Benefits of Eating Congee Postpartum

Benefits of Eating Congee Postpartum

Congee is a type of rice porridge that has been a popular dish in Asian cultures for centuries.

It’s made by boiling white rice in liquid (usually chicken or vegetable stock) until it resembles a thick soup or stew. The result is a comforting and hearty meal that can be enjoyed as-is, or topped with cooked shredded meat, chopped green onions, diced carrots, and/or sliced mushrooms for extra flavor.

Congee is easy to make and healthy to eat – perfect for postpartum mothers looking for something comforting and nutritious.

Eating congee offers many beneficial health benefits for postpartum mothers.

It’s high in nutrients such as carbohydrates and proteins, which are important for lactation and providing energy during the healing period after childbirth.

Congee is also easy to digest, making it a great food choice for new moms who may be suffering from abdominal or stomach weakness.

Additionally, congee is comforting, warm and delicious – perfect for postpartum mamas who need a nourishing, hearty meal.

Here’s how to make the perfect basic congee:


  • 1 cup of uncooked white rice
  • 4 cups of chicken or vegetable stock
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Any optional toppings you like (e.g., shredded cooked chicken, chopped green onions, diced carrots, or sliced mushrooms)


Rinse the uncooked white rice in a fine mesh strainer until the water runs clear. This will help to get rid of any extra starch from the rice so that it cooks evenly.

In a medium saucepan, bring the stock to a boil over medium heat. Once boiling, add in the rinsed rice and season with salt and pepper to taste. Reduce the heat to low and let simmer for 15 minutes covered, stirring occasionally. The rice should be completely cooked when ready — if not, cook an extra 5 minutes until done.

Serve warm topped with any optional toppings you’d like! Enjoy!

There are a few easy ways to make congee tastier.

You can add different ingredients like sauteed vegetables, tofu, or even cured meats to give your congee a flavor boost. For an extra kick of flavor, try adding herbs and spices such as cilantro, ginger, garlic, scallions and soy sauce. Alternatively, you can also add other condiments like chili oil or sesame oil for more depth of flavor. Adding fruits such as raisins or dates can make the congee sweeter and provide a unique twist on the traditional dish.

Experiment with these ideas and find which combination of ingredients works best for you!

If you are not the cooking type, we have resources that can make life easier. There is a great local place that can dropship soups to eat for easy, nutritional meals. Consider eating Congee in the mornings to start healing your gut. This company makes ready-made packets that you put in a slow cooker. Once you get the hang of it, you can branch out on your own.

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Anna Rudel
San Jose Acupuncturist
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