Thursday, 31 May 2012


Doesn't it feel like summer just flew by? We can't believe it's the end of May…

but Hello June!

June marks so many things for us Filipinos. It's back to school, goodbye summer,  and of course, marks the start of the real rainy season.

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 Raindrops keep falling on my head ♪

The rainy season can bring about gloominess but we have the perfect comfort food for you!

Soups for the Soul

Tofu Onion Soup
Enjoy the superb flavors of onions, most soothing for the digestive systems, garnished with protein - rich tofu cubes and parmesan cheese.

Orange Root Soup

Savor this soup that has carrots and squash, both rich in beta-carotene and antioxidants, flavored with coriander and ginger for extra warmth and zest

Drop by Chimara and let us bring comfort to your body and soul :)

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Go Green with Eco-Friendly Bags

The number of plastic usage all over the world has lead to an increasing concern on disposal. Plastic is harmful to the environment yet many still use it due to its practicality and low cost.

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One of the best alternatives is to grab yourself an eco-friendly bag.

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Most supermarkets have already started offering eco-bags at very cheap prices and even offer benefits for using them. Some give extra or even double points for your loyalty card. Others even go as far as not using plastic bags during certain days of the month and let you bring home your goods in cardboard boxes unless you have an eco-bag to put them in.

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It's good to know that places like these are supporting the Go Green Campaign. We at Chimara are all for going green by supporting the use of Eco-Friendly bags.

What's great about these bags is that you can use them for any occasion. Not just for groceries, you can also use them as your personal handbag, your kid's tote bag, your babies diaper bag and lots more!

What makes it even better is that they don't have to be dull. Check out these fun and stylish takes on eco-friendly bags!

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Do you have any suggestions on where to get these awesome bags?

Let's all support Mother Nature and go green with us! :D

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

RECIPE: Surfer Style Nachos (using our very own Tofu Chips Nude!)

Who here loves nachos but find it too fattening and unhealthy?

Not to worry! At Chimara, we have a great alternative for you! :)

Perfect for the remaining days of summer, this recipe is called the Surfer Style Nachos using our signature snack, Tofu Chips Nude. They are protein rich, sesame-seeded tofu crisps.

Surfer Style Nachos
Serving Size: 2-3

Bag of Chimara Tofu Chips Nude

1 16 ounce can black beans
2 plum tomatoes, diced
1/2 cup corn (frozen is fine)
1 jar good salsa
1/4 head romaine lettuce, shredded
Shredded cheese of your choice (optional)
Greek yogurt (optional)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Place the beans in a food processor with 1/2 jar of the salsa. Combine just until thick and chunky.

Place Chimara Tofu Chips on a baking sheet. Add chunky black bean puree. Sprinkle corn (if you are using frozen corn, defrost it first), tomatoes, and remaining salsa on top. Add cheese if you like. Place in oven until the cheese melts.

Remove nachos from the oven. Add shredded romaine lettuce on top. Serve with dollops of Greek yogurt for added creaminess if desired. Yum!

The great thing about our chips is that you can also eat it with all kinds of dips!

Try it out with a healthy salsa
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a guacamole dip

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or spinach dip

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There are so many ways to give our tofu chips a kick! :)

Any suggestions on how else you can prepare a meal with our tofu chips?

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Help PETA Pick the Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity!

It's that time of the year!

It's time to vote for PETA's Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity!

As more and more people become aware of the benefits of going vegan, the number of celebrities joining this movement has also gone up.

This year, we're proud to share that our own Filipino celebrities are nominees!

Geneva Cruz

Alicia Mayer

Juliana Palermo

Chin-Chin Gutierrez

Meryll Soriano

Yasmien Kurdi

Cynthia Alexander

Lougee Basabas

Nityalila Saulo

Raya Mananquil

Isabel Roces

Sandra Selfert

We've also got a couple of male celebrities, too!

Raymond Bagatsing

Carlos Agassi

RJ Ledesma

According to the PETA Asia Pacific’s website, the Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity will be determined through votes (poll runs until May 15), celebrities’ commitment to vegetarianism, PETA’s assessment of the celebs’ attractiveness, and their media-friendliness. -

Who will you vote for? :)

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Chimara Diaries wants your story!

Calling all Chimara fans!

It doesn't matter if you're vegetarians, vegans or non-vegans, we want to get to know you more. We will be featuring stories on how having a healthy lifestyle has impacted lives.

Do you have a story to share on how your healthy lifestyle has changed your life for the better? Has Chimara helped you in maintaining this lifestyle?
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If you answered yes, do send us an email at :)

We'd love to know more about you. If you need help in constructing your story, we will be glad to guide you. If you have photos you also want to share, that would be awesome, too.

We can't wait to hear from you and share your inspiring stories. :)

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Healthy Eating for Virgo

Virgo (August 22 - September 23)

Virgo is a very independent zodiac sign. They are fully able to put their intelligence to use and get things done for themselves. It is possible however that their narrow mindedness causes their creativity to suffer and they may lead regular routine lives. They may dwell too much on the past and over complicate things and this may limit their ability to move forward and confuse themselves. In conclusion, Virgos are able to be independent but the less evolved types will have difficult if someone is not there helping them to achieve more and not be so critical of themselves.

- Analytical
- Observant
- Helpful
- Reliable
- Precise

What to Avoid: chocolate. In addition, food should not be highly seasoned, spicy, laden with sauces or gravies, or fried.

What to Eat: green leafy vegetables , whole wheat and whole grain breads, wheat germ oil, oats, almonds, cheese, oranges, bananas, lemons, lean beef and lamb. Healthy foods that are easy to digest are corn bread, yogurt, brown rice, eggs, and cottage cheese. Melons, apples, pears, and papaya

Chimara Meatless Taco is a good option for you :)

Crisp lettuce, tomatoes, and onions topped with mock beef, soy beans, corn, mango slices, and cubes of queso blanco. Try it with Garden Tomato Salsa.

