This is one of my favorite summertime drinks to cool off with; and it's super easy to make!
Just chop - up a cucumber and throw it into a quart jar or a pitcher with some mint leaves, shake it up and stick it in the fridge overnight.
The next day you shake / stir - it again and enjoy!
Related article: 5 Cooling Foods to Boost your Health This Summer
1. Cucumber (Qīng guā 青瓜)
2. Watermelon (Xī guā 西瓜)
3. Papaya (Mù guā 木瓜)
4. Lemon (Níng méng 柠檬)
5. Strawberries (Cǎo méi 草莓)
Related Recipe: Mint & Cucumber Infused Water
This year, when you’re thinning out your seedlings, make sure you save all those little babies you pull-out, instead of tossing them to the ground.
Those little seedlings, sometimes called microgreens, baby greens, sprouts or shoots, are packed with tons of nutrients. In fact, studies show that these early stages of growth have up to 40 times more nutrients than a mature plant.
Some of my favorites are: Swiss chard, green lettuce, amaranth, radish, spinach, beets, mustard, broccoli, garbanzo, pea, and bean.
You can use these in smoothies, salads, on sandwiches or even stir fried. Be creative and take advantage of this EXTREME nutrient source!
Have a great growing season!
Tea Egg Recipe #1
Rinse the eggs with water and place them in a pot and cover with water. Bring the water to a boil, then lower the flame and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the eggs with a slotted spoon and place them in a in a strainer. Run cold water over them and set on the counter until room temperature. Using the back of a spoon, gently tap the outer shell of the eggs, creating uniform cracks around the entire egg, but don’t remove shells. Return the eggs to the pot with the water and add the remaining ingredients. Bring the liquid to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 20 minutes; stirring occasionally. For a stronger, richer taste, soak the eggs for 4 to 10 hours, and then serve. Left – over eggs may be kept in the refrigerator for up to 2 -3 days.
Tea Egg Recipe #2
Place eggs in a large pot, cover with cold water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 8 minutes. Remove from heat, drain and soak in cold water for a couple of minutes. When cool, gently tap eggs with the back of a spoon to crack the shells, but do not remove the shells.
In a large pot, combine tea leaves, salt, sugar, Sichuan pepper, star anise, tangerine peel, cinnamon powder, cooking wine and cumin with water and egg. (about 4-5 cups of water, enough to cover all the eggs). Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 1 hour. Remove from heat and let them steep overnight or longer.
*Tips: Before combining the tea leaves with the spice liquid, soak them in warm water for 15 minutes, drain and remove. This can remove the bitter taste.
Beets are one of the most nutritious foods you can add to your diet, they're super easy to grow in your back yard, and even simpler to prepare.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) beets are sweet & cold in nature; they nourish blood, tonify the heart, calm the spirit (i.e. the nervous system), and lubricate the intestines.
Indications: Anemia, constipation, Liver purification, heart weakness, restlessness, and irritability.
Beets have been shown to: Protect internal organs, improve vascular risk factors, cardio-protective, help prevent colon cancer and birth defects, and enhance performance.
Nutritional Value: High in folate, manganese, potassium; also contains copper, fiber, magnesium, phosphorous, vitamin C (especially the beet greens); small amounts of iron and vitamin B6. (1)
Beet greens – Are an excellent source of calcium & magnesium, and; very good source of iron; rich in carotenoids (beta carotene and lutein / zeaxanthin), which are especially good for retinal health. Also an excellent source of vitamins E, K and C, B2 and a great source of fiber and protein. (1)
The main chemical constituent of beets is betaine. The physiological role of betaine is to protect cells (2), proteins, (3) and enzymes from environmental stress. (4) It also participates in fat & protein metabolism, and phase II detox support in the liver.
Betaine has many benefits including: antioxidant activity (5), anti-inflammatory action (6) ; lowers blood levels of homocysteine (7), and some research suggests that betaine has an anti-tumor effect on human cancer cells.
How to cook:
Warning: Beets may interact with some medications, so be sure to consult with your Eastern physician or doctor. If you have certain kidney or gallbladder conditions you may want to avoid eating the beet greens due to their high oxalate content which can cause crystals to form in the blood. High oxalate levels may also inhibit calcium absorption.
Also, beets can cause urine and bowel movements to turn a reddish – pinkish hue; this is called betanuria and is not harmful.
When people go shopping for groceries they make a lot of bad decisions that lead to unhealthy purchases.
