Green tea

Another healthy habit I’ve been trying for a weeks now is drinking green tea. I am not a coffee drinker. I’m a hot choc kinda girl. Tea is okay for me although I’m not a fan. But when I read about the benefits of green tea, I thought of giving it a try. Green tea ni rasa dia bland and I don’t put sugar so lagi la taste-less. But for the benefits of it, telan saja lah.

So far I beli Green Tea brand Boh but I’ve been told that the Japanese brands lagi bagus. Dunno how true is that but maybe I’ll give it a try later. Kasi habis stock dulu ye.

Found this article on the net. Credit here.

I’m a green tea drinker.

Not for the love of the taste — no way! I drink it because I’m told it’s good for me…or, to be honest, the real reason I drink it is because I believe it help keeps my weight in check. But recently I decided to look into it a bit deeper and see what are all these other benefits of green tea people talk of.

Why Green Tea?

Green tea has been used as a medicine for thousands of years, originating in China but widely used throughout Asia this beverage has a multitude of uses from lowering blood pressure to preventing cancer. The reason that green tea has more health benefits attached to it than black tea is (apparently) due to the processing. Black tea is processed in a way that allows for fermentation whereas green tea’s processing avoids the fermentation process. As a result, green tea retains maximum amount of antioxidants and poly-phenols the substances that give green tea its many benefits.

Here’s a list of some of its amazing benefits — benefits that you may not have been aware of. Some of these benefits are still being debated, so please do your own research if you want to use green tea for medicinal purposes.

  1. Weight Loss. Green tea increases the metabolism. The polyphenol found in green tea works to intensify levels of fat oxidation and the rate at which your body turns food into calories.
  2. Diabetes. Green tea apparently helps regulate glucose levels slowing the rise of blood sugar after eating. This can prevent high insulin spikes and resulting fat storage.
  3. Heart Disease. Scientists think, green tea works on the lining of blood vessels, helping keep them stay relaxed and better able to withstand changes in blood pressure. It may also protect against the formation of clots, which are the primary cause of heart attacks.
  4. Esophageal Cancer. It can reduce the risk of esophageal cancer, but it is also widely thought to kill cancer cells in general without damaging the healthy tissue around them.
  5. Cholesterol. Green tea reduces bad cholesterol in the blood and improves the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol.
  6. Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. It is said to delay the deterioration caused by Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Studies carried out on mice showed that green tea protected brain cells from dying and restored damaged brain cells.
  7. Tooth Decay. Studies suggests that the chemical antioxidant “catechin” in tea can destroy bacteria and viruses that cause throat infections, dental caries and other dental conditions
  8. Blood Pressure. Regular consumption of green tea is thought to reduce the risk of high blood pressure.
  9. Depression. Theanine is an amino acid naturally found in tea leaves. It is this substance that is thought to provide a relaxing and tranquilizing effect and be a great benefit to tea drinkers.
  10. Anti-viral and Anti-bacterial. Tea catechins are strong antibacterial and antiviral agents which make them effective for treating everything from influenza to cancer. In some studies green tea has been shown to inhibit the spread of many diseases.
  11. Skincare. Green tea can apparently also help with wrinkles and the signs of aging, This is because of their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. Both animal and human studies have demonstrated that green tea applied topically can reduce sun damage.

How Much?

These are some of the many benefits but the reality is one cup of tea a day will not give you all the abundant gains. The jury is out on how many cups are necessary; some say as little as two cups a day while others five cups — and more still say you can drink up to ten cups a day. If you are thinking of going down this route, you may want to consider taking a green tea supplement instead (it would keep you out of the bathroom).

Another thing to point out is that there is caffeine in green tea — so if you are sensitive to caffeine then one cup should be your limit. Green tea also contains tannins (which can decrease the absorption of iron and folic acid), so if you are pregnant or trying to conceive then green tea may not be ideal for you. You can try mixing green tea with other healthy ingredients such as ginger.

For the rest of us with all these abundant benefits…it’s a wonder we drink anything else.

I usually drink green tea kat office. So seldom letak lemon sebab leon kat rumah. But this is not a bad idea--lemon and green tea.

I usually drink green tea kat office. Kat office takde lemon. Tapi letak lemon sedap gak kot.


Drinking warm water with lemon

Saw this on one of my FB links and thought I want to share it with everyone.

