Eating healthy for Chinese New Year

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Chinese New Year is just round the corner and as many knows, this is a period of time where there is an abundance of food and especially unhealthy food, that is, food high in sugar and oil. On the eve of Chinese New Year, reunion dinner is the highlight and many tend to go overboard with table-full of seafood, meat and other delicacies. Coupled with late night merry-making and early morning rising for the visiting, no wonder many fall sick after Chinese New Year!


  1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

Drink mineral or plain water and take more fruits instead of sugared drinks. Taking fruits directly is also better than taking fruit juices so that more fibre can be consumed.

2. Choose steamed or boiled food

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Niángāo (sticky rice cake) is typically made of rice or glutinous rice flour. You can add red beans or dates to the niángāo and steam it to make a yummy and healthier snack. In TCM (traditional Chinese medicine), grains that is the main ingredient in making niangao invigorates the function of the spleen and stomach. Red dates and beans are good for the qì and blood.

Another Chinese New Year must-have delicacy is jiǎozi or dumplings. Similarly, jiǎozi is considered a healthy food because in each small dumpling, you can include grains (jiǎozi skin), meat (filling, typically pork), legumes (peanuts, dates, chestnuts, tofu) and vegetables (carrots, cabbages, spring onion). Cooked in soup or steamed, these are very delicious and filling food.

3. Take more vegetables, especially mustard, and cook vegetables whole

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By cooking vegetables whole instead of chopping them up, you will need to chew on them longer and the enzymes in saliva aid in better digestion. Fibres in vegetables also encourage intestinal activities, preventing constipation. Also, more meat and glutinous rice is consumed during festive period and these are considered wēn (warm) nature in TCM. Taking too much of these will cause the internal organs to be “warmed” and cause absorb and retain more fats. On the other hand, mustard is consider hán (cold) in nature and will dissipate the heat in the internal organs.

4. Keep up with exercise

Keep active during festive season to not just work off the extra calories consumed but also to avoid constipation.

5. Take healthy vegetarian breakfast

Have a good breakfast packed with vegetables, grains and legumes to start off your days of celebration. This will be a good balance to the loads of meat and oil consumed later on.

6. Avoid food that are no good for your ailment

Go easy on the hot pot. People suffering from constipation, piles and indigestion should go avoid food that are too hot, spicy or sour. If you are diabetic, it is best to take small frequent meals to avoid taxing your intestines and stomach. People suffering from peptic ulcers should avoid, alcohol, sugars, high fats, coffee and spicy and sour food as these will stimulate secretion of gastric juice. People suffering from back flow of gastric juice should also avoid these food, as well as food that are too hot, too cold or too oily, and chocolate, onion and garlic to prevent heartburn and acid back flow. People with gallstones should also avoid high fats food to prevent pains in the stomach.

During this merry Spring Festival, eat healthy, eat in moderation and keep active. May all readers have a happy Chinese New Year and receive a prosperous year ahead!

Netflix: Tidying up with Marie Kondo

The life-changing magic of tidying up - the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing by Marie Kondo
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Years ago, I read and highly recommended Japanese tidying guru Marie Kondo’s book titled The life-changing magic of tidying up – the Japanese art of decluttering and organising. After finishing reading the book, my husband and I were inspired by Marie’s tidying philosophy and were both eager to tidy up our wardrobe and books. It was a much smaller scale of organising compared to whole house decluttering, but still it took us a good half a day at least to get through it. The result left us both extremely satisfied. Marie is right, the process itself is cleansing. I had never felt so good about myself and had a clearer picture of the things that I would like to have in my life, that is, “spark joy” in me and have a more sensible approach to getting new things. Many years later, after 2 children and 3 maids, our house got messy again and we decided to reorganise our storeroom. This time, it took us one whole day to pull everything out, sort, clean, label and put everything back in logical order. In the end, we were exhausted but seeing the neat and tidy storeroom where everything is in first access order, it left us immensely happy.

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So you can imagine my delight when I see the series Tidying up with Kondo Marie showing on Netflix. I was excited and curious at the same time, to see how the petite, Japanese-speaking Marie tackle American household mess. After watching a few episodes, I am happy to see that the important principals of the KonMari Method was portrayed well in the reality TV show.

The KonMari method is simple actually, but it can be trying for some people to carry through. Ultimately, as Marie puts it in her book, first of all, we have got to want to tidy up. This process has got to start from us, having a desire to get more organised in our life. By starting with a strong motivation and with an end in mind, there is bound to be a successful end.

Of course, if you are over zealous, your house might end up like this.

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But hopefully, it is more like this.

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My takeaway from the KonMari method

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Begin with an end in mind

The motivation for tidying up and reorganising got to come within ourselves. Start by visioning what result you want to achieve.

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You get to know yourself better

Does it spark joy? This one simple maxim in deciding which item to keep and which item to discard can be difficult to grasp and follow through. I learnt that it is easier to start by holding the item that you obviously love the most and hold on to that feeling. That is your “joy”. Doing this exercise regularly as you sort through your items one by one will accustom yourself to be more aware of your own emotions, likes and dislikes. The sorting and elimination will then become easier and easier.

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Folding is important

Folding makes the clothes more compact and easily stored. Also, the KonMari folding method props the folded clothes up neatly and easy to see and retrieve.

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Boxes are important

After watching Marie Kondo on Netflix, a lot of viewers are probably going to buy a lot of boxes. The small guru always arm herself and her interpreter with boxes of all sizes to help her clients store their items properly. The boxes help give the items a “home” so we know exactly where to place them back after use. Using boxes just makes so much sense.

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It gets worse before it gets better (much better)

Do not despair if, after days of tidying, you find your room not any much neater. In fact, the mess seems to have worsen. This is what is to be expected – the disorder and puke before a yoga cleansing.

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It is not just about tidying up

Marie Kondo applies the Japanese shintoism belief that things in nature are sacred and spiritual and this translates into mindfulness and gratitude in tidying up. So we are mindful of our “joy” and thankful to the things which have served us before but we need to discard them now.

Marie Kondo said she does not need to tidy her room again after the initial tidying up because her room is already tidy. In other words, after you spent a weekend, weeks or even months tidying up, you should only spend minimal time in maintenance.

Well, I look around my house and cannot help but see lack of maintenance in lots of spaces. Looks like it’s time to KonMari my house again!

If you are gearing up to KonMari your room too, after watching the TV series on Netflix, I urge you to read Marie Kondo’s books first as they expound her declutter philosophy and method in detail.

Wearing socks to bed – is it really good for your health?

Kaohsiung mayor insists on wearing socks and waist guard to bed for good health.
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Taiwan Kaohsiung’s new mayor Han Kuo-Yu said in jest, he would rather bare his bottom than not wear socks to bed. His reason? Wearing socks to bed protects our body’s ‘yang qi‘ (yang energy), he says.

I have always worn socks to bed after childbirth. It may be because of the Asian health perception of keeping the mother’s body warm. I find that when I do not wear socks to bed, I feel chilly easily. I have always tried to persuade my husband and children to wear socks to bed, but they always refused, claiming Singapore’s weather is too hot for that.

I took an interest in the recent Taiwan local election in Nov 2018 and was amazed by 61 years-old Han Kuo-Yu’s stamina and good health. He ran a neck-to-neck election with DPP candidate Chen Chi-Mai and slept only a few hours each day for several weeks. Yet he appeared sharp and energetic in interviews and during his walkabouts. I heard him mention twice of his nightly ritual for good health, that is to wear socks and put on an S-waist guard to bed.

Wearing socks to bed aids in sinus problem

I then mentioned this to my husband and he decided to try wearing socks to bed. I thought he will give it up after a day, but every night, he will put on his socks on his own accord. After a couple of days, he told me that while he still hates wearing socks to bed, he finds that strangely he does not wake up with a sinus problem anymore. My 9 year-old heard him and decided to wear socks to bed as well. She told me her sinus symptom has gotten better as well.

