 Tasty High Protein Breakfast Recipes

2 Sep 2016 by Venetia Sng

Though mornings are great for sleeping in, the idea of make and having a yummy breakfast never fails to wake us up. No matter if it’s because you’ve been hitting the gym and bulking up or just want to indulge a little, here are some delicious high protein breakfast that aren’t eggs you can whip up in no time to kick start any day!

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#1 Almond Butter Blueberry Waffles

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  • ⅔ cup natural creamy almond butter
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ banana, mashed
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • ½ tablespoon coconut oil, melted and cooled
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt (only if your almond butter isn’t salted)
  • ⅔ cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  1. Preheat waffle iron and spray with nonstick cooking spray. In a large bowl, whisk together almond butter, eggs, banana, almond extract, coconut oil and almond milk until well combined and there aren’t any large lumps.
  2. Stir in coconut flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix until well combined. Gently fold in blueberries.
  3. Spoon batter into waffle iron and cook until steam stops and waffles are golden brown and slightly crispy on the outside. Repeat with remaining batter. Recipe makes about 3 belgian waffles.

These almond butter-based waffles are naturally sweet from the banana so extra points for your health! We know the ingredients list might look a bit intimidating but the end result is totally worth it. Just think about sinking your teeth into those crispy yet fluffy waffles. 

#2 Cottage Cheese Breakfast Bowl

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  • ¼ cup almonds
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • ¾ cup cottage cheese
  • ½ cup raspberries (or your berry of choice)
  • Dash of cinnamon


  1. Combine ingredients into a bowl and you’ve got yourself a tasty cottage cheese breakfast bowl

If you love cheese, this is for you. This simple breakfast bowl is packed with protein and it’s so easy to prepare! Technically all you need to do is to go get the ingredients and put everything together.

#3 Peanut Butter Protein Bars

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  • 1 cup natural peanut butter
  • ¾ cup honey
  • 1½ cups quick oats (not instant)
  • 1 cup vanilla protein powder


  1. Line a 9×9-inch or 7×11-in pan with parchment or wax paper.
  2. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, heat the peanut butter and honey on high for 30 seconds. Stir.
  3. Place bowl back in the microwave and heat for another 30 seconds. Stir again.
  4. Mix in the oats and protein powder until combined. Immediately spread evenly into the prepared pan.
  5. Refrigerate, uncovered, for 1 hour. Remove from the fridge and cut into 12 bars. Cover and store on the counter at room temperature for up to 1 week. 

I can have peanut butter sandwich everyday and not get sick of it. If you’re like me, you might want to try something different like these peanut butter protein bars. Best part is that they can be stored for up to a week, so you’d be sure that you can have your daily dose of peanut butter. 

#4 Vanilla Muesli Bowl

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  • 1 bottle protein vanilla milk
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • fresh raspberries
  • fresh blackberries
  • ½ banana
  • toasted almonds, chopped
  • raw chocolate, chopped
  • cacao nibs
  • toasted coconut


  1. Put the oats in a bowl and add ½ cup of the protein milk, and honey. Stir to blend.
  2. Let sit in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes to soften.
  3. Top with the fruits, nuts, coconut, and chocolate, and serve cold, with extra protein milk.

We love it that we get to eat chocolate for breakfast and not feel guilty about it! Another thing about this recipe is that you can prep it the night before, leave it in the fridge and have it all ready the next day.

#5 4-Ingredient Protein Pancakes

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  • 1 large banana (about 1/3 – 1/2 cup, mashed)
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅛ teaspoon baking powder 
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla whey protein powder


  1. Place a medium skillet over medium heat on the stove. Let it heat up while you prepare the pancakes. It’s ready when water dropped into the pan sizzles.
  2. Mash the banana well with a couple of forks. Add the eggs, baking powder, and protein powder – whisk until well combined.
  3. Spray the skillet with nonstick cooking spray before adding in 2-3 tablespoons of the pancake mixture 
  4. Let the pancakes cook for 25-30 seconds before flipping and letting the other side cook for the same amount of time.
  5. Remove to a plate and serve with nut butter, sugar-free syrup, butter, fruit, or whatever you’d like!

How can we forget about pancakes when we’re talking about breakfast! This pancake is a super quick and healthy breakfast, you can always play around with the flavours like adding cinnamon or vanilla extract. They come out with almost a crêpe texture and they’re also super low on calories. Thumbs up!

Give these recipes a go and let us know how it went by tagging us @TeenageMagazine on Instagram! If you’re also trying to lose some weight, try to avoid these fruits that are high in carbs and sugar!

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25 Celeb-Approved Eating Spots In Singapore!

23 Aug 2016 by Johanna Teo

Let’s face it, Singapore’s a foodie paradise and it can get kinda hard to decide where to go and what to eat. We got some local famous faces – Jianhao Tan, Night Owl Cinematics (NOC), The Sam Willows (TSW), Nathan Hartono, Dee Kosh and more – to dish on their favourite eating spots. Who knows, you just might spot ’em the next time you dine there! 

