[Cooking] Green Bean Barley Soup

The weather getting hotter each day and is getting more unbearable. I made green bean barley soup for my family to cool for the internal heat.

Here some benefits of the Green bean barley soup


Benefits of Green bean. It also known as mung bean :

i) Clear Heat & Prevent Heat-stroke

Chinese Medicine believes that the external environment has a strong influence on the body.  For example, in a hot summer the body will absorb more heat from its external environment.  If the body cannot release this heat, physical changes may occur, including: body will feel hot, red face, very thirsty, dry skin, constipation, lack of energy, headache, dizziness.
For the hot seasons, TCM recommends foods that are cooling in nature, can balance the body’s Yin & Yang and can release the heat.  These types of foods should be a part of the daily diet during the summer.


ii) Clear Skin & Help Acne


Mung beans are sweet in taste and cooling in nature.  One of the very old traditional Chinese books, Kai Bao Ben Cao, mentions that mung beans act more on the Heart channel and clear heat and toxins from the skin, and cool heat in the blood.  Therefore, mung beans can help acne and other skin symptoms, such as the common skin rash, cold sores, mouth ulcers, pimples and boils.


iii) Clear Toxins from the Blood & Body


Modern science now also considers that mung beans can help clear toxins from the body, including environmental toxins and chemicals.




Benefits of  Barley :


i) Control Blood Sugar Better
ii) Lower Glucose Level
iii) Lower Blood Pressure
iv) Slow digestion , may help in weight control





Green bean Barley Soup :


1 cup of green beans
1 cup of barleys
1/4 cup of sago
1 honey date
A few strips of melon strips
Rock honey
1.5 to 2 liters of water



Process :

1) Rinse the green beans and barley.
2) Add the green beans, barley and sago into the water.
3) Add in honey date and melon strips.
4) Bring it to boil.
5) After boiling, lower the heat and let it simmer till the greenbeans and barleys are cook.
6) Add in rock honey to increase the sweetness to your preference.


Hope this simple recipe will help you cool off some heat (:


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