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Blueberry Flax Oatmeal

Categories: Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Large Intestine Qi Stagnation, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Blueberry Flax Oatmeal (serves 2):

Ingredients:
* 2-1/4 cups water
* dash salt
* 1 cup regular rolled oats
* 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
* 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
* 1 TBS flaxseeds
* 1 TBS blackstrap molasses
Preparation:
1. Combine the water and salt in a small saucepan and turn the heat to high.
2. When the water boils, turn the heat to low, add oatmeal, and cook, stirring, until the water is just absorbed, about 5 minutes. Add walnuts and flaxseeds. Stir, cover the pan, and turn off heat. Let set for 5 minutes. Serve with molasses and garnish with blueberries.

Nutritional Breakdown:
Salt – Cold, Salty, Slightly Sweet. Harmonizes and promotes digestion, strengthens Kidney (in small amounts) fortifies bones, tendons and teeth, brightens eyes, detoxifies.
Rolled oats — sweet, warm — supplements vacuity, rejuvenates nervous and reproductive systems
Blueberries — sour, sweet, warm — tonifies kidneys, nourishes blood, astringes qi
Walnuts — sweet, warm — tonifies the kidneys and lungs, lubricates the large intestine
Flaxseed — neutral, sweet — tonifies the spleen, moistens intestines, nourishes yin, strengthens immunity,
Molasses — warm, sweet — tonifies qi, strengthens spleen, lubricates lungs

Mulberry & Longan Granola Mix

Categories: Heart Blood Vacuity, Heart Qi Vacuity, Shen Calming

Mulberry & Longan Granola Mix

6 cups rolled oats
1 cup raw honey
1 cup dried mulberries
1 cup longan
1 cup dried coconut shavings
1 cup da zao
1/3 cup coarsely ground flax seed
1 tsp ground cinnamon
dash of salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix oats, honey, coconut, da zao, longan, cinnamon, and salt in large mixing bowl. Spread the mixture out on a sheet pan and bake for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from pan and add mulberries and flax seed. Cool on a rack or plate, stirring occasionally until granola mix reaches room temperature. Cover and store in the refrigerator. Yields 16 servings.

Oats: Sweet, warm; SP/KD. Supplements vacuity. Rich in Silicon (strengthens nerve and heart tissue).
Mulberry: Sweet, cool; HT/LV/KD. Nourishes blood/yin, calms the shen.
Longan: Sweet, warm; HT/SP. Nourishes qi/blood, calms the shen.
Coconut: Sweet, warm. Strengthens the body, activates heart functions
Da zao: Sweet, neutral. Strengthens qi/blood/yin, calms the shen.
Raw honey: Sweet, neutral; SP, ST. Harmonizes middle jiao, reduces inflammation and pain.
Flaxseed: sweet, neutral; Strengthens immunity, relieves inflammation, reduces pain, benefits heart, lowers cholesterol.

Overall, this recipe tonifies HT blood/yin, strengthens the middle jiao, and calms the shen.
Contraindicated in those with prominent phlegm, dampness, or qi stagnation. Eat no more than 1 cup per day.