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8 Ways to Boost Your Immune System This Winter

3 Mins Read Our immune system is constantly up against it – being regularly bombarded by foreign invaders, it has developed incredibly complex mechanisms that help hold the barriers strongly in place. Though there are many components to a healthy immune system, our white blood cells in particular work extremely hard, especially at this time of year. The […]

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

2 Mins Read 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 […]

Are You Eating Too Many Fruit-Vegetables?

4 Mins Read 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 the […]

Beef & Lamb – The Whole Grass Vs Grain Fed Debate

5 Mins Read 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 […]

Why You Should Avoid Canned Foods

2 Mins Read 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

5 Mins Read 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 […]

Eco Insights: Toxic Beauty Series Part 5 – Carmine

2 Mins Read 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 used […]

Top 10 Ways to Boost Your Fertility Naturally

3 Mins Read Diet and nutrition can play a strong role in the way our genes are expressed and influence our fertility, just as it plays a role in other challenges to health and well-being. Whether you’re currently trying to conceive or struggling with unexplained infertility, paying a little extra attention to your diet won’t hurt. Below are my […]

Eco Insights: Toxic Beauty Series Part 1- Sulfates

3 Mins Read The media has made us all somewhat aware that most of the products we use to wash and care for our faces and bodies contain some rather suspicious ingredients. The laundry list of what to avoid is a long one so this series will birth many posts. Most of us are too busy to spend […]

How to Get Your Family To Eat Healthier Foods

3 Mins Read As a mother of two, one of my biggest pleasures in life is feeding my kids nutritious meals. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy! Kids have minds of their own and are not always interested in steamed vegetables and quinoa. However, through experience and trial and error, I have found some ways to get my little […]

Clean Eating: Stocking a Healthy Fridge & Pantry

3 Mins Read Karin Reiter, nutritionist extraordinaire and founder of Nutritious n Delicious, has so many fans that her Hong Kong classes about nutrition and healthy eating are always sold out! We love her style and how easy she makes it for moms on the go and busy families to make clean food choices. We are so excited […]

Top 9 Tips for Eating Clean on a Budget

6 Mins Read It can be a challenge to make healthy, clean eating choices in Hong Kong. It’s always been hard to buy clean food and choose responsibly sourced items from a restaurant menu, though there is some real progress on these fronts. We now have over 100 organic farms in the territory and it feels like a new farm-to-table […]

Soya- Superfood or Serious Syndrome? Part 2

2 Mins Read If you have been following this series and have read Part 1,  you now are better informed about soya and its derivative products. Today you will learn that raw soya actually contains substances that are toxic to the human body. Below we are cover the health controversies that surround soya.   Soya and The Thyroid Consuming […]

Soya- Superfood or Serious Syndrome? Part 1

3 Mins Read The Great Debate   First came the war on dairy. Then came the universal acceptance as soya milk as the smart dairy alternative. Everyone hailed the Asian pod as a wonder bean, full of amazing health benefits. How could Western consumers assimilate soya in their daily lives? From soya sauce to edamame (young green soya […]

The Farce of Free Range – Chicken Matters

2 Mins Read When it comes to sheer marketing genius, you can’t beat the term ‘free range’. Just the very words conjure up wonderful images of pastoral landscapes where cheerful, healthy farm animals roam freely on large expanses of apple-green grass. The free range branding gurus – make no mistake, free range is now a very well managed […]

The Very Scary Truth About Agave

3 Mins Read Sweetener Story  First came the war on sugar. White sugar = Very Bad.  While many of us still consume it, we know we shouldn’t. It’s almost embarrassing to add it to your morning coffee, especially when your colleague proudly affirms: “Coffee? I take it black.” Then came the attack on artificial sweeteners. Sucralose (Splenda), Saccharin […]

Processed Foods vs Cocaine: Which Is More Addictive?

2 Mins Read Last week, Green Queen shared 10 reasons why readers should avoid sugar as much as possible in their diet. One of the reasons mentioned was that sugar follows the same pathways in our brains as heroin does. The shocking article Fatty Foods Addictive Like Cocaine in Growing Body of Scientific Research published on Bloomberg News a […]

10 Reasons Why You Should Say NO To Sugar

3 Mins Read 10 Reasons Why You Should Say NO to Sugar   We are all somewhat aware that sugar isn’t good for us. But do we actually have any idea why? Can we list out any solid anti-sugar reasons? Not to worry, Green Queen to the rescue. Here are 10 reasons why you should avoid sugar as close to […]

Make Meatless Mondays Part of Your Life

2 Mins Read New week, new health habit? Do you find yourself making promises to yourself on Sunday night about certain health habits you need to improve? Do you vow to cut out sugar/coffee/gluten? Do you pre-pack your gym bag, swearing to yourself that this week, you WILL become a Body Pump regular? Why set yourself up for […]