參考網址：http://www.sohu.com/a/139121087_391301rnrnWelcome summer with a refreshing mind
May 5, 2018 is the solar term Lixia (Start of Summer). During this time, temperatures tend to be higher with relatively more rain. As the weather transit from Spring into Summer, our body perspires more and this may lead to deficiency in yang energy, so it is imperative for us to nourish the yang energy. Do not be afraid of the hot weather or perspiration and hide in an air-conditioned room. Instead, insist on moderate exercise to promote circulation and to allow the yang energy to flow while stimulating discharge of dampness from our body. However, strenuous exercise is not encouraged during this time. Rather, we should exercise in moderation so that we break out in light sweat. Remember to replenish our body fluids after exercising by drinking more warm water.
During this time, we can include some sour food in our diet, for instance, lemons and pineapples. These fruits stimulate perspiration, dispel dampness from our body, invigorate our stomach and aid digestion. As the hot weather causes us to be easily irritated, we may develop internal heat symptoms if we over-indulge in heaty and fried food. These internal heat may manifest in the form of pimples break out, mouth ulcers and constipation. Therefore we should maintain a light diet that is rich in vitamins and minerals and eat more easily digestible food. For instance, green leafy vegetables and beans. Today I would like to recommend a refreshing vegetable dish—
Stir fried lettuce with peas. These two ingredients are readily available in the market during summer. It is a seasonal and healthy dish.
Ingredients: 300 grams of peas, 200 grams of lettuce, half a capsicum, some salt, light soy sauce, cooking oil, shallots and moderate amount of ginger.
1) Remove skin of capsicum and cut both lettuce and capsicum into thin slices.
2) Add some cooking oil to stir-fry the peas lightly. Add in half a bowl of water. Remove the peas once they are cooked.
3) Stir-fry some ginger until they give out fragrance. Add in lettuce and capsicum slices to fry.
4) Pour in the cooked peas from number 2 and fry with light soy sauce, salt and vinegar. These seasonings can be moderated according to personal taste. The dish is now ready to be served.
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