Double Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins + Chinese Medicine Fun Facts
- Published on: 27 February, 2014
- Last update: 27 February, 2014
Protein + chocolate. Heaven. I’m always looking for a snack to munch on that will please my sweet tooth. This recipe is approved by my new alternative medicine doctor (or as I like to call it, ORIGINAL medicine!)
I saw a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine, who told me that my body had far too much COOL, or YIN energy, and basically no HEAT. Heat provides the body with fire for digestion (think of throwing logs into a fire, if there is not fire and you are too cool you can’t digest), libido, and increased activity. Too much heat, however, can be a problem, just like my overbearing “cold” is a problem.
Chinese medicine looks at the body from a place of balance – are the organs balanced? Is the hot and cold in the body balanced? The yin/yang? Food in Chinese medicine is not categorized by “fat” or “carb” or even “paleo” or “vegan.” It is simply categorized by the reaction it creates in the body; whether it cools or warms the body, and what organs it tonifies or activates the energy of. This is why I feel there is no one way of eating! You must eat to suit your body’s needs at the moment. You maybe predisposed to have a naturally hot or “excess” body, or like me you may naturally have a cold or “deficient” body. Thus, you must eat in order to nourish what you are lacking! This means over the next two months or so, I’ll be eating mostly cooked foods and drinking hot water only in order to balance my yin and yang.
Sometimes, your body can go from one extreme to the other. My freshman year of college, when I got really sick with a virus and had intense liver problems, I researched Chinese medicine and used herbs to fix my liver. I diagnosed myself with DAMP HEAT in the liver. Dampness combined with heat means breeding ground for infection and virus. Think about the way a damp hot place is a perfect place for mold, bacteria, and odor in real life! TCM always mimics and follows nature.
When I first started looking into TCM, I used my tongue to diagnose a lot of problems. The tongue is connected, directly or indirectly, with the channels of all of the internal organs. Also, since there is a rich supply of blood to the tongue and the papillae are so sensitive to change, it quickly indicates the functional activity of the body. Here is a fun chart you can use to see what imbalance YOU have in the body! I’m #2 and #8, but I also have several cracks along with my teeth marks.
So, back to our wonderful protein muffins! I made sure to add cinnamon as a warming herb.
- 1/2 cup Source Organic grass fed and non-gmo protein powder
- 3/4 cup gluten free oat flour (OR if you are paleo / can’t find gluten-free oats/oat flour use half almond meal flour & half coconut flour)
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup milk of your choice (almond, cow, help, rice, etc.)
- 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
- 1/2 cup to 1 cup coconut sugar depending on how sweet you like it OR you can use any sugar of your choice (coconut sugar is low glycemic)
- 1 egg
- pinch of cinnamon
- chocolate chips
I simply blended all of the ingredients in my food processor, poured into muffin cups and baked for about 25 minutes at 350 degrees. Enjoy!!