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Green Queen Loves: 7 Reasons To Pamper Yourself at Iyara Natural + Organic Spa

Green Queen Loves: 7 Reasons To Pamper Yourself at Iyara Natural + Organic Spa

Iyara - 27 Hollywood Road 012

Hong Kong is packed with spas and we all love to indulge ourselves as often as we can to counteract our ridiculously busy and hectic lifestyles. Thing is though, most spas and salons uses products filled with toxins that we wouldn’t allow in our own bathrooms! It can be hard to find greener beauty pastures […]

Eco Insights: Make A Date With Nature At HK Perma Club

Eco Insights: Make A Date With Nature At HK Perma Club

PermaClub HK

Humans have been working for thousands of years to enhance our natural surroundings and engineer the world around us, especially when it comes to agriculture and food production. In more recent years, a few wise folks have realized that instead of trying to fight nature, much could be gained from designs and philosophies that work with nature, […]

Green Queen Living: Wet Market Series Part 7 – Guide to Chinese Sweet Fruits (Gwo)

Green Queen Living: Wet Market Series Part 7 – Guide to Chinese Sweet Fruits (Gwo)

lychee

We are so lucky in Hong Kong to enjoy what to most people is a plethora of the world’s most exotic and delicious tropical fruits. Below, we delve into the details of the five most common ones you will find at the wet market in what is our last post in this series.    Lychee – […]

Green Queen Giving: kids4kids – kids helping other kids

Green Queen Giving: kids4kids – kids helping other kids

Buddy Reading

Kids4Kids is a unique charity concept: get kids to volunteer in their communities and help other kids. What’s more inspiring than that? Below, some background on this great charity!   How was kids4kids started? Kids4Kids started in 2008 with an idea that when kids feel empowered into action, they can learn to make a difference with their […]

Green Queen’s Top 10 Ways To Use Coconut Oil Every Day

Green Queen’s Top 10 Ways To Use Coconut Oil Every Day

Top 10 Uses for Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is incredibly versatile and can replace dozens of products in your kitchen and bathroom shelves. Below are ten easy ways to use this amazing oil every day. Just make sure you buy the raw, extra virgin, unprocessed kind (organic is ideal of course). If possible, it should be stored in glass bottles. Coconut […]

Green Queen Living: Wet Market Series Part 6 – Guide to Chinese Dried Goods (Gon Fo)

Green Queen Living: Wet Market Series Part 6 – Guide to Chinese Dried Goods (Gon Fo)

Dried Scallops (Jiu Cyu)

The sheer variety of dried products sold in Hong Kong wet markets is staggering. Not only do each and every one of them have special health benefits, they are really handy because they last forever (well, almost!), so no waste! Below we cover some of the most commonly seen ones.    Dried Scallops/Conpoy – Jiu Cyu/ Jyun Bui […]

Green Queen Foodie: Azure Restaurant Slash Bar Gets Its Veg On

Green Queen Foodie: Azure Restaurant Slash Bar Gets Its Veg On

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Green Monday. If you haven’t heard of the vegetarian movement sweeping Hong Kong, where have you been? Stop hiding under that rock and get on the bandwagon…every restaurant in town is on board! And why not? Encouraging meat-free diets on Mondays helps the environment AND our health. Hong Kongers have always been discerning foodies but now […]

100% Vegan, 100% Gluten-Free, 100% Refined Sugar-Free, 100% Addictive Almond Granola Recipe

100% Vegan, 100% Gluten-Free, 100% Refined Sugar-Free, 100% Addictive Almond Granola Recipe

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Be gone box of cereal with your ridiculous amounts of sugar! Be gone highly processed grains! Be gone additives and preservatives! Today we share with you an addictive homemade almond granola perfect for breakfast, snacking and even post dinner parfaits. In fact, we are snacking on these crispy morsels as we type this! The best thing […]

Green Queen Living: Wet Market Series Part 5 – Guide to Chinese Tofu Products (Dou Fu)

Green Queen Living: Wet Market Series Part 5 – Guide to Chinese Tofu Products (Dou Fu)

Fried Tofu

The Chinese have been making and consuming tofu in all its various forms for more than a thousand years! Tofu, also known as beancurd, is made from soya beans. High in protein, low in fat, and most of all, relatively cheap when compared to other protein sources- tofu is a nutritional powerhouse that doesn’t send […]

Green Queen Heroes: Chef Moises Mehl of nood food

Green Queen Heroes: Chef Moises Mehl of nood food

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Tell us about nood food and its mission. For years, health foods have sat on the margins, with people thinking they are either too expensive or too complicated to understand. nood food is here to simplify the concept of healthy eating. We strip down food and serve it in its purest form, which means without preservatives or […]

#UmbrellaRevolution: The Greenest Protests In The World

#UmbrellaRevolution: The Greenest Protests In The World

umbrella revolution

Hong Kong does not top greenest city lists very often. But during the past few days, the ever-practical and respectfully ecological mindset of Hong Kong people has become inspiringly apparent. The people of Asia’s world city have captured the minds and won the hearts of millions around the world who are watching as they peacefully […]

