[Giveaway] Buckwheat Green Tea and Coffee

[Giveaway] Buckwheat Green Tea and Coffee

Have you heard about the benefits of Buckwheat?

For over a year, I’ve been consuming Buckwheat Green Tea from Buckwheat Health Products Pte Ltd (BHP), a Singapore-based company founded in 2010.

BHP is now currently sold in overĀ 40 medical halls and restaurantsĀ island-wide and have helped manyĀ Singaporeans health wise. BHP has since earned many awards such asĀ SME1 Asia Awards 2011,Ā Top 100 Singapore Excellence Award 2011/2012Ā andĀ Singapore Brand 2012 Award.Ā Ā 

What’s so special about BHP? Well, instead of using normal Buckwheat, BHP choses to use Black Pearl Buckwheat where theĀ rutin content is aĀ few fold much higher than normalĀ buckwheat. I was told that…

  • Normal Buckwheat pricing US$0.50 to US$2 per kg.
  • Black Pearl Buckwheat pricing US$21 to US$2000 per kg. Depending MOQ.

Here’s an image that showsĀ the benefits of Black Pearl Buckwheat:

SGVegan_Black Pearl Buckwheat

The green tea used is sencha, harvested within 14 days from 50-500 year old green tea treesĀ as BHP says that such trees offer much better health benefits such as prevention of cancer or stopping cancer cells from replicating. As such, the price per kg of green tea leaves are more expensive compared to the usual green tea.

In short, enjoying BHP products help to:
  1. Reduce High Blood Sugar
  2. Reduce High Blood Pressure
  3. Reduce High Cholesterol

And also, it will additionallyĀ improve kidney and liver function and reduce weight! šŸ™‚

The Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea is very smooth and delicious when consumed hot. The tea bag is made of really good material, and I can get at leastĀ 3 cups of tea just from 1 teabag.

After drinking this Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea from BHP, I personally find that the rest of the general green tea has a very “siap” taste.

The Buckwheat Green Tea can contains much lesser sugar compared to the other green tea drinks in the market and is very delicious when consumed chilled with a meal. Mmmmhhhmmm.

I’m not a coffee person so I’ve not tried the coffee but my grandmother enjoyed it so much, I heard that she finished the 5 packs I passed to her very fast!

So, with the upcoming CNY, I would like to share this great Singapore products from BHP, so that we can enjoy our sugar rich CNY cookies! šŸ™‚

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SGVegan Buckwheat Giveaway: 4 x 6cans (UP $9.50/pack); 2 x 30s Buckwheat Coffee (UP $22/box); 5 x 60s Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea (UP $36/box)

I will be giving the Buckwheat Green Tea can in a set of 2 packs.

Please leave a comment belowĀ as to which BHP product

(Buckwheat Green Tea Can, Buckwheat Coffee, Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea) you would like to get. šŸ™‚

Giveaway ends 31 January 2016, 12 noon. Winners will be contacted via the email address used to leave the comment and a meet up will be arranged.

Here are the expiry dates:

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Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea
SGVegan_Buckwheat Coffee Expiry
Buckwheat Coffee
SGVegan_Buckwheat Can Expiry
Buckwheat Green Tea Can

If you would like to purchase the BHP Buckwheat products for your family members, you can head on down to:Ā http://www.buckwheat.com.sg/products/buckwheat-products.html to make an order. Delivery is free, no minimum order, and you receive your products very fast too! Otherwise they can be found in most medical halls.

There is currently a very special price exclusive gift hamper set you can order for your family members. It comes shrink wrapped with the plastic gift tray:

Buckwheat Exclusive Gift Basket
Buckwheat Exclusive Gift Basket @ $88 (valid till 29 Feb 2016)

Do note that the Buckwheat Chia cookies contain butter and eggs and are therefore not suitable for vegans. However, the reasoning behind the Buckwheat Chia cookies is that kidney patients are unable to consume much fluids so drinking Buckwheat Green Tea/Coffee will not be suitable for them.

