Author: Chin Jenny, December 30, 2015
I have been cutting down on doing product reviews since 2014 and only accepted those that I feel will definitely fit into our family dynamics (especially books on parenting or homeschooling stuff, family products, something along those genre)
Few months ago, I received an offer to review some products carried by iSuperFoods.my. After browsing through their website and seeing the potential on how I can incorporate the products into our family, I decided to go ahead with the review.
About the company:
"iSuperFoods.my's mission is to provide nutritious, organic or natural foods and skin care from the farmers or company people can trust. iSuperFoods.my is more than just a superfoods company. We are passionate about natural health and beauty solutions. We're committed to offering superfoods and skin cares with premium quality, free from harmful chemicals at reasonable price."
I received the following items for my review:
I started my review with REA Organic Ginger Powder. I was planning to cook Ginger Chicken with Scallions for dinner that night, so might as well do something new! Instead of using the ginger in my kitchen, I opened up a sachet of the ginger powder.
I did taste the powder a wee bit, I feel it has a very strong ginger taste and smell. I added a few tablespoons of water and mixed it with the powder and poured the mixture onto my chicken as I cooked it. Taste wise compared to my previous cooking, this time using the ginger powder yields a slightly more bitter taste - mostly because I also cut down on sugar and salt in my cooking that day. But otherwise I think it is one of the many good ways to incorporate ginger into our cooking.
To be honest, I have no idea what I can make to incorporate the camu-camu powder. I googled around and read that it can be used in drinks and meat dishes. I was planning to cook garlic minced pork on the day so I thought why not? But I hesitated as minced pork is my 4-year-old's favourite dishes and I really don't want the dish to turn out horribly wrong as my very picky girl will straight out flat refused to eat a dish if it tasted funny. She is that picky and sensitive. Nevertheless, for the sake of my sanity, I tore open a sachet and poured into the mixture that I'm planning to use to cook my minced pork. I tasted some of the camu-camu powder and it tasted bitter and strong spice smell. The real test is after the dish has been cooked and watching my 4-year-old girl tucked into her plate of rice with some of the minced pork.
No reactions. She continued eating. She did ask me 'Mummy, is this pork?' LOL I said yes and tasted some myself. The dish tasted more herbish (is there such a word?) this round, fruitier too if I might add but nonetheless, edible as how my minced pork dishes taste like usually. Pass!
It is easy to think of what to make with the REA Organic wheatgrass powder. My first plan is to make some honey wheatgrass drink for myself. So what I did was pour myself a cup of hot water, add in a sachet of wheatgrass powder and stir in some honey inside. Easy peasy for an afternoon tea!
My next idea on how I can incorporate the wheatgrass powder is to add them into the homemade yogurt drinks that I regularly make for our kiddos. You can click on the link above to find out how to make the homemade yogurt drinks. What I did was to add in the wheatgrass powder before adding in the fruit juice and stirring the yogurt drinks before chilling them in the fridge.
My 6.5-year-old boy who is a fan of my yogurt immediately noticed the taste difference this round and politely declined my yogurt. However, my 2-year-old girl slurped all the yogurt by herself. She loves it!
I made the yogurt again a few weeks after that and our youngest kiddo loves it still! I will continue to sneak in the wheatgrass powder in my yogurt since my youngest kiddo loves it. As for my oldest, I'll just have to separate out a batch without the wheatgrass powder added in for him.
# 4 - REA Organic Chia Seeds
It is easy for me to incorporate chia seeds into my cooking. On the day I planned to make my Chinese steamed egg, I just scooped some chia seeds into the egg mixture before steaming them. Taste wise no difference to me except with chia seeds, the eggs have a crunchier feel now.
I also added some chia seeds as garnishing to my stir fried vegetable dish. A wonderful way to spice up a dull looking dish I feel :)
What comes to mind when I see lemon is LEMON CHICKEN dish! I scooped some lemon powder into a mixture of water + sugar before adding them into my chicken and braised into lemon chicken dish. Delicious!
How awesome is it that I also get to review beauty products?! According to the product page, this protective and repairing hand creme is useful for dry and damaged hands. Exactly my skin type! Other than that, the hand creme is also suitable to use on minor burns, cuts, grazes, insect bites, skin irritation and sunburn. I applied them onto my arms and elbows and yes, even my legs hehehehe.
You can see the picture before and after applying the hand creme. My skin is really dry and cracked up looking but the lines are much more subtler and not so noticeable after applying the hand creme few times.
# 7 - Manuka Vantage Oil
The last item in my review list is the Manuka Vantage Oil. To be honest, I am still not a fan of the smell. I just think it smells awful to me. But trust me, it is very very very effective! Just a drop or two onto your wounds and it heals very fast!
The manuka oil comes in a small handy bottle, perfect to carry around in your handbag or diaper bag. So happened my 6.5-year-old boy hurt his leg on the very day I received the items for my review, so I dropped some of the oil onto his wounds. I just smeared the oil around his wound gently and let it dry off by itself. The wound start healing and the very next day, it started scabbing nicely. You can see the before and after picture shown below.
I also applied the manuka oil onto other wounds that I discovered on our active boy's body and the wound healed up nicely in 1 day time. I also had a minor cut on my foot and the wound starts scabbing in a day as well. No itch, no stinging sensation or anything while healing. Awesome! FYI, the anti-microbial activity of Manuka Vantage Oil is about 20–30 times more active than Australian Tea Tree oil, meaning the levels of the substance that kills or inhibits the growth of bacteria and fungi is higher in comparison. I have tried tea tree oil before and it is good, so to know that the manuka oil is 20-30 times more active than the tea tree oil is all the more awesome!
Btw, not everyone's skin can tolerate the 100% pure manuka oil, so you can do a skin test before using by diluting 1 part Manuka Oil to 10 parts water and apply it on your sensitive skin/area.