New Fruit Salad Bar at MBG’s Tropicana City Mall Outlet


MBG Celebrates International Fruit Day with New Fruit Salad Bars & “Nutritionist On The Go” CSR Campaign and I was there to try out their New Fruit Salad Bar. It was thrilling watch as such a wide spread of filled wonderful colours on cut sized fruits being display. Not only we get to pick the fruits we like we too get to pick the topping and sauces that goes with it.


MBG FruitShop’s annual “Yes! Fruits” fruity festival, to celebrate International Fruit Day on July 1, returns with much more fruity initiatives for a healthier Ramadhan Raya. Managing Director Adnan Lee said its “Yes! Fruits” festival aims to excite Malaysians to consume more fruits with carnival-like activities such as contests, culinary demos, educational nuggets at all MBG outlets from July 1 to August 31. MBG also kicked off its nationwide fruits survey cum contest to understand Malaysian’s awareness and behaviours towards fruits & fruits juices, promising exciting prizes amounting to RM10,000 including Pensonic Papa Blender , MBG product hampers and vouchers.


“MBG is marking a milestone this year with the introduction of its new fruits salad bars at Tropicana City Mall and Wangsa Walk Shopping Mall, with more to come. Our fruits salad bar caters to anyone who wants to mix and match their healthy snacks and for busy Malaysians who needs a quick nutritional boost. In fact, the Malay community should find our salad bars a convenient break-fast avenue during the Holy Ramadhan month, especially if they are tied-up and rushing.


“At the same time, in the pipeline is our Nutritionist On The Go” – a community campaign which enables the public can consult MBG’s very own nutritionist at selective outlets to get nutritional consultation making its debut soon, enthused Adnan.
To kick off MBG”s “Yes! Fruits” festival, consultant dietitian Indra Balaratnam headlined a healthy fruit salad demo cum workshop for bloggers and the public at MBG’s Tropicana City Mall outlet recently.
Indra said eating fruit and vegetables which are high in vitamins, minerals, fibre, antioxidants, water — are important for good health. “Salad bars such as MBG’s are a convenient, fun and creative way to enjoy your fruits and vegetables as there is a large assortment of nutritious fruit and vegetables.


According to Indra, the key to making a good salad would be adding a variety of colourful fruit and vegetables which offer different antioxidants. “Dried fruit, nuts, seeds, herbs and dressings make the salad flavourful, extra nutritious and can be a meal replacement. Yogurt is also a good protein source high in calcium that make a perfect dressing to fruit salads,” Indra advised.


The “Nutritionist On The Go” campaign will be led by MBG’s in-house nutritionist Ms Sharanyha Kokilathasan (Sharan),set to make appearances at MBG outlets — offering nutrition advice to the community, in the near future.
Sharan cited that fruit salads come with a host of benefits such as managing weight as they are low in calories and enhances satiety and as a good replacement for those individuals who have sweet tooth. “Adding a fruity dressing to salads not only satisfies the craving but re-energizes at the same time.


“However, be mindful of certain guidelines when choosing items from the salad bars. Consider your tolerance level, health conditions and also specific needs. Example: certain individuals may be allergic to dried nutritious items such as peanuts and the lactose-intolerant should avoid nuts and mayonnaise displayed.
For fruits and vegetables, taking each variety in small portions is not harmful but be careful when it comes to large quantities as it may affect certain health condition. For example, diabetics should avoid watermelon in a huge quantity as it will spike the sugar level.

For those without any health conditions, exercise your own creativity and preferences. For healthier dressing, choose a drizzle of healthy olive oil and favourite vinegar with addition of dry fruits and nuts.

Key fruits that you could opt from salad bar includes grapes, kiwis and mangoes, apples and berries. Grapes promote resveratrol which improves dilation for blood vessel and brain protection abilities. They are also great for asthma, increase moisture in lungs and reduce asthmatic events. Mangoes, with its high concentration of Vitamin C and antioxidants help with immunity, regulates diabetes, low glycemic index. The tartaric acid helps alkalizes the body and rich iron amounts surg well for anemia. Kiwi, a nutrient-dense food aids digestion and has high levels of potassium balance our blood pressure.