I was really happy to hear this and went on to read up more.

Image from TCM wiki showing Yongquan acupuncture point.

Yongquan acupuncture point

An article from China Times interviewed a TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) practitioner on this. Apparently, there is an important acupuncture point at the sole of our foot called the Yongquan acupuncture point. The point is at the depression at the sole, about 1/3 of the distance between the toe and the heel. Yong means “to gush out” and quan means fountain. The qi (energy) of the Meridien flows upwards like a gushing spring. According to TCM, yongquan acupuncture point helps guard against sickness and quickens healing, so traditionally keeping the soles warm has been seen as important to uphold the yang energy in the body. The yang energy can be regarded as a warm flow in the body that helps in the body’s immunity.

The TCM practitioner in the interview, Mr. Yang Jinwei said however, that while wearing socks to sleep is a convenient way to keep the sole warm and protect the Yongquan acupuncture point, a more effective way is to use acupuncture on the Yongquan acupuncture point itself. Also, wearing socks to sleep is more effective for people who are of xuhan body constitution (xu means weak and han means cold). This applies to elderly people and women who lack exercise. The symptoms include cold hands and feet in winter, poor appetite, fatigue and diarrhoea in normal days or during menstruation.

Also, wearing socks to sleep is not recommended for people who has sweaty feet, athlete’s foot or conditions such as cuts and eczema on the feet.

If you choose to wear socks to bed, it is best to choose 100% cotton breathable ankle-length socks that are not too tight. Also, it is good to have a foot massage or warm foot bath, especially in winter before sleep to aid in sleep. This can help prevent insomnia, frequent urine at night, dreams and pain in setting foot in the floor in the morning.

Herbal tea to invigorate the mind and strengthen the spleen

If you want to increase yang energy, you can drink herbal tea in the morning. The 桂圆红枣生姜茶 (longan, red dates and ginger tea) is good tea to dispel han (cold).

Longan, red dates and ginger tea
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Add 25g of longan meat, 5 red dates and some sliced ginger to 300ml of hot water and steep for 30 minutes. If you choose to boil the water, boil for about 10-15 minutes. Add crystal sugar (rock candy) or brown sugar to taste.

This tea is beneficial for the function of the spleen and symptoms such as loss of appetite, fatigue, cold feet and hands and tummy problems.

As for the waist guard, I have yet to try one myself though I am definitely keen. I will put up a post on it after I have tried on one. If you have experiences with wearing socks or waist guard to bed, please leave a comment!

Vegan NutriMeal Cookbook

Cookbook by Vinitha Ang of NutriHub Culinary Art

Vegan Nutrimeal Cookbook

Vinitha contacted me and told me she has a cookbook published. First thought that came to my mind was, finally! I attended Vinitha’s culinary lesson before and it left an impression in me. Vinitha is thorough in her explanation and her meals are tasty and healthy. Vinitha was a nurse before and she understood the importance of health and how to upkeep our body.

This cookbook consist of four parts:

Part 1 educates readers on the toxins in our foods and the right mindset in a healthy diet.

Getting the right mindset on whole food plant-based diet

Part 2 consists of 12 NutriMeal breakfast recipes.

Part 3 introduces whole food plant-based diet and answers some questions on important elements in the diet.

Part 4 consists of 12 lunch and dinner recipes

Part 5 consists of 8 weekend treats and desserts recipes

Four parts in nutrimeal cookbook
The ring-bound cookbook props up on its own for easy reference

The cookbook is ring-bound and props up nicely on its own. The recipes are translated into Chinese and followed with pictures that are well-explained. 

It is a wonderful gift for everyone keen in improving their health through diet.

This cookbook is retailed at $19.80 and is available at BGO Ecoshop now. Enter promo code NUTRIMEAL20 to enjoy 20% discount.

Hey there, 2019!

Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash

Time flies (yet again!). Things have gotten crazy at BGO Ecoshop and in some ways, good. I have been trying to grow BGO and started listing items on Redmart marketplace in Aug 2018. Since Redmart’s entry into Singapore, this online grocery company has disrupted local grocery shopping scene. Consumers can shop for a wide variety of groceries online and have them shipped to their homes at a really low shipping rate. Since Redmart, there have been quite a few online marketplaces in a small Singapore market.

I was glad that BGO Ecoshop was invited to join Redmart at its start and it has really helped BGO gained a lot more customers. There are orders to be fulfilled every day and this has kept us busy (happily). The downside of it is orders from our own website has been dwindling and this caused me to focus more on developing our marketplace site and products on Redmart and neglected BGO’s own website. And this is truly unacceptable.

WELL, the new year has begun and I want to make a change. Products should be updated more regularly and blog posts should be kept up too. Upon reflection, I have built meaningful relationships with BGO customers over the years, though many I have never met. Such relationships established through blogging takes many years to build up and I certainly would not want to waste previous efforts.

I am excited to blog about ideas to make Singapore greener, and how we can make ourselves stronger and healthier. I am eager to introduce new BGO products to you. Personally, I have many projects in mind to be done.

I wish 2019 be an even more fruitful year for BGO Ecoshop and also an exciting and joyful year for all of you who read this. To all BGO supporters all these years, I THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart.

Himalayan Premium Foods

Himalayan Premium Foods

I met Rag from Himalayan Premium Foods through Vinitha from Nutrihub Culinary Art. Rag’s husband owns an organic farm in Nepal and Rag started a company to import organically grown foods form her husband’s family farm as well as other neighbouring organic farmers bi-monthly.

It was a pleasure meeting with Rag who lets me have a test of Nepalese Rosemary. I was overwhelmed (in a good way, of course) of its strong smell. Rag told me Nepalese herbs and plants have a stronger taste and smell than similar foods here. It is amazing how the different altitudes, temperatures and climate influence the produces in different ways.

In my second meeting with Rag to pick up my order of seasonal foods (usually every other Thursday after 3pm), she urges me to try the Cheurii Honey and Mustard Blossom Honey. It is really interesting how different honey can taste! Apparently the taste and flavour of honey depends on the kind flowers the bees visit. I like both honey, they taste very light and yet flavourful.

You can join HPF’s mailing list to be informed of the next shipment. Rag’s store is located at Peninsula Hotel Shopping Centre (3 Coleman Street, #04-27, Singapore 179804). They provide delivery service too.

New stockist – That Health Store@Arcade (Raffles Place)

We are excited to have a new stockist in central Singapore. That Health Store@Arcade (Raffles Place) is well-stocked with organic health products and fresh produce which you will love. Pop by their store and and say hi to store partners Kim & Jo, who will always be willing to share wth you health tips and recipes.


Jo and Kim got to know about us through recommendations of our products by their customers (a big thank you!). If you would like to see our products at your favourite store, please help us have a shout out or drop us an email to let us know!

New Year’s Resolution: Gym for the Mind


Typically, at the beginning of every new year, health fitness clubs and yoga centres see membership increase the most. New year it seems, have the magic of instilling in us renewed hopes and aspirations, as well as the determination to make good changes in our lives.

Sweng and I recently signed up subscription for Headspace, an app that guides you in meditation. Both of us have been using the free version of the app for some time and like it enough to subscribe to the new version to get more contents.

The guided meditation is voiced by Headspace founder Andy Puddicombe, who used to be a monk. The app has gained quite a success and became a global phenomenon, winning over even well-known personalities such as Richard Branson, Tim Ferriss and Kevin Rose.

Meditation has been practised for a long time and its benefits on brain functions were proven scientifically – it speeds up brain processing capability, lessens anxiety, increase immunity, decreases pain and fosters rapid memory recall. It even reduces the risk of heart diseases.

