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I love this salad and I always like to eat it warm. Ayurveda has a lot to say about cold food on the digestive system and it is really important to be aware of this. Cool food dampens the Agni, the fire in the belly and can disrupt the digestive system. So even if you eat this at room temperature it's better than coming out of the fridge.
Keep it simple is always delicious and what better than a simple vinaigrette that adds flavour and enhances your salads.
Avocado is heavy, oily, thick and creamy, which is great for Vata but not so great for Pitta and Kapha. But I love avocados so a great way to counteract the oiliness is to add citrus juice like lemon and lime to your salad, or a little salt and pepper spices to lift them, remember lemons have a heating nature so use sparingly in the summer.
Sprouts have been used in ancient India as medicine for many things, what we know today is that sprouts as a living food provide us with extra health benefits that provide us with preventative nutrition. Bean sprouts have the richest source of amino acids
Pears are sattvic as is fennel served with fluffy basmati rice and crunchy walnuts with a zing of feta cheese, it really is great as a summer meal. The ingredients couldn't be simpler, I explained earlier that you could use the heart of a cabbage sliced thinly if you are unable to get fennel, but of course, fennel is a treat for us all.
What a sight to see the colours in this are fabulous and it's absolutely full of nutritious ingredients. You can substitute wild rice instead of black quinoa, but I love them both so swap and change. Black quinoa provides similar nutritive benefits to other types of quinoa. It is a source of complete protein
This is a really easy hummus to make and a little different packed with live goodness, I have written all about sprouted beans in this section. This will make a really healthy working lunchtime dish if you do not have time, as you can prepare it really quickly in the morning and eat with flatbread. It is also great as a starter for a dinner menu, always great to have in when friends pop over.
Alfalfa sprouts are associated with a good source of benefits, including preventing heart disease, improve digest system, lower cholesterol, detoxify the body and stimulate healing wounds. You can add alfalfa to your sandwiches or salads for more flavors and enjoying its health benefits, this is a favourite recipe and great to have for a lighter early evening meal.
Remember your dosha requirements as it can be really easy to add too much of these dressings that will cause an inbalance in your dosha, even when you think you are eating great live food. Don't use bought fruit juice, fruit is food, whilst Ayurveda tells us that the juice is our medicine. Our body tells us when we have eaten enough food while it's not so easy with juice and it can overwhelm the system.
Herbs can transform a salad and a dressing and we are fortunate that we can get plenty of fresh herbs from our supermarkets nowadays but even better if you grow your own or can buy from a local garden centre.
There are lots of different opinions on sprouting beans in the Ayurveda world. Heres my take on it, sprouted beans are a live food, so full of living goodness. Although some say that the ancient texts do not advocate eating bean sprouts because they are a raw food, there are many that do say to include them in your diet. I honestly think that since Ayurveda is over 7000 yrs old we or should I say I can safely say that somethings can be adapted and improved.
Fennel is a sattvic vegetable so its great for all dosha types. Ayurveda uses fennel as a digestive tonic, a mild laxative, and a diuretic. It helps to remove toxins from the body. It's light, fresh, refreshing and cooling.
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