Do you try to eat according to the rules of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the 5 elements cooking? Then you should try this easy to make TCM snack. (If you haven’t heard about 5 elements cooking yet, it basically means that all food can be associated with one element – Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, Water – and each meal should consist of all elements.)
Even if you do not do TCM or 5 elements meals, this Sweet Millet is a wonderful snack. Food is very important in TCM just as it is in many other cultures, too. Like Hippocrates said: “let your food be your medicine”. And why shouldn’t medicine be sweet?
TCM Snack: Sweet Millet
- Coconut Flakes
- Dried Apricot (cut into small pieces)
- Vanilla (powder or fresh)
- Rice Milk or Oat Milk
- Almond Slices
- Cook millet together with coconut flakes and apricots.
- Add a bit of cardamom and vanilla.
- Pour rice milk or oat milk over the millet
- Add almond slices.
- Done! Enjoy!
The Sweet Millet tastes great straight out of the pot, but I also like to add fresh fruit or berries. Especially raspberries, blueberries or pear. And my kids and I like to eat this any time of the day, especially if it is still warm!
I have to admit that even though preparing this TCM snack is really easy, I like to make a bigger portion. So I can enjoy it the next day, too. And whenever I go to a Taijiquan or Qi Gong workshop on a weekend, this millet recipe is simple to prepare the day before and bring to the workshop!
P.S.: I found this recipe on Katharina Ziegelbauers blog, who is a TCM nutritionist from Vienna. If you happen to speak German, check out her other recipes and tipps!