SHIGGA SHAY  recommends:


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Swee Choon Dim Sum, [because you] can’t go wrong with the best dim sum in Singapore.” Plus, this wordsmith loves his Kopi Peng (iced coffee), coffee shop style! 

Nathan Hartono recommends: 


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Crawford Lane Bak Chor Mee, Enaq Prata at Jurong East and Katong Laksa. I feel like those three things are just so insanely unique. Even if you’ve had them in other countries, they’ve got nothing on these gems. Also, the mere thought of those three dishes just makes me smile.” We hope Nathan’s not missing these dishes too much, seeing as he’s overseas for Sing! China right now! 

Jianhao Tan recommends: 


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“Firstly, Teowchew porridge at Redhill. The otah is amazing and it opens till 4am. Second, Kith at Sentosa Cove, because it’s really beautiful, and they serve breakfast until 5pm.” 

INCH recommends: 


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Pek Kio Market. It’s the best hawker centre with the best chee cheong fun, peanut pancake and carrot cake. Also, D’s Joint. I’m a huge fan of Chef Damien D’Silva. Amazing gourmet nasi lemak with no frills. And Park Bench Deli. [They serve the] best sandwiches in the world. I go there for my grilled cheese fix – it’s my comfort food!” 

Sylvia from NOC recommends: 


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Lor Mee from Old Airport Hawker Centre is a must, because we’ve been to so many SEA countries and [yet] our style of Lor Mee is not found anywhere else. Also, claypot laksa from Alexandra Village which gives a yummy twist to the usual laksa. And finally, comfort food – claypot rice from Holland Drive.”

Aylna from NOC recommends: 


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ABC food centre for prawn noodle, chicken rice from Serangoon garden, and fish head curry from Taiseng!”

Sikeen from NOC recommends: 


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Chicken rice from Block 304 in Woodlands, and Upper Thomson Road’s Bak Chor Mee. Those are my all-time favourites!”

Ryan from NOC recommends: 

Beach Road Prawn Mee, Union Farm, and Rubato!”

Michelle from NOC recommends: 


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Chicken rice at 925 Chicken rice in Yishun and Big Prawn Noodles at Adam’s Road – doing it the hawker centre style. And Indian food at Khansama Restaurant @ Science Park. That’s the beauty of Singapore, you get to [eat] multi-racial cuisine conveniently and easily!” 

Dee Kosh recommends: 


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Rochor Beancurd is for sure in my top few places. When friends come to Singapore, I also always head to Hai Di Lao in the middle of the night for some real good soup and steamboat.”

Benjamin from TSW recommends: 


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Keppel’s bak kut teh, Adam Road’s maggie goreng pattaya, and anything from Sin Lee Foods.” 

Jon from TSW recommends: 


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Black pepper crab at Long Beach!” 

Check out the rest of their interviews – where they show more #SGPride, reminisce their teenaged years and more – in our August 2016 issue, out on news stands now! 


5 Affordable & Gorgeous DIY Gifts Your Teacher Will Love

22 Aug 2016 by Venetia Sng

September is nearing and guess what? Teachers’ Day is just round the corner! We’re sure your teachers will cherish the flowers and/or cards but they’ll definitely appreciate something more practical. With so many teachers to gift and with a limited budget, why not give these affordable and gorgeous DIYs a try? 

#1 Twine Coasters


Get a ball of basic twine for less than $10 at any craft store and twist away! Coil the twine around itself and dab superglue along the twirl until your desired size. You can even draw or paint on initials and simple patterns to make it more personal. 

#2 Peg Frame


Don’t belittle the power of a simple wood peg! They can be repurposed in so many ways, you can read all about it here. As for a Teacher’s Day gift, make a peg frame for your teacher so that none of their memos will be lost! All you need is a cardboard, wooden pegs, glue and an adhesive hook. Let your creative juices flow and cut it into any shape you want!

#3 Frame Flowers

Framed Flowers DIY Gifts

Why get fresh flowers that won’t last forever when you can make a pressed flower display that will! Sandwich the flowers or leaves in a tissue and press them with books – once dried, place them in the frames. Get two frames and use both glass panels for one display so that the pressed flower will be in place and viewable from both sides.

#4 Textured Spray Paint Stationery


Don’t fork out extra money for those pretty granite textured stationery you see at novelty stores. Give a pencil holder or file divider that expensive stone-veneer look instantly with textured spray paint! You can even play around with pens, pencils, paper clips, staplers and scotch tape holders.

#5 Dip Dye Pots


Help brighten up your teacher’s desk with these adorable dip-dyed mini pots! Fill up a bowl halfway with water and pour in some fabric dye in your favourite hue. Dip your ceramic pot halfway, hold for 5 seconds then remove from water. Dip the pot again, lower then the first line and hold for 10 seconds and remove. Dip the pot for the third time and hold until your desired darker shade. Leave it to dry and you’re done!

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If you’re whipping up bake goods for Teachers’ Day, check out these baking charts that will make you a pro and impress everyone with your baking skills.

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