According to TCM understanding, every food has an energy essence that resonates with one or more particular organs. The Five Element Consciousness Framework tells us that a bitter taste is associated with Summer and the Fire element. The Heart and Small Intestine are predominant during Summer, so including foods that help heal this organ pair can build the health of your whole body—all year round.

Some foods that boost your Heart Qi are broccoli, broccoli rabe, plum tomatoes and watermelon. In addition, red apples, red grapes and pineapple are beneficial to your Small Intestine. Their mild and warm essence helps this organ function more efficiently, which improves metabolism.

Try this simple recipe today!

STEAMED BROCCOLI FLORETS WITH GARLIC

Broccoli decreases internal heat in the Heart and Liver and helps prevent Heart dis-ease. This simple healing recipe puts a delicious twist on this powerful green!

Ingredients

• 2 cups water
• 3 garlic cloves, sliced
• 1/8 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 cup white grape juice
• 3 to 4 cups broccoli florets
Directions
• Place the water, garlic and salt in a large pot. Bring to a boil.
• Lower the heat to a simmer and add the white grape juice.
• Add the broccoli florets. Toss well in the liquid.
• Cover and steam until the broccoli is bright green and slightly tender.
Five Elements, Food

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