Monday, October 27, 2014

Smoothies and Ayurveda

4000 years ago the ayurvedic seekers did not have the revelation of a high speed blender. They did however macerate plants, minerals and other substances to form medicines and special regenerative foods.

Smoothies are usually taken cold, which in ayurveda is a big no no!!. Cold substances decrees agni or digestive fire, no really a good choices to keep top digestion. The other factor we need to consider when we make smoothies is not to combine to many powerfood. It is not true that we will assimilate all of them, specially if we combine fruits, vegetables, protein and even grains. It is better to keep our smoothies at room temperature and to use simple and compatible food.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Smoothy for High blood pressure

Apart from having the correct life style and ayurvedic purification, you can help your high blood pressure by taking certain spices, fruits and nuts.
30 days in company with this smoothy will not only purify your blood but will make an easy and complete breakfast. You can also complement this smoothy with
1 gram of garlic daily,
1 cup of cocoa, with 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa power in water daily.
200 mg black cumin seed extract daily.
Also you can increase you take of Vitamin D and magnesium.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Pomegranate chocolate chia mousse

Chia plant is from the family of mints.They are originally from central America and are now in great demands for their nutritional value. Rich in potassium, calcium, iron and omega oils chia seeds are becoming a great food supplement in vegetarians cooking. I like the texture that add to puddings, mousses and ice creams.  By themselves they don't taste very much like anything, which make them very versatile in given texture to any food. They also work wanders for vatta constitution in case of gas and constipation. This mousse is easy to make and make a great desert, snack or breakfast. You can find in health food stores white or black chia seeds.

Pumpkin chocolate Butter

Butters are super easy to do and a great gift in any season. they can complement any desert, toast, fruits or granola. They are also nutritious and a great temptation to children. When they are warm they are a great food for vattas. You can change the spices to accommodate your dosha.

Ingredients:
  • 1 (29 ounce) can pumpkin puree, approx. 3 1/2 cups or fresh
  • 3/4 cup apple sauce
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk.
  • 1/2-1.5 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder or 1 tsp of heart blend from satya spices. If you are using satya spices you don't need to add any other spices.
  • 1 cup coconut sugar (or jaggery)

Pumpkin Chai.

A classical drink in the fall, warming creamy and good for all doshas.  It is great at the holidays table as well as a delight for children.
Serve 4
Ingredients
3 cups coconut milk or milk of your preference.
4 tsp of coconut sugar, jaggery or any sweetener.
4 tsp of pumpkin pure
1 tsp of cinnamon
1/2 tsp cardamon.
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ginger.

Creamy Peanut and sweet potato stew

This creamy stew is a heaven for vatta dosha or vatta season. When the first cold wind of fall appears, I remember this cozy recipe. You can add extra chilli or ginger if you want it more spicy, however just adding the satya spices for your dosha is probably all you need. You can serve this soup to children by avoiding the chilli peppers.
Serve 6

Ingredients:
1 tsp of ghee or oil for your dosha.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Organic Ayurvedic toothpaste

I know this is a cooking blog, however using cooking ingredients from your kitchen you can make an economical, "tasty" organic toothpaste for the family. You can change the spices to give a different flavor to the paste or to use for different doshas. You can use mint for pitta- it control inflammations- cinnamon for Vatta and ginger for Kapha. The ingredients on this recipe are antibacterial, anti fungal and antiviral.
Complement your oral cleaning with sesame oil pulling. To do this practice take 3 tsp of sesame oil in your mouth and move it all around your mouth for 5 to 10 minutes, then spit the oil.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Salsa verde with green tomatos

The original salsa verde is made with tomatillos, however if you don't have them you can use green tomatos with lime juice. This green salsa goes well with tortillas, tacos, salads or roasted vegetables. It takes 5 minutes to make and is a great way to use those green tomatoes from the garden. Excellent sauce for kapha and vatta doshas. Blend the avocado at the end just for a few seconds to give the sauce a creamy consistency.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Rice balls with roasted walnuts

I can eat rice everyday, soft sweet and sattvic. Sometimes a cook more that I can need and end up with leftovers. This recipe is really limitless. You can make rice ball with vegetables, nuts, seaweeds or goat cheese. This recipe uses plane white rice and simple whole walnuts. Elegant, zen and easy.

