According to Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Five Elements, the bitter flavor is connected with supporting healthy heart function. Bitter flavored foods and herbs help cool the body and drain excess heat. If someone is suffering from heart disease, they may be better off eating something bitter rather than something sweet. Although that might sound unappetizing, you could make that bitter food taste absolutely delicious by incorporating just a few elements! Take this Massaged Kale Salad with Pepitas & Cranberries for instance:
- 2 bunches of kale
- Juice of one lemon
- 1/4 cup organic olive oil
- 1/2 tsp. prepared mustard
- 1 tsp. local honey
- 1/8 tsp. sea salt
- 1/4 cup pepitas (toasted pumpkin seeds)
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries
- Parmesan cheese
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 out 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. Enjoy!
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