Monday, June 15, 2020

Whole food vs multivitamin for the picky eaters | Oscokid Review

Hands up if you have picky eaters at home! Meal times, if we are lucky, the boys will eat what's served. Sometimes, their favorite food may suddenly become a 'poison' in their eyes! Introduction of each new food can be a really daunting experience. With us parents end up to lose our mind at the dining table. How to get enough nutrients for the growing kids then? Multivitamins will only provide certain minerals and vitamins. It's still better to give whole food. Read this article from WebMD when should your kids get vitamin supplements.


Luckily they love Oscokid! Oscokid is 100% plant based milk using Organic millets and Organic Soy milk as the base. So it's suitable for children with special dietary needs such as those with celiac disease, cow's milk allergy and lactose intolerance. These children cannot take normal cow's milk based milk as their body cannot accept it causing diarrhoea and malabsorption. It is also great for those who are vegetarian by choice.

Read more about celiac disease, cow's milk allergy and lactose intolerance.


Oscokid is a high protein beverage that is specially formulated for growing kids and youth with no preservative and additive. The proteins are non GMO sourced from organic soybean and organic millet which are the building blocks in human body. Isoflavones which are abundant in soybean, promote healthier and stronger bone growth.

Millet, on the other hand, is rich in iron which is important in red blood cells formation. Do you know that iron deficiency anaemia in children is a correctable cause of delayed cognitive development! Coarse rice provides various types of vitamins, (especially A&B),  minerals and water soluble fibers for health and better bowel regularity.

Besides that, Oscokid has the following natural additives:


Phosphatidyserine (PS) is an important nutrient to improve general mental performance, including the ability to focus, better impulse control,  short-term auditory memory and learning without becoming easily fatigued. In other words, this may help children with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD).

Lutein is a strong antioxidant that is naturally present in the eyes to protect the eyes against UV light related damage such as premature cataracts and macular degeneration later on in life.

DHA and ALA, sourced from seaweed and perilla seeds, helps in brain development.

Prebiotics, in the form of fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS), softens stools to ease bowel movement and relieves constipation. It also promotes calcium and magnesium absorption from our daily diet.

Even though Oscokid has the umami taste, it doesn't contain sugar/gluten/sucrose/lactose.

What does Dr Yingzangel think?


Oscokid Travel Pack really tides us through difficult meal time scenario. Instead of giving in to sweet snacks, we bring out sachet of Oscokid to save the day. The important thing is both boys really love the taste. Even I love it! We just need a glass of water and a spoon to prepare an instant and nutritious meal for the boys! The sachets are small and easy to bring along while travelling. So if you have picky children like mine, try Oscokid Travel Pack. It also comes in 800g tins.

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Sunday, June 14, 2020

No-wrap Healthy Glutinous Rice Dumpling

I belanja you No-wrap Glutinous Rice Dumpling this dragon boat festival! I have no skills to wrap it to be honest but we want a healthier homemade version so I improvise to create this No-wrap version using lean meat. All cooked within 45mins. Are glutinous rice dumplings too high in calories? Not entirely, refer this article how to enjoy it the healthy way.
Ingredients

For the rice:

320ml or 2 rice cups glutinous rice / sweet rice / sticky rice 
540ml water
6 shitake mushrooms 
160ml or 1 rice cup mung beans
6 chestnuts deshelled or 18 lotus seeds


Filling:

10 cloves garlic - finely minced
25 gr dried shrimp - soaked and drained off water
800 gr pork or boneless skinless chicken thighs - dice into small pieces
6 salted egg yolks - cut into 12 small pieces, optional
2 Tbsp cooking oil
1 Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp oyster sauce
1/4 tsp white pepper powder

Marinade for meat:

1 Tbsp oyster sauce
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1/4 tsp white pepper powder

Others

12 bamboo leaves
Method


The night before:
Marinade the meat.
Soak bamboo leaves in water.
Weigh it down with a heavy bowl or pan so the leaves won't float. 
Discard the water the next day and rinse them clean.
Soak rice, mung beans, chestnuts and Shitake mushroom in water. Keep refrigerated until use.

Cook the filling:

Stir fry garlic for about 10 seconds and dried shrimp until fragrant. 

Add meat to caramelize.

Add mushrooms.

Add rice.

Add mung beans.

Season.

Use the soaking water for the rice (top up to 360ml if necessary), simmer until glutinous rice absorbs the liquid. That way we get all the umami taste of the mushrooms yum yum!

Line a small stainless steel bowl with bamboo leaves, overlapping to cover the base and the side. 

Add the fried ingredients.

Slot in salted egg yolk if used.

Gently pack it down with the back of the spoon.

Pour 2 cups of water into the pressure cooker.

Place the trivet in.

Arrange the bowls on the trivet.