Drawing a comparison between the benefits of fruits and fruit juices, Sharon said whole fruits provides more nutrition than fruit juices, focusing on two components – the skin and the pulp. “Pulp is an important source of fiber (and nutrients) and thru juicing the pulp are usually removed. Fruit juice has higher glycemic index and lower fiber, which passes through digestive system quickly. Fruit juices can be consumed before a meal as they will provide instant energy and doesn’t have a satiety feeling.

“Fruits and fruits juices combinations are great for everyday health maintenance – and especially useful during the Ramadhan month for an instant energy and nutrition boost,” advised Sharan.

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Indra Balaratnam Shares Colourful Fruits Salad Recipes



Perfect juice dressing for a light mixed fruit salad

Ingredients for the salad:
Mango — diced
Strawberries — diced
Green kiwi — sliced
Almonds — slivered

Ingredients for the dressing:
Juice of 1 orange
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Juice of 1/2 lime
Orange zest
1-2 Tablespoons of honey (or to taste)

Whisk the dressing together in a large mixing bowl. Toss in the cut fruit. Chill in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes before serving.

Indra’s tip: This fruit salad is full of vitamin C and a variety of antioxidants from the rainbow coloured fruit combination to help keep your immunity up as you start to face another hustle and bustle day.



Ingredients for the salad:
Salad leaves
Cucumber — sliced
Pink dragon fruit — diced
Pears — diced
Pineapple — diced
Watermelon — diced
Avocado – cored and sliced

Ingredients for yogurt dressing:
1 cup Greek yogurt
2 Tablespoons white vinegar
1 ½ Tablespoons lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 Tablespoons chives – finely chopped
2 Tablespoons fresh parsley – finely chopped
Salt to taste

Mix all the dressing ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate to use when needed.

Assemble the salad ingredients in a large bowl. Drizzle with the yogurt dressing.

Indra’s tip: This yogurt dressing is perfect to cool you down for a light afternoon lunch. The yogurt provides protein, calcium and good probiotics. The fruits have fiber to aid digestion; plus the avocado and nuts have good healthy fats and Omega 3.



Ingredients for salad:
Green apple – thinly sliced
Ripe mango — diced
Fresh mint leaves – finely chopped
Roasted cashew nuts

Ingredients for the dressing
½ cup fresh lime juice
3 teaspoons fish sauce (adjust to your taste)
3 teaspoons brown sugar
6 chili – finely chopped

In a large mixing bowl, mix all the dressing ingredients. Adjust the fish sauce and brown sugar to your taste, if needed.
Then gently toss in the salad ingredients.

Indra’s tip: This simple recipe has the soluble fiber goodness of mango and green apple to help control cholesterol and digestion. Makes a nice refreshing side dish to Asian dishes.


Interesting nuggets.

The tomato is a fruit not vegetable. It’s the most popular fruit in the world.
Dark green vegetables include more Vit C than light green colour vegetables.
Most of the protein and fats of dragon fruits are found in their tiny black seeds.
You can speed up ripening of the pineapple by placing it upside down (leafy end)
Dried fruits contain more calories than fresh fruits
Grapes explode when you put them in microwave
Apples gives you more energy than caffeine.

Different Fruits For Different Folks :
i. Children / teenagers
Apple – Vit C, good oral health
Berries – brain food, vision
Mango- natural growth booster ( nervous, cardiovascular, new cells)
Banana – source of energy
Kiwi / orange – increase immunity and vit D
Pears – digestive (constipation)
ii. Adults
Mango – eye
Citrus food/ guava – immunity
Grape – heart
Lemon – decrease body fat and cholesterol
Coconut – antiviral, antibacterial
Banana – energy, heart
iii. Pregnant / post-natal women
Avocado – high folic acid
Mango – rich in iron (red blood cell), vit A, vit C
Lemon – reduce morning sickness, flush toxin
Berries – superfood
Banana / papaya – stool and clean system
iv. Men’s health
Cherry- anti inflammation (sport injuries)
Blackberry – lower prostate cancer
Grapefruit – appetite suppressant
Papaya / watermelon – infertility (boost sperm production)
Pomegranate – achieve and maintain erection
v. Seniors
Guava – antibacterial, high fiber,
Cranberry/ pineapple – digestion, energy production, detox
Avocado – good kind of fatty acid (heart, hair, nail)
Orange – calcium, enhances absorption vit D
Apple – low GI, keep teeth strong

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