And not just physically, meditation also contributes to our emotional well-being. Long-term meditation helps to increase mindfulness and in turn has a positive effect on happiness and interpersonal relationship. These benefits are helpful towards building meaningful social relations, makes us more focused and attentive in work as well as being more creative.

Now, knowing the benefits of meditation is one thing, actually doing it and keeping the habit is quite another. Back to the topic of New Year’s resolutions, why are they infamously difficult to keep? These are a few main reasons I have gathered:

Why New Year’s Resolutions Are Often Broken:

  1. We simply set too many of them.
  2. There is a lack of specific plan to execute.
  3. There is an inertia to change (even when we know the benefits of the change)
  4. Lack of determination causes new habits to break easily.

How I Plan to Make My New Year’s Resolutions work:

1. Make one resolution at a time – to create and sustain a habit of meditation.

2. Be specific – meditate twice a day, once in the morning, and once before bed.

3. Broadcast my resolution – by telling everyone in this blog. 😉

4. Have a program to help keep it going – The Headspace app I signed up has a tracking system and various levels to spur me to go further.

5. Buddy up – my husband Sweng signed up Headspace too so we can encourage and keep each other on track.

6. Constant reminder – I have set time alert to remind me to meditate. I have also read that successful people meditate and I want to be like them. So I will put a picture/pictures of some of these people who meditate at my work desk to remind myself of this intrinsic reason.

I wish you a memorable and blessed 2016. May all that you wish for come true.

I would like to leave this post with one of Yoda’s famous lines:



  1. Scientific Benefits of Meditation – 76 Things You Might Be Missing Out on
  2. 4 Best Scientifically Proven Benefits of Meditation
  3. 20 Scientific Reasons to Start Meditating Today
  4. Man Behind Meditation App Goes From Monk to Millionaire
  5. Your New Year’s Resolutions Are Doomed Before You Even Begin – Unless…
  6. The Science Behind Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions
  7. The Science Behind Why We Break New Year’s Resolutions


Learn CNY Vegetarian Cooking

2015 July to Dec Veg Cooking class at Awareness Place by Vinitha

Teacher Vinitha Ang is conducting vegetarian cooking classes on the next Sundays at Awareness Place Well-being Centre.

Sign up with her now if you would like to learn how to make delicious and healthy CNY dishes like Yu Sheng (no artificial colouring, no additives!), Lotus Leaf Fragrant Brown Rice, Peng Chai and herbal dessert.

Ms. Vinitha Ang can be reached at 92368402,


BGO Ecoshop Gift Card is here!

Gift someone a BGO Ecoshop Gift Card to shop for great natural and organic products from our online store!

Whether you are gifting one or a number of recipients, purchasing our Gift Card online is easy.

Simply purchase Gift Cards that make up your total value and contact us to confirm the number of Gift Cards and the respective denominations to be issued.

For example: You want $20 Gift Card for 5 people and $80 Gift Card for 1 person. Total Gift Card value is $180.

How the Gift Card works:

A. Select & purchase:

1 x $100 Gift Card
1 x $50 Gift Card
3 x $10 Gift Card
Total value: $180

B. Contact us to let us know your Gift Card requirements.

ie. $20 Gift Card for 5 people and $80 for 1 person

C. We will issue the respective Gift Cards with unique codes and send you by email.

D. You then email the Gift Cards to your gift recipients and delight them!

World Vegan Day – $5.00 Gift Certificate


We want to celebrate World Vegan Day (1 November) with you by giving our loving customers $5.00 gift certificate! You can redeem this one-time discount code when you shop at BGO Ecoshop from now till 2 November 2014. This is on top of our items on Specials  and Quick Sale

Discount code:  1november

The discount coupon can also be applied on our newly added items:

Idocare Cleaning Products – Family Size!

Idocare Tangerine Breeze All-Purpose Cleaning Spray

& Deal of the Week (Buy 1 Get 1 Free!)

(While stocks last)

For orders by email, just quote this coupon code and we’ll apply $5.00 discount to your total. And yes, the Gift Certificate is transferable, so let your friends know!

Vegan House Sprouted Organic Nuts


A good healthy diet can’t be without nuts. But all nuts are not equal.

Sprouted nuts release more nutritional energy – get more with less!

Vegan House’s sprouted nuts are germinated to release more nutritional value. These nuts are soaked for 24 hours in osmosis filtered water, then dehydrated slowly at low temperature and humidity. This slow process destroys the enzymes inhibitors in the nuts and allows the body’s enzymes to digest the nuts better. 

While sprouting nuts are time-consuming, it makes the nuts more nutritious, crunchier and much easier to digest!

(Read more about sprouted nuts here.)

Better than roasted!

The high temperatures used to roast the nuts actually damage the fats, and form free radicals.

These dangerous substances will not be produced when soaking, sprouting or dehydrating raw almonds at the usual low temperatures.

Get Vegan House Sprouted Organic Nuts (Almonds, Hazelnuts, Pumpkin Seeds) at BGO Ecoshop now

Get the Sprouted Nuts Trio pack (8oz./227g each) with great savings!

1 Sprouted Almonds + 1 Sprouted Hazelnuts + 1 Spouted Pumpkin Seeds

= $46 (more than 10% discount)

Sunbiotics Just 4 Kids Probiotic Powders


  • Kid Friendly Flavor!
  • Contains Genuine Yacon!
  • 5 Billion Cells Per Serving!
  • Now available at

Sunbiotics Just 4 Kids is honored to introduce 2 potent probiotic powders enhanced with organic apple and organic banana with yacon – renowned for it’s prebiotic properties that you and your kids will love. Yacon contains naturally occurring nutrients known as fructooligosaccharides that stimulate the growth and activity of probiotics (beneficial bacteria). In addition to potent superfoods, each serving of Sunbiotics boats 5 billion CFUs of 5 well researched stable probiotic strains. Sunbiotics may help restore a proper balance of flora in the digestive system depleted by stress, antibiotics, and gastrointestinal disturbances.

Sunbiotics is the maker of the worlds most pure, completely vegetarian, certified organic probiotic supplement on the market and they’ve just come out with a probiotic powder specific to children. Sunbiotics Just4Kids is a blend of 5 highly potent non-dairy probiotic strains in a ratio specifically suited for the GI tracts of children.

The following probiotic strains are included:

Lactobacillus Acidophilus – breaks down nutrients for the body to use and creates by products such as lactic acid and hydrogen peroxide that create a hostile environment to the organisms that are unhealthy for you.

Bifidobacterium Bifidum – aids in the synthesis of B-complex vitamins and vitamin K in the intestines. It also promotes bacterial balance and optimal digestion.

Bifidobacterium Lactis – helps fight off some of the damage caused by bad bacteria found in the body and also aids in digestion.

Bifidobacterium Longum – maintains a normal digestive tract, inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria, and also boost the immune system.

Lactobasillus Plantum – creates a healthy barrier in your colon to keep dangerous bacteria from penetrating the lining of your intestines and entering your blood stream.

In addition to the actual strains of probiotics, the only other ingredients you’ll find are organic, low temperature dehydrated heirloom fruit powder, andorganic yacon root. Nothing else is added, pure and simple. The product currently comes in two versions that any child will love: Apple and Banana. Both flavors are sweet and delicious and blend easily into juices and smoothies, can be incorporated into raw energy bars, bliss balls or no bake cookies, and can even be sprinkled over cereal,  oatmeal, yogurt, and chopped fruit.

The product is also enhanced by the addition of a prebiotic. Prebiotics are non-digestible food ingredients that help support healthy probiotic activity, and are often times a missing link in todays probiotic market. The development team at Sunbiotics was sure to address the issue in the most organic and natural way possible by utilizing yacon root. Yacon is a South American superfood root vegetable that contains a form of sugar called oligosaccharide. This sugar isn’t utilized by our bodies for energy,
however the beneficial bacteria in our GI system love it and thrive on it. The inclusion of this ingredient serves to increase the potency and efficacy of the product.