Removing sugar from my diet the GlucosCareĀ® way

Since I’ve returned from my most recent trip from Sydney, my close friends would know that I have adopted a more stringent diet.

The reason why I adopted this stringent diet is because I went for a colonic irrigation. In fact, I had 2 sessions of colonic irrigation done in a span of 5 days. I was blessed that the last colonic irrigation I had done was by Anna, who is a very experienced Colon Therapist veteran.

During the course of my colonic, Anna initiated a chat over my diet, my blood type and dished out some crucial information suitable for me regarding the types of food I should avoid, and the types of food I should adopt within my diet. Thanks to her chiding, and a change in my mindset (I want to have a healthier diet!), I decided to take the plunge to give this diet a shot. I thought: “Since my colon is cleaner now, I might as well do my best keep it that way!”

Amongst the list of things that Anna mentioned, what struck me the most was removing sugar from my diet. This was not an easy task for me. Previously, I tried to cut down on sugar as I knew sugar was the main cause of weight gain and tooth decay. It was only after the chat with Anna that I learnt some new facts:

  • Sugar that reaches the large intestine may ferment, causing discomfort and pain.
  • Sugar causes constipation.
  • Sugar is a risk factor in cancer of the small intestine.
  • Sugar can suppress your immune system.
  • Regular excess of sugar over time will result in clogging up blood vessels and subsequently cause diabetes.

The list goes on and on, however, I’ll just include this photo taken from a Sugar & Fructose Guide by Stefan Mager which I bought from Go Vita, a health food store in Katoomba (Blue Mountains).

30 ways sugar can impact on health_SGVegan

However, it was not easy to avoid obvious sources of sugar as they are present even in herbal drinks and are added into food that are available outside such as green bean soup. Hence it was to my pleasant surprise (1 month back) when I opened my email to see that Pin Pin contacted me to blog about 2 products that are suitable for vegetarians.

Initially I was a bit apprehensive until I read the description aboutĀ GlucosCareĀ® Tea – it was exactly what I was needed to cut down on the excess sugar that I may have consumed on certain days.

Just a bit of background:

GlucosCareĀ® Tea is a 100% natural herbal tea that has been in the market for more than 15 years (! – wow, I didn’t know that fact). It is scientifically formulated from 2 botanical herb plants ā€“Ā Gymnema SylvestreĀ (60%) andĀ Camellia Sinensis (40%). The latter is commonly known to us as chinese green tea, added for its antioxidant benefits in cell and tissue maintenance. Now, the former, (Indian)Ā Gymnema Sylvestre, is literally known as “sugar blocker” in Sanskrit, is a herb that is native to the tropical forests of Southern and Central India and Sri Lanka.

GlucosCareĀ® Tea_SGVegan_Teabag

So, how doesĀ GlucosCareĀ® Tea work?

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As seen from the photo, the green ovals areĀ GlucosCareĀ® tea molecules, pink ovals are Glucose molecules and the brown base (look harder, not that easy to spot right away) are the sugar receptors in our gastro intestinal track. Since both GlucosCareĀ® tea molecules, and glucose moleculesĀ have similar molecular structures, theĀ GlucosCareĀ® tea molecules blocks some of the sugar receptors, thus allowing the body not to fully absorb all the glucose.

It is particularly good for people with diabetes! And weight and health conscious consumers (I fall in the latter category).

Why is this good?

In our modern diet, there are lots of hidden sugar within our food. Especially when we eat out. Particularly, starchy food such as potatoes, bread, pasta and rice are carbohydrates. Our digestive system changes carbohydrates to glucose (blood sugar) Ā which is used as energy for our cells, tissue and organs. However, any extra sugar is stored in the liver (fatty liver!) and muscles for any future needs. For the majority of us who are fortunate to have enough to eat, this extra sugar is never used up, resulting in an increase in weight.

Anyway, I decided to try this tea out. Being in a teabag form, I find that it is very convenient for me to bring it about with me as I travel. It is light, but yet is a safe and effective natural product that I enjoyed drinking.

It tastes really good, like a normal tea. And the best thing is, I get to cut down on my sugar intake!! (Another plus point is that I get more energized during the days I drink the tea, increasing my productivity!)