Beets in tangerine sauce

This colorful fragrant and creamy tangerine sauce goes well with many dishes, however, my favorite company are with beets.  I like to serve this dish in an open plate so the sharp contract of colors are easily admirable. Serve 6. 20 minutes. Sauce can keep refrigerate for 3 days and use over cereals.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Carrot and orange soup with fresh red currants

This 10 minutes soup satisfy any simple lunch or a gourmet dinner. I like to serve this soup in an individual plates with a touch of fresh dill on top and red fresh currants. The color contrast is appealing to the eye and the orange fragrance stimulates the appetite. Good in summer for any dosha and excellent for children. You can change the spices in accord to your dosha. You can also replace orange with lemon to give a more tangy taste.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Home-Made Coconut Ice Cream


No ice cream maker? No sweat...

You can make this without an ice cream maker, though it won’t be exactly the same consistency. Ice cream makers basically work by churning a ton of air into the mixture. If you beat the ice cream mixture by hand, it’ll be denser and a little coarser, because you won’t be able to get as much air into it by hand. That said, here’s what to do:

Zingy Carrot Salad



Everybody likes carrots, this sweet root is optimal for all doshas.

Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin  A, providing 210% of the average adult's needs for the day. They also provide 6% of vitamin C needs, 2% of calcium needs and 2% of iron needs per serving.
It is the antioxidant beta-carotene that gives carrots their bright orange color. Beta-carotene is absorbed in the intestine and converted into vitamin A during digestion.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Pomegranate Chilli Syrup

Natural syrups are easy to make and very regarding in the kitchen as well as a medicinal tonic. This honey based syrup goes well over almost any thing, or as an addition to salad dressing and other sauces. Because it is honey based, do not cooked, since warm honey become poison.

I like to mix this syrup with ghee or any other oil as a based for fortifying breakfast cereals, salads and chutneys.

You can find the pomegranate syrup in middle East stores.

Solstice Mango Salad

The secret to make this salad is to use fresh ripe orange mangoes from Mexico. They are usually in season in June and July and available in Chinese stores. It can be time consuming to do this salad for 50 people, as I did in a solstice party, however is surely  a way to impress any special guess. For 4 people can only take 10 minutes.

Ingredients for 4 people:
6 ripe sweet orange mangoes from Mexico.
1 small green limes

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Turmeric Purify drink

 
From Chloe Park 
When I lived in Bali, I fell in love with the Balinese-style turmeric juice, Jamu Kunyit. 

Turmeric is known to be one of the most powerful healing herbs. It is great for bones and joints as it has anti-inflammatory properties. It prevents metastases from occurring in many different forms of cancer. 

Turmeric's also a natural liver detoxifier and a kidney cleanser, and it speeds metabolism and aids in weight management. Plus it heals and alleviates conditions of depression, psoriasis, damaged skin, arthritis and more. 

For these reasons, turmeric is ubiquitous both in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Tapioca and coconut Fruit salad

Ayurveda suggest not to combine sweet fruits with sour fruits for better digestion. The secret of a good fruit salad is to select fresh organic fruits that are well mature.  I prefer to eat fruits by themselves in the morning or as a snack. However from time to time I add fruits to green salads or make them as fresh desert for hot summer days. To avoid the gas forming of fruits add a pinch of chilli, mint or ginger to your salad.- serve 4 good for pitta, and kaphas

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Cool cucumber garden drink

This drink is excellent to cool the system and to give an elegant touch to your garden party.

Ingredients
  • 3 cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and coarsely chopped (6 cups)
  •  1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh coconut milk or water

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Hot and sweet chilli wine


This deep red fermented chilli paste gives colour and taste to any dish. It also promotes digestion. good circulation, heals ulcers and reduces pain. The intense red makes for an attractive addition to soups, salads and rice. I even put the sauce on my hot morning cereal to aid digestion and get my blood circulation going. Good for Vatta and Kapha. My pitta friends can also enjoy, but in moderation. Learn more about the medicinal properties of chillies.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Wild Rose and Mint Lassi

rose and mint lassi
Lassi is a smoothy of India. Usually made with yogurt and fruit- no the best combination, since can produce acidity. Lassi, however can be a nourishing drink and a easy way to satisfy digestion. This cooling lassi is an exotic touch to any part of your day.