Allergy Info: Produced in a facility that also processes tree nuts & seeds but no grains, peanuts, soy or dairy.

Net Wt: 2.1 oz

Organic Pau d Arco Loose (Red Lapacho) Tea


‘Tea of the Incas’ – Natural Antibiotic

As the year comes to an end and the weather starts to get a little chilly (and rainy for this part of the world), one’s immunity can get low. It is important to strengthen our immunity so that we don’t succumb to sickness such as the dreaded flu bug.

The Lapacho tea is a natural antibiotic which means we get immunity boost while drinking tea!

The Pau d ‘Acro tree grows in many parts of South America and was treasured by the ancinent Guarani healers for its inner bark. This tribe from the rainforest of Paraguay discovered it strengthened the body’s natural defenses when made into a tea.

A all-natural tea that can help you reduce inflammation and pain, and boost immunity. The inner bark of the Lapacho tree yields naphthoquinones, anthraquinones and other phytopharmaceuticals that generate remarkable health-promoting benefits. Scientific research has shown these substances to be: anti-inflammatory anti-viral anti-oxidant anti-bacterial anti-fungal anti-yeast parasiticidal. Drinking lapacho tea regularly will diminish the chance of developing arthritis, diabetes, bowel problems, bladder infections and cancer. It will also increase blood and bone marrow health.

Lapacho tea is now now available at


100% Pau dArco (Red Lapacho) tree (Tabebuia Impetiginosa) loose tea cut

Suggested Use

Place a teaspoonful of lapacho in 250ml of cold water. Warm at low heat and cook for 5 minutes, then brew for 15 minutes. Strain and enjoy.


Not recommended for people on blood-thinning medication, pregnant and breastfeeding ladies.

Raw Wild Pine Pollen – Anti-aging phyto-androgen

ImagePine Pollen is nature’s most potent food—the ultimate superfood—containing a full spectrum of nutrients with specific anti-aging compounds. Pine Pollen is also the most potent source of phyto-androgen available, nourishing your body like no other food or supplement can, while restoring optimum hormone levels. Eliminate your need for supplements—the health benefits of Pine Pollen are unsurpassed and unparalleled, you will be amazed.

The health benefits of Pine Pollen include:
• Promotes longevity with specific anti-aging compounds;
• Dramatically improves your vitality and stamina;
• Raises low testosterone in men;
• Increase male fertility by raising sperm count;
• Combats and reverses the effects of Andropause;
• Balances the Estrogen to Testosterone ratio in Women and Men;
• Increases energy unlike any other food or supplement can;
• Improves muscle tone;
• Eliminates sexual dysfunction due to low androgen levels;
• Aids in weight management and promotes weight loss;
• Improves overall health, greatly promoting immune function;
• Easier and quicker time getting back into shape;
• Gentle daily cellular detoxification;
• Burns off brain fog and increases attention span and brain function;
• Improves skin elasticity (anti-aging);
• Clears acne;
• Dissolves and removes age spots on skin and in the body.

Only a food containing such potent doses of so many nutrients can so thoroughly improve your health. Only Raw Pine Pollen contains such potent nutrients.

Raw Pine Pollen is by far the post potent form of Pine Pollen, and is the product recommended to everyone. In the raw form, all of the vitamins, minerals, and the phyto-nutrients like MSM, SOD, the phyto-androgens (Androstenedione, Testosterone, Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), & Androsterone) and the living enzymes and co-enzymes, stay intact. Because Pine Pollen works synergistically, consuming the pure, raw powder delivers the most profound health benefits and effects.

RawGuru’s Raw Wild Pine Pollen is over 99% digestible, ensuring that you absorb and experience all the health benefits of Pine Pollen. In comparison, bee pollen is estimated at 5% digestibility.

Soap Nuts Giveaway!

BGO 2nd Giveaway Campaign starts now!
This time we are giving away Ecocert-certified organic soap nuts sample packs to 10 lucky winners.
Like us on BGO Ecoshop Facebook Page and email your answer to this question:
Q: What is the natural surfactant in soap nut shell that helps to remove dirt & grime? 
(Hint: The word starts with an “S” – check out our soap nuts page to find out!)
This giveaway ends on 9 Nov 2013. All winners will be notified soon after that.
Happy holidays and blessed Diwali to our Hindu friends !

Green Cleaners Products Giveaway!

*Exclusively for BGO customers*
Be the first 10 customers to answer this simple quiz and win your preferred Green Cleaners’ product (choose one out of a range of 6 cleaners – Bathroom & Shower, Dishwasher, All-Purpose, Toilet Bowl, Window & Glass, Wood Furniture.
How to win a Green Cleaners cleaning product
1. Reply to this email with the correct answer to the following question:
‘Simply Her’ magazine (JAN 2011) independent consumer road test rated Green Cleaners as the best amongst 5 selected eco-friendly home cleaning products. True or Flase?
2. Email reply is to reach by 2 Sept 2013 (Mon) 12pm.
3. Indicate in your reply your preferred cleaning option – Bathroom & Shower, Dishwasher, All-Purpose, Toilet Bowl, Window & Glass or Wood Furniture.
4. First 10 respondents with the correct answer will receive a Green Cleaner cleaning product delivered to them. Please indicate your preferred delivery date and  time slot (A. Before 12pm     B. 12-5pm    C. 5-8pm)
Note: For verification purpose, winners agree to have their particulars (name and email) disclosed to Green Cleaners, the sponsor for this contest.
Hurry and win one of these eco cleaning products!

Organic Soap Nuts – Cleaning Prowess from Nature



Soap Nuts is a safe and natural laundry soap and versatile household cleanser.

BGO Ecoshop ( now stocks eco-friendly ECOCERT Certified organic Soap Nuts, available in 250g, 50g and 1kg packs. They are of Sapindus Mukorossi species, free from pesticides and de-seeded. And it comes with 2 cotton wash bags and 1 instruction booklet.

Product Description

Grown on trees, Soap Nuts is a fruit that contains Saponin, a natural surfactant, in its shell. When the shells come in contact with water, it releases Saponin that removes dirt and grime. Since centuries ago, people around the world have been using Soap Nuts for their laundry, personal body and hair wash and household cleaning. And today, it is an Eco-friendly alternative to synthetic detergent.

Soap Nuts Is Great For Anyone

Soap Nuts is safe for your health and for our environment. It is a gentle choice for people who are allergic to chemical residue on clothes from detergent. It is safe for babies and children. For people with skin condition such as Eczema, Soap Nuts will not aggravate the condition. And for anyone who wants a clean and safe home for their family, Soap Nuts is an excellent option.

Benefits Of Using Soap Nuts

  • Effective for laundry and suitable for all fabric types.
  • It leaves your laundry clean and soft, and it does not require fabric softener.
  • Low in suds, it is suitable for use with all types of washing machines including High Efficiency (HE) washers.
  • A safe and natural alternative to detergent for anyone.
  • Convenient to carry and use while travelling or camping.
  • Biodegradable and eco-friendly.
  • Versatile for all household cleaning.

How To Use Soap Nuts With Your Washing Machine

  1. Put 6 whole shells (12 halves) into a cotton bag.
  2. Soak it in a bowl of hot or warm water for at least 15 minutes.
  3. Toss the bowl of liquid and soap nuts into your washing machine together with your clothes and start the wash cycle.
  4. Remove soap nuts and let it air-dry. Re-use for your next 1-2 batch of laundry. Top up with new shells if desired.

