COOL OFF THIS SUMMER WITH A HEALTHY TREAT!
As the summer sets in, most people will experience
increased fatigue, sluggishness, slight headaches
and allergies – even some stomach discomfort.
These symptoms are sometimes brought on by summer
heat, particularly in people who are very active.
According to the Five Element System in Chinese
medicine, summer is the yang qi rising period. To
balance this, you can use foods that nourish the
body fluids (yin), and cool the heat. Using Chinese
nutrition, you can balance your system with nature
and conserve your qi.
Here is an easy, delicious recipe that we share
with you in hopes of a healthy summer of fun!
MUNG BEAN LIAN ZI SOUP
This mung bean dessert cools heat and clears toxins.
It is made from herbs that are popular in food stands
throughout Asia, which are both tasty, and beneficial
in summer heat. The mung beans are sweet and cold,
and enter the lung, liver and kidney to reduce water
retention, clear the liver, brighten the eyes, and
cool the lungs to dry the phlegm. Overall, lian
zi cools the heart and reduces tension.
(All are available from our pharmacy):
Lu Dou (Green Mung Beans) 5 oz.
Bai Lian Zi (White Lotus Seeds) 2 oz.
Yi Yi Ren (Job’s Tears) 2 oz.
Rock Sugar 2 oz. or to taste
Rinse mung beans, lotus seeds, and job’s
Soak all ingredients (except sugar) in cold water
for 30 minutes. Put the soaking water and
herbs into a pot, and bring to a
boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 1 hour.
Add sugar to taste during the final 15 minutes.
Serve hot or cold.