Eating with festival and slight cold: middle-aged and old friends drink porridge like this, celebrate Laba and enjoy health!

Today’s slight cold coincides with Laba.

Before and after the slight cold, it will enter the coldest winter day. At this time, if you have a bowl of hot porridge that is fragrant, soft and glutinous to eat, it will iron your intestines and stomach and warm your limbs, not to mention how comfortable it will be. However, Laba Festival also has the custom of drinking [Laba porridge].

Laba drinks porridge to pray for good fortune and ward off evil spirits.

The custom of drinking porridge in Laba has existed for a long time and originated from Buddhism. There are records in the Northern Song Dynasty: on the 8th of the first day of the month, there were three to five monks and nuns in the streets and lanes who worked as teams to chant Buddhism… The big temples held Buddha bathing meetings and sent seven treasures and five flavors of porridge and disciples, which is called Laba porridge. All people are Japanese families who also cook porridge with fruit miscellaneous materials and eat it.

With the gradual evolution and development of this custom, it has gradually become the common people who drink porridge to pray for good fortune and ward off evil spirits on this day.

The materials of cooking Laba porridge can be blended according to people’s preferences. All cereals can cook porridge: rice, glutinous rice, coix seed, brown rice, red beans, soybeans, mung beans, black beans, red dates, peanuts, walnuts, chestnuts, nuts, dried fruits, etc. The family eats a pot of porridge and is happy.

Since there are many kinds of Laba porridge, and middle-aged and elderly friends often have gastrointestinal digestion insufficiency or [three highs] problems, how should they drink Laba porridge?

Today, Dr. Clove will introduce two different types of Laba porridge to you, which you can adjust according to your own situation.

Digestion is not good, do this

For middle-aged and elderly friends with poor digestion, it is necessary to reduce the digestive burden of gastrointestinal tract.

When cooking Laba porridge, put less beans or no beans to avoid too much burden on the intestinal tract.

If you often have diarrhea, you can put more brown rice, large yellow rice, millet, yam and lotus seeds, which are easier to digest and less irritating to intestinal tract.

Before cooking porridge, soak the materials for a longer time, and the cooking time can also be longer, so that the cooked coarse cereals and bean porridge can be better digested.

Advice to [Three Highs] Friends

For friends with [three highs] problems, when cooking porridge, you can make some corresponding adjustments.

When cooking porridge, try to increase the proportion of beans to more than 1/3. For example, red beans, mung beans, kidney beans, chickpeas, etc., these beans have a lower effect on blood sugar than cereals. You can also add some oats and barley, on the one hand, it can increase the viscosity of porridge, make the taste of porridge better, on the other hand, it can also help control blood sugar.

Do not put food materials that have a greater impact on blood sugar, such as glutinous rice, white rice, sticky millet, etc. Sweet raisins and dates should be put less and no sugar should be added.

The soaking time of the ingredients is shorter, don’t cook too long or too rotten, and leave some [chewing head], which is good for controlling blood sugar and increasing satiety.

Five Colors Nafu Porridge

Dr. Clove introduced a [five-color lucky porridge], which has two versions and is suitable for friends with poor digestion or problems of [three highs].

1. For friends who cannot digest well, this is how to match them.

Materials: brown rice, large yellow rice, millet, yam, lotus seed.


  1. Peel yam and cut it into pieces for later use.

  2. Soak lotus seeds and brown rice half an hour in advance.

  3. Mix the materials, add 6-8 times of water, and boil in a pressure cooker for 2 hours.

2. Have [three high] friends, so choose

Ingredients: Red Bean, Mung Bean, White Kidney Bean, Oat, Brown Rice.


  1. Soak all beans 4 hours in advance.

  2. Mix the soaked beans with the remaining materials, add 6-8 times of water, and boil in a pressure cooker for 1 hour.