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Mustard Greens


Peppery Mustard Greens simply sautéed with onions, garlic, and olive oil and a dash of sesame oil to finish.

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced onions
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound mustard greens, washed and torn into large pieces
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons chicken broth or vegetable broth (vegetarian option)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dark sesame oil

Instructions:

  • 1 Sauté onions, garlic: In a large sauté pan, sauté onions in olive oil over medium heat until the onions begin to brown and caramelize, about 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Add the minced garlic and cook a minute more, until fragrant.
  • 2 Add the mustard greens and broth and cook until the mustard greens are just barely wilted.
  • 3 Toss with sesame oil. Season with salt and pepper.

According to theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Mustard Greens: Promotes the Smooth Flow of Qi and Blood, Disperses cold, Resolves water accumulations, Resolves Phlegm, Promotes urination, Lubricates intestines, Nourishes Lungs, Promotes appetite. Garlic: Tonify Yang, Promotes the Smooth Flow of Qi, Resolves Damp, Eliminates toxins, Calm Wind, Moisten the Lungs, Strengthen the Stomach, Warm the Middle Jiao. Eliminate Wind-Cold. Onion: Promotes the smooth flow of Qi, Regulates Blood, Resolve Phlegm and Dampness, Expel cold, Relax the intestines, Harmonize the stomach, Strengthen the spleen, Promote digestion. Chicken Broth: Nourishes, Qi, Blood and Yin, Strengthens the body,



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Berry Peanut Butter Smoothie


Smoothies get a lot of bad press within the Chinese medicine community however I believe that this is a misunderstanding of the theory of traditional Chinese medicine nutritional therapy, which warns against cold foods. Chinese medicine emphasises balance and advises on cold foods for certain conditions.

Few things can beat the sweltering summer heat better than a cold smoothie, even if you’re watching your sugar intake. Not all smoothies are created equal: The average restaurant fruit smoothie carries anywhere between 10-20 teaspoons of sugar!

The best way to enjoy this sweet treat is to prepare your own, and to sip it in moderation – one cup at a time. This recipe is an excellent genuine low sugar treat.

Ingredients

  • 170 grams fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-fat milk
  • 2 tablespoons smooth natural peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 cup ice cubes

Directions

  • Add all ingredients to a blender, and blend until smooth.

Then, share it with a buddy and enjoy!

Nutrition Information (per serving)
Serves: 2 | Serving Size: 1 cup
Calories: 152; Total fat: 9g; Monounsaturated fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 1mg; Sodium: 48mg; Total Carbohydrate: 17g; Dietary fiber: 6g; Sugar: 8g; Protein: 5g

Traditional Chinese Medicine theory
Raspberries: Nourish Yin, strengthen and stabilise the Kidneys to preserve vital energy, and treat cases of liver and kidney deficiency, conserves Jing. Peanuts: Strengthen Qi and Blood, Moistens the Lungs, regulate water, resolve phlegm. Honey: Cultivate Qi, Nourish Yin, Promote the Smooth Flow of Qi and Blood, Eliminates toxins. Milk: Tonify deficiency, Nourish the Lung and Stomach, promote the secretion of body fluid, moisten the intestines, Nourish Blood, Eliminate toxicity.



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Maple Staple Amaranth Porridge


Amaranth was already being cultivated by the Aztecs 8,000 years ago.  It is the only grain with a documented vitamin C content and is gluten-free. It offers unusually high levels of protein (higher than most other grains). Amaranth contains a whopping 20 grams of fiber per serving, higher than wheat, com, rice or soybeans.

The amaranth flower has been used as a symbol of immortality since the time of Ancient Greece with its name meaning “one that does not wither,” or the never-fading flower. Such use is seen in works of poetry, fables, and songs.

It is a gluten-free grain with a great nutty flavour and a smooth creamy texture when cooked. This is one of my favourite comfort-food breakfasts!

