Though a fruit salad is not traditionally the main dish of a celebratory meal, it can still be the star of the evening with its eye-catching rainbow colours and a perfect balance of a sweet and sour. According to TCM, most fruits are cooling in nature. Over consumption of cooling food may hamper the digestive system and cause bloating, poor digestion, stomach-ache, watery stools etc.
Therefore, combining cooling fruits with warm-natured fruits can bring about a balance and enhance the overall taste of a fruit salad. Examples of warm-natured foods that fit well in a fruit salad are longan, pomegranate, cherry, lychee, cinnamon powder, ginger powder etc.
Christmas Cinnamon Fruit Salad
Ingredients (Serves 4 people)
Kiwi (2) Strawberry (10) Banana (1) Lychee (10) Plain Yoghurt (150ml) Cinnamon powder (1 teaspoon)
Remove peels from banana, kiwis, and cut into cubes
Cut strawberries into halves.
Remove peel and seed from lychee and cut into half
Place all cut fruits into a bowl.
Add yoghurt and cinnamon powder, mix well, and the fruit salad is ready to be served!
Functions: Replenish Spleen and Liver, Nourishing Blood and Qi, Nourishes the Mind, Clears the skin.
Lychee is rich in vitamin C, protein and natural glucose. It may help tackle insomnia, forgetfulness, fatigue, as well as improve immunity. Lychee may also promote circulation within fine blood vessels, prevent freckles, and contribute to smoother and clearer skin.
Functions: Clears heat and replenishes fluids, Harmonises the Stomach.
Studies have shown that kiwi contains glutathione, which may have anti-mutagenic effects and anti-cancer effects. Kiwifruit is rich in arginine, which can effectively improve blood circulation. Kiwi also contains serotonin, which helps with stabilizing the mood and calming the mind. Research has shown that kiwi may help in fighting diabetes.
Functions: Nourishes Lungs and Reduces Phlegm.
Strawberries contain a variety of organic acids and pectin, and may promote gastrointestinal motility. They are also rich in antioxidants.
Functions: Clears heat and toxins, Strengthens Stomach, Replenishes Fluids, Nourish Yin and Moisten Lungs, Moistens Bowels.
Bananas may help combat acid reflux and may provide relief for irritation of the digestive tract lining. Bananas are rich in potassium, which helps lower blood pressure. Bananas are also rich in magnesium may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Functions: Replenishes Yang, Expels Cold and Reduces Pain, Warms the Meridians and Promotes Circulation.
Apart from anti-inflammatory properties, cinnamon also contains cinnamaldehyde, which has analgesic effects. Glycosides from cinnamon may have therapeutic effects against gastric-ulcers. Tannins in cinnamon also has astringent effects and may combat watery stools or diarrhea.