Five Element Recipes

Food Can Balance Your Energy: Nutritious Kale for Summer

Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food.”

 This famous quote is often attributed to Hippocrates, although there’s no actual proof he ever said it. But whoever did say it was brilliant! Everything we put in our bodies affects us, so not only can we nurture ourselves with food, we can heal and balance ourselves with it, too.

 It’s long been known that specific flavors support and balance each of the Five Element energies. Today we honor the summer energy of Fire. The taste that balances Fire is bitter, and there are many flavorful ways to include bitterness in our lives. That first glorious cup of coffee in the morning is bitter (depending on how much cream and/or sugar we add). Another wonderfully bitter flavor can also be found in kale, a vegetable superstar due to the amounts of vitamins A, K, B6, C, calcium, potassium, copper, and manganese it contains. Very low in calories, too.

Featured here: Summer Kale Salad. So gather your ingredients and get ready to create a tasty kale salad courtesy of Easy to prepare, this dish is equally yummy for lunch, dinner, or snacks (and maybe even breakfast).

Bon Appetit!

Summer Kale Salad


  • 1 small bunch kale, rinsed and dried
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (1/2 lemon)
  • 2 teaspoons honey (omit if you’re on a keto diet)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt and fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese


  1. Remove the tough stems from the kale and chop the leaves finely. Transfer kale to a large salad bowl.
  2. Drizzle chopped kale with olive oil and salt, then toss with your hands to soften the kale.
  3. Season with lemon juice and drizzle honey right over the kale. Use your hands again to work the lemon, honey and pepper into the salad. Adjust seasoning with more salt, pepper, lemon, honey, or olive oil as desired. 
  4. Sprinkle kale with sliced strawberries, blueberries, and feta cheese and serve.

Super easy, this recipe features the bitter taste of kale that helps balance Fire energy along with the fiery red color of the strawberries as an added bonus.