In Mexico, a sweet is made from popped amaranth that is mixed with sugar or honey called “dulce de alegria” or “sweet delight.”  They are shaped into small skulls and given on the “Day of the Dead” celebration on October 31 and November 1 of each year.

Maple Staple Amaranth Porridge

Servings: 3

Ingredients

  • 750 ml water
  • 185 grams amaranth
  • 200 ml unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil

Suggested Toppings

  • Figs, blueberries, sliced almonds, pumpkin seeds, cranberries.

Instructions

  • In a medium pot, bring the water to a boil and add the amaranth
  • Cook over low heat, with the lid on, for 20 minutes or until most of the water has been absorbed
  • While the amaranth is cooking, make sure to stir occasionally
  • Once done, remove from the stove, and add the almond milk, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, and coconut oil to the pot
  • Stir in well, and then serve into bowls
  • Top with any of the suggested toppings or your favorite fruits, nuts, and/or seeds!
  • If you’re eating alone, store the leftovers in the fridge for up to a week. When it’s time to reheat, add some additional almond milk and mix it in so the porridge isn’t so thick. Enjoy!

Amaranth: Strengthen Qi, Resolve dampness, resolve water accumulations, Benefits the Lungs, Clears Liver Fire. Maple Syrup: Warms the Lungs and assists expectoration of Cold Phlegm. Stops chronic bleeding caused by Cold. Strengthens the Middle Jiao, Moistens the Intestines, Tonify Qi. Cinnamon: Warms the Spleen and Kidneys, Tonifies the Yang, Expels Cold, Warms the meridians, Promotes circulation of Qi. Figs: build Spleen Qi and Yang and benefit the Stomach. Blueberries: nourish Yin and Blood, and benefit the Liver. Almonds: Strengthens Jing, Qi, Shen, Smooth flow of Qi, resolves phlegm. Pumpkin Seeds: Tonify Qi, Circulates Blood, Disperses Cold, Clears damp, Resolves phlegm. Cranberries: benefit the Bladder and Kidney, remove toxins from the Blood, clear Heat, open the Lungs, promote digestion and regulate appetite. Resolves Damp.



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Chamomile Herbal Tea


The calming and relaxing Chamomile flower has been used as a traditional medicine for thousands of years to calm anxiety and settle stomachs. It is one of the best known as an ingredient in herbal tea.

Chamomile is a gentle but highly effective herb famous as a cure-all but best known for soothing digestion, promoting sleep and helping to soothe skin rashes and bruises. This herb is often used in exquisite formulas to help protect the body, mind and spirit from negative energies and forces. The flowers can be both warming and cooling.

Chamomile is considered a safe plant and has been used in many cultures for stomach ailments and as a mild sedative. Some studies, primarily using combinations of chamomile with other plants, show it may have health benefits. However, as with any combination product, it is hard to say that a benefit comes from any one plant.

Benefits of Chamomile Herbals Tea

  • Reducing menstrual pain
  • Treating diabetes and lowering blood sugar
  • Slowing or preventing osteoporosis
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Cancer treatment and prevention
  • Helping with sleep and relaxation
  • Treating cold symptoms
  • Treatment for mild skin conditions

Be Careful

  • People with a history of severe allergies, particularly to pollens
  • People who have previously had an allergic reaction, even mild
  • Infants and very young children

TCM actions:

Chamomile: Calms the Mind, Smooth flow of Qi, Clears Heat, Stops Cough



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Rose Flower Bud Tea


“The sounds of the tea being made invite the peach blossoms to peep in through the window”. ~ Uson, quoted in Sasaki Sanmi, Sadô Saijiki

Rosebud tea, the name itself conjures up thoughts of beauty and serenity. This infusion of Rosebud and rose petal tea has been prescribed as part of Chinese medicine for more than 5,000 years. Many benefits are recorded, including easing depression, soothes the nerves, benefits circulation and reduces indigestion. These claims have not been substantiated by main research.
Rosebud tea is considered a miracle herbal particularly for women. Often called, “the lady’s tea”, rosebud tea has remarkable health benefits for women. Roses provide an excellent natural treatment for PMS and menstrual cramps. It reduces breast tenderness and even balances endocrine disorders. It stabilises emotional ups and downs and balancing the mind.

Antioxidants

Rosebuds, rose hips from the stem of the plant and rose petals have high levels of vitamin C in raw form, according to a report filed with the Food and Drug Administration. When you acquire yours be sure to check the vitamin C levels as it can be reduced through some processes. Vitamin C boosts the immune system, promotes healthy skin and bones and helps the body absorb iron.
Rosebud tea is high in other antioxidants called catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate, known as EGCG. Antioxidants are molecules that help protect our body from free-radical damage, which can cause cancer. EGCG has also be shown to kill cancer cells without harming healthy cells surrounding them.

Caffeine

Rosebud tea contains natural caffeine. In the ChoiTime.com, we see that there is less caffeine in rose tea compared to coffee. One 8 oz. serving of rose tea contains anywhere from 30 to 60mg of caffeine, while a traditional cup of coffee contains more than 100mg of caffeine. According to Medline Plus, caffeine gives a boost of energy while stimulating the central nervous system. It also boosts the body’s metabolism.

Beauty

Rosebud tea allows a more radiant complexion. A cup of rosebud tea a day can help reduce aging and keep you beautiful for years. Roses have beautifying benefits for the skin, they help remove dark spots and increase pore stability, which means less clogging and PH level issues. An overly acidic epidermal PH causes breakouts, rosebud tea improves oily skin conditions for better looking skin.

Putting some rosebuds into your home steam regime leaves your skin kissable soft, toned and glowing while relieving any signs of skin stress. Just drop a hand full of dry rose buds into a bowl of hot water. Cover face over bowl with a towel for 10 minutes. After you’ve steamed, dip a cotton ball into the bowl and use the toner liquid to removing impurities.

The Perfect Cuppa

Use 2 Tablespoons of organic dried rosebuds.
Add boiling water and seep for 20 minutes – the longer the steep, the more beneficial the effects of the tea. Flavour with organic raw honey and enjoy.
Rosebud tea has a very sweet, floral and tranquil aroma and fragrance that still fills the room even hours after brewing. This calming tea is an wonderful refresher to elevate your day!

Other benefits include:

  • Boosting the immune system
  • Protecting the body from free-radical damage
  • Defending against stomach & liver distress
  • Improving blood circulation
  • Relieving pain in the knees
  • Aiding in the healing of wounds
  • Provide Vitamins A,B,C,E,K
  • Prevent & Lighten the Wrinkles
  • Relieve Menstrual Pain
  • Protect Stomach & Liver
  • Improve Blood Circulation
  • Ease Constipation
  • Treat Endocrine Disorders
  • Acne & Moisturize Skin
  • Reduce Body Fats
  • Reduce Fatigue
  • Soothe Nerves
  • Relieve Clogged Skin Pores
  • Relieve Pain in Knees & Waist
  • Maintain Health in the Uterus
  • Aid in Healing Wounds
  • Relieve Indigestion

“What inspires me is the simple truth that tea, like love, has no boundaries. It is available everywhere and within the reach of everyone. It is simple and pure. All you need is hot water and the patience to linger a few moments while the tea leaves dance.” – Nini Ordoubadi

Chinese Herbal Actions:

  • Promotes the movement of Qi and relieves constraint – liver-stomach disharmony with pain and distention in the flanks and epigastrium, belching, poor appetite.
  • Promotes the movement of Qi, harmonizes the Blood, disperses stasis – irregular menses, breast tenderness (PMS), menstrual pain; stasis from trauma.
  • Treats stifling sensation in chest, belching, poor appetite and pain and distension in the flanks and epigastrium.
  • Harmonizes Blood and Disperses Stagnation
  • Treats irregular menses, menstrual pain due to blood stasis, and premenstrual breast tenderness,


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