I'm trying this routine for a few months now although it's not easy for me considering my first thing in the morning usually is terkejar2 siapkan anak2 to school & taska.

I’m have been trying this routine for a few months now. Although it’s not easy for me considering my first things in the morning will usually be terkejar2 siapkan anak2 to  school and daycare

Let’s drink up! Start your day right. The recipe is really simple—a cup of warm (not hot) water and the juice from half a lemon.

It’s so simple and the benefits are just too good to ignore. Warm water with lemon:

1. Boosts your immune system 
Lemons are high in Vitamin C and potassium. Vitamin C is great for fighting colds and potassium stimulates brain and nerve function and helps control blood pressure.
2. Balances pH
Lemons are an incredibly alkaline food, believe it or not. Yes, they are acidic on their own, but inside our bodies they’re alkaline (the citric acid does not create acidity in the body once metabolized). As you wellness warriors know, an alkaline body is really the key to good health.
3. Helps with weight loss
Lemons are high in pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings. It also has been shown that people who maintain a more alkaline diet lose weight faster. And, my experience is that when I start the day off right, it’s easier to make the best choices for myself the rest of the day.
4. Aids digestion
The warm water serves to stimulate the gastrointestinal tract and peristalsis—the waves of muscle contractions within the intestinal walls that keep things moving. Lemons and limes are also high in minerals and vitamins and help loosen ama, or toxins, in the digestive tract.
5. Acts as a gentle, natural diuretic
Lemon juice helps flush out unwanted materials because lemons increase the rate of urination in the body. Toxins are, therefore, released at a faster rate which helps keep your urinary tract healthy.
6. Clears skin
The vitamin C helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes. Lemon water purges toxins from the blood which helps keep skin clear as well.
7. Hydrates the lymph system
This cup of goodness helps start the day on a hydrated note, which helps prevent dehydration (obviously) and adrenal fatigue. When your body is dehydrated, or deeply dehydrated (adrenal fatigue) it can’t perform all of it’s proper functions, which leads to toxic buildup, stress, constipation, and the list goes on. Your adrenals happen to be two small glands that sit on top of your kidneys, and along with your thyroid, create energy. They also secrete important hormones, including aldosterone. Aldosterone is a hormone secreted by your adrenals that regulates water levels and the concentration of minerals, like sodium, in your body, helping you stay hydrated. Your adrenals are also responsible for regulating your stress response. So, the bottom line is that you really don’t want to mess with a deep state of dehydration!

The other milk

My second attempt to introduce Z with fresh milk. First time dulu he vomitted after 10 minutes drinking the milk. And I just learned that UHT milk and fresh milk are two different kinds.

Last week I tried again. But the phobia me tak beli dah the UHT Dutch Lady. I gave him the cold Goodday fresh white milk. Dia tak suka. Then I tried the chocolate flavour. Baru dia nak. Tapi minum pun tak banyak. Dalam 1 oz je. Takpelah, at least dia tak muntah.

Both kids love the choc flavour. This was my minuman ruji masa pregnant dulu

Then I tried Pediasure (as recommended by the paed sebab Z underweight – he’s 8.1kg at 15m). As expected he didn’t like the white vanilla flavour. Try pulak yang chocolate. Tak suka jugak. But I didn’t give up. Tak nak membazir sebab dah beli tin kecik susu tu. Bawak pi taska and ask them to try pulak. And guess what? 4oz habis ok! Ooo pandai ye dia…with me tak nak langsung. Kat taska pandai bawak diri.

But don’t get me wrong, he’s still on the boobies. Very much. The other milk are just additional food to complement mommy’s milk. I cannot deny the fact that other milk is good for him too. Dulu ada la jugak terfikir, no FM at all. Tapi when I think of it again, cheese, chocolate, butter tu semua pun datang dari source yang sama jugak. I tak boleh jadi selfish hardcore bf mommy.

Ayah kata Vanilla lagi sedap dari Chocolate

On his food intake, he practically eats everything. Kalau kasi bubur, uwekk! Nak makan macam orang tua. Amboi! Tak kalah. It’s a relief though, sebab boleh masak 1 jenis lauk for both kids..hehehe…semangkuk nasi boleh suap abang dan adik serentak. But of course I still screen what he eats. Bukan belasah kasi semua. So if people nak kata “kurus nye anak macam mak tak kasi makan”, I beg to differ. Maybe dulu I was worried dia kurus, but now, I redha je terima that’s he’s just the skinny petite type. As long as sihat, I’m grateful and blessed.


