Food That Heals

For many people, digestion is the weak link in health management, and by adding restorative vegetables, grains that can strengthen digestion and reducing digestion inhibiting foods and lifestyle factors (such as ice cream, fizzy,carbonated drinks, sugar, stress and anxiety) you can improve digestive function. This is an important concept to understand-- Fix the digestion and improve your health for the long term. 

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Sweet Potato-Ginger Soup

1 tsp. curry paste

½ tsp. cumin

½ cup leek, diced

1 gala apple, peeled and quartered

1 small onion, sliced

2 tsp. ginger

2 cloves garlic,minced

1 med-sized sweet potato

4 cups vegetable stocks/water

¼ cup red lentils

A handful of cilantro

Lime juice, half lime

A pinch salt and pepper

 

Saute garlic, onion, ginger and leek in coconut oil or olive oil. Add curry paste and cumin until fragrant. Add vegetable stocks or water. Add sweet potato, red lentils and let simmer for 10 mins. Add apple and season it with salt, lime and pepper. Cook until sweet potato and red lentil is tender. Let it cool. Puree the soup using an immersion blender or regular blender. Garnish it with cilantro before serving. Serving: 2-3

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Glutinous Rice-Ginger Congee

1/2 cup of uncooked glutinous rice

2 cloves of crushed garlic

2 tbsp of julienned fresh ginger

3 cups of chicken stocks/broth

salt and pepper to taste

saffron (optional)

Mix all ingredients. Cook and simmer under medium heat until rice is cooked (transluscent). Feel free to add more water to achieve desired consistency.

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Green-Turmeric Smoothie

1 organic green apple, seeded and quartered.

1 organic pear, seeded and quartered

1 tsp of fresh ginger (minced)

1 tsp of fresh turmeric or 1/2 tsp. powdered turmeric

3 rib (sticks) of celery, sliced

Juice of 1 organic lemon

1 small bunch of spinach or kale, trimmed

1 cup of purified water

 

Using a blender, add liquid first, then add the remaining ingredients one at a time until well blended. 

NOTE: although this recipe comes with some warming ingredients, raw ingredients such as celery, apple, greens are all cooling. Avoid consumption during winter season. This recipe is perfect during summer.

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Morning Liver Tonic

When you wake up in the morning, your body is in a very special place. This morning tea pulls you out on the right side of the bed, giving a morning cleansing body flush. The lemon juice is highly alkaline and turmeric is known for its detoxifying properties.

What you need:
• 8 ounces hot water
• 1/8 teaspoon turmeric
• Juice of 1/2 lemon

Mix all ingredients together. You can sweeten with honey to balance the earthiness of the tea.

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Nourishing Red Dates Tea

Red dates are known to have an anti-inflammatory effect, good for overall skin complexion, improve digestion, improve relaxation, and help to ease ailment such as sore throat
 

What you need:

1 liter of distilled/purified water

12-20 chinese red dates (jujube)
Prepare the red dates:
• Rinse the dates with clean water. You don't need to core the red dates and just leave the pits inside. Take each date and use a pointy scissors or a small paring knife to create few slits, around 5-7, around the edge on one end of the dates. This helps to release flavor to the tea
Cooking on the stove:
• Combine red dates and water. Bring it to a boil and then lower the heat to low, cover with a lid and simmer for one hour.
• Let it cool down and ready to drink.