Boil at high heat until the pressure cooker starts whistling then turn to medium heat and cook for 30mins.

Wait 30 minutes for it to cool down and then serve.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Masked face and Double Cleansing | Chrisear White Milk Cleanser Review

Welcome to the new normal! 


Masked faces and even face shields are the way to go, probably for the next 6 months. What does this mean to me as a full-time doctor? On average, I have to wear a 3 ply surgical mask for up to 9 hours a day, perhaps even longer when I'm on call.


Do you know that prolonged face mask use can cause skin damage? The tight fitting N95 masks tend to feel fairly suffocating to breathe in, and the edges of the mask can exert significant pressure on skin surface, causing pressure injury especially where the skin is thin and near to bony surface. Even normal surgical masks can increased humidity level and skin irritation due to trapped sweats under stressed conditions, causing acne, itchiness and rash.

Wound care experts from the European Wound Management Association and NPIAP (US) have spoken extensively with this regards. You can find the video here. And the article here.

What can we do to mitigate the risk?

A good skincare regime is the key. Cleansing and moisturizing are important steps to prevent skin problems. In certain cases, preventive dressings can be applied on the face to stop pressure injury from developing.

Will double cleansing help?

Double cleansing is the backbone of many popular Korean skincare regimes. At the end of the day, it is extremely vital to clear our skin off dirt, impurities, pollutants and makeup residues. Even if one doesn't wear makeup, it is still important to double cleanse as impurities can cause premature skin ageing including sun spots and wrinkles.

The first step of double cleansing involves an oil based cleanser (examples include Chrisear White Milk Cleanser) or micellar water. This removes makeup and sebum buildup without stripping the skin off natural oil.

Step 2: Use a lathering cleanser to wash upwards and outwards in the direction of the hair follicles for deep cleansing.

Step 3: Rinse with water and pat the skin dry.

Chrisear White Milk Cleanser


Chrisear White Milk Cleanser is a non-foaming cleanser with cleansing and makeup removing function suitable for all skin types. It's gentle yet effective so it can also be used around the eyes.

The main ingredients are-

Liquorice provides deep cleansing to unclog the pores so as to prevent acne from forming. It also faints skin pigmentation to achieve fairer complexion.

Isaflavonoids are potent antioxidants which rejuvenate the skin and soothe irritated skin.

It doesn't contain harsh chemicals or preservatives. Therefore, Chrisear White Milk Cleanser is suitable for expecting mothers as well.

What does Dr Yingzangel think?


Whenever possible, I double cleanse before hitting the sacks- at least 2-3 times/week. Honestly, sometimes I'm just too tired. But I'll at least use a lathering cleanser and apply moisturizer. I don't put on much makeup but eye makeups can be notoriously difficult to remove because most are waterproof. Chrisear White Milk Cleanser makes the job much easier. It's lightweight and doesn't burden the skin. At the same time, it preserves natural sebum to protect the skin. I find the light scent relaxing at the same time.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Facial puffiness 101 | 360° Medi Skin V-Lift Phyto Stem Cell Spray Review

Beauty treatment at home is the way to go! Due to the current Pandemic, it's always wise to cut down non essential trips away from home. 


But this is no excuse to neglect skincare.


What is V lift?

V lifting is an aesthetic treatment that tightens skin to reduce puffiness and lightens wrinkles. I have previously tried nose threading using polydioxanone (PDO) fine threads. Read my experience in this post. It's a fast, effective and safe procedure under trained hands. The thread can also be inserted to create V shaped face. But now it's possible to do needleness V lifting! All in the comfort of your home.

What causes facial puffiness?

Facial puffiness is caused by water or salt retention under the skin. This can happen when the blood vessels are leaky; or when body cannot excrete excessive water or salt from the body. Or when the lymphatic and/or blood drainage is blocked.

Before spraying.

In healthy people, this can happen if one has too much salt, sleep deprivation (like me during my oncalls), alcohol, PMS and hot showers.

Besides that, people with certain health conditions can have puffy face such as
1. Allergies with angioedema
2. Kidney problems
3. Heart failure
4. Liver failure
5. Severe malnutrition with low protein in blood
6. Thyroid problems

Read more about facial puffiness here at Women Health Mag.

What can we do to lessen facial puffiness?

Drink up! Water of course. Make sure you have at least 1.5L to 2L of plain water a day. Have enough sleep. Exercise and be active. Remove makeups completely before sleeping. Cut down alcohol and salt. Or try V-lift treatments for more immediate and lasting results. I have recently tried 360° Medi Skin Instant V-Lift Phyto Stem Cell Spray as a quick fix at home.

360° Medi Skin Instant V-Lift Phyto Stem Cell Spray


This spray contains stem cells derived from plants to provide durable lifting and firming effect to the skin which helps to alleviate puffiness, round cheeks and uneven facial contour. The product is the much sought after V-shaped instagrammable face!

