Five Element Recipes

"It’s long been known that specific flavors support and balance each of the Five Element energies. Today, we once again honor the summer energy of Fire. The taste that balances Fire is bitterness, and there are many great ways to include this flavor in our lives. For this post we are using the bitter flavor of cranberries to make a delicious cold drink!"...

"It’s long been known that specific flavors support and balance each of the Five Element energies. Today we once again honor the summer energy of Fire, but using the flavor that supports Water energy to help keep our Fire in check. This works because in the Five Elements model, Water helps control Fire. The taste that supports Water is salty."...

"It’s long been known that specific flavors support and balance each of the Five Element energies. Today we once again honor the summer energy of Fire. The taste that balances Fire is bitter, and there are many great ways to include this flavor in our lives. Last week we featured a delicious kale salad. Another wonderful bitter flavor can be found in orange peels, and they are surprisingly good for you. Orange peel has 60 different types of flavonoids and 170 types of phytonutrients besides being rich in vitamins, minerals, pectin, and fibers. Historically, the Chinese have used orange peels for medicinal purposes for centuries."...

"This week, just 3 days past the Summer Solstice, we are once again going to honor the energy of balance and transitions that sits with the Earth element. Earth stabilizes the energy during the equinox times and supports transitions as we move from the longest day of the year to the shortest day and back again. Always ready to nurture and support, Earth responds to the taste of starches (as well as sweetness)."...

"This week, as we sit just five days away from the Summer Solstice, we are going to honor the energy of balance and transitions that sits with the Earth element. Earth holds the balance for us during the equinox times, and support transitions as we move from the longest day of the year to the shortest day and back again. Always ready to nurture and support, Earth responds to the taste of sweetness."...

“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. Beginning today, I’ll be offering weekly recipes that help balance one (or more) of the Five Element energies in our being....