With my healthier diet, regular exercise (Zumba twice a week, occasional (hot) yoga sessions) and 1xĀ GlucosCareĀ® Tea per day (after meals), after less than 1 month, I unknowingly shed about 1 – 2kg off my weight! šŸ™‚ (not like I needed to lose weight, haha)

GlucosCareĀ®Ā has won the Singapore Brand Prestige Award under the Regional Brands category in 2011, so you can rest assure that this is a good brand. They are available on Facebook too, so you can “like” them to receive healthy updates!

GlucosCareĀ®Ā have also conducted clinical tests done in China, India and Bangladesh (as mentioned in a videoĀ by Mr Joe Fam, theĀ founder of GlucosCare International Pte Ltd, featured on Channel News Asia’s Branded for Success) and currently in Singapore and Serbia.

GlucosCareĀ® is available at Guardian, Watsons, Unity, selected FairPrice, OG, Mustafa, NationalĀ Health Group polyclinics & selected Chinese Medical Halls.

P.S.: I found the 60 tea bags pack with promotion of 25% extra tea bags ( = 15 tea bags!) retailing at NTUC Fairprice Pasir Ris below:

GlucosCareĀ® Tea_SGVegan

And… at NTUC (Fairprice Finest) Xtra Jurong Point:

GlucosCareĀ®_SGVegan_NTUC_Jurong Point

If however, you are busy and would like to order it online and get it sent to you, it is available on the online platform,Ā www.imart.com.sg

Delivery is free for orders above $50 andĀ GlucosCareĀ® Tea is going for… S$66.50/2 boxes of 60! So its very worth it.

Not all the products are suitable for vegetarians, however, the Spirulina Soy is vegetarian!

…to be introduced in a later post! šŸ™‚

SGVegan Sweet Williams Major Giveaway!

I came across this chocolate brand last year when I was in Sydney.

This year, my awesome vegan sister passed me a slab of White Delight to try. It was then that I discovered that vegan white chocolate existed!

Introducing… Sweet William!

SGVegan_Sweet William Logo

Sweet William is a 100% Australian owned and operated brand based in Sydney. Their products are all vegan, halal and kosher certified!

Though they have labels showing that they are Dairy FREE, Gluten FREE, Nut FREE and Lactose FREE, I can definitely assure you that they are not taste free! šŸ˜›

I finally had the pleasure of enjoying a vegan “nutella” version of a chocolate spread on bread recently when I was in the Blue Mountains.

SGVegan_SW Chocolate Spread

It was completely ecstatic! I had not ever had the a chocolate spread for the last ~4 years since I turned vegan. I swear it was the most awesome taste ever. Nom-nom. You can imagine how thick the chocolate which I spread on the bread.

It was then that I noticed that they also had the Scooby Doo range after I saw a tub of the Sweet William Scooby Doo Mud Spread in Rubyfruit, a vegan boutique bakery and cafe in the Blue Mountains. However, more about Rubyfruit later! They deserve whole single post about them!

Also, I understood from one of the Sweet William staff through email that there is also a White Strawberry special that was just launched! Imagine…. White Chocolate with Strawberry bits……………………

SGVegan_SW_White Strawberry

The vegan sister who introduced me to the White Chocolate was on rainbow mode after eating the White Strawberry. šŸ™‚

And… a great news about this White Strawberry is that it is diabetic friendly!

Sweet William has this diabetic friendly range of chocolate known as Sweet As and it is absolutely great for friends who are suffering from diabetes and have given up hope of ever eating both milk chocolate and especially white chocolate as Stevia is used instead.

SGVegan_Sweet As range

It was really great timing that Amanda Nabulsi (not kidding, its another Amanda!) who is the marketing coordinator of Sweet William dropped me an email reply just the day before I was about to depart Sydney.

