I don’t get as excited as many people do about salads. Sure, I enjoy them, but they’re usually nothing to write home about. CB’s blood-boosting salad is definitely an exception. Considering it’s a kale-based salad, that’s even more impressive! The kale and beets were expertly cut down to manageable sizes, the apples were crisp & sweet, and the toasted pumpkin seeds and salt brought it to a whole ‘nother level. I had more than my fair share of this salad, and I suggest you make this one ASAP!
TCM DOS: Blood Deficiency
TCM SS- Numbness of limbs, pale complexion, anxiety, dry hair and skin, nervousness, lassitude, tiredness, blurred or poor vision, spots in field of vision, thin hair, depression, poor sleep, amenorrhea or scanty menses, constipation, dizziness, headache, infertility, cold hands and feet, psoriasis, menstrual cramps.
Western Correlations- Anemia, amenorrhea, depression, low blood pressure, irregular menstruation, chronic fatigue syndrome, infertility, miscarriages.
Foods That Help- All meats especially pork, beets, cherries, eggplant, spinach, sweet potato, dates, grapes, lychee fruit, mulberry, raspberry, millet, wheat, corn, oats , rice, chestnut, black beans, cows milk, honey, molasses, green olives, mussels, oysters, spirulina.
Foods To Avoid- High fat animal diets, sweet foods, highly processed or refined foods, cold or frozen foods, alcohol, caffeine.
Helpful Cooking Methods- Grilling, frying, baking, searing, simmering in liquid and cooking with alcohol.
Other Tips- Due to the weak nature of Blood Deficient people one should focus on a balanced lifestyle. Regular eating and sleeping times, balancing activity with rest. Eat nourishing warm foods that support the Middle Jiao function. Strenuous exercise is not recommended due to the exhaustion of qi.
2 cups of packed Kale (or Chard), washed and de-stemmed
1/2 cup of grated carrot
1/2 cup of grated beet
1 apple grated with skin
2-3 tbs olive oil
1-2 tbs citrus juice (lemon)
2 tbs apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup toasted pumpkin seeds
Salt and Pepper to taste
Use a food processor if available to chop kale into small pieces. You may hand chop kale into small pieces as well. Grate Carrot, Beet, Apple. Toast pumpkin seeds in a skillet over medium heat for 5-6 minutes until lightly brown and salt lightly.
Mix oil, citrus juice and apple cider vinegar. Salt and pepper to taste.
Toss all ingredients and cover lightly with dressing.
Kale- A super food that supplies the body with chlorophyll, calcium, iron and vitamin A.
Carrot- Its sweet flavor that benefits the middle jiao and spleen. Their alkaline nature cleanses acidic blood.
Beet- Strengthens the heart and purifies the blood. Used with carrots for hormone regulation.
Pumpkin seeds- Benefit the stomach, good source of zinc and Omega-3 fatty acid.
Apple- Produces body fluids, benefits low blood sugar and alleviates depression.
Lemon- Improves the absorption of minerals and cleanses blood.