The 3 main contributing factors to these regretful choices are:
This may help!
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Daikon is Japanese for “large root”, and is sometimes referred to as Oriental radish. White in color, and similar in shape to a super-sized carrot, daikon can grow to be 6 – 20 inches long and 2 – 3 inches in diameter.
Daikon is super nutritious and tastes great! This cruciferous vegetable has high levels of Vitamin C and potassium. It also contains calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, folate, dietary fiber, and other nutrients.
Daikon has some great health benefits! It contains natural digestive enzymes that aid in the digestion of fats, complex carbohydrates, and proteins. Try some grated daikon on your next salad, fish, or just on the side; just make sure you use it within 30 minutes of grating it, or the enzymes will be lost.
Daikon may reduce the risk of cancer by blocking the accumulation in the stomach of a carcinogen known as nitrosamine. Researchers have also found that daikon is effective as a decongestant and natural diuretic. So if you have edema, this would be a nice addition to your diet.
It’s also a great way to boost the immune function due to its high content of vitamin C. Daikon also is an awesome detoxifier, so if you’re planning a detox, daikon should be part of it.
In Chinese medicine the properties of Daikon are neutral to cool in temperature, and acrid to mildly acrid in taste. It moistens the lungs, loosens phlegm in the lungs & stomach, and promotes digestion.
Be creative and mix and match; come up with healthy creations and share them with me. I would love to hear what you've come up with.
1. Cinnamon (Rou Gui 肉 桂)
Rou Gui is the powdered or stick cinnamon found on your spice rack. It’s both acrid and sweet with a hot nature.
Cinnamon is very warming; it disperses deep cold, especially in the stomach, alleviates pain and warms the channels. It reinforces Kidney Yang, in other words, it increases metabolism, and also encourages the generation of Qi & blood.
Medical Functions: Lowers blood pressure (particularly in Type II diabetic patients),[i][ii] anti-inflammatory,[iii] antibacterial,[iv] antibiotic effect,[v] antioxidant activity,[vi] [vii]and lowers glucose & lipid levels in diabetic patients.[viii] [ix] [x]
Cautions & Contraindications: If you have a lot of internal heat or heat signs, especially an easily upset stomach than do not take this herb. Do not take this herb if you are pregnant. Also, cinnamon extract may interact with blood thinners at higher doses. It may also have an additive effect with blood glucose lowering drugs.
2. Ginger (Sheng Jiang 生姜)
Fresh ginger should be in everyone’s refrigerator, because of its many uses and for its superb health value.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) ginger has an acrid taste with a slightly warm nature. It warms the lungs, transforms phlegm, stops cough, warms the middle jiao (diaphragm down to umbilicus), alleviates vomiting, and reduces the toxicity of some herbs. Ever wonder why they give you ginger with sushi . . . because it’s used for seafood poisoning.
Medical Functions: Anti-inflammatory, [xi] [xii]antiviral (especially in the lungs),[xiii] antibacterial,[xiv] anti-allergic,[xv] antitumor,[xvi] and promotes bile secretion.[xvii] [xviii]
Cautions & Contraindications: Vomiting due to stomach heat or Lung patterns involving excessive heat. Avoid taking ginger with non – steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), this can increase the risk of bleeding. Ginger has minor anticoagulant / antiplatelet activity and should be used cautiously with blood thinners. If you have gallstones it’s best to avoid ginger due to its potential cholagogic effect.
3. Walnuts (Hu Tao Ren 核桃)
Walnuts are one of my favorite snacks! They’re great in the winter time, because their nature is warming, and they have a sweet taste.
Walnuts are packed with all kinds of antioxidants, vitamins (A, C, E, K, Niacin, B6, etc.), minerals (Calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, etc.), protein, and Omega - 3 fatty acids.
As a medicinal food, walnuts are very nourishing for the brain, the kidneys (Yang) and adrenals, and help enrich sperm.[xix] Walnuts moisten the intestines & lungs, helping to relieve constipation and cough with signs of cold. Due to their Omega – 3 fatty acids, they also help reduce inflammation[xx] and alleviate pain.
Medical Functions: Cardiovascular benefits,[xxi] including the improvement of blood circulation. It has also been shown that walnuts can reduce problems related to metabolic syndrome; more specifically, reducing atherosclerotic risks by lowering lipid profiles.[xxii] and lastly, they have an anti-oxidant effect.