Too early for fresh milk, perhaps?

This is a continuation from my last post a about feeding Z with fresh milk.

Well, it didn’t turn out so good.

I bought the Dutch Lady 1-6 UHT milk dalam box tu. First attempt, I mix the milk into his porridge. Recipe ala2 carbonara la kononnye. Then, I informed the daycare that his porridge ada susu Dutch Lady so if he had any allergic reaction, they should know why. And to inform me immediately. Alhamdulillah, he survived the porridge.

After 2 days, baru I started giving him the milk directly. Poured 3oz (sama macam his EBM intake) into his bottle and warmed it up. He drank like a champ! Gulp gulp gulp! But the tummy didn’t like it as much as he did. After about 10-15 minutes…uweekkkk!!!! He vomited the milk. All of it.

I tried again the next day and still the same. Habis car seat dia kena muntah. Argh! The leceh-ness of cleaning carseat with vomit. I no like!

For sure I know he’s not allergic to cow’s milk (from the porridge intake). If ada, dia dah swollen satu badan, right?

I take it that it’s too early for fresh milk. Tummy dia still adjusting. Most mommies yang kata their kids were okay with fresh milk are the 2 year olds yang memang dah weaned off the boobies and dah makan macam-macam.

So we shall wait. I’ll be trying again soon. When? I’m not sure. Let’s let the mommy instinct decides.


Fresh vs Formula

No I’m not weaning Z off the boobies yet. Baru je buat entry ini dengan penuh semangat waja, mana mungkin mahu bercerai susu. Enggak!

Z had his 1yo immunization on his birthday. Oh I have to jot this down. Nanti takut lupa! He didn’t cry AT ALL! It’s like nothing happened. Dia pandang muka Dr Sharmila tenung je. Mama yang ngeri tengok jarum masuk full dalam peha dia. Sangat la kagum! Told ya he’s my tough cookie!

Okay back to the subject.

Discuss itu ini about his development. Then I raised my concern that Z is underweight. She admitted that Z is on the lighter side for a boy. Tengok graph boleh nampak la Z’s weight is below the graph line. Bawah sikit je. Paed kata it’s okay coz he was not well for the past few months so that explains the weight. Lagipun berat dia stagnant. Bukan drop. She recommended that we feed Z with more cheese, butter, yoghurt and milk. And she specifically mentioned fresh milk.

I heard about fresh milk being introduced to toddlers is better than formula. Especially when there are issues now relating to the high sugar content in formula milk. Now I know why IY is so hyper! He’s got that sugar rush all the time! I always wonder where do all the energy come from. Rupanya Pediasure vanilla yang sedap dan manis itu. I’m trying to wean IY off the bottle soon and change to fresh milk but that’s a different entry. That’s a different challenge for me coz he doesn’t like the taste.

Back to Z – I’m thinking on how to add fresh milk into his diet. Selain masak letak susu and cheese, I’m also planning to feed him Dutch Lady susu kotak tu. But slowly la, cannot too drastic. I don’t want his tummy “terkejut”. Paeds in the UK and US recommend fresh milk as supplementary milk to kids. Kita kat Malaysia yang dilonggokkan dengan too many brands of formula milk. Berpinau mata nak pilih brand mana yang sesuai dengan perut anak dan poket mak bapak.

I have many friends who introduced their kids to fresh milk and had no problems. In fact lagi mudah dan senang coz just cucuk straw and minum. Tak payah ber-thermos bagai bila travelling.

IY hates the white fresh milk. I hope Z doesn’t.

Wish me luck!

Flu and orange

Z’s been having flu since last week. It gets worse when he starts to cough. Kesian dia tak reti nak keluarkan kahak. When he coughs macam terseksa je. As usual when hidung dia start berair, I up kan my Vitamin C. Tapi when his flu started to get worse, I know I had to do more than just increasing my dosage of supplements.

So what do I do?

Setiap hari I buy the 1L of Orange Peel Fresh and that is my main drink for the day in the office. Selain plain water of course.

