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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.
This dish is so full of health benefits it's amazing, I've adapted one of my no meat 'bone' broths to create this. If you are looking for something tasty, incredibly healthy, detoxing and perfect for getting in shape for the summer months, this is for you.
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
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.
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.
Vata Breakfast Rice with Raisins or Fresh Fruit* 1 cup of cooked basmati rice - only make enough for serving the same day. Ayurveda does not advocate using 'afters' on another day. But particularly with rice as it can harbor germs much more easily than other foods.
Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is a 7,000-year-old plant that originated in the mountainous regions of South America. While it is commonly known as an “ancient grain,” quinoa is technically not a grain or cereal grain, but a seed, and does not contain gluten.
The word masala simply means a combination of ground spices. According to Ayurveda Vata is the body type/dosha that is formed from the combination of the Air and Ether elements, with the qualities of being dry, light, cold, rough, subtle, and mobile.
All Dosha Frittata is a really easy and nutritious quick dish which can be adapted for all dosha types. Great for a light lunch or you can add extra veg or stuff a pitta bread with it for something more substantial.
You can just eat them on their own as the masala mix and fresh herbs make this recipe. Spelt is pungent, heating, light and dry, so it has an effect on all doshas, its great for Kapha, ok for Pitta and ok for Vata in smaller quantities.
This is my mum and here is hers and everyone's favourite soup and really easy recipe. This video was recorded about 5 years ago and my mum has passed since then, but she always loved this soup and each time I watch it, it reminds me of her and the things that helped her feel well.
Herbs for Spring allergies - An Ayurveda Perspective. The doctor is in the house! Read through carefully and gain a better understanding of which herbs and spices can help with knowing more about Spring Allergies. If you need to ask questions, go to our Facebook page and ask there, we will try to help. Remeber that this is an educational site and you should consult a professional if you have health concerns.
Oat and Nut Flapjacks. Really easy to make and delicious, but check out the ingredients if you are sticking to eating for your dosha type. See my suggestions for each ingredient.
Spiced Kichadi Adapted for All Doshas. This basic quick recipe requires 2 main components, the marriage between the grain and the bean is one of the oldest and traditional Ayurveda healing recipes. This particular one has been and adapted with a tasty mix of spices.
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