How to use?


This stem cell spray contains a potent concoction of botanical goodness. Just spray the face and neck twice a day after cleansing at about 4inch distance. It can also be used around the eyes. Just make sure you closed your eyes before spraying. Then gently tap and pat the solution after 10 seconds to facilitate absorption.

The effect is visible almost immediately. It's really magical and incredible. There's no injection involved and very minimal side effects as the content of the spray is natural.

The main ingredients are

1. Apple Stem Cells: It contains strong anti-ageing and rejuvenating properties

2. Acetyl hexapeptide-8 : This helps to tighten the skin and reduce appearance of fine lines.

3. Caffeine: I love my coffee! This reduces puffiness and make sure the skin is supple without cellulite.

What does Dr Yingzangel think?


360° Medi Skin Instant V-Lift Phyto Stem Cell Spray is a convenient and effective therapy to create supple and photogenic face instantly. It's not invasive and safe for daily use. So I suggest ladies who think they have tried everything else besides aesthetic treatments can use the stem cell spray to help with facial puffiness. Everyday is an instagrammable look!

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Monday, June 8, 2020

Steam Pumpkin Huat Kueh Recipe

Even though covid 19 cases are dwindling, we still need to be cautious. So we tend to buy groceries only once a week to avoid the crowd, especially during this festive season. Pumpkin is a great and versatile ingredient that can last a few weeks without refrigeration. Once cut, it can be steamed, mashed and frozen until used.

Ingredients:

(A) Starter
50g all-purpose flour
50ml warm water
1 teaspoon instant yeast

(B)
250g blended rice flour
2 teaspoon baking powder

(C)
300g pumpkin puree (steamed and mashed)
150 ml evaporated milk
1 tbsp sugar
1 egg

Yields 12 muffins

Methods:

Mix all the starter ingredients and set aside for ½ hour to rest.

In a mixer, put in pumpkin puree, evaporated milk and egg. Mix till well combine. Set aside.

In a big bowl, sift in all-purpose flour and baking powder. Make a well in the center.

Pour in mixture from step 3 together with starter. Fold till well incorporated.

Pour batter into aluminum cups till full. 

Bring water to rapid boil. Place the cups into steamer and steam at high heat for 30 minutes. 

Only fill up the cups as many as you can steam. Do not fill them up and wait to be steamed.

Serve with some melted Gula Kabung!

Healthy Fruity Frozen Oreo Cheesecake Bites Recipe

When mom's backyard yield mulberries, it calls for some frozen treats! This cheese cake is foolproof and easy to make. And make a great teatime. 

Ingredients

Crust
1 1/2 cup Oreo cookies

Filling
220g cream cheese, softened
4 medium ripe mashed bananas
1/2 cup plain homemade yogurt
1 1/2 tablespoons honey (optional)
Pinch of salt

Mulberries toppings

Throw all the berries in a container with 1/4 cup of sugar overnight to let them macerate turning them into a fruity syrup. I do this as mulberries can have a lot of tartness. 

Methods

Spray freezer safe containers with cooking spray and set aside.

Crumb Oreo Cookies using a blender.

Press the crumb down using a small bottle. 

Put the container in the freezer to firm up the crust.

Use a electric mixer to make creamy and smooth filling.

I microwaved the cream cheese and my frozen bananas for about 10-20sec until soft before mixing.

Fill the containers.

Top with mulberries with the sugary syrup. Freshly picked from the garden!

Cover the containers and return to the freezer for at least 4 hours before serving.

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Healthy Purple Sweet Potato Boba Latte Recipe

Taiwanese Boba Teas are everywhere in Malaysia. They are so tempting. But most of them are loaded with calories, refined sugar and artificial flavouring.


To satisfy our craving, we created a healthy version of Healthy Purple Sweet Potato Boba Latte! Just get some quick cook Boba pearls from Shoppee and we are good to go!

Ingredients


1/2 cup quick cook Boba pearls
6 cups of water
4 screwpine leaves
1 medium purple sweet potato, peeled
1L fresh milk, chilled

Method


Measure 4 cups of water for every 1/2 cup of boba. Bring the water to a boil.

Boil the boba pearls and stir constantly until they begin to float.

Turn the heat to medium and cook the boba covered for 12-15 minutes.

Turn off the stove. Let the pearls sit covered for another 12-15 minutes.


At the same time, boil 2 cups of water with screwpine leaves in another pot.

Cut sweet potato into similar size to the boba.


Simmer until sweet potato is soft and the liquid is just enough to cover the sweet potatoes. Remove screwpine leaves.

Assemble the latte.

Place 2 tbsp of boba at the bottom.

Layer with 1/3 cup of sweet potato soup.


Top with fresh milk.

Enjoy it cold!

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