Amanda was so kind as to personally deliver some chocolate to me for this feature, together with my White Strawberry order as White Strawberry is only available in Big W! Thank you so much Sweet William and Amanda! You’re awesome. šŸ˜€

Last but not least, it has been about 1.5 years since I’ve started blogging and I would like to thank the many subscribers (113, wow!) who have supported my behind-the-scenes as I have not been a consistent blogger. Thank you for being there for me!

To express my gratitude, for the 1st time in SGVegan history, I have decided to conduct a major 7 items giveaway of Sweet William chocolates:

  1. Chocolate Chips 150g
  2. SWEET AS Original 100g (Diabetic Friendly)
  3. SWEET AS Rice Crackle 100gĀ (Diabetic Friendly)
  4. SWEET AS White Strawberry 100gĀ (Diabetic Friendly)
  5. Original 50g + Rice Crackle 50g
  6. Original 100g
  7. White Delight 100g

SGVegan_Sweet William Giveaway

Without Sweet William being a huge supportive sponsor of the chocolates, I would not be able to conduct this major giveaway.

All you need to do to win 1 of these 7 items is to like and share my facebook post about this Sweet William Giveaway, then comment back here on this blogpost with your choice of either 1 of the 7 items, PLUS your email address!

Hurry! Contest ends this Sunday, 28 July, 2359Hrs. Results to be announced on 29 July, the following day!

*Note* Contest only open to Singapore residents.

Happy 2013 and let’s start the new year with a good cause!

Hello to all SGVegan readers!

I would like to say a huge thank you to all of you for your support for a healthier lifestyle alternative through this blog. I know not all of you here are vegans or vegetarians but I feel so blessed to have you here on the blog, subscribing to any updates that I post.

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To those who are subscribed to my blog (through email or WordPress), I would like to take this opportunity to thank you from the bottom of my heart. A huge apology for the lack of posts on my end for the last quarter of 2012 – its been a hectic personal journey during this period. I am looking forward to posting and sharing more with you on my recent trip to Nepal…coming up! šŸ™‚

In the meantime, I would like to draw your attention to a good cause that is happening this Saturday (tomorrow), 12 Jan 2013 at Fortune Centre, organised by Delcie’s Desserts and Cakes.

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As some of you may know already, Delcie’s is having a soft launch opening of her new flagship branch outlet tomorrow 11am-6pm in town (see poster above). Proceeds from all in-store sales will be fully donated to these 2 charities (below) as Delcie’s way of expressing thanks for all the blessings she has received.

  1. Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple
  2. Sri Krishnan Temple (Waterloo Street)

Let me share my humble opinion of Delcie’s Chinese New Year cookies. I have always been a very picky eater of Chinese New Year (CNY) cookies, especially pineapple tarts even when I was a vegetarian. I remember when I was young, I would remove the pineapple and just have the base, which is the tart. My parents would chide me for my lack of manners as it was “not nice” and polite to throw away the pineapple which, in their opinion, is the essence of the pineapple tart. I guess you could say I was aĀ precocious child… pineapple tart without the pineapple. Haha, howĀ embarrassing.

Anyway, all these changed the moment I stepped into Delcie’s and tried their CNY cookies. Ohmygosh, I was hooked!!

I ate every single item, fell in love with them, made orders, and ever since, been a long-time customer. What caused the change?

Well, it is definitely the taste. While the Pineapple tarts/balls are diabetic friendly also (hooray!), they are definitely not lacking in taste/flavor. A single sitting…and I can polish off a full tub of 42 pieces. With hugeĀ perseverance… I usually just polish off half a tub, so that I have enough for the next sitting. Trust me, it takes mountains of willpower. Unlike the usual ones outside, one does not get sick and tired of Delcie’s CNY cookies. MyĀ favoriteĀ ones are Delcie’s Pineapple Balls (Vegan) and Melting White Almond.

*Pics from Delcie’s*

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So…why not take this opportunity to head down to Fortune Centre tomorrow and sample some of her awesome CNY cookies? šŸ™‚

Remember… a new year… a new beginning… new resolutions… so let’s have our new year cookies while supporting a good cause!

(P.S.: Eating these CNY cookies do not make you gain weight unlike the others, haha!)

See you there. šŸ™‚