Get our Soy Smoothies for your fruit fix!

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Healthy Eating for Capricorn

Capricorn (December 23 - January 20)

Capricorns are very ambitious people, they always have something they are pursuing and they want their lives to be fulfilled and important. Capricorns are extremely patient and will wait a long time for something they want, when the opportunity arises, they will plan their steps carefully. Capricorns have a very active mind and strong powers of concentration. Capricorns like being in control of their surroundings and everyone in their life. Capricorns are very cautious but this only to survey the situation before leaping in, they will never make a hasty jump in. They accept change but introduce it slowly so they can get used to it and incorporate it into their life. Capricorns tend to see life in black or white, definitive's only.



What to Avoid: chocolate, refined sugar

What to Eat: oranges, lemons, figs, celery, cabbage, dandelion greens, spinach, broccoli, corn, peas, potatoes, walnuts, almonds, whole wheat, oats, and brown rice. fresh raw salad, fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein, fish, eggs, whole-grain breads, cheese, buttermilk, yogurt.

Our Tofu Supreme is a good choice for Capricorns!

A hi - protein bundle of tofu, soybeans, nuts, carrots, and soya bacon bits. Best with Asian Sate.

The 4-Cheese Tomato Pita Romana will give you a healthy serving of cheese!

A foursome blend of light cheese, kesong puti, parmesan cheese, low - fat cheese 'n herbs, and fresh tomatoes.

Give any of our soy milkshakes a try!

Available in Chocolate, Strawberry & Green Tea :)

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Health Eating for Taurus

Taurus (April 21 - May 21)

Taurus is not the one who ventures out into the unknown and leads the way, Taurus is the one that will follow the leader and strengthen and build upon the discovered, in other words they are the one that will "dot the I's and cross the T's". This perseverance is given to them by their stubborn streak. Taurus stubborn streak is what gives their independence. They like to do things their way. They are perfectly fine on being alone, this way things get done they way they want them to be done. Taurus is not a follower, but they are not the brave one either. Taurus is perfectly independent. With their perseverance, they get things done and can do quite well for themselves.

- Dependable
- Persistent
- Loyal
- Patient
- Generous

What to Avoid: raw food

What to Eat: asparagus, beets, cauliflower, horse radish, spinach, cucumber, onions, pumpkin, raw nuts and cranberries. fish and seafood. Other foods that will help keep you healthy are eggs, liver, kidney beans, wheat germ, fresh fruit and green salads.

Start your diet with our Tofu Onion Soup!

Enjoy the superb flavors of onions, most soothing for the digestive systems, garnished with protein - rich tofu cubes and parmesan cheese.

Give our Fruit Salad Medley a try!

Chunks of apples, bananas, mango, orange, and pineapple garnished with lettuce strips, raisins, and sesame seeds trickled with citrus syrup.

Moderate exercise and good diet should be a strict discipline in every Taurean's life.

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Healthy Eating for Pisces

Pisces (February 20 - March 20)

Pisces needs a dominant partner of role model in their life or they will very easily fall into a pit of self-pity and self-undoing. When they are independent and inspired by life's events, their creativity comes shining through but they are unable to be on their own for long before they start dreaming in their imaginary world of happy people and happy endings. They need other people to keep them grounded and on the right track.


- Compassionate
- Adaptable
- Accepting
- Devoted
- Imaginative

What to Avoid: oily foods, diary, sweets, yeasty foods, breads and salt

What to Eat: Apples, Cabbage, Fish, Fresh Salads, Grains and Multigrains, Lemon, Potatoes, Seafood, Sweet Potato, Veggies

Our Tuna De-Lite is a great option for you!

Crisp lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, onions, and apples topped with tuna, soybeans, and soya bacon bits. Great with Fruit - y Vinaigrette.

A serving of our California Roll Pita Wrap would be a good addition to your diet.

A maki - inspired roll of kani, cucumber, carrots, mango, and sesame seeds. Best with Wasabi Aioli.

Our Fruit Soy Smoothies would be the perfect ending for your meal :)

A synergy of fresh fruits blended with your choice of Yogurt (Pineapple - Orange, Mango - Banana, or Carrot - Banana) or Soy Creme (Orange - Carrot, Apple - Banana, or Pineapple - Carrot).

The key to Pisces' good health is to establish moderate habits. With a minimum of care, a well-balanced diet, moderate exercise, and rest, you can feel younger!

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Healthy Eating for Scorpio

Scorpio (October 24 - November 22)

Scorpios are fiercely independent. They are able to accomplish anything they put their mind to and they won't give up. They are perfectly suited to being on their own. They are not social butterflies like some other zodiac signs and some actually prefer to live on their own that way there is never any issue of who controls what at home, they like to be in control.
- Loyal
- Passionate
- Resourceful
- Observant
- Dynamic

What to Avoid: oily foods, dairy, sweets, yeasty foods, breads and salt.

What to Eat: asparagus, cauliflower, radishes, onions, tomatoes, figs, black cherries, coconuts, milk, cheese, yogurt, and cottage cheese, whole-grain breads, fish and seafood, green salads, beets, lentil, almonds, walnuts, citrus fruit, berries, apples, bananas and pineapples.

Start off with our Kani Tropicali Salad!

Crisp lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, and carrots garnished with kani, pineapple chunks, soya bacon bits, and sesame seeds. Best with Wasabi Aioli.

Give our Chunky "Chicken" Slaw Pita Wrap a try, too :)

A crisp mix of mock chicken, apples, cucumber, carrots, peanuts, and raisins. Best with Creamy Yogurt.