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Tropical Smoothie

Categories: Large Intestine Damp Heat, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Stomach Fire, Summerheat

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Tropical Smoothie

Servings: 1 large or 2 small

Prelude: Enjoy the tastes of the tropics with a thick, rich and healthy smoothie. It’s packed with fruits

so make sure to pick seasonal varieties – they’re higher in vital nutrients and they taste so much better.

However, if it’s the dead of winter, frozen fruits will get the job done too.

Ingredients:

½ cup pineapple (chilled or frozen) – clears heat and promotes fluids

½ cup mango (chilled or frozen) –

½ cup watermelon (chilled or frozen) – relieves irritability and dry mouth

1 cup low-fat cottage cheese

1 cup low-fat milk

Instructions: Combine all ingredients in a countertop blender. Blend on high until mixture is a smooth consistency.

Contraindications:  Spleen Qi or Yang Vacuity leading to Damp

Watermelon Mint Granite

Categories: Summerheat, Urinary Bladder Damp Heat

Watermelon Mint Granite

10 cups of chopped watermelon (Cold, Sweet – clears heat)
Juice from ½ lemon (Sour, Tonifies Lungs, moderates LV – Helps stop excessive sweating)
4 leaves of mint (Cool, acrid – Vents the exterior)
1T agave syrup (protects spleen)

Put watermelon and mint in a blender and puree. Add lemon juice and agave syrup to taste and blend thoroughly. Pour in glass baking dish and freeze. Stir occasionally as ice starts to form.
Serves 8

Green Tea and Lychee Smoothie

Categories: Liver Blood Vacuity, Liver Qi Stagnation, Shen Calming, Summerheat

Green Tea and Lychee Smoothie

by Kylie Roach

2 C. filtered water
3 green tea bags
½ can of Lychees in syrup (about 8 lychees and their juice)

Make the tea: Boil 2 cups of water and add the 3 tea bags. Steep for 5 minutes.
Let tea cool slightly then pour into an ice cube tray (fills about 1 tray).
Freeze the green tea cubes.
Soak the bottom of the ice cube tray in warm water for a few seconds when ready to make the smoothie.
In a blender add the green tea ice cubes and about 8 lychees and syrup (just under half a can, as many as you’d like).
Blend on high power until smooth and serve.
Makes about 4 cups/32 ounces.

TCM Analysis:

Green tea: Cool, bitter and sweet, diuretic, resolves phlegm, promotes digestion, refreshes the mind.
Lychees: Warm, sweet and astringent, nourishes blood, soothes the LV, calms shen, regulates Qi.

This is a cool and refreshing beverage for summertime thirst. The tea cools and the lychee soothes. This recipe is good for someone who needs a relaxing snack.

Papaya and Blueberry Salad With Ginger-Lime Dressing

Categories: Liver Qi Stagnation, Stomach Fire, Stomach Yin Vacuity, Summerheat

Papaya and Blueberry Salad With Ginger-Lime Dressing
Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times
By MARTHA ROSE SHULMAN
Published: January 27, 2010

Though blueberries aren’t a tropical fruit, they go well with bright yellow or orange fruits from warm places. Papaya is high in potassium and contains enzymes that help break down proteins.

3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice

1 tablespoon mild honey

2 tablespoons finely chopped crystallized ginger

2 ripe papayas, peeled, seeded, and diced

1 cup blueberries

1 tablespoon slivered fresh mint leaves, plus mint sprigs for garnish

1. Mix together the lime juice, honey and ginger in a large bowl. Add the fruit and slivered mint leaves, and toss together. Serve, garnishing each bowl with a sprig of fresh mint.

Yield: Serves four to six.

Advance preparation: You can make this a few hours before serving, without the addition of the mint. Refrigerate, and just before serving toss with the slivered mint.

Watermelon Soup

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

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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.

Light-n-Lively Starfruit Juice

Categories: Beverages, Damp in Lower Jiao, Gluten-free, Heat, Raw, Stomach Fire, Summerheat, Urinary Bladder Damp Heat, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Light-n-Lively Starfruit Juice

for after a tough day in the garden, or as an anecdote to too much Mexican and Margaritas.

To make a pitcher :
5 large stalks of Celery (cleaned, but don’t need to be trimmed)
4 Starfruit (Carambola)
3 cups of Grapes (cleaned with skins and seeds)
1 Lime (If possible, use mature, dark green limes that are kept at room temperature and rolled around on a hard surface before juicing. This will give you the most amount of juice and the best quality.)
And a few Sprigs of Mint.
Serve with halved grapes or sliced starfruit in a chilled glass. Enjoy!

by Mariah Van Horn

TCM ANALYSIS
Recipe for Damp Heat in the UB
When a patient is suffering from damp heat in the lower burner, there are not many dessert recipes they should probably be eating- since sweet and nourishing foods will not encourage the pattern to resolve. Therefore, I have written a recipe for a drink that will be very refreshing and will aid in removing the damp heat from the body.
This recipe would be cool and detoxifying. Some of the ingredients drain damp, treat Lin disorder and promote urination- while also promoting fluids. This would be great for Damp Heat in the Lower Burner, Summer Heat, and many other patterns dealing with Heat and Damp conditions. It could also be used to detoxify the body and purify the liver.

For Damp Heat drink 1 cup twice daily.
Drink 3 cups and eat minimally if the goal is to detoxify the body.

Barley tea

Categories: Beverages, Japanese, Spleen Damp Heat, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Summerheat, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Mugicha (Barley Tea)

Made of whole grains of roasted barley, mugicha is drunk cold in the summer and after strenuous workouts.

