By Paulyne L. Fermin
It’s the start of a new school year and us, moms, are doubly busy. From preparing nutritious meals to finding the right skin products for our kids, we need all the help we can get.
Frozen and fresh
I used to think that frozen is not fresh. I would rather choose from heaps in the grocery than go near the frozen section. But I recently learned that freezing, in fact, is a process that ensures the freshness of food. Enrique Valles, Mida Foods CEO notes, “For lack of a distributor in the Philippines, our company was created 20 years ago to cater to a growing local demand for premium fresh seafood.”
Aside from its list of clients that include fine dining restaurants and luxury hotels, Mida Foods has also penetrated the local retail market through its brand Pacific Bay. The present product line up includes peeled and deveined shrimp, tuna belly, tuna steaks, scallop meat, salmon steaks, cream dory fillet, Chilean sea bass, soft-shell crabs, Gindara, and halibut fillet steaks.
Now, moms no longer have to pinch, poke or play eenie-meenie-miney-mo at the seafood section. What I like most about the brandis the convenience of thawing the products, seasoning it with salt and pepper (add lemon, if you wish), and cooking it in oil or butter. Easy and delicious! In addition, seafood is rich in protein, omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamins A and E which promotes skin wellbeing and fights ageing.
Frozen seafood, however, must be cooked within three to six months of purchase.
The Pacific Bay brand is available at leading supermarkets nationwide.
Scratches and scrapes free
The drastic change in weather during a recent trip to New York left my six-year-old daughter’s skin so dry and itchy (especially on the stomach and lower leg areas) that she had superficial wounds from scratching. It was a good thing that I had packed Johnson’s Milk + Rice and Milk + Oats baby wash and lotion which greatly eased the problem.
“The skin is your first layer of defense against environmental irritants. Young skin, even up to seven, is still developing. A child’s skin is 30 percent thinner than an adult’s and is quite weak and prone to irritation, scrapes, and scratches. It is, therefore, very important to choose products that will protect as well as maintain healthy skin,” says Dra. Loverne Suratos, MD, FPDS. She recommends products rich in oats, milk, and rice. Oats contain avenamethrides, lipids, and proteins that protect against skin irritation. Milk protein helps control inflammation, stimulates regeneration, and strengthens the skin barrier. Rice, on the one hand, provides vitamins and minerals that do not only moisturize skin but keeps it healthy, too.
Aside from irritants, kids also need protection as they play in school and at home. Rough play from classmates, dads, and brothers can’t be helped. It is encouraged by experts, really, for physical, social, and cognitive development. So better keep those handy baby products on hand!
Johnson’s Milk +Rice and Milk +Oats baby bath and baby lotion are available in supermarkets, drugstores and department stores nationwide.
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