As the summer heats up, it is important to nourish our Yin energy so that it can balance the Yang energy of summer. Foods are considered to have energetic essences in Chinese Medicine, and there are many foods that can help cool us, or to nourish our Yin. This includes many of the summer fruits, such as watermelon, stone fruits like peaches and apricots, sprouts, snow peas, cucumbers, spinach and cool summer salads. My favorite way to nourish Yin on a hot summer day is to make a yin nourishing tonic with coconut water. Start with a bottle of water or coconut water. Add 1-3 teaspoons of chia seeds. These nourish kidney energy. Throw in some of your favorite cooling foods. Let the mixture cool in the refrigerator for a few hours. The chia seeds will plump up and add to the nutrition and energetics of the drink. You might try the following:
- a few frozen blueberries and some ginger
- blueberries are considered a kidney tonic. The ginger jazzes it up and prevents the yin from stagnating.
- watermelon rind and ginger
- My personal favorite
- several slices of cucumber, a squirt of lime and a few mint leaves
Drink cold or cool. Try to use a minimum of ice. Ice makes beverages so cold that it is hard for your digestive system to utilize them. Enjoy!