Green Queen Living: Wet Market Series Part 4 – Guide to Chinese Herbs & Spices (Heng Liu)

Green Queen Living: Wet Market Series Part 4 – Guide to Chinese Herbs & Spices (Heng Liu)

Baat Gok

Star Anise – Baat Gok   This star-shaped herb has a sweet and refreshing taste, and a strong liquorice aroma. Though not as common in the daily family diet, Cantonese people love cooking meat dishes with it- it works very well with slow roasts and stews. It is one of the main ingredients in Chinese Five […]

Eco Insights: Why Are Fruits So Misunderstood? A Scientist Explains All Things Fruit

Eco Insights: Why Are Fruits So Misunderstood? A Scientist Explains All Things Fruit

Domestic Strawberries and Wild Strawberries

Fruits are natural, nutritious and delicious right? This is what we have been taught. But what is a exactly is a fruit? And why are they so yummy, exactly? Green Queen clears up common misunderstandings after an in-depth chat with our friendly resident scientist, Karen Stollberger.    What is a fruit, exactly?  Biologically, a fruit is […]

Holy Crap Superfood Protein Crunch Balls of Goodness Recipe

Holy Crap Superfood Protein Crunch Balls of Goodness Recipe

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This quick and easy recipe for Holy Crap Balls of Goodness are super crunchy, delicious and packed with powerful protein and nutritious superfoods. They’re perfect for your pre/post workout snack, your little one’s afternoon snack, a healthy lift during your mid-afternoon slump at work or a breakfast on the run. Best of all, they’re gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan […]

Green Queen Living: Wet Market Series Part 3 – Guide to Chinese Root & Tuber Vegetables (Gan)

Green Queen Living: Wet Market Series Part 3 – Guide to Chinese Root & Tuber Vegetables (Gan)

Wet Market Root Vegetables

Missing the dozens of varieties of potatoes you used for your spud-tastic recipes back home? Why not give these Asian starch stars below a try? They make great and nutritious substitutes for the ol’ spud and with our guide, using them at home is easy!   Lotus Root – Lin Ngau   This yellowish white […]

Green Queen Living: Sleep Deeply – Alice Mack of the Food Doctor London Shares Her Best Tips

Green Queen Living: Sleep Deeply – Alice Mack of the Food Doctor London Shares Her Best Tips

sleep like a baby

Almost everyday I get asked: “If I should do just one thing to be healthy, what should it be?” Each month, I send you one of my answers. This month, if you do one thing: SLEEP DEEPLY.   Waking up from a nine-hour sleep is epic. You see the world through different eyes; troubles melt away, productivity […]

Eco Insights: Beef & Lamb – The Whole Grain Vs Grass Fed Debate

Eco Insights: Beef & Lamb – The Whole Grain Vs Grass Fed Debate

Grazing Cows

If you have shopped for beef or lamb recently, you have noticed the sheer prevalence of labels popping up on various types of meat. Should you go for Australian grain-fed beef or Welsh organic lamb? What do all of these labels mean for you and your family? Green Queen is here to help and below is an overview of the […]

Green Queen Living: Wet Market Series Part 2 – Guide to Chinese Melon Fruits (Gwaa)

Green Queen Living: Wet Market Series Part 2 – Guide to Chinese Melon Fruits (Gwaa)

Hairy Gourd Adjusted

In Cantonese cuisine, melons, gourds and cucumbers are all considered to be “melon fruits,” where we consider them to all be members of the gourd family. They can be intimidating to foreigners with their strange textures and shapes but most of them are basically mild relatives of the zucchini and can be used instead in […]

Eco Insights: Save Your Veggies – How To Reduce Produce Waste

Eco Insights: Save Your Veggies – How To Reduce Produce Waste

Spoilt Veggies

Food waste is a huge problem globally-over 30% of all food produced is wasted across the planet. Be part of the solution with our our useful ideas for how to make use of everything in your fridge and how to avoid food waste, especially the expensive produce kind.   Got herbs?  It’s happened to all of […]

Green Queen Giving: Animals Asia Foundation

Green Queen Giving: Animals Asia Foundation

Moon Bears Animals Asia Foundation

This month we spent some time getting to know the Animals Asia Foundation and the work they do to help protect our animal friends.   How was Animals Asia Foundation started? Animals Asia was founded by Jill Robinson, MBE in 1998 – five years after an encounter with a caged bear on a farm in southern China […]

Green Queen Foodie: Fish & Meat – Farm to Table Pioneer

Green Queen Foodie: Fish & Meat – Farm to Table Pioneer

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What is the farm to table concept? In the most basic sense, it’s about eating locally: growing your own produce then cooking it at home.  Or if you are a restaurant, connecting your clients with locally-sourced produce and artisan producers. Sourcing is key: finding the finest ingredients both regionally and from around the world whilst demonstrating […]

