I’ve given birth to a healthy 3 kg baby boy via repeat caesarean section 2 months ago. After giving birth, I have three goals:
1. Lose weight and reach my target weight of 45kg. (You have to know, I am barely 5 feet so a few kilos gained can make a lot of obvious difference.)
2. Improve my family’s dietary habits by introducing organic and healthier foods in our meals (which eventually may result to my goal #1)
3.) Breastfeed my newborn until 1-year-old (so I hope I could produce more breastmilk this time with baby #2 compared to my firstborn where I only breastfeed him until 7 months old because I wasn’t producing much milk.)
I was happy to discover Garden Picks, an online company that delivers healthy grains and snacks. They offer a wide variety of nuts, seeds, dried fruits, oats, and granola. Their clientele includes renowed restaurants and hotels all across Singapore. They are proud of the high quality of their products with guranteed ‘factory-freshness’ delivered at your doorstep. It looks like that Garden Picks products would help me achieve the goals I set for myself. I got to try five of their products: Toasted Oats, Black Forest Granola, Organic Tri-Colour Quinoa, SuperFood Granola and Black Chia Seeds.
Oats have been one of the best go-to breakfast choices. It is a quick breakfast to make. It is healthy & packed with energy. It has also been most recommended galactagogue or milk-boosting food for breastfeeding moms. Most breastfeeding advocates swears by this. The toasted oats is one of the newer products of Garden Picks. It is an Australian rolled oats toasted with orange-pressed olive oil and honey. I made overnight oats with this one. I make it at night, put in the refrigerator and eat it in the morning. It saves me time in the morning because I have to rush to work. I get equal portions of oats, fresh milk & yogurt and I top it with either blueberries, strawberries or banana slices. It is a delicious breakfast and I love that it is different from the regular oats out there. I feel energized at work and it allows me to feel satiated until my lunch time.
My toddler is a very picky eater. I have to force him and try many tricks just for him to eat. Garden Picks solved my problem with one of their product, SuperFood Granola. The SuperFood Granola contained chia seeds that provides you with fiber, protein and omega-3 fatty acids to power up the immune system. Now my son enjoys eating a healthy meal. I put it in his rice porridge to add texture and fun into his food. I would also sprinkle this in chilled fruit yogurt. He love it so much! He would swallow so fast, smile and shout “Am, Am!” which means more please. I also pack this in a small ziplock bag for a ready snacks when I am hungry at work or when we go out to the park.
This pretty mix of three color quinoa: black, white and red. I have always been a fan of quinoa since I used to substitute my white rice with this when I was trying to lose weight for my wedding 3 years ago. And it works! It kept my tummy flat unlike when I eat white rice which makes my tummy bloat so bad. Quinoa is a great source of fiber, protein and essential amino acids. I enjoy Garden Picks Tri-Colour Quinoa apart from its attractive color scheme is its texture of soft with a bit of crunch. I don’t seem to miss rice when I have this. I bring it at work for my lunch and pair it with salmon or eggplant omelette. (FYI: Salmon also is a great milk-boosting food.)
Black Forest Granola
If I want an alternative for my oatmeal breakfast which is equally healthy, energy-giving and has milk-boosting power, I can go for granola. I am loving one of the newest products of Garden Picks, the Black Forest Granola. It contain chocolate buttons, coconut chips, tangy cranberries, honey and vanilla essence. Healthy indulgence! I would pair this with my favorite yogurt and the fruit for the day. Look at my beautiful breakfast granola above. I also tried making a granola bar by mixing it with melted Muscovado sugar for easy grab-to-go snacks. I asked my colleagues to try it and they liked it a lot.
Black Chia Seeds
I am aware of the wonderful power of chia seeds. This is another one of my usual pantry staple when I was trying to lose weight for my wedding. I would sprinkle this on my rice or put in my water. Or I make chia pudding but putting a small portion of water into a container of chia seeds with bit of honey. I would put it in the refrigerator overnight, the seeds will expand into a little jelly pearls. You can add coconut flakes on top and viola, a perfect meal replacement. I enjoy Garden Picks Black Chia Seeds and put it in almost every food I eat. I add it with my salad too.
I am so glad that with these 5 packs of healthy foods I got my breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner. I am well on my way to losing my excess weight, improving my family’s dietary habits as well as my own and my breastmilk supply increases tremendously.
I am happy that I know now where to get my regular supply of quinoa and chia seeds without venturing out to various health stores looking for it. I also want to try their cashew nut butter and honey almond (another galactagogue). I am ecstatic that I am right on track on my post-pregnancy goals with Garden Picks.
For those who are shifting to a healthier dietary choices, those who are trying to lose weight, those who loves nuts & dried fruits and a breastfeeding momma trying to increase her milk supply, head over to Garden Picks Website to order their products. Garden Picks have an All Year Special of 3 packs for $10 only!
Garden Picks Food Manufacturing LLP
Business Registration No: T12LL0135F
8A Admiralty Street #06-05
FoodXChange@Admiralty, Singapore 757437
Tel: 66594859 (Office) | 65564460 (Fax)
Website: Garden Picks
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Garden Picks. We received the 5 packs of Garden Picks products for free. No monetary compensation is involved. All opinions are my own. Regardless, I only recommend products which I personally believe will be good for my readers.