Ayurveda is sometimes called the sister science of yoga and addresses individual health needs based on how each person relates to the natural rhythms of nature. It recommends a lot of fruits as desserts for a sweet treat without refined sugars.
Ghee is a clarified butter used regularly in Ayurvedic medicine and recipes. You can find it at a health food store and even make your own. Because it removes the carbohydrates from butter it does well with high heat and also can last in your cabinet. Here it helps to turn a banana into a healthy and savory dessert.
You can also make this dessert as healthy as it can be by giving your body time to digest it. Eat it slowly and enjoy every bite!
This is adapted from a recipe by Kristin Rae Stevens.
We’ve all had times when we’ve eaten too much rich food and experience indigestion. Sometimes our digestive system needs a little support and cardamom, ginger and lemon are three great foods to help get it back up and running. Ginger and cardamom calm the stomach and help deal with gas and bloating. Lemon stimulates the gallbladder which is essential for the healthy digestion of fatty foods. Next time you overdone it, sip a cup of this tea until you feel some relief.
This recipe comes from the book The Path of Practice by Bri. Maya Tiwari.
To “mull” means to warm a beverage or drink. This is usually reserved for wine or even apple cider, but the flavors can give the feel of the holidays in any kind of drink! Here is a recipe for a mulled apple juice and berry smoothie.
4 cups of apple juice (or cider)
4 teaspoons of mulling spices (small pieces of cinnamon and orange peel, whole allspice and and whole cloves) wrapped in a cheesecloth
2 cups of frozen berries
Heat up the juice on the stove and add the cheesecloth full of spices. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer, letting it steep over the heat for approximately 20 minutes. Taste it and if it still needs more flavoring, let it continue to simmer for 10 more minutes.
Let the juice cool. Add the frozen berries and blend.
Squash is rich in beta carotene, with iron, vitamin C, potassium, and smaller traces of calcium, folic acid. These nutrients makes it great for keeping your immune system healthy to fight off colds as the weather cools down.
Most low-nutrient and high-sugar sweets that you may crave when you are stressed can make you feel tired and sluggish. These banana oatmeal cookies have no added sugar and won’t bring you down. Plus, they will help your body deal with that stress!
Bananas can support your body through all kinds of physical stress; their potassium helps muscles replenish themselves. Oats are filled with fiber which can prevent sudden drops in blood sugar and help you maintain a good mood. Plus, medicinally oats are called a nervine and can calm your stressed-out nerves.
Next time you need something sweet that’s also good for you, make a quick batch of these!
I have been learning a lot this year about botanical medicine, and this recipe packs in foods that are great to reduce inflammation, boost circulation and improve digestion. With each of these benefits, these medicinal foods can be used to help the body recover from a physical injury. The slow cooking time for the mushrooms is what pulls out many of their medicinal benefits. (They will still be healthy if you don’t have the time to do that, but if you do, try it out!) In order for it to work medicinally, it should be eaten regularly (as in daily). Even if you just eat it sometimes, it’s a tasty meal filled with fiber, nutrients and probiotics – a great soup to add to a healthy home-cooking repertoire.
Here is a recipe for a simple spice mix that is great for adding flavor to food.
You can sprinkle it on ready-made food. It also works great as a flavoring for a homemade soup like a vegetable stock but without any salt.
If you’d like this to be more savory, some salt alternatives add to your food or recipe are ume plum vinegar, miso paste or Braggs amino acids. These all have sodium but include some added health benefits, too!
Hibiscus has a beautiful color and strong flavor which makes it a fun and refreshing drink. It’s so tasty that I realized it would make a great liquid base for a smoothie. A lot of hibiscus drink mixes include an added sweetener. I’ve been experimenting with adding stevia leaf and cinnamon for a hibiscus tea blend that is naturally sweet.
Below is my recipe for making the tea and how to turn it into a smoothie!
The simplest type of bread to make is a flatbread that doesn’t need yeast and takes little time to rise. Of course this takes more time then buying bread from the store or bakery, but the time spent can be a great stress reliever and exercise in relaxation. To me, this makes it worth the effort. We get a healthier bread without preservatives and additives and can be sure it is 100% whole grain. We get time to relax, reflect and even let out tension through our hands. We also get the satisfaction of having created something. So, when you find the time for this, try it out!
Adapted from The Path of Practice by Bri. Maya Tiwari
I never knew making falafel was so easy! Here’s a recipe for falafel patties. They look like small little pancakes and are great for making a meal more flavorful and filling. They also are great as a little snack. Usually when you get them out at a restaurant they are deep-fried, but by making them yourself you can fry them with a little oil in a pan so they are crispy but not too greasy.
Garbanzo bean flour is getting easier to find at regular supermarkets. It is also used in Italian cooking so you might find it at specialty shops as well as health food stores. I usually find Bob’s Red Mill brand, the creators of this recipe.