Ingredients:
2 tsp yogurt- optional
1/2 cup of coconut milk- fresh if possible.
1 cup water- add water to  a desirable consistency 
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped or torn into small pieces.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Thai Carrot Cream

Creamy, elegant, decadent and invigorating is the description I can give to this soup. It  goes very well with beet salad, and a fresh green salad. This really is all you need to feel satisfy. You can also change the amount of carrots with beets, parsnips or sweet potatoes. At the end is a rich soup that satisfy all doshas.

Ingredients:
3 big organic carrots
1 large parsnips
1 cup of water

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Ginger and Lime sauce

Ginger and lime sauce
This fearless Thai flavored sauce takes 5 minutes to make and can be use in many dishes, salads and dips. This warming sauce is can be prepare a head and keep in the fridge for 5 to 10 days. You can also serve it cold as a strong dinner complement. You can change olive oil with coconut milk, almond milk, or sesame oil. I like to make mine with coconut milk if I using it immediately. I use sesame oil to preserve it in the fridge for a longer period of time. Excellent digestive and medicine for Vatta and kapha doshas. Pitta can make this sauce with coconut milk to balance it's heating properties.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Hot ghee

The medicinal properties of chilli and ghee are extensive and good for all doshas. The secret is how to combine them and use it in your daily cooking in a balance way. This sauce can last for many years and use in your daily cooking. Excellent for vattas and kapha doshas, and surely a temptation to my pitta friends.

Ingredients:
2 cups of melted ghee
1/4 cup paprika
1 cup red chilli powder.

Monday, May 5, 2014

12 Foods to use with caution in children


* Roasted nuts or popcorn should not be eaten until after the six-year molars have come in. Such foods, when not properly chewed, can become lodged in the digestive tract and cause severe problems.
* Soy milk is a concentrated protein food. It is too heavy for most children, so use only under doctor's orders. (The same should be applied to soy-based infant formulas).

14 Power food for children


       Almonds increase Pitta and Kapha, and reduce Vata.

       Bananas are an ideal first food to feed your child. They are high in vitamin A and potassium and, when not overripe, high in calcium. The stringy white lining of the banana peel is especially nutritious.
       Basmati rice means “fragrant pearl”. It is the grain most easily digested by all. It is the food for the gods. By itself, it holds one of the highest quantities of absorbable protein; combined with split mung bean, it forms a complete protein.

How to introduce new food to children


The first solid food given to a baby will determine what that infant will desire later on. If you primarily give your baby sweets, oil, or salt, he or she will always crave that.
Below are some general guidelines to help you and your family make a transition to an energizing whole foods diet. Make these changes gradually. In Ayurveda, there is a saying that when letting go of a food that is no longer supporting you, “decrease it by one quarter, by one quarter, by one quarter.” For example, if you wish to reduce or omit salt, begin reducing your daily salt intake by one quarter.

Vitamins, children and ayurveda


Under normal conditions, Ayurveda suggests children receive their vitamins through foods and herbs because they are easier to digest and absorb. Each dosha requires a few vitamins, so naturally some will become depleted more rapidly. If vitamin pills or liquid are taken, take them with coriander or cardamom to help digestion and absorption.

Teaching Good Eating Habits to Children


Love and good food bring out the best in a child. Providing a nurturing environment, loving nourishment, and wholesome food are fundamental for your child to be healthy, happy, “wholly”, AND as smart as possible.
Eating a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, protein along with avoiding overly processed, refined, and chemically laden foods will enhance your child's intellectual, physical, emotional, and mental development.

How to balance your Kapha dosha child


Our Kapha children are blessed with a strong, healthy, well-developed body. They tend to have strong muscles and larger-than average, heavy bones. Because their larger frames are dominated by earth and water, they tend to gain weight and have difficulty taking it off.

Kaphas also tend to be blessed with a sweet loving disposition, with a stable solidity to them.

How to balance your Pitta Dosha Child


The child with a Pitta body type is of medium build and height, with coppery skin and possibly reddish hair. Moles and freckles are common on Pitta skin, which also tends to be oily and warm.

Pitta children tend to have an average body temperature that is higher than that of other children, so they can feel quite warm while others feel cold. They have a low tolerance for hot weather, sunshine or hard physical work. The summer is the most challenging time for them, so this is the time when extra care should be taken.

How to balance a Vatta dosha child


Vata children have light flexible bodies, so they tend to be slim or underweight. There delicate skin tends to be easily dry, rough or extra sensitive to soaps or other products. You may find your Vata child has cold hands and feet due to poor circulation. Vata children have variable appetites and thirst as well as variable digestive strength, and therefore often experience digestive difficulties and problems with absorption of nutrients. Because of the dry, light, and mobile qualities of the dosha, adding the opposite to their diet and lifestyle works best. Your Vata child really appreciates routine since the mobile qualities of the dosha disturb the air and the ether. Implementing Vata diet and lifestyle works best for them.

