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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

Fruit Salad with Fresh Mint

Categories: Dryness Invading the Lungs, Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Heat, Lung Phlegm Heat, Phlegm Dry, Raw, Salad, Vegan, Vegetarian, Wind Heat Invading Lungs

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Fruit Salad with Fresh Mint
yield: Serves 6

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups strawberries, cleaned and quartered
3/4 cup fresh pineapple chunks
1 cup apples, cored and cut into chunks
1 cup pears, cored and cut into chunks
1/4 chopped finely cup mint

Preparation
In a mixing bowl, combine the cut fruit and toss. Add the fresh mint and stir gently. Serve in parfait dishes or small bowls.

TCM ANALYSIS
Strawberries — Sweet, sour, cold; Lu, St, UB; Moistens Lung, promotes fluids, promotes urination, clears heat.
Pineapple — Sweet, sour, neutral; St, Lu; Clears heat, promotes fluids, aids digestion, drains damp.
Apple — Sweet, sour, cool; Sp, St, Ht, Lu; Supplements Lu, Sp, St, moistens Lung and LI, clears heat and promotes body fluids.
Pears — Sweet, cold; Lu, Li, St; Nourishes fluids, decreases thirst, moistens Lu, dissolves phlegm (w/ Bei Mu), Clears heat, resolves toxin.
Mint — Acrid, aromatic, cooling; Lu, Lv; Disperses wind heat, clears and benefits the head, eyes, and throat, vents rashes, allows constrained Lv qi to flow freely, expels turbid filth.

The recipe is cool while each ingredient enters the lungs to clear heat or moisten the lungs. The ingredients are indicated for cough, summerheat, and Lung heat overall. The mint helps release the exterior.