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Sweetcorn, carrots and pork ribs soup

Any Chinese person worth their salt will know that gojiberries or wolfberries (lycium barbarum) are good for the eyes so sweetcorn, carrots and pork ribs soup is one of the staples in my Asian kitchen.

It’s one of the easiest soups to prepare and it’s healthy for both the eyes and the tummy.

Here are the ingredients that you’ll need:

1 portion of pork ribs 1 ear of corn – broken/chopped into 3-4 pieces
1 small carrot – cut into cubes
2-3 red dates
a small handful of dried gojiberries

1. Wash and rinse the pork ribs carefully and remove any bloody gristle from the meat.
2. Place the pork ribs, carrots and sweetcorn into a pot and cover them with water. The amount of water should be above 2 inches above the pile of meat and vegetables – too much water and the soup will be bland. Bring them to the boil.
3. When it starts boiling, turn down the fire and add the red dates and gojiberries to the mix. Cover the pot and let it simmer for about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
4. Enjoy the soup – the little ones will love gnawing on the tender corn 🙂


Computer vision syndrome (计算机视觉综合征)

As electronic billboards, computer screens, screens of tablets and various mobile devices emit harmful blue light (蓝光), the name for eye problems caused by computer use is computer vision syndrome (CVS).

Apple iPad 3G tablet

As we age, our eyes lose vital nutrients and the ability to protect them diminishes. Think of what you are doing to help your eyes stay healthy.

Since both of my children are in Chinese school, they have to do A LOT of reading and writing!

See below the one day Chinese homework for my kids when they were 6 years old:

Besides that, they also love to read books….

And play Minecraft or watch YouTube on weekends…

Although I limit their use of the iPad and online, I they still use their eyes a lot.

Many people are relying on reading glasses and contact lenses with the belief that poor vision is inevitable with the passing of time.

However, a proper diet and sufficient supplementation of beneficial nutrients can help maintain eye health.

Regular intake of fruits and vegetables

I am a die-hard fan of eating real foods, especially after my “Real Food Challenge” but how many of us can eat 5 types of fruits and vegetables EVERY breakfast, lunch and dinner?

Honestly, there were days when my children could only manage ONE serving of fruits and TWO servings of vegetables per day.

Did you know that children and adults need SEVEN servings of colourful vegetables and fruits to stay healthy?


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