Getting to know your child dosha


In order to know your child’s dosha you need to keep in mind that there are two aspects to consider. One is the Prakruti of the child which is determined in the moment of conception. The other aspect is the Vakriti which is the present dosha according to age and any dis-balance. It is also ever changing.

4 Lifestyle keys for children balance


If you are a mother, you easily know that a child without routine is a confuse child. Ayurveda point certain times during the day and a few tips to make that routine flow for both of you.
Daily Rhythms/Sleep
We also have daily cycles of doshas in addition to the dosha seasons.  They happen twice a day. The first cycle begins when the sun rises:
5 a.m. to 10 a.m. – Kapha time
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Pitta time
2 p.m. to 6 p.m. – Vatta time

3 factors that influence your doshas


1)    Age (Three Stage of Life) and the Doshas
We evolve through three different stages of life, each related to the functions of the dosha that predominates during those years.
Childhood is the Kapha stage. The body grows and builds and constantly demands nourishment to develop strong tissues. Symptoms related to disturbances of Kapha are more common in the childhood stage (i.e.: colds, mucus and congestion). Dry and warm foods will help greatly.

Quik understanding of the 3 doshas


Vata or Winter
Vata is a combination of air and space (ether). In winter the qualities of nature are light, dry, mobile, subtle, cold and rough. So as a result, Vata has similar qualities.
The functions of the body that involve movement and which are all-pervasive, are performed by Vata. The Vata functions are body movements, blood circulation, respiration, excretion, speech, sensation, touch and hearing. In emotions, it manifests as fear, anxiety, grief, enthusiasm and natural urges. In the physical it relates to the formation of the fetus, sexual urges, and retention. Vata is the lead dosha and influencing the other two doshas and when imbalanced causes 60% of diseases.

Spotting your child dosha


Who are your children?
Have you ever wondered about the difference in children from their interest in sports to their hair color or that some are thinner or put on weight easily? No two children are the same.
In Ayurveda there are three basic body types (doshas), and for children, each kid-type will be more susceptible to certain conditions and behavior traits if there is an imbalance.   
The three basic kid-types (doshas) are:
Vata – the magic elf
Pitta – the invincible warrior
Kapha – adorable teddy bear

Parenting with ayurveda


Ayurveda holds the secret to keep your children healthy, balanced and happy. Ayurveda is the traditional holistic system of healing that has been practiced in India for over four thousand years. The term Ayurveda comes from the Sanskrit  “ayur” meaning “life” or “longevity”, and, “veda”, meaning “knowledge” or “wisdom”; it is therefore often translated as “knowledge of living” or “the science of long life”.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

What dosha is my child?-Questionnaire



This questionnaire is a good guideline for parents to know what dosha is their child. You can implement diet and life style accordingly. It you child is sick or have special needs, please consult your ayurvedic practitioner.

Monday, April 21, 2014

No tomato Marinara

           
It looks and tastes enough like the real thing to fool anyone!  And with all the genetic altering being done to tomatoes, this is probably a much safer alternative to the original sauce. 
Hint: You can make this sauce for another dish (such as a tomato-free ratatouille, or as a sauce over stir-fried vegetables and quinoa or baked spaghetti squash for an unrefined and wholesome alternative to pasta) and freeze half of it for a ready-to-go pizza sauce to be used on another day.

Yogy Pizza


This pizza is wheat-free, yeast-free, sugar-free and tomato-free.  Tomatoes, being high in oxalic acid (a calcium inhibitor), are a particularly difficult member of the nightshade family of vegetables and are difficult for people to tolerate when eaten frequently.  Not only do they block calcium absorption, they cause heat and inflammation within the colon.  Mentally, this physical inflammation can manifest as irritability, anger and restlessness. 

Mung Beans Patties


Allow the children to eat with their hands, and this recipe make the process fun and clean. 
V-, P+ (slightly), K- (use less oil)

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup mung beans (soaked overnight or for 2 hours)
  • coriander (handful chopped)
  • leeks (1 stalk)
  • 1 carrot (shredded)

How to make Almond Milk


(taken from Amadea Morningstar’s book “