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Detox Your Body & Revitalize Your Qi with this Spring Slaw

By Travis Metzger /

Detox Your Body & Revitalize Your Qi with this Spring Slaw

The recipes on The Way are intended as an East meets West look at food and its relationship to health and nutrition. Food is powerful, and every bite can either greatly benefit your system or effectively work against it. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, nutrition is tremendously healing in nature and remarkably adaptable to individual needs. Based on 3,000 years of study, TCM seeks to treat the whole person rather than just the symptom to support and strengthen your body and your energy, or Qi

Spring is a natural time of detoxification when we look to bring our bodies into balance and enhance our health. Sugar, processed foods, environmental toxins, too much stress, and too little sleep and exercise can have our bodies headed in the wrong direction quickly. 

Chinese medicine is a study of energy and how it flows within the body. When your vital energy, or Qi slows down or gets stuck, it can cause pain and illness. Qi can also activate your body’s natural ability to heal. Even the foods we eat have their own innate energies, and by eating those of the right quality, we can revitalize our own Qi.

Thinking in terms of what nutritional elements your body needs or may be lacking at any given time is a wonderful way to address your overall health and wellbeing. In the spring, we can shed what we needed for warmth in the winter. It’s the perfect season for detoxing and revitalizing your personal Qi.

The apple in the recipe invigorates and promotes Qi while helping to dispel toxins. Cabbage supports Qi circulation, is a great antioxidant, and has more vitamin C than oranges. Turmeric has been part of Southeast Asian cuisine for millennia and it’s currently in the limelight for its anti-inflammatory and cancer preventative benefits.

Crunchy, tangy and nutritious, this simple slaw can be used as a side dish, a perfect light lunch, or an afternoon snack. Implementing small changes will allow your body to evolve into a stronger version of yourself, and lead to a toxin free body.

Chinese Medicine Benefit

Granny Smith Apple - Strengthens heart, lung, stomach, spleen and large intestine. Tonifies yin and Qi. Counteracts heat and removes toxins. Napa Cabbage - Strengthens large intestine, stomach and lung. Counteracts heat and promotes Qi circulation.

Onion - Strengthens lung, stomach, liver and large intestine. Promotes blood and Qi circulation, counteracts cold and damp, resolves phlegm. Turmeric - Strengthens spleen and liver. Promotes blood and Qi circulation. Reduces wind damp cold.

Green Chile - Strengthens lung, spleen, stomach and heart. Tonifies yang. Promotes blood and Qi circulation. Reduces wind damp cold. Ginger - Strengthens lung, spleen, stomach, heart and uterus. Counteracts cold. Resolves phlegm. Promotes Qi circulation. Reduces wind cold.

Lime - Strengthens gall bladder, liver, kidney, lung and spleen. Promotes blood and Qi circulation. Counteracts heat. Resolves phlegm and removes toxins. Olive Oil - Strengthens spleen and liver.

Spring Slaw




Serving Size 4-6 

Prep/Cooking Time 

Prep time: 10 minutes / Cooking time: 10 minutes




     2 Granny Smith apples cored and julienned
     4 C Napa Cabbage thinly sliced
     1 Medium Red Onion thinly sliced
     1⁄2 tablespoon fresh Turmeric (1 tablespoon fresh equals      1 teaspoon ground)

     1-2 Green Chile, serrano, to taste

    1 inch fresh Ginger
    Juice of 1-2 Limes depending on size

    2-3 tablespoons Olive Oil
    Salt and Pepper to taste



Combine all ingredients and mix together. Allow to rest ten minutes and mix again, the acid will begin to break down the cabbage, onion and apple a bit and you will have a wonderful balance of sweet, savory and spicy.




Travis Metzger is a Minneapolis-based chef and co-founder of DAO Labs. An avid health enthusiast, he’s juiced and eaten his way to health, combining his passion for fresh ingredients with flavors that make the palate sing. He combines his training at the New England Culinary Institute with his frequent travels to and throughout Asia to create recipes for The Way and DAO Labs that bridge the culinary aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine to the western diet and ingredient options. Travis can be reached at

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