Amaranth-Almond Cereal

Categories: Lung Phlegm Heat

Amaranth-Almond Cereal

Ingredients:

  • 1 C amaranth
  • 1 ½ C water
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • handful almonds, chopped
  • 1-2 Tbsp agave nectar

Instructions:

  1. Combine water and amaranth. Bring to a boil, then turn heat down and let simmer 20-25 minutes until the water is absorbed. Be careful to avoid burning at the end of cooking.
  2. In a bowl, combine amaranth, almond milk, chopped almonds, and agave nectar.

Makes 2 servings.

TCM breakdown:

amaranth: bitter, sweet, cool; ST, ST, LU; dries damp, clears heat, benefits LU, tonifies qi
almonds: sweet, neutral; LU, LI, SP; ventilates LU, relieves cough & asthma, transforms phlegm
agave nectar: sweet, neutral; nourishes middle jiao

Overall, this recipe is cooling to clear heat. The main ingredients (amaranth and almonds) both go to the LU and dispel pathological fluids (amaranth dries damp and almonds transform phlegm). For these reasons, I would recommend this recipe to patients with hot phlegm in the LU.