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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.


Mung Bean Detox Tea

Mung Bean Detox Tea

Mung beans are high in protein and vitamin B and chock full of minerals. They are slightly sweet to taste and have a cooling effect on the body.

They are very helpful in the summer and autumn to help you eliminate internal toxins safely and naturally. This mung bean detox tea is particularly good for teenagers with acne and bloating (particularly women). It is commonly used to treat swelling, difficulty in urination, dry throat, constant thirst, hormonal and metabolic imbalances, skin problems and signs of ageing.

Unlike some diuretics this tea does not make you thirsty because it addresses the deficiency in your system and enables your body to get the fluid it needs into your system and eliminate it through the bladder.

You know how sometimes you can drink constantly but are still thirsty? That’s because the water isn’t being absorbed by your body. Mung bean detox tea addresses systemic deficiencies so that your body can access the fluid.

Pumpkin and Ginger Rejuvenating Facial Mask

Pumpkin and Ginger Rejuvenating Facial Mask

In Chinese medicine, skin disorders originate internally and are reflective of your diet, lifestyle and stresses. Healthy glowing skin depends on blood, qi and body fluids to nourish it. Any imbalance or deficiency may cause skin disorders like acne, dryness or rash. Our modern busy lifestyles, with accompanying stresses like smoking, alcohol and air conditioning can have a detrimental effect on our skin.

This Pumpkin Ginger Rejuvenating Facial Mask is great for all skin types as it is rich in vitamins, minerals, fatty acids and AHAs. Alpha-Hydroxy Acids(AHAs) are moisturising exfoliants.

This recipe can be made in bulk and frozen in ice cube trays, to be thawed and applied as required.