How To Use Soap Nuts To Handwash Your Laundry

  1. Put 6 whole shells (12 halves) into a cotton bag.
  2. Soak it in a bowl of hot or warm water for at least 15 minutes.
  3. Toss the bowl of liquid and Soap Nuts into your bucket and fill the bucket with water.
  4. Add your clothes into the bucket and let it soak for an hour.
  5. Scrub and rinse as usual.

How To Use Soap Nut Liquid With Washer

  1. Add half cup (120ml) of concentrated soap nut liquid into the washer and start your wash cycle.

Note: See below for instructions on making your own concentrated soap nut liquid.

Make Your Own Concentrated Soap Nut Liquid

  1. Add 10 whole shells (20 halves) in 1.5 litres of water.
  2. Bring to a boil and let it simmer for 30mins. (Or soak overnight)
  3. Let it cool and then strain and store the liquid in an air-tight bottle.
  4. Use within a week.


  • Use full strength or dilute with water as desired for house cleaning.
  • As soap nut liquid has no preservatives added, use the liquid within a week.
  • Make smaller batch of soap nut liquid if your usage is low. Simply reduce the recipe above in proportion.

Storing Soap Nuts

Soap Nuts are best stored in a dry and cool environment. If heat and moisture gets to them. it will pre-release its saponin and turn a little sticky. However, this does not affect their cleansing ability. Store them in an air-tight container and away from the sunlight and moisture if possible.

Customers’ Reviews:

Miley – May 8, 2013:

I‘m so glad your soapnuts comes in 1kg now, can’t get enough of it!

I have been using soapnuts for my laundry for more than 2.5 years now. There was no turning back since the day a tiny pack was gifted to me. And now, being a mother myself, i try not to expose my baby to harmful ingredients in products as much as possible. ‘am so glad i can use soapnuts for her laundry – chemical-free.

Agy – April 22, 2013:

I love using soap nuts. Ever since switching to these natural detergents, we’ve had no problems with itchy skin and my hubby’s hives have calmed down. What’s more, there is less packaging to worry out. I give them a 5 out of 5:-)

The Power of Durians


One of the enjoyment of eating durians is to pry open the hard thorny shells yourself, revealing the yellow thick flesh and welcoming the strong scent of this King of Fruits.


Even our cat B.B. loves to eat durians.

When I was pregnant with my first child, my foetus was diagnosed to have intrauterine growth retardation. meaning she was showing signs of slow growth. This potential disorder naturally worried us as parents. I did a more detailed scan and thankfully there was no fetal genetic disorder diagnosed.

Nonetheless, we were at a loss, not knowing how we can help our baby gain weight quickly. Fortunately, my gynae recommended that I start to eat durians. Based on his experience, “Durians give big babies”. I must admit I was a bit skeptical about this initially but was more than willing to try as I like durians.

When I was young, my father used to buy big sacks of durians during the durian season (typically June till August) and sat the whole family around to have a durian feast. It was always an enjoyable feast but we never really know the benefits of eating durians. We did know that it is an expensive fruit and you either love it or hate it. Also, if you ate too much of durians, your body will feel “heatiness” and you will experience sore throat and such. That is why we often eat durians together with “cooling” fruits such as mangosteens (which happen to share the same harvest season as durians).

So back to my durian quest during my first pregnancy.

I took durians about once a week for a few months and to my pleasant surprise and relief, my baby did gain weight. In fact she gained weight so fast near my EDD that my gynae got worried that the baby will get too big and it will be a difficult birthing for me. In the end, my baby was delivered well and at a weight of 3.6 kg.

This episode got me interested in knowing more about the nutrition of durians.

Apparently, durians, like bananas and avocados, is a high energy fruit. 100g of its flesh provides 147 calories. It is also rich in minerals such as potassium (regulates heart rate and blood pressure) and vitamins (vitamin C for resistance against infectious agents and B-complex vitamins for breaking down nutrients and provide new energy).

So the next time you feel that you need to feel rejuvenated, take durians!

If you wish to know more about durians and where to get good ones from honest sellers in Singapore, check out Hungry Ang Moh’s blog post on durians.

Green Cleaners Non-toxic Concentrate Cleaning Products


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BGO Ecoshop ( now stocks Green Cleaners cleaning products that meet all cleaning needs of every home!

Green Cleaners’ products are respectful to the aquatic life, meet strict biodegradability standards and reduce packaging with their revolutionary concentrate concept.

Why buy concentrate? SAVE, SAVE, SAVE!

Green Cleaners’ ultra-concentrate formula will make more than 5 litres of diluted product. This means they can reduce their packaging, transportation footprint and plastic usage, whilst you save $$$$’s with cost effective cleaning solutions!

Now there’s no need to ever have harmful cleaning products in your home again! Feel great and make the change.

Get the Green Master Kit that comes with 6 concentrate cleaners + 6 dilution bottles for great convenience and savings!

Thai Curry Carrot Salad


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Recipe by Chris Anca


A simple salad by Chris Anca of Tales of a Kitchen made with sweet heirloom carrots, Thai basil, pumpkin and sunflower seeds and a creamy, spicy-sweet curry sauce.


At a glance
Salads & Salsas
1 big bowl

1 orange carrot, matchsticks
1 purple carrot, matchsticks
Thai basil, fresh, to serve
sunflower seeds toasted or raw
pumpkin seeds toasted or raw

For the dressing I used:

1 and 1/2 TBSP tahini
4-5 TBSP fresh lemon juice
1 tsp honey/maple syrup
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/3 tsp coriander powder
1/4 tsp cumin powder
1/3 tsp ginger powder
pinch of cayenne pepper

Note from BGO Ecoshop: You can add some curry powder to the salad for more flavour.


1) After cutting the carrots I mixed together all the ingredients for the dressing until completely incorporated. Added the dressing to the carrots, mixed by hand to coat and topped with the seeds and fresh Thai basil.

Matcha Green Tea Chia Pudding



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Recipe by Gena Henshaw


Matcha, or finely milled green tea powder, has a rather strong, grass-like flavor on its own but blends beautifully with a sweet, creamy nut milk in this chia pudding recipe by Gena Hemshaw. Gena recommends adding fresh berries  to this pudding and enjoying it for breakfast. What an amazing way to get loads of antioxidants, calcium, protein, and essential fatty acids. 


At a glance
Serves 2

2 cups hemp or almond milk
2 tbsp agave nectar or maple syrup (optional)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp matcha powder
6 tbsp chia seeds
1 cup blueberries
1 cup raspberries


1) Blend the milk, sweetener, vanilla, and matcha together in a blender till smooth.

2) Pour the liquid over the chia seeds. Stir thoroughly. Stir again every few minutes for the next fifteen minutes. Then allow the mixture to sit for at least an hour (or overnight, in the fridge).

3) Stir the mixture once more, and serve with fresh berries. Makes 2 servings.

Beet & Avocado Soup with Cashew Cream


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Recipe by Emily Von Euw


A densely pigmented soup made with a base of fresh beet root and avocado, seasoned with a hint of tamari, miso, fresh ginger, garlic and a dash of salt and pepper. Use hot water if you want something to warm the belly, or cold if you want a chilled soup. Top with cashew cream and a spinkling of pepitas! 


At a glance

 1/2 avocado 
1 peeled beet
1 tablespoon tamari
1 tablespoon miso
1 peeled garlic clove
1 tablespoon peel fresh ginger root (optional) 
1 1/4 cups hot water (approximately) 
3 mushrooms
pinch of salt & pepper
juice of 1/2 lemon 

Cashew Cream:
1/4 cup soaked, drained cashews with enough water to cover them
Pinch of cinnamon & salt

Note from BGO Ecoshop: You can replace the Cashew Cream with Dastony Stoneground Organic Cashew Butter for more convenience!


To make the soup: 

1) blend everything together in your Vitamix until very smooth. Taste and adapt to your liking. Place in bowls and set aside. 

