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Smooth Move Smoothie

Categories: Large Intestine Damp Heat, Large Intestine Qi Stagnation

Smooth Move Smoothie
L.I. shi heat leading to constipation
By Katie Fritz

1 apple, cored/sliced
1 pear, cored/sliced
1 plum, pitted/sliced
2 bananas
1/2 avocado
1/2 c. silken tofu
1-2 c. green tea (depending upon your preference of consistency)
1-2 tbsp. Maple syrup (to taste)
Cinnamon, to taste

Place the apple, pear, plum, bananas, avocado & tofu in your blender. Boil 8-16 oz. of water and add to 1-2 heaping tsp. of green tea leaves, steep for about 5 minutes. Once steeped to your liking, add green tea (w/o leaves) to your blender. Blend all ingredients until smooth. Give it a taste test & add maple syrup & cinnamon to your liking!

Serving size: 2-3 people

TCM analysis:
Apple: reduces dryness, alleviates thirst, tonifies qi
Pear: cools ST heat; generates body fluids, quenches thirst, clears heat, descends qi (& stops cough)
Plum: aids digestion, regulates body fluids, removes stagnation of qi
Banana: moistens the L.I.; clears heat, lubricates intestines
Avocado: nourishes yin & xue, moistens LU, skin & intestines
Tofu: expels heat & moistens/lubricates dryness, strengthens SP/ST
Green tea: cools heat, relieves thirst, promotes digestion
Maple syrup: sweet, tonifies SP/ST
Cinnamon (gui zhi): strengthens ST, warms coldness

The overall focus of this recipe is to cool L.I. heat, generate fluids & stimulate digestion. The cinnamon will counteract the mostly cold nature of this recipe, while stimulating the digestive organs. The fruits, tofu & tea cool heat & moisten the bowels.

Fruit Smoothie

Categories: Heart and Small Intestine Fire, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity

Fruit Smoothie

1 Banana (clears heat, cools blood)
1 cup raspberries (Nourishes LV blood)
1/2 cup Grape Juice (tonifies Qi and Blood)
1/4 cup pureed aduki bean (Relieves toxins)
5 large ice cubes

Puree all ingredients in blender and drink

Serves 2

Steamed Corn Bread

Categories: Liver Yang Rising

STEAMED CORN BREAD

Main Action: Liver Yang Rising

Serves 6 people

INGREDIENTS:
1 C grated apple — Cool, sweet and slightly sour. Strengthens HT, tonifies qi, quenches thirst, resolves mucus and lubricates LU
2 C pineapple-coconut juice — Pineapple = warm, sweet and sour. Aids digestion, stops diarrhea, dispels summer heat. Coconut = warm and sweet. Strengthens the body, reduces swelling, stops bleeding, kills worms and activates heart function
1 medium banana —Cold and sweet. Clears heat, lubricates lungs, lubricates intestines, lowers blood pressure, helps alleviate alcohol intoxication.
1/3 C whole-wheat flour — Slightly cool and sweet, clears heat, quenches thirst, relieves restlessness, promotes diuresis, calms spirit and stops sweating.
1 C cornmeal — neutral and sweet. Tonifies qi, strengthens the ST and SP, benefits the HT, is a diuretic and stimulates the flow of bile.
½ C. oatmeal — warm and sweet, strengthens spleen, tonifies and regulates qi, harmonizes ST
1/8 C goji berries — sweet, sour, neutral, nourishes blood and yin, strengthens the LU, benefits LV and KD, improves vision.

Preparation and cooking:
Blend the liquid with the banana. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Pour into a pie plate and steam 30 minutes over medium flame. The bread is done when the toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.