Red Mushroom Medley Congee Nourishes Blood
If you know me at all or have been following the Breakfast Cure story, then you are aware of how I love Chinese medicine with my heart and soul.
I’m continuously humbled by the wealth of ancient knowledge and how this wisdom can be applied to the most modern concerns and always sheds a brilliant light.
One of the things I love most about my beloved medicine is how many ways there are to incorporate the value of these insights into your daily routine. For some, Qi Gong or Tai Chi practice is the apex of embodying the power of ancient wisdom. For me, I continue to be transfixed by the nourishment I find from respecting my food as medicine.
Remedies only work if you take them. Not everyone is so good about taking vitamins or herbs even when intending to make it a habit. I love my adaptogenic herbs and my superfoods too, but I know myself, and the best way to ensure I get these nutrients into by body is to eat them regularly in my everyday meals.
Red Mushroom Medley is a savory recipe formulated to be a powerful Blood tonic that also boosts Qi Energy and regulates fluids.
Adaptogenic herbs are the apex of superfoods. These culinary medicinals have been enjoyed at the dining table in a variety of recipes across Asia for hundreds of years.
Red Mushroom Medley is the first Breakfast Cure congee flavor to include a pile of extra nourishing ingredients found in the Chinese Medicine herbal apothecary. In this case, food is definitely medicine. I carefully selected each ingredient for its ability to build blood and nourish body, mind, and spirit.
Blood deficiency is a common diagnosis in Chinese medicine. Often the lack of red blood cells isn’t yet to the level of setting off alarms at the doctor’s office when looking at bloodwork results. Chinese medicine allows us to make this diagnosis based on a constellation of symptoms and complaints. We often catch it before serious symptoms arise.
Blood moistens and brings oxygen and nutrients to your cells. If you don’t have enough blood, you are likely to experience difficulty falling asleep, anxiety, fatigue, dizziness or light-headedness, dry skin, hair, or lips, and dry type constipation.
Here are some of the powerful medicinal foods in Red Mushroom Medley. Check out why they made the cut.
Wuyi mushrooms are brilliantly red and an extra special tonic mushroom that can’t be cultivated. They grow wild and only on Wuyi Mountain in China.
Da Zao or Jujubes nourish blood and calm the spirit, benefit the Spleen, and build Qi. They also harmonize the other ingredients in an herbal formula or recipe.
Long Yan Rou or Longan fruit benefits the Heart and Spleen, nourishes blood, and calms the spirit (mind). Longan fruit is good for insomnia and forgetfulness as well as issues that arise due to over-thinking or excessive over-working.
Adzuki beans nourish blood and are very easy to digest compared to other beans. Adzuki beans are strengthening and the most warming or Yang bean. High in fiber, protein, iron, potassium, magnesium, and B vitamins, these little red beans deliver most of the nutrients needed to build red blood cells. Traditionally sweetened in Asian meals, adzuki beans are delicious in savory recipes too.
Try some today!
Still curious about these special little red beauties? The Michelin Guide has more to say on the subject if you want to learn more or see how and where they are harvested.