1L of Peel Fresh everyday

Then I bought oranges to eat as my dessert after dinner at home. Tapi I think I went overboard sebab sakit perut la pulak. Haha!

So I was thinking, apa nak buat dengan buah oren selambak ni?

I put it in Z’s porridge! I usually put apples or pears in his porridge. Orange tak pernah lagi. I was worried it will taste tak sedap, but when I had a bite, not bad la..sedap jugak. Maybe not as sweet as apples but he took it well.

Everyday, Z’s porridge will have oranges included in his chicken/fruit/vege combo. He had:

  • chicken+carrot+orange+sweet corn,
  • chicken+broccoli+spinach+orange,
  • chicken+carrot+potatoes+orange
  • also I gave him to suckle on oranges tapi sikit2 je la takut dia sakit perut

…just to name a few combos. Yes, I’m a fan of chicken. Jarang kasi fish to him.

Before blend – that’s carrot tau..oranges tak nampak dah sebab dah hancur masa masak tu

I guess it worked!

His flu and cough is getting better now. No more mucus when he sneezes. And just lots of tahi hidung (excuse me!) signs that the mucus is drying up. In the morning, tahi mata pun takde dah. Kalau masa flu, Z had lots of yellow discharge kat mata and bila bangun pagi he can’t open his eyes coz melekat! I was this close of taking him to the paed last week masa suara dia serak tu. Tapi I held back, sebab fikir nak try jugak biar dia sembuh sendiri. Although at the back of my mind, still ada this tiny worry that his cough will turn to something else. Nauzubillah!

Alhamdulillah. Strong boy anak mama. He’s one tough cookie!


Z’s first day at daycare

Z’s first day on 14 May 2012 was such a breeze for me. He didn’t cry one bit. Senang hati mama.

I brought his own food as Z is still tooth-less. His food needs to be blended still.  I prefer if he eats food that I cook for him. Maybe later bila dah ada gigi boleh la makan dengan abang kakak lain. I don’t want to trouble the daycare to cook for him especially. Nak kena blend bagai lagi.

His recipe still macam biasa – chicken with either pumpkin, carrot, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, spinach, apples, pears or corn. I will mix and match combination of 2-3 items in one dish. He loves it!

First day I bekalkan more or less the same amount that we usually feed him at home. Then I received sms from the sitter that he ate a lot and macam tak cukup je. Wahh, that’s very surprising! He eats a lot at daycare! Bagus dik. Satu peningkatan yang memberansangkan!

Second day I double up the porridge and finish. Good job Z!

But but but (ada tetapi rupanya)…they told me that Z ni susah nak tidur. Hmmm….true true…Dia ni suka nak berdodoi berdondang sayang. When he’s too sleepy he gets cranky. I hope they are being sabar with him in the sleeping department. Good luck Aju!

Hopefully next week Abang IY has fully recovered to join Adik Z at daycare. Cuti lama sangat dah tu. Cikgu Treetop pun dah call tanya. Cepat sembuh bang!


A week after Habbatus Sauda

It’s been a week. What’s the progress you may ask?

Alhamdulillah.. I feel the difference. My tangki always have that full effect. Rasa berat je selalu. Morning pumping session pun ada hasil yang memberangsangkan. Dulu tengok 1oz je keluar pagi-pagi, now dah naik to 3oz.

My EBM from the daily pumping kat office cukup for the next day. And ada extra lagi – which I can freeze as stock. So I don’t touch my frozen EBMs anymore.

The bottles in the freezer dah increase to 9 bottles. Tak penah2 dapat kumpul frozen on weekdays. Selalu weekends je. For long term I hope I will be able to build up my stock balik.

Oh but bear in mind, it’s not only the honey black seed I’m consuming. My other extra effort to help increase my supply:

  • I drink extra milk – full fat, low fat, choc and white. Strawberry milk je tak leh nak telan.
  • Horlicks with Quacker oats
  • Milo with Quaker oats
  • Kurma
  • Munchy’s Oat Krunch – for breakfast and snack

Suggest me lagi what to eat and drink.

P/S: If you ask where’s the F&N longan dates? Stock kat kedai dah habis. Huhu!


Salmon for Z

A lot of recipes out there use milk when cooking fish for babies and toddlers. Ada yang pakai fresh milk and ada yang pakai EBM. I want to avoid cow’s milk for now and EBM is definitely a no no. You know why la kan. Kasi stock stabil dulu baru pikir nak campur EBM dalam food.

