Long reserved for royalty, black rice, also known as “emperor’s rice” or “forbidden rice,” was once deemed too nutritious for commoners to consume. This whole-grain rice, with its deep purple hue and nutty, slightly sweet flavor, is rich in anthocyanins – antioxidant pigments that boost its health benefits. The Chinese even consider it a “blood tonic.” But you don’t have to be royalty to reap its rewards.
But black rice isn’t the only superstar on our plate. Introducing red rice, a powerhouse in its own right, packed with flavonoid antioxidants such as apigenin, myricetin, and quercetin. Studies have shown that red rice has higher concentrations of flavonoids compared to brown rice and a higher potential to fight free radicals.
Get the best of both worlds with our multigrain rice blend of black, red, and brown rice. Each bite is a nutritious symphony, high in fiber, antioxidants, protein, and iron. So, why not elevate your next meal with the forbidden feast of black and red rice? Your taste buds, and your body, will thank you.
Preparing for postpartum confinement can seem overwhelming for new moms, but it doesn’t have to be! With a little planning and preparation, you can make your confinement period a comfortable and enjoyable experience for both you and your newborn. Here are a few essential things to keep in mind before your confinement period begins.
First things first, let’s talk about what confinement is all about. Confinement, also known as the “sitting month” is a traditional Chinese practice that’s been passed down for generations. It’s about giving new moms time to recover after childbirth and protecting them from “wind” and “cold” which are thought to be harmful to their health. It’s typically 30 days of self-care, relaxation, and bonding with your baby.
Next, let’s talk about food. Your diet during confinement is super important, and it’s all about nourishing your body and helping it recover. You’ll want to stock up on confinement-friendly ingredients such as ginger, red dates, and Goji berries. And if cooking isn’t your thing, we got chu! Give our Confinement Meals Home Delivery and/or Confinement Dish Ready-To-Eat a try!
Finally, don’t forget about the help. You’ll want to arrange for extra help during your confinement period, whether it’s a confinement nanny to assist with childcare and cooking or just a friend or family member to help. It’s important to remember that this is a time for you to focus on healing and bonding with your new baby, and it’s okay to ask for help.
Overall, remember that confinement period is all about self-care, bonding with your baby and allowing yourself to heal. With a little preparation and planning, you can make it a fun and enjoyable experience for you and your newborn.
Red dates are known for their medicinal and herbal benefits. In traditional medicine, red dates are brewed in soups or tea to help nourish the blood and improve the immune system. Many women consume red dates and longan tea during their menstruation or confinement period in order to nourish the blood and improve their immune system.
The longan fruit can be consumed fresh or brewed with soup or tea when it is sun-dried. It is said that longan and red dates together produce amazing health benefits especially in boosting our immune system and replenishing our blood.
During confinement, many women become restless in the midst of caring and nursing their newborn. Longan has been proven to promote a sense of calmness and enhance sleep. Because of its calming properties, longan are also used as anti-depressants in traditional Chinese medicine as they have shown to have an effect on the central nervous system.
Chinese red dates have very high content of Vitamin C. They also contain several other vitamins like Vitamin A, B1, B2, protein, magnesium, calcium, iron and phosphorous which makes it an excellent source of nutrients that our bodies need. In traditional Chinese medicine, red dates are known for its ability to strengthen the stomach and spleen which aids in food digestion.
In confinement, red dates are very commonly boiled with dried longan because of its “warm” properties. It is believed that regular consumption will keep the womb warm and increase fertility. Red dates also help in the stimulation of white blood cells, which can improve immunity and protect the liver. As longan is one of the main ingredients in tonics for blood medication, these two ingredients are often coupled together in soups and tea to help boost overall wellness and to strengthen the body’s immunity.
While the health benefits of bird’s nest are well-documented as it is a widely-consumed food, many have asked regarding the benefits of consuming bird’s nest drinks during pregnancy. Today kita nak share the interesting reasons here just for you.
The positive effects on pregnancy could be primarily attributed to the following amino acids found in bird’s nest.
Glycine is known to reduce the risk of pre-eclampsia in pregnant women, which can also decrease the possibility of neural tube defects and promote comprehensive developments of the foetus.
Bird’s Nest is rich in Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) which is a substance that is responsible for skin and tissue repair, according to modern studies. Threonine found in bird’s nest promotes elastin and collagen formation of the skin and to prevent skin from ageing. When consumed regularly, bird’s nest drinks can help the skin retain its radiance and natural beauty which ultimately reduces the appearance of stretch marks during pregnancy.
Hormonal changes during pregnancy and postpartum is a known cause of emotional depression, which Tryptophan can act as an antidepressant as it reduces stress, anxiety and fatigue.
Tryptophan (a precursor of Serotonin and Melatonin) also promotes optimal growth for the child as well as the recovery process after birth for the mother.
Additionally, the main carbohydrate in bird’s nest is Sialic Acid which is purported to contribute to neurological and intellectual development in infants.
So in conclusion, regular consumption of bird’s nest drinks can be a contributing factor to the birth of healthy babies.
Check out my video of Baby Noah below 😍
I consumed 1 bottle daily since 7 weeks of pregnancy and 2 bottles a day in the last 2-3 weeks before giving birth.
Ramadan always comes filled with inner meanings, and this year it will be even more so. That's why, as we all continue to #StayAtHome and adhere to the MCO during this globally trying times, we've brought together our favourite food makers from our kampungs on HCCF Ramadan & Rakan-Rakan e-Bazaar platform.
In the Malaysian spirit of #KitaJagaKita, all sales from this e-Bazaar platform are paid directly and in full to the food makers/sellers.
Additionally, in support of reducing food wastages, the selection of food available here are on Next Day Delivery basis only. So do plan and place your orders One Day Earlier, and we'll make sure your food are delivered fresh and safely to you at your doorstep.
To celebrate CNY this year, we thought we’d do something a little different. So on Chap Goh Mei, we sent out giant #ForTwoCookies to unsuspecting mommies with a random love message from her cheeky baby.
Black rice—also known as forbidden rice or “emperor’s rice”—is popular for its high levels of antioxidants and superior nutritional value. Forbidden rice earned its name because it was once reserved for the Chinese emperor to ensure his health and longevity, and forbidden to anyone else. Forbidden rice is a medium-grain, non-glutinous heirloom rice with a deep purple hue and a nutty, slightly sweet flavor. This whole-grain rice is rich in anthocyanins, which are antioxidant pigments that give the rice its unusual colour. The most nutritious rice in the rice family — it’s high in fiber, antioxidants, protein, and iron. This, combined with its high level of anthocyanins, makes it a nutrition powerhouse. According to Chinese medicine, it is considered a blood tonic.
Red rice — like black rice, it’s packed with flavonoid antioxidants, including the anthocyanins apigenin, myricetin, and quercetin. In fact, research shows that red rice has significantly more potential to fight free radicals and contains higher concentrations of flavonoid antioxidants than brown rice.
With our servings of multigrain rice that consists of black, red, and brown rice, you’re sure to get the best of everything!