July 25, 2020
自煮消暑飲品 — 西瓜冬瓜皮水
2. 鍋內加入2000毫升水，加入所有材料，武火煮至水滾，改文火煮30分鐘， 調入適量片糖即可。
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Does drinking cold beverages cause big belly?
The summer heat literally causes us to ‘melt’. In order to dissipate heat, would you opt for cold or hot drinks? Most people, I guess, would go for a cold beverage? Drinking cold beverages may seem effective in getting rid of body heat, but from the perspective of Chinese medicine, ice cubes, albeit helpful in clearing heat, should not be consumed excessively.
Cold beverages belong to the uncooked and cold food category. Drinking cold beverages excessively will damage the yang energy, and hence take a toll on the circulation of fluids at the spleen and stomach. Consequently, this will increase the dampness in the body, and eventually cause the formation of a belly bulge, as well as problems such as menstrual pain, water retention, dark eye circles and dull facial skin.
If you are unable to give up on cold drinks completely, try beverages that have been ice-chilled or at room temperature. If you are in an air-conditioned environment, try enjoying a cup of warm drink. You may consider using healthy and heat-relieving ingredients to make drinks. Why not try boiling watermelon and winter melon skin with water and enjoy the drink to clear body heat!
Watermelon Peel Winter Melon Water
Ingredients: 300g Watermelon rind (approx. one whole small watermelon or half of a large one), approx. 600g winter melon with skin (1 catty), 30g coix seed, 20g mung beans, slab sugar to taste
1. Rinse all ingredients thoroughly. Cut off the outer green peel of watermelon rind, with white portion remaining and cut into pieces. Remove seeds from winter melon, keeping the skin and cut into pieces.
2. Add 2000ml of water into pot, add in all ingredients and cook on high heat until boiling, then simmer on low heat for 30 minutes. Add sugar to taste.
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