Hearty Winter Adzuki Bean Recipe

This Hearty Winter Adzuki Bean recipe is very popular with patients of Blossom Clinic.

This Hearty Winter Adzuki Bean recipe is very popular with patients of Blossom Clinic and super easy to make!

One great way to get extra protein in your diet is to make a big pot of beans on the weekend and stretch it out through multiple meals. For instance, you can use them in salads for lunch, tacos for dinner one night and soup the next. Here is my very simple recipe for Hearty Winter Adzuki Beans.

At my local grocery store there are 20 varieties of beans in the bulk section. Have you ever heard of Adzuki beans? In Chinese Medicine, these easily digestible beans are great for strengthening the Qi, Yin and Blood. They are also very high in minerals and vitamins such as antioxidants, potassium, B vitamins, fiber, iron and zinc! I am including a very simple recipe here so that you can see how easy it is to cook these beans. I am making these tonight along with some ground meat for burritos. Continue reading

Tonifying Spaghetti Squash Casserole with Adzuki Beans and Shiitakes

You probably have learned by now that I LOVE adzuki beans. I have talked about them in other blog posts and I include a simple recipe for adzuki beans in the Nourishing Fertility e-book. I asked Abby Fammartino for her favorite Adzuki bean recipe and she supplied us with this hearty and nurturing beauty.  I hope you enjoy! -Liz

Tonifying Spaghetti Squash Casserole with Adzuki Beans and Shiitakes

Yield: 8 servings

aduki bean recipe Spaghetti squash is chock full of vitamins and minerals, especially carotenes. Adzuki beans are tonifying to the body, and act as an edible remedy for water retention. Though this recipe may seem daunting with various steps, it is well worth it! A satisfying, warming fall or winter dish that will surely make leftovers. Once you make it once, you will get in the flow of timing the soaking of beans and nuts – remember it always saves time to set up your ingredients before you start! Happy Cooking, Chef Abby Fammartino

Pair this meal with a side salad for a completely satisfying vegetarian meal. Continue reading

Harvest Cleanse October 2013 at Blossom Clinic

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The Harvest Cleanse package includes a group class, 2 naturopathic visits and 2 acupuncture visits with a 25% discount.

Blossom Clinic’s two-week Harvest Cleanse is simple and easy to follow.   It has been tailored to the specific needs of our clientele. 

The cleanse is an elimination diet, not a fast and includes 3 meals per day.  During an elimination diet, all major foods that may cause sensitivities are eliminated, giving the body a chance to rest and renew. Continue reading

Spring Cleanse Portland at Blossom Clinic of Portland, OR

It’s that time of year…. Spring Cleanse 2013!

Dr. Elise’s two-week program is simple and easy to follow.  It is not a fast, but an elimination diet, which includes 3 meals a day and is appropriate for omnivores and vegetarians alike.  Participants are fully supported by Dr. Elise with an introductory class* and individual appointments to personalize the experience.

 

The benefits of the cleanse are many.  There is no better way to shed those extra winter pounds, banish the afternoon energy slump or reduce your susceptibility to spring allergies.

Here ‘s what one person had to say about our fall cleanse: Continue reading

Nutrition for Fertility (and good health!)

nutrition for fertility Many patients come into the office and ask me if they should eliminate gluten or dairy from their diet to enhance fertility. Although this might be a good idea for some, it seems that In our society when we think of good health, we automatically think about deprivation.  Why is that? How healthy can that be to deprive oneself of all of these things? And why isn’t anyone telling you what to put back in to replace those things? I write this blog to encourage a mental paradigm shift when it comes to healthy eating.

Ask yourself, “What can I add into my diet?” rather than, “What can I take away?”

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Chaste Tree Berry: A Girl’s Best Friend

chaste tree vitexIndigenous to the Mediterranean countries and Asia, Chaste Tree Berry has been renown as both an aphrodisiac and an anaphodisiac.

It was known in the middle ages as Monk’s pepper because of its reputed ability to suppress sexual desire in celibate monks.  Now in the 20th century it is being touted as the natural female “Viagra”. Chaste Tree Berry’s effects lie in its ability to stimulate and regulate anterior pituitary functions.  In particular it can normalize the amount of progesterone in our bodies. German research has discovered that Chaste Tree Berry does this by binding to dopamine2 receptors in the anterior pituitary and decreasing secretion of prolactin. This decrease in prolactin leads to increased progesterone production in the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle.  Additionally, Chaste Tree Berry seems to increase luteinizing hormone and help to lengthen a women’s luteal phase.  Luteinizing hormone is produced in the pituitary and it is what signals the female body to release an egg. Once the egg is released it is the empty follicle called the corpus lutetium that is responsible for manufacturing female’s monthly surges of progesterone.

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40% Discount on a Personalized Nutrition Plan at Blossom Clinic, Portland OR

Step into 2012 with a Personalized Nutrition Plan at Blossom Clinic.  Schedule your January/February  2012 appointments now and receive the following: Continue reading

Autumn: A Season for Cleansing

Contributed by Dr. Elise Schroeder

I am sad to see the Summer go.  It’s my favorite season – the time in Portland when the city comes alive with  perfect weather and a plethora of amazing outdoor cafes and restaurants.  It’s always such a pleasure Continue reading

Nurture your Soul this Holiday Season with a class at The Wellspring

Greetings!  It’s November and the holiday season is upon us!

Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday of the year.  Good food, good company and time off!  Yet, despite my best efforts, Continue reading

Autumn: A Season for Cleansing

Contributed by Dr. Elise Schroeder

I am sad to see the Summer go.  It’s my favorite season – the time in Portland when the city comes alive with  perfect weather and a plethora of amazing outdoor cafes and restaurants.  It’s always such a pleasure Continue reading