To reap the benefits of one of nature’s greatest snacks, eat a handful of walnuts a day, or about 1oz. Enjoy!!!
4. Pumpkin (Nan Gua 南瓜)
Pumpkin flesh/meat (not canned) and pumpkin seeds are another superfood that should be incorporated into one’s diet.
In Chinese nutrition, pumpkin is sweet and warm, and has an affinity for the Stomach & Spleen organs. Its super nourishing, reinforces the middle jiao, and descends counterflow Qi (belching, heartburn, etc.).
Medical Functions: Anti-carcinogenic,[xxiii] inhibits benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH),[xxiv] [xxv] anti-diabetic,[xxvi] [xxvii] anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant [xxviii] [xxix]. Cautions & Contraindications: Pumpkin does prevent the absorption of vitamin C. Information is lacking with regards to pregnancy and lactation, or any other adverse effects.
5. Chicken (Ji Rou 鸡肉)
There’s a reason why you always got a bowl of chicken soup when you were sick - it’s because chicken is very nourishing; black chicken is even more nourishing, although pretty hard to find here in the states.
Chicken nourishes the Spleen and Stomach, tonifies the kidneys, and nourishes Qi & blood.
Aside from regular consumption, chicken is indicated for weakness after childbirth or surgery, chronic illness, and frequent urination.
Although inconclusive, there have been a few studies that support the healing properties of chicken soup. One study surmised that chicken soup acts through an anti-inflammatory mechanism that lessens upper respiratory tract infections.[xxx] While another study suggests that there is an unknown substance that acts through the senses of taste and smell, which increases the velocity of nasal mucus.[xxxi]
Stay healthy this winter by eating foods that are warm in nature, foods that nourish, and stay away from cold/chilled foods, and especially iced drinks. Oh . . . and stay warm!
Ever since the yo – yo dieting trends started to take hold back in the 80’s, eggs have gotten a bad rap as being an unhealthy food. Well, now you’re going to get the truth! Eggs are actually one of nature’s perfect foods that gives you all kinds of great nutrients all conveniently packaged in a low - glycemic, easy to fix food. Ironically, most of those nutrients are in the part of the egg most of you have been throwing away - the yolk!
Here’s what you've been missing . . .
One reason many people freak out over eggs is because the cholesterol “number” is so high, and most of it is concentrated in the yoke - the best part, by the way! If only they knew the facts about cholesterol.
The cholesterol in eggs is dietary cholesterol, which means it’s good for you - your body needs it and can use it. For many years egg cholesterol was made out to be the bad guy / girl and associated with low – density lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad” cholesterol. This couldn't be farther from the truth. In fact, the dietary cholesterol from eggs has been found to increase the “good” cholesterol called high – density lipoprotein or (HDL).[i]
In fact, eating whole eggs is more nutritious and healthier for you compared to eating egg substitutes according to one study.[ii]
To take this one step further, just too clear up some myths about LDL cholesterol, these numbers cannot be interpreted on their own, they must be considered in ratios to one another; and most importantly, the LDL number on your cholesterol panel must be further analyzed in terms of particle size.
If you have a high LDL number it's not necessarily a bad thing. It’s only bad if the particle size is small, which means it can penetrate the arterial walls and cause plaque to build - up. On the other hand, if the particle size is large, that’s good, because it won’t be able to pass through the wall. Unfortunately, too many doctors don’t order the right blood work, and fail to interpret blood chemistry within the framework of “optimal health” ranges.
In Chinese medicine, cooked eggs are warm in nature with a sweet flavor. The nutritional value of the egg white is associated with benefiting the lungs, while the egg yolk benefits the heart and the kidneys. They have a nourishing effect by supplementing the Qi and blood, nourishing yin, have the ability to calm the fetus in pregnant women, moisten the lungs, and clear lung heat. Eggs are considered a preferred food for the elderly due to their nourishing effects, and are generally used to treat patterns of deficiency.
Some of the indications are: fatigue, weakness, malnutrition, insomnia, red eyes, heart palpitations sore throat, dry cough, etc.
The final word . . . EGGS are AWESOME! They’re full of nutrients that you need, they’re economical, easy to cook, you can prepare them a million different ways, and they should definitely be a regular part of your diet.
Be sure to:
Don’t pay much attention to the USDA stamp, they’re just another useless government agency that fails to do their job; in this case, regulating labels, expiration dates, quality and farm conditions. The best thing you can do is investigate the farm you purchase from, to insure a high quality product.
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