So what I did was I tweaked the recipe a bit hoping it will taste as good. Apa yang penting is the zat makanan. Ikan is full of those omega stuff and the nutrients in vegetables needs no introduction.

For mommies yang nak try jugak, silakan.

Salmon & Broccoli & Carrot

1. Steam the salmon. Once cooked, cut it into small pieces. Make sure no bones ya! Ikan is a bit tricky tang tulang tu. Kena double triple check.

Steaming the salmon

2. Tumis onion and garlic with olive oil.

3. Add the cooked salmon, brocolli, carrots and tomatoes into the pot.

Let it cook for a while sampai carrot and brocolli lembut

4. Add water sikit to let it simmer.

5. Cool it and blend it.

6. Masa blend tu maybe kena tambah water sikit to ease the process. Rasanya untuk yang recipe ber-susu takde masalah kekeringan la kot.

7. Ready to be served.

I wonder why did it turn yellow? Hijau + Orange = Kuning eh?

Dapat byk penuh satu tupperware from that whole fillet of salmon. Boleh freeze and simpan for the next few days.

The taste? Yummy! If tak blend, adult pun boleh makan dengan pasta kot.

Here’s my boy eating his first fish.

My petite 7.5kg Z at 9 months. Makan banyak-banyak ye sayang!


New chicken recipe for Z

I tried a new recipe for Z. Inspired by Dr Halina‘s recipe for her Baby B. Just want to share with other mommies and also for my future reference.

Before this I usually tanak nasi with ayam and brocolli or apa-apa fruit vege. Then I’ll blend. Tapi lama-lama boring jugak asik rebus je. Dah la tak bubuh garam so it’s quite bland and boring. Tapi baby Z apa tau kan, dia nganga je, Hihi!

So for this one, let’s name it bubur ayam dan sayur (as what I label the tupperware untuk babysitter so that she knows what is she feeding Z). I kinda love this recipe sebab dia ada “rasa” even tak bubuh salt. I had a bite. A spoon full. Sedap!

Everyday I label the tupperware for the babysitter

Since I tak berapa suka masak banyak-banyak and simpan for future consumptions, I cook small ngam-ngam portions everyday before work. So your measurements tak sama dengan mine depending on your portion. Here goes:

Bubur Ayam and Sayur
1. Rebus diced chicken fillets  – asing the stock and the ayam

2. Tumis onion and garlic with olive oil

3. Masuk ayam yang dah rebus tadi

4. Masuk diced pumpkins,brocolli and buah tomato – alternatively you can put any fruits and veges you want. I’m planning apples, pears and spinach soon.

5. Let it cook for a while – masa ni suka sangat tengok the colours in the pot. Meriah!

Colourful and nutrious!

6. Pour in the chicken stock tadi.

7. Let it cook some more – dalam 10 minutes sampai the stock a bit dry – but not too dry nanti susah nak blend.

8. Cool it and blend!

Ready to be served

I don’t blend too fine sebab Z is already 8+ months so nak dia biasakan dengan a different texture pulak. Lumpy lumpy sikit tapi still pastikan the chicken and sayur buah semua hancur la.

He loves it! Banyak dia makan.

Tapi I cannot compare his eating portion dengan baby lain. Coz Z memang makan sikit. Definition makan banyak untuk Z differs. How do I know dia suka? Dia tak luah balik or make faces bila makan. Nganga je bila suap. Tapi to a certain extent dia tak nak dah, he just won’t open up. That’s when I know dia dah full. Kalau sumbat jugak, dia kemam je dalam mulut pastu end up menyembur! Messy!! Nak grrrr pun tak boleh sebab kita yang sumbat jugak kan. Orang dah tak nak tu tak nak lah mama!!

Believe it or not..Z boleh survive dengan susu and baby bites (biskut beras) if takde porridge. Sikit pun dia tak gaduh nak makan. I noticed this during my days ulang alik ke hospital last week visit my dad. Busy going back and forth ke hospital bawak Z. Ada time tu I ter overlooked his eating schedules. I bawak the baby bites dia makan tu je pun dah happy baby dah! Sorry sayang, I’ll make it up to you with more new recipes. Let’s try fish soon ya!