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Watermelon Soup

Categories: Dryness, Fluid Vacuity, Gluten-free, Soup, Summerheat, Vegetarian

watermelon

Watermelon Soup Recipe

Ingredients
4 cups seeded watermelon cubes
1/3 cup pomegranate juice
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon chopped fresh mint
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon honey (optional)
1/3 cup plain nonfat yogurt
Preparation
Process first 5 ingredients and honey, if desired, in a blender or food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides. Cover and chill 1 hour. Serve in individual bowls with a dollop of yogurt.

Serving Size:
1 Cup/4 servings per recipe

by Nanci Bankier

Watermelon soup could be used to quench thirst and relive summerheat and irritability. Watermelon is considered, in TCM, to be sweet and cold and it goes to the UB, HRT, and ST channels. The functions of the watermelon in the soup promotes: urination, can help relieve constipation, sore throat, dry mouth, and even toothache. The pomegranate also has some actions that benefit the KD, as well as the LU and LV. In TCM, pomegranate is considered to be sweet, astringent, and cold. The pomegranate juice in the soup can help promote fluids, quench thirst and astringe intestines which would help issues of leucorrhea, bleeding, and diarrhea. The mint in the recipe and help clear heat from the body, and help relieve a sore throat.

The Magic of Yerba Mate

Categories: Articles

Walk anywhere in Argentina and you can’t help but notice stylish men and women toting, not Starbucks lattes or portable coffee mugs, but instead, fist-size gourds, piled high with loose tea, topped with hot water and served, filtered, with a metal straw. Yerba mate – it’s thick and sludge-like, bitter-tasting and quite frankly, in my first-timer opinion, not-so-delicious. Yet, it’s one of the most healthful, natural beverages on earth.

Very similar to coffee and tea, Yerba Mate has been used as a beverage since the time of the ancient Indians of Brazil and Paraguay and is considered a national drink in several South American countries. Consumed in moderation, it is widely considered a healthy alternative to caffeine and is considered safe by the FDA. However, unlike sugary energy drinks, tea or coffee, it offers you long-lasting energy, focus and alertness without the dreaded side-effects of caffeine.

Some benefits of Yerba Mate:

Helps Prevent Cancer
Mate contains polyphenols, powerful antioxidants that are considered to have anti-cancer effects in humans by strengthening our immune systems while preventing the damage done by free-radicals. In lab tests, the herb and its components protect our DNA from damage by reducing oxidative stress on heart and liver cells and have been shown to kill human liver cancer cells.

Boosts Energy
Great for those who love the energy-boosting effects of caffeine but don’t love the flip side – shakes, mood swings and eventual crash. Mate helps to eliminate fatigue, while stimulating mental and physical activity with little or no side-effects compared to caffeine.

Stimulates Digestion
That bitter taste does serve a greater a purpose. Users who drink mate after meals report less digestive problems.

Packed with Vitamins
The herb contains vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, Niacin, B5 and complex minerals like Selenium, Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, Phosphorus, Potassium, Magnesium, and Iron. Mate also contains Carotene, Fatty Acids, Flavonols, Polyphenols (like those found in red wine), Trace Minerals, 80% more antioxidants than green tea, and 15 Amino Acids.

Fights Disease
Yerba Mate also contains phytochemicals that have been found to stimulate the immune system and protect the body against disease. Yerba Mate health benefits have been documented by research such as being anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, increases fat burning, aids in weight loss, and can help the brain with mental clarity.

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/the-magic-of-yerba-mate.html

Sunflower Seed Beet Pizza recipe

Categories: Constipation, Gluten-free, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Vegan, Vegetarian

beet pizza

Sunflower Seed Beet Pizza

Crust

2 cups ground sunflower seeds
1 cup grated beet
1/4 cup coconut oil, hemp oil, or EFA Oil Blend (p. xxx)
1/2 tsp parsley
Sea salt to taste
Topping

1 tomato, sliced
1/2 Spanish onion, diced
1 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
1/2 cup grated carrot
1/2 cup chopped green onions
Procedure: Preheat oven to 300°F.

In a food processor, process all crust ingredients until mixture starts to ball up. Lightly oil the baking tray with coconut oil. Spread mixture on tray to about 1/4 inch thick (it can be thicker or thinner if you prefer).

Spread Sweet Pepper Hemp Pesto (recipe follows) on crust; add topping. Bake for 45 minutes. (This will vary slightly depending on the moisture content of the vegetables and the desired crispness of the pizza.)

Sweet Pepper Hemp Pesto

2 cloves garlic
2 red bell peppers
1/2 cup fresh basil
3 tbsp Nutritional Yeast and Sesame Seed Topping (p. xxx)
2 tbsp hemp seeds
2 tbsp hemp oil
Sea salt to taste
In a food processor, process all ingredients together until smooth. Keep refrigerated for up to 1 week. Variation: Roast the peppers for 30 minutes in a 300°F oven, lightly coated in coconut oil, before blending. This will intensify the flavor. Makes about 2 cups.