To make the cashew cream: 

1) blend the cashews with the water, salt and cinnamon until creamy. Add a little more water if you don’t want it so thick. Change it as you like. Spoon onto your soup and enjoy! 

I recommend adding some fresh herbs and seeds. I used peppermint and pumpkin seeds but any combination would be lovely.



What is the difference between the different coloured maca root powder?


Maca (Lepidium meyeniiis a root vegetable grown high in the Peruvian Andes. It has been used as a food and medicine in South America for centuries. Well known for its ability to help enhance strength and endurance, it is said that the Incan warriors would consume maca before long journeys and even battles.

Cream maca – energy, vitality, fertility, balance of hormones

Cream coloured roots are the most widely grown and are favored in Peru for their enhanced sweetness and size.

Maca, whether the yellow/cream, red or black, can do all of the following:

  • Boost overall energy and vitality
  • Balance hormones for both men and women – this can support with menopause, acne, fertility, thyroid and other health problems related to the endocrine system.
  • Support a healhy libido and sex drive

Black maca – Sperm production, memory, concentration skills, increase bone density

Black maca is considered the strongest in energy and stamina-promoting properties, being both sweet and slightly bitter in taste. In a study from 2009 at the a Peruvian University, Black Maca was seen to be the best of all varieties for increasing sperm production motility and volume as well as for increasing libido. In 2011, 2 different studies, one from China and one from Peru found that Black Colored Maca helped laboratory mice improve their memory and concentration skills.

Red maca – reduction in prostate size, anti-tumoral, increase bone density

Red Maca (Lepidium meyenii or Lepidium peruvianum) is the rarest of all varieties of maca. It is sometimes called pink or purple maca, but is most generally referred to as “red maca.”  Red maca is becoming popular with many people. It has a milder taste than cream coloured maca and has been clinically shown to reduce prostate size in rats.

A study done on red maca was published in the Journal Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology 2005; 3:5. In it 8 medical researchers report that over the course of 42 days: “Red Maca but neither Yellow/Cream nor Black Maca reduced significantly ventral prostate size in rats.“ The study also goes on to report that in under pyhtochemical analysis for 7 functional nutrient groups, “Highest peak values were observed for Red Maca, intermediate values for Yellow/Cream Maca and low values for Black Maca.”

Red maca has been shown, under phytonutrient analysis, to be higher in certain compounds that support the body in antioxidant and anti-tumoral activity. It has also been shown among all macas to contain somewhat higher levels of other pythonutrients including alkaloids, tannins, saponis and steroids.

In 2010 researchers from the Universidad Peruana, Lima published a study on the effects of maca on bone structure in rats that had had their ovaries removed. The conclusion was that both “Red and black maca have protective effects on bone architecture in OVX rats without showing estrogenic effects on uterine weight.”

How to take maca root power properly

Maca is an adaptogenic. An adaptogenic substance is one that demonstrates a nonspecific enhancement of the body’s ability to resist a stressor. Many herbs have exactly these properties.

It is not recommended that you take two or more adaptogenic herbs together. Only take one adaptogenic herb at a time. Also avoid taking dong quai, black cohosh, licorice root and fertility drugs with maca.

If you are taking any drugs, make sure you consult a health professional before taking maca.

Start with a small amount, 1/4 tsp. in the morning. You can repeat the same at night, always taken with meals or just before eating.

Do so for a week or two to notice any changes. Increase the dosage by another 1/4 tsp. if no changes have been noticed.

Maca has an effect on the endocrine system which balances hormone. Some people will notice a difference quicker, while others may take slightly longer.

You should not exceed three teaspoons a day and don’t take it all at once. The latest it should be taken is just before dinner, as it can affect sleep.

Most importantly, give your body a maca break once a month. If you have been on maca for a month, take a weekend off. If you have been taking it for 3 months or longer, take a full week off. This is to keep your body responsive to the phytonutrients.

Healthy Avocado Banana Smoothie with Almond Crunch



I got invited to attend UBS Eco Fair on 14 June 2013. Sweng and I set up BGO Ecoshop booth there to introduce some Superfoods we were selling on our online store I also gave a demo on how to make heathy smoothie and I chose the two fruits that I often use – avocado and banana.

The following are the ingredients that I used for the smoothie workshop. Note that you can just use avocado and banana together with any liquid (any milk, water etc) that you prefer. The addition of herbs, nut butter and yoghurt are optional.


Avocado (how to pick and buy avocados)

Avocado is a great fruit and it is a pity that some people avoid it because of its high fat content. But the truth is that we need fats as a source of energy and support the function of our nerves and brain. The key is to substitute saturated fats and trans fats with nutrient dense fruits like avocado which offers mono and polyunsaturated fat content.

Besides beneficial fats, avocado also gives us good amount of carotenoids, proteins and it is anti-inflammatory. This means avocadoes can help prevent or mitigate against both osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis.

One cup of pureed avocado has…

  • 368 Calories
  • 4.6 g of Protein
  • 19.62 g of Carbohydrate
  • 1166 mg of Potassium
  • 23.0 mg of Vitamin C
  • 175 mg Beta-sitosterol
  • 0 mg Cholesterol

The information above is based on the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference. Search the database for “avocado”.


I can’t tell you a fruit that is more commonly used in smoothies than bananas. It is such a versatile nutrient-packed fruit and is often used as baby’s first weaning food. Naturally fat- cholesterol- and sodium-free, bananas are also a good source of potassium (helps our heart beat, reduce heart disease), dietary fibre, magnesium (transmission of nerve impulse, aids absorption of calcium) and vitamins B6 (aids healthy nerve and brain functions) and C.

Pineapple (optional)

Normally, I would limit my smoothie to just two fruits. But I saw some pineapples idling in my fridge on the day I made the smoothie, so I added them as well, as they add a sweet tropical taste to my smoothie. Pineapples are loaded with vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, phosphorus, and potassium. It is also rich in fiber and calories. On top of it all, this fruit is low in fat and cholesterol. All the nutrients it contains promote good health.

Coconut water (replaceable with milk or water)

I opted for fresh coconut water (the clear type, not to be confused with coconut milk, which also has its health benefits, but that’s another future post.) Coconut water contains easily digested carbohydrate in the form of sugar and electrolytes. It has fewer calories, less sodium, and more potassium than a sports drink.

If you are using milk instead of coconut water, I suggest using lactose-free milk such as oat milk (high protein and fibre content), quinoa milk (good amount of amino acids) and soy milk (high in essential fatty acids). These are more easily digestible than dairy milk and contain more health benefits.

Parsley (optional)

I included herbs like parsley because I wanted to zest up the smoothie which I knew would have a sweet taste.

Parsley is often used as garnish but it turns out to be quite a good addition to smoothie as well. It is rich in many vital vitamins (Vitamin C,  B 12, K and A) and keeps our immune system strong, tones our bones and heals the nervous system too.

Regular use of parsley can help control your blood pressure. Pregnant mums will welcome the folic acid in this herb.

Mint (optional)

I blended a small amount of mint leaves to give the smoothie a fresh minty aroma.

Mint is a great appetizer, and it promotes digestion. It also soothes stomachs in cases of indigestion or inflammation.

Yoghurt (optional)

I added some yoghurt for added creaminess in the smoothie and also to introduce some healthy live cultures (probiotics) to our intestines. These aid in digestion as well as giving us calcium, vitamin B-2, B-12, potassium and magnesium.

Almond nut butter (optional)

I filled the bottom of the smoothie cup with 2 teaspoons of Rawmio raw & vegan Almond Crunch (almond nut butter with added raw cacao nibs, raw coconut, sweetened with coconut sugar, flavoured with vanilla beans and Himalayan salt). I also smeared half the sides of the smoothie cup with the back of the spoon such that the chocolate almond nut butter is visible on the outside of the glass (looks nice and tempting!).

