According to Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Five Elements, the bitter flavor is associated with supporting healthy heart function. Bitter flavored foods (and herbs) cool the body and drain excess heat.
If someone you know and love is suffering with heart disease and they are feeling overheated, they would be doing their body (and their heart) a BIG favor by eating something bitter.
Eating bitter flavored foods might sound unappetizing to most folks, but you could make those bitter foods taste absolutely delicious. Like this Massaged Kale Salad with Pepitas & Cranberries for instance (recipe below).
Taste it for yourself. Totally delish and an excellent remedy for heart health!
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- Remove stems from kale and discard
- Chop kale leaves and wash thoroughly
- Spin dry (in a salad spinner) and put the leaves into a large mixing bowl
- Add lemon juice to kale and massage until soft
- Let the kale sit for 5-10 minutes
- Squeeze the kale and discard the green water
- Combine olive oil, mustard, honey and sea salt plus a little more lemon juice
- Pour over kale and toss
- Add pepitas and cranberries and toss again
- Top with grated parmesan cheese (optional)
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Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker and Herbalist. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.