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Konjac Noodles Salad

Konjac Noodles Salad

KONJAC NOODLES

Konjac noodles (sometimes called Shirataki noodles) are translucent, thin, long, white, gelatinous noodles made from the root of the Kojac plant that grows in Japan and China, and are common in Asian Cuisine. The noodle contains lots of soluble fibre, called glucomannan and water. In fact, they are about 97% water and 3% soluble fiber (glucomannan). Glucomannan can absorb up to fifty times its weight in water.

Can help you to lose weight…

Because they are extremely low in carbohydrates, calories and fat, it is the perfect option for people who want to lose weight and aid their new year’s resolution. They are very easy to prepare and gluten free.

Konjac noodles are very filling, and their soluble fibre slows down the stomach emptying, so you stay full for a longer time on low calories. The noodles are generally tasteless and absorb the flavours of what they are cooked with.

However, they are “cooling” from a Chinese medicine point of view. Therefore, for people who have “cold stomach” or “weak spleen”  Konjac noodles can make their digestion weaker. For these people to eat Konjac noodles, simply add some minced ginger, which is warming and helps to improve the digestive function by neutralising the coldness.


Miyeok-guk (Korean Seaweed Soup) – Postpartum Recovery

Miyeok-guk (Korean Seaweed Soup) – Postpartum Recovery

This is a traditional Korean seaweed soup recipe used by women for at least one month after childbirth to boost milk supply and detoxify the blood. It is also part of birthday meals.

The iodine and calcium in the seaweed help new mums recover from the birth faster, and soup provides intense nourishment without straining the digestive system.

Miyeok-guk is part of the traditional postpartum rituals in Korea, and is very similar to traditional practices in China, Japan and other parts of Asia which recognise that postpartum mothers need time and care to recover from a very stressful and draining 10 months. In order to nourish and care for their baby properly they should focus on resting and restore their energy through a nutritious diet.

Say Goodbye to Grey Hair Naturally!

Say Goodbye to Grey Hair Naturally!

Your kidneys regulate the health of your skin, hair, and nails. Stimulate them with this Chinese traditional breakfast porridge that can be made quickly and easily. After just 3 weeks you will notice white hair darkening and your grey hair changing back to its natural colour. The Chinese date, walnuts and black beans are the key to its effectiveness because they are powerful kidney rejuvenators.

Don’t forget to take photos before you start eating this regularly and note the improvements in your hair and nails over the coming weeks.

Warming Vegetarian Winter Stir-Fry

Warming Vegetarian Winter Stir-Fry

According to Chinese Medicine winter means it is time to nourish and warm your body, to help get you through these cold rainy days. It is also the time to build up your internal stores, and replenish your Kidney energy.

A healthy, nourishing diet involves eating what is seasonal, and in winter that includes root vegetables, cabbage and brussels sprouts, mushrooms, and winter greens. At this time of year food should be cooked slowly, and some of the best meals are hearty soups and stews.

For something a bit different though, try this warming vegetarian winter stir-fry. Chinese five-spice powder is perfect for gently warming the body and supporting the kidneys, and the black sesame seeds are used to nourish the blood. They are readily available at Asian groceries, along with fried tofu.

The exact combination of vegetables doesn’t matter, so substitute in any of your seasonal favourites.

Keep the chili mild, and enjoy the gentle warmth of the spices.