Green Queen Living: Wet Markets Series Part 1 – Guide to Chinese Leafy Greens (Choy)

Green Queen Living: Wet Markets Series Part 1 – Guide to Chinese Leafy Greens (Choy)

Chinese Red amaranth(Jin Coi)

We are extremely excited to launch our new seven part series all about the local Hong Kong Wet Markets. There is nothing more green than connecting with your local community and enjoying the local produce but sometimes, the language barrier can make things difficult to navigate. Green Queen has done all the homework for you […]

Eco Insights: Why You Should Avoid Canned Foods

Eco Insights: Why You Should Avoid Canned Foods

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Food has been preserved in cans for nearly 200 years, and its popularity has never ceased to increase. What could be more convenient than opening a can of soup for a quick meal? Well, there’s a dark and dirty secret about metal cans that has been emerging and it may make you think twice before […]

Green Queen Recommends: Healthy Cooking Classes in Hong Kong

Green Queen Recommends: Healthy Cooking Classes in Hong Kong

Healthy Cooking Class Green Queen

Want to eat more vegetarian food but out of inspiration? Heard about kefir but have no idea how to make it? Dying to stock your fridge with homemade raw chocolate? Wish you knew how to make your own yoghurt? Desperate to bake some gluten free bread? Turns out Hong Kong has so much to offer […]

Green Queen Living: The Definitive Guide to Rice

Green Queen Living: The Definitive Guide to Rice

Guide to Rice

Rice is a staple across much of the world, especially in Asian countries like China, Japan, India, the Philippines and Korea, where most people don’t go a day without eating rice during one of their meals. But how much do we really know about the many different types of rice? It can be confusing to figure out […]

Eco Insights: DIY Eco Air Fresheners Ideas

Eco Insights: DIY Eco Air Fresheners Ideas

Eco Insights Air Freshener

Air fresheners have become a household staple over the past few years with over 75% of homes using some form of them. We have become unusually obsessed with the way things smell, and the air freshener industry has greatly profited!   Air fresheners come in many different forms, from air and fabric sprays to plug […]

Green Queen Foodie: Ali Oli Bakery Cafe – A Healthy Eating Oasis in Kwun Tong

Green Queen Foodie: Ali Oli Bakery Cafe – A Healthy Eating Oasis in Kwun Tong

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If you know of Ali Oli Bakery Cafe, then you’ll know it’s an institution for serving up European and Western baked goods in Hong Kong. In fact they’re longstanding bakery of 25 years based in Sai Kung, is popular for their extensive product list serving favorites such as their sausage rolls, cottage pies and some […]

Green Queen Living: Beautiful Skin Wisdom from The Annals of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Green Queen Living: Beautiful Skin Wisdom from The Annals of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Green Queen Living: TCM Beauty Secrets

In Hong Kong, local culture relies greatly on the vast fount of knowledge that is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) when it comes to health and wellness. There is so much to learn and Green Queen is here to help. We have rounded up some ancient TCM beauty secrets with easy to follow recipes that are sure […]

Eco Insights: Toxic Beauty Series Part 6 – Triclosan

Eco Insights: Toxic Beauty Series Part 6 – Triclosan

Toxic Beauty Series Triclosan

What Is It and Why Is It Used?   Triclosan is a phenol chemical derived from chlorine. Most commonly used in consumer products as an antibacterial agent, triclosan is a regulated pesticide. Manufacturers add it to everything to prevent bacterial contamination in their products.   What Is It Used In?   Most commonly used in […]

The Perfect Homemade Yoghurt Recipe by FoodBooty

The Perfect Homemade Yoghurt Recipe by FoodBooty

How To Make Yoghurt At Home Recipe

Making yogurt at home is not as hard as people might think. As recent as a month ago, my desire to make yogurt was magnified. Why? With inflated prices of yogurt in Hong Kong ranging from $80 – $150 HKD for a litre or less, it can make an everyday staple unaffordable or a ‘luxury’. […]

Green Queen Heroes: Christina Dean of Redress

Green Queen Heroes: Christina Dean of Redress

Christina Dean Redress

Christina Dean has literally changed the fashion landscape in Hong Kong. In a city where fast fashion and consumerism run deep, she has proven that what’s old can be chic and what’s green can be trendy. She proved that clothes shopping is optional when she embarked on her one year challenge to only wear used […]

Eco Insights: Toxic Beauty Series Part 5 – Carmine

Eco Insights: Toxic Beauty Series Part 5 – Carmine

Green Queen Toxic Beauty Series - Carmine

What Is It and Why Is It Used?   Carmine, also called cochineal, comes from the skin of female cochineal beetles. These insects are mostly found in Mexico and other parts of South America. Once they have been killed, the beetles are dried and then crushed- from this, carminic acid is extracted. This acid is […]

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