I chose the crunch series of Rawmio’s nut butter, as it provides cacao nibs to munch on. Also the chocolatey taste goes well with avocado and banana. You can add nuts to your smoothie to have the crunch too.

Almonds are a good fiber source and also contain protein. Because of their high monounsaturated fat content, they are a healthy food choice. Almonds or almond butter provide us with vitamin E, potassium, magnesium, iron, calcium and phosphorus. You can opt for other nut butters, just make sure that they are processed in low heat and not added with unhealthy ingredients such as additives, excessive salt, sugar or saturated fats.

Unsweetened coconut flakes (optional)

Used as toppings on our smoothie. Coconut flakes give a distinct tropical flavour! You can swop for other toppings such as chocolate chips, cacao nibs or nuts.


Recipe (serves 2 full cups, or 5 small cups)

1. Cut one banana and one avocado into small pieces. (You can add more bananas or avocado or other fruits like pineapples according to your taste preference. More bananas or pineapples, more sweetness.)

2. Blend the fruits after adding some liquids (coconut water, milk or plain water). Add a little liquid (a few tablespoons) at a time. If the fruits seem to have a hard time churning, you need to add more liquid.

3. Tear the herbs into smaller bits and blend. Start with a tablespoonful of each and adjust amount according to your taste.

4. If you happen to add too much liquid and prefer your smoothie to be thicker and creamier, add a tablespoon of yoghurt.

5. Prepare your serving cups. Scoop 2 teaspoons of nut butter into each cup and smear half the cup with the back of the spoon.

6. Pour in smoothie.

7. Sprinkle the top of the smoothie with raw unsweetened coconut flakes for flavour.


If you intend to chill your smoothie before serving, then add the nut butter only before serving, on top of the smoothie. Otherwise, the nut butter will harden at the bottom of the smoothie upon chilling.


You can make your smoothie beforehand and freeze them in ice cubes. When you need to have them, just blend them with some liquid.

Bummis Fab Wet Bag now available in Large

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Our popular Bummis Fab Wet Bags now come in Large size!

The generously-sized (24″ x 24″) Large bag comes with two closures – a zipper and a drawstring. Use both to ensure that odours are contained in the bag. The drawstring can also be used to hang the bag or to cinch it around a pail.

Turn inside out for proper washing. Wash and dry with your cloth diapers at normal temperatures in washer and dryer. Please avoid fabric softeners, chlorine bleach, or any other whitening agents.

The Fabulous Wet Bags are made with careful attention to detail in Bummis’ own factory in Montreal, so that good quality and fair labour practices are assured. The fabrics and components Bummis produce with are all sourced in North America and are guaranteed lead, phthalate and BPA free.

Now available at!

The World’s Healthiest Foods Recipes


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I discovered quite a gem while looking up the nutrients of lentils* over the internet!

The World’s Healthiest Foods site is started by The George Mateljan Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation. The site contains many useful articles & information, including recipes relating to health and food.

What I like most is the over 100 quick and easy recipes they posted (cooking times of 30 minutes or less). Not only are the recipes healthy, what makes it different from most recipe sites is that they have a Recipe Assistant where you can select multiple foods to include and/or exclude as well as nutrients required, and voila! The right recipe recommendation pops up for you!

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Also, what is sweet and really useful is when you are browsing a recipe, there will be highlighted ingredients that when you click on, it shows you additional information on that ingredients, like how to make broth, and how to cut and prepare tomatoes, carrots etc. Very useful!

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*Lentils are legumes that are great cholesterol-lowering fibre foods. They have beneficial effects on the digestive system and heart, and also help to stabilise bood sugar. They also provide iron for energy (good for children, adolescent, pregnant and lactating women).

Homemade Sprouted Raw Almond Butter

This is an embedded video mentioned in our previous blog post on how you can sprout your own nuts at home, dehydrate them and blend them into delicious nut butters. Do not be over-zelaous in your blending as high heat will destroy the enzymes and nutrients in the butters.

What Are Sprouted Nuts & Why Sprouting is Good


“I seek out traditional whole foods rather than highly refined meat substitutes. I look for  products that have been sprouted, soaked, or fermented to help break down the indigestible cellulose in plant cell walls.”

– Ultra-marathoner, Scott Jurek, in his book “Eat & Run”

We have often been asked what is the difference between the normal nut butter that we sell and the sprouted nut butter, which we also have.

Well, I am sure most of us have had the experience of sprouting mung beans before. Sprouting of nuts really means about the same thing. The nuts are soaked for some time (usually 24 hours) causing them to begin to germinate, before they are slowly dried at low temperature. Low temperature food processing of not more than 40-46 degrees celsius is considered ideal (hence what we call “raw food”) as high heat will kill the enzymes and nutrition that is beneficial to us.

Though more time-consuming, sprouting makes nuts more digestible, as the process destroys the enzyme inhibitors, allowing the body’s natural enzymes to digest the nuts more easily.

Sprouting and slow dehydration also releases the full nutritional content of the nuts and makes the nuts crunchier. Also, because of the digestibility of sprouted nuts, these nuts are suitable for people with nut allergies.

I have found a video that illustrates how you can make your own raw sprouted almond butter at home. You will need a good blender, a dehydrator and above all, patience and a good deal of time.

In the video above, you will notice that the resulting nut butter is not exactly smooth. Rawmio & Dastony stone ground raw nut butters achieved their lusciously smooth texture by grinding them in stone grinders, which ensures not only a silky smooth texture, but also that the grinding process does not get too heated such that nutrients and enzymes are lost.

Here’s another video showing how you can stone grind your nuts (best sprouted beforehand) at home using a stone grinder. Again, you will need some patience and time, but you can get raw stone ground nut butters adjusted to your own palate.

If you don’t wish to get a dehydrator and a stone grinder and spend the time, but still want to get to savour raw organic vegan stone ground nut butters, you can purchase them straight from our store

Vegetarian Culinary Certification Program


Singapore’s first Vegan Culinary Certification Program brought to us by The Veg School!

Program Details:

  • to be conducted every Saturday 3pm-6pm commencing 13th April through to 20th July 2013
  • totalling 45 contact hours (fully hands-on)
  • covering 45 vegan recipes, from raw to cook, from Chinese, Indian to Western cuisines, from mains, bakery, snacks to drinks and desserts
  • altogether taught by 3 experienced vegan teachers at their specified venues (usually their residence)
  • program is to commence with min 5 students (max 10 students)

The Investment for Culinary Certification Program is SGD 1800 net per pax.

~ Students are to attend 80% of the 15 sessions, in order to be awarded a certificate by TVS.

To register, simply email

Chef Cookery Studio (Chuyi Studio 厨艺馆)


A cookery studio for the culinary enthusiast!

Located at 30A Smith Street Singapore 058944, Chef Cookery Studio is a culinary learning place where one can learn practical tips from experienced professional chefs.

In fact, you can find out one of our favourite raw vegan cuisine teachers, Ms. Vinitha Ang having her classes there.

Ms. Vinitha Ang is trained in nutrition & psychology with a master degree in heath care management. A vegetarian herself, she formerly owned NutriHub – the Organic Fusion Café and founded Nutrihub Culinary Art in June 2012. Since then, Ms. Vinitha Ang has conducted various classes such as vegan baking, vegan Thai, Vegan Japanese and vegan Asian cuisines.

See NutriMeal cooking class 18 April 2013 or visit Chuyi Studio Schedule for Ms. Ang’s weekday class schedule.

Restocked! Dastony & Rawmio Stoneground Butters & New Superfoods

ImageLusciously smooth Rawmio & Dastony stone ground nut & seed butters re-stocked!
Dastony 100% Organic Butters
Rawmio Almond or Hazelnut Chocolate Mix Butters (6 oz)
Also available now:
– Sunbiotics Vegan Probiotic Almonds (New OriginalNew ChocolateCheesyTruffle Salted)
– Rawguru New Maca Powder – Cream & Red in 16 oz
– Rawguru New Cacao Nibs in 16 oz
– Rawguru New Coconut Flakes in 16 oz
– Rawguru New Cacao Butter in 16 oz
– Rawmio New Raw Cake in 24 oz
– Rawmio Gourmet Raw Chocolate Bars (Hazelnut & FigSuperfoodSprouted CerealTrail Mix) in 2.2 oz
Get Bundle Deals for the above for more savings!
Can’t see a bundle deal that you want? Choose a combination of DastonyRawmioRawguru or Sunbiotics super foods that meets a minimum of S$80 in total*, and we will apply a 20% discount on your total!
Email us at with your order details. Payment by interbank transfer or credit card / Paypal.
*Individual items only, Bundle Deals combo not applicable.
For orders more than S$250, please email us for wholesale enquiries.

Energise with Thai Organic Rice & Organic Curry Paste



New Mekhala organic rice & organic curry pastes now available at BGO Ecoshop!

Thai Organic Rice & Curry Paste

Organic Black Rice – Low in sugar, high in fibre

Organic Brown Rice – Rich in antioxidants & source of GABA

Organic Energy Rice – Low GI, versatile in cooking

Organic Ruby Rice – Decreases risk of heart disease & cancer

To go with these healthy rice, you can choose among:

Organic Green Curry PasteOrganic Red Curry Paste & Organic Yellow Curry Paste. Get the Organic Rice & Curry Paste Bundle Deal for savings!

Weleda Calendula Shampoo & Body Wash Voted M&B Ed’s Choice

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Our Weleda’s Calendula Shampoo & Body Wash was voted Ed’s Choice in the Jan issue of Mother & Baby magazine!

Here are some the reviewers’ comments:

“Baby’s skin feels soft & moisturised. Cleans well with only a small amount.” — Lee Guei

“Easy to wash off and baby smells great!” — Selina

“A creamy, hydrating wash with a subtle scent that cleans gently.” – M&B

Weleda’s Calendula Shampoo & Body Wash is available at BGO Ecoshop here.

Nutrihub Healthy Living Culinary Workshop

CNY is just round the corner. If you have been looking towards learning to bake yummy cookies or even to make Yu Sheng, why not learn to make healthy raw food version?!

Nutrihub announced their Jan 2013 Culinary Art Workshop. Remember, BGO friends get to enjoy 15% discount – just mention Chewy or BGO Ecoshop.

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Special Christmas Promotion @ NutriHub

NutriHub Portobello Mushroom Pizza

NutriHub Pandan  Macaroon

NutriHub Yule Log

10% discount for anyone who registered for 1 class.

12% discount for those who registered for 2 classes or with friends.

12% discount for NutriHub student who registered for 1 class.

15% discount for NutriHub student who registered for 2 classes or with friends.

Sat 8 Dec from 1.30pm to 6.30pm – NutriBake™  – X’mas Vegan Baking Class

$98 (before discount) inclusive of demo + hands on, sampling + take home some, full recipes & ingredient cost .

  1. Christmas Log cake  (Chocolate Vegan Swiss Roll)
  2. Portobello Mushroom Pizza with Homemade tomato paste + Free Tofu Pizza Recipe
  3. Brazil Nut Milk
  4. Pandan Macaroon (less sugar, no artificial coloring

Takeaway from NutriHub Nutri™ Vegan Thai Cuisine Class

A group of 7 of us attended Teacher Vinitha’s Nutri™ Vegan Thai Cuisine Class on Sat 24 Nov 2012. We were introduced a total of 4 dishes – Vegetarian Curry, Vegan Pad Thai, Tofu Green Curry and Basil Olive Brown Rice.


I have had the chance to taste NutriHub’s vegetarian curry once before at their previous cafe at Chinatown and was so satiated by it that I wrote a post on it.

This time round, Vinitha used cashew nut milk instead of soy milk to make the curry. Traditionally coconut milk is used to make curries, but coconut milk has high saturated fat content, so soy milk and nut milk are much healthier alternatives.

The vegetarian curry turns out as good as the last time I tasted it. Home-made goodness!


Our next dish is vegan Pad Thai using organic rice noodles. Look how beautiful the noodles turned out to be! The taste and smell of lemon grass and kaffir lime leaves are sublime.

Some sprouted beans are served on top as garnish. These beans were sprouted by Vinitha and they tasted really crunchy! Vinitha said we should cut and eat the sprouts while they are young and not wait till the leaves appear. I have mentioned briefly in my previous blog on why sprouting nuts and seeds and even grains is good for us. I will explore in another blog in more detail about sprouting.




Next, we learn to make Tofu Green Curry and Basil Olive Brown Rice.



Vinitha likes to use organic sunflower oil and organic grape seed oil in her cooking as these oils are lighter. I also learned that it is best to soak rice ( be it brown rice or conventional rice) before we  cook them, to remove the acids and possible arsenic elements. Also, to make our rice even mroe delicious, we can put some rock salt or sea salt, as well as some oil into our rice before we cook them.

Lastly, all of us get to pack some of the yummy food back to enjoy with our families.


I will be back for the next couple of lessons (8th & 15th Dec), which are on vegan baking. I also got to know that there will be additional NutriRaw™ Vegan Raw Asian Cuisine (Vegan Rojak!) class on the 22nd Dec. Please refer to NutriHub’s blog for more details. Remember, BGO Ecoshop’s friends get to enjoy 10% discount when you sign up!

Thank you for coming to EarthFest 2015!

Bright sunny day at the Marina Barrage on 26 Sept 2015

Me at our stall with our friendly neighbour, Herbert from The Hunters’ Kitchenette

The sky was pretty clear last Saturday, 26 Sept (bye bye, haze!) at the Marina Barrage and we connected with so many like-minded souls who came to support Singapore’s inaugural EarthFest. We would like to thank many of you who dropped by our booth to talk to us and sampled our products. We have been to quite a few fairs and bazaars and I must say, this is probably the most organised one we have attended (kudos to Michael Broadhead and his team of volunteers!). It took months (almost a year, I heard) of preparation and coordination and we really hope the takeaway was good for everyone who came. We need events like these to remind us and people around us the pressing need to pay attention to environment protection.

Right, back to our sales that day. One of the the most popular items were without a doubt the Rawmio chocolate barks and Rawmio spreads. All samplers went “hhhmm…!!” after tasting our Rawmio Sour Cherry & Almonds Chocolate BarksRawmio Chocolate Coconut butter and Rawmio Almond Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. These are almost sold out so if you would like to grab these healthy snacks, shop online now!

Our new Japanese are also very well-received. The Seaweed Snacks Teriyaki were sold out that day (still have just a few boxes left on our online store). Tasters like the fact that these seaweed snacks do not taste too salty. The Genmai brown rice crackers were well-liked too. Children couldn’t help taking more than a few samples! 🙂 What better way to make children take healthy snacks?

Sweng‘s drawing on the Buddha Board

We were really delighted that there were quite many visitors who were intrigued by the Buddha Board. People like the quality of the product and the smoothness the brush felt across the board. This is the corner where children lingers the most, unleashing their creative minds!

We didn’t have much time to explore other part of the event (I was at the stall 100% of the time), so it was great that people came forward to make connections with us. One was Way Ling at Muddy Hands. Check out their FB to know more about their Eat Real community and watch the fun video showing juicing on a bike at the EarthFest.

Also, Marc Dass from intheLoop – an online magazine on yoga, healthy and mindful living, Adrian from Paper Carpenter who makes amazing stuff from cardboards and Shalu from Little Green Kitchen.

We look forward to the next time when we participate in a green event like the EarthFest and we certainly look forward to make new friends and connections!