Moon Juk aka Period Porridge

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Moon Juk aka Period Porridge, Kris Gonzalez Acupuncture in Santa Barbara

Food Therapy is a huge part of my practice. I teach women that during their periods (moontime), the most ideal foods to consume are cooked, warmed and nourishing. An ideal dish to incorporate all of these aspects is a porridge. In walks in Moon Juk (juk is Korean for porridge), the period porridge. Here's the ingredients and why it's so beneficial during our restorative bleeding time. 

Adzuki Beans: High is easily digestible protein & helps with blood circulation
Job's Tears: It simultaneously drains fluid retention (bloating) while nourishing body fluids (beautifies skin) and reduces inflammation in the body.
Rice: Super easy to digest, sweet rice is a little higher in protein. You can find sweet rice at any Asian grocery store.
Longan Berries: Blood building tonic

Moon Juk (To be consumed all 4 days of your period for breakfast) 4 servings:

1/4 cup adzuki beans
1/4 cup job's tears
1/4 cup jasmine white rice
1/4 cup sweet rice
1/4 cup longan berries

Here's a video on how to make it!

I like to soak the first 4 ingredients for several hours or overnight. Rinse until water runs clear. Add all ingredients including longan berries into a crockpot. Add 6-8 cups of water and cook on low overnight. (Note: some crockpots temperatures vary. If yours runs too low, you may need to use the high setting and just add in more water) It is more beneficial if you cook this slow and long so that you can pull out all of the benefits. You can also use the "porridge" setting on most rice cookers. For rice cookers use 5-6 cups of water.

Moon Juk can be enjoyed like an oatmeal porridge or you can warm it and blend it into a warm smoothie. Feel free to sprinkle some cinnamon on there. Add a bit of honey to sweeten if your heart desires. See pics below for the porridge and warm blended versions.

Kristin Gonzalez offers Acupuncture in Santa Barbara