September 8, 2017
Friday Soup Series- Red bean soup with Chinese yam and lotus seed
A lot of city ladies turn their bodies into asthenic blood type without knowing just from lifestyle and habits. Chinese medicine states that ‘viewing for a long time can hurt blood’, for those who need to concentrate on reading or looking at monitors (phone or computer) should be careful. Furthermore, a lot of people think when their bodies feel weakened, exercising more is the way to nourish qi. The reality is when the body is overworked, through say 2-3 hours of consecutive exercises that causes excessive sweating and exhaustion of body, such as hot yoga, spinning, or marathon, it can tax on blood and fluid. Overtime, this leads to asthenic blood body constitution. These ladies usually have cold hands and feet, pale white complexion, giving off an extra cold feeling. This is all due to asthenic blood constitution, and in more serious cases, they will experience poor sleep quality, dizziness, heart palpitations, and forgetfulness.
Ladies with asthenic blood body constitution should avoid raw and cold foods, appropriately consume heart and spleen nourishing foods such as red beans, red dates, spinach, polygonum multiflorum and dried longan. You can also try to make this soup, it can nourish the heart and strengthen the spleen, and alleviate symptoms of asthenic blood such as poor sleep quality and heart palpitations.
Red bean soup with Chinese yam and lotus seed
Ingredients: 1 fresh Chinese yam, 4-6 fresh palm fruit, 120g lotus seeds (about 3 catty), 30g red beans, 2 candied dates
Preparation method: Rinse all ingredients thoroughly. Peel Chinese yam and cut into pieces. Remove hard skin of coquille nuts. Combine ingredients with 2000ml of water in a pot, and place over high heat until the water boils. Switch to low heat and simmer for 1 additional hour. Add salt to taste.
Effects: Nourishes the heart and strengthens the spleen. Alleviates symptoms of poor sleep, occasional heart palpitations, and diarrhea.