The Cherry on Top
Modern lifestyle advice with a Traditional Chinese Medicine twist
Good afternoon, I hope your January has been full of good vibes for 2019.
Why not consider leeks? part of the onion/ allium family, They contain a large amount of flavonoids, specifically kaempferol which protects your blood vessel lining from damage, as well they have a high content in vitamin B-folate which impacts our levels of homocysteine. If homocysteine raises to high levels in the body it can affect cardiovascular health. Research also shows that leeks have low amounts of pesticides compared to other veggies.
From a TCM view, leeks are warm in temperature, and have a variant of flavour from pungent, sweet and sour. Any type of onion will break down rich foods which in turn prevents accumulation of damp as well as stimulating digestion.
I know everyone enjoys 'cheesy leeks' but why not try this simple salad?
Leek & Seaweed Salad
3 x 6 inch strips of wake seaweed
1 TBSP cider vinegar
1/2 TBSP sesame oil
Garnish with finely sliced red pepper or toasted walnut
Soak the wake for five to ten minutes and remove the tough central rib. Chop and steam the leek adding the sliced wake for the last 30 seconds. Pour on the vinegar and oil, ad sprinkle with garnish. Serve warm or at room temperature.
From: Daverick Leggett, Recipes for Self Healing