Add ½ – 1 cup mugicha to 8 ¾ cups of boiling water. Bring back to a boil and then simmer for 5-10 minutes. Strain discarding the barley, transfer the mugicha to a pitcher and chill. Mugicha is also available in teabags.

TCM ANALYSIS

Barley and Barley Tea: sweet sl. salty cool SP ST UB
Actions: strengthens SP and ST; supplements qi; leaches damp and promotes urination.
Indications: bloating, gas, poor appetite, loose stool, edema, painful urination, fever with thirst, Summerheat, SP deficiency with Damp Heat.

Pork Jiao Zi Dumplings

Categories: Appetizers, Asian, Dryness Invading the Lungs, Large Intestine Dryness, Pork, Summerheat

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Chinese Dumplings

1 large or 2 small zucchini, diced
8 oz. mushrooms, diced
1 green onion, cut fine, include the tops (leeks)
1-2 tsp grated ginger
toasted sesame oil
½ pound ground pork
Salt & pepper to taste
Wonton wrappers
Dipping Sauce
Tamari
White Rice Vinegar
Toasted Sesame Oil
Minced Garlic (to taste)
In a pan, brown ground pork in small amount of sesame oil and a little salt and
pepper. Add zucchini, mushrooms and ginger. Cook until veggies have
expressed water but are not mushy. Remove excess water. Add green onion and
leeks. Cook mixture a bit longer to soften onion slightly. Remove any more
water from pan.
Spoon a small amount (approx. 1 Tbsp) of mixture onto center of wonton
wrapper. Fold wonton wrap, brush with water and press to seal. Set aside on
waxed paper or a plate or tray (anything but paper). Be very careful during this
process to keep wontons as dry as possible.
When wontons are ready, transfer to cook in boiling water. Wontons are
finished cooking when they float. Remove and place into dish. Dip in sauce or
spoon sauce over dumplings. Top with sesame seed or gomasio.

By Jen Drews
TCM Analysis
Salt — cooling, descending, KD; simultaneously softens and tightens
Pepper– warming, LU, stimulates warming flow in body, diaphoretic, protects
from EPI, counters food poisoning and indigestion
Zucchini — cool, LU, overcomes summerheat, diuretic (especially with skin on)
CAUTION  can diminish MJ energy needed for digestion
Mushroom — cooling, sweet, aids in elimination of mucus from LU, antibiotic
properties, increases WBC and therefore immunity, promotes appetite
Green Onion– decreases blood pressure and cholesterol
Leeks — acrid, sour/astringent, LV; counteracts bleeding and diarrhea
(sweating?)
Ginger — Acrid, Warm; LU, SP, ST, releases exterior, warms the MJ, disperses LU
cold, adjusts ying and wei, reduces toxicity from other herbs
Pork — neutral, sweet, salty; KD, SP, ST, moistens dryness, nourishes yin
White Wine Vinegar — sour, bitter; LV, warming, coursing, astringent
Garlic — Acrid, warm, LI, LU, SP, ST; acrid/pungent, promotes circulation and
sweating, moves static blood and food, protects against EPI, eliminates worms,
bad bacteria, yeasts. Used for anything and everything.

Overall Analysis
This recipe includes a variety of flavors and is therefore quite versatile. The
most outstanding aspect of this recipe is that is very oriented to the LU and
exterior. The antibiotic and protective aspects of the dish make it ideal for
change of season illnesses. It can easily be altered to target more specific
diseases, like deeper yin vacuity, summerheat, or yang vacuity.

Avocado and Mushroom Salad

Categories: Heat, Large Intestine Dryness, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Raw, Salad, Summerheat, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Avocado and Mushroom Salad
Ingredients
2 small firm, ripe avocados
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
1/3 pound mushrooms, thinly sliced
Salt to taste
Preparation

  • Peel the avocados, and cut them in half. Remove and discard the pit. Cut the avocados into 1 1/2-inch lengths.
  • Thoroughly blend the oil, lemon juice, vinegar, mustard, garlic and parsley with a wire whisk in a salad bowl. Add the mushrooms, avocado and salt to taste. Toss well and serve.

4 servings
NOTE
Approximate nutritional analysis per serving: 265 calories, 25 grams fat, 0 milligrams cholesterol, 200 milligrams sodium (before salting), 3 grams protein, 10 grams carbohydrate.
Originally published with 60-Minute Gourmet
By Pierre Franey, June 2, 1993

TCM ANALYSIS

avocados– sweet, lubricate intestines, nourish blood and yin
olive oil– neutral, sweet, sour, moistens intestines
lemon juice– astringing, sour, harmonizes ST
red-wine vinegar –sour, arid, sweet, warm, moves blood
Dijon mustard– hot, sour, astringing, regulate qi and blood
garlic– acrid, regulates qi, warms SP/ST
parsley– acrid, cool, expel wind heat
mushrooms– cool, sweet, clears summerheat
Salt–salty, softens masses

Watermelon Salsa

Categories: Raw, Side Dishes, Summerheat, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Watermelon Salsa

Ingredients

* 3 cups finely diced seedless watermelon, (about 2 1/4 pounds with the rind) (see Tip)
* 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced (see Ingredient note)
* 1/3 cup chopped cilantro, (about 1/2 bunch)
* 1/4 cup lime juice
* 1/4 cup minced red onion, (about 1/2 small)
* 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste

Preparation

1. Place watermelon, jalapenos, cilantro, lime juice and onion in a medium bowl; stir well to combine. Season with salt. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Analysis – This recipe is great to clear and prevent Summerheat and Dampness.

From http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/watermelon_salsa.html