In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is recommended to avoid drinking cold drinks with meals as it can “chill the digestive fire”. Drinking a smoothie filled with frozen berries and crushed ice is thought to have the same effect and may lead to stomach ache, bloating and other digestive issues.
If you love your morning smoothie but struggle to stay warm during winter, or perhaps you want to give your digestive system a bit of attention, take a look at these tips to protect your chi, energy and digestion.
Warm your berries
Food is far more cooling when it is frozen. Instead of using them straight from the freezer, leave them to thaw overnight. If you forget to take them out the freezer but need your smoothie immediately, simply rinse them in warm water.
Think about the energetics of food
It is thought that the longer the food takes to grow, the warmer it is. Try to use seasonal fruits and vegetables, such as kale,...