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Your diet or what you eat during confinement plays an important role in your recovery. Though every culture has its practices on what they should or should not eat, the objective is always the same, ensuring that mothers are receiving the nourishment they need and having enough energy to take care of their young ones whilst they recuperate.
Most Chinese families in Singapore would know of the common practice of drinking tea with red dates and longan and eating traditional confinement food such as sesame oil chicken during postpartum.
Red dates tea is extremely popular in Chinese and South Korean culture because of the health benefits associated with red dates. Though many are familiar with the practice, few understand what the health benefits associated with red dates and longan are, or why these two ingredients are commonly consumed during confinement.
Here is a list of short and simple explanations as to why these ingredients are prevalent in confinement meals.
Contains Vitamin C
Red dates and longan are good sources of Vitamin C. It is important for new mothers to maintain a healthy diet and the best way to stay healthy is to consume foods that are high in Vitamin C during their confinement. This is due to the fact that Vitamin C helps to improve the absorption of non-heme iron. Non-heme iron is typically derived from plant-based sources such as green, leafy vegetables which are already a part of our daily diet.
Additionally, Vitamin C aids in the formation of collagen in the body and it can also promote wound healing and the formation of red blood cells, both of which are essential for postpartum moms who are recovering after giving birth, especially because they will have lost some blood.
Mothers can expect to get their daily dosage of Vitamin C from a hot cup of relaxing red date longan tea because they are also wonderful sources of Vitamin C.
Tonify Qi and improve blood circulation
From a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective, red dates, also known as jujubes, are herbs that not only provide health benefits to mothers but also help tonify the Qi in our bodies.
During childbirth, a mother’s Qi may be drained, making them more susceptible to illnesses and malnutrition risks. Additionally, it is highly advisable that mothers keep their bodies strong and maintain good health during confinement as a prolonged weakened body can pose long-term health issues. Having to care for a newborn baby is bound to make mores feel more tired as you get less sleep and rest.
Consuming herbs like red dates and dang shen can help to improve Qi and your body’s blood circulation and thus, improving your energy levels and keeping you strong.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine practices, consuming longan during your confinement period can help you sleep better. Longan is thought to be calming and relaxing for mothers, thereby assisting mothers in alleviating their issues with insomnia and palpitations that are induced by heart and spleen deficiency.
In addition to that, red dates also play a part in helping mothers feel calm. Traditional Chinese Medicine believes that red dates can nourish your blood whilst calming your spirit. This calming factor of longan and red dates is beneficial to mothers who are especially anxious during their postpartum period.
How to make red date and longan tea
Enjoyed hot, warm, or even cold, this tea is a sweet and delicious beverage loved by people of all ages and gender. Interested in brewing your own red date and longan tea? Here is an easy to follow recipe on how you can brew a cup of red date and longan tea at home:
- 70 g of seedless red date
- 50 g of dried longan
- 20 g of goji berries
- 50-100 g of rock sugar
- 2 L of water
- 500 ml of water
- Rinse 70g seedless red dates, 50g dried longan, and 20g goji berries*
- Add 2 L of water to a pot and add the dried longan, red dates, and goji berries* to the pot.
- Bring the contents to a boil and then turn the heat down once it starts boiling.
- Let the contents simmer for 25 minutes.
- Add rock sugar to taste and let it dissolve.
- Add an additional 500 ml of water and bring the tea to a boil again.
- Turn off heat and serve!
For Variations: You can add one to three slices of fresh ginger in Step 2 to simmer with the red dates, dried longan, and goji berries*. Adding fresh ginger to your tea can help treat an upset stomach and nausea and alleviate stomach cramps.
*Goji berries are also optional but they are a popular ingredient in traditional red date and longan tea as they are usually added for that extra boost of natural sweetness!
At Tian Wei Signature, we are committed to providing award-winning confinement food sg mothers can always rely on. With over two thousand positive confinement food delivery review on our social media platforms, you would not be disappointed with the service we provide!
Every meal package we offer comes with a one-person dish of a staple (either rice, noodles, vermicelli, udon, etc.) paired with a vegetable dish, a meat dish, a side or herbal soup or warm dessert, and a cup of freshly brewed red date longan tea. Every day, we freshly brew our red date and longan tea with our carefully selected ingredients such as red dates, longan, and dang shen.
From East to West of Singapore, we deliver our meals islandwide, no matter where you live. Every herbal soup, warm dessert, and red date and longan tea will be delivered to you in thermal flasks making sure your foods and drinks remain nice and warm, from the moment it leaves our kitchen right till it reaches your doorstep.
Do not hesitate to contact us to know more about the confinement meal plans we offer. Our team members are dedicated to helping you meet your needs and requirements. With us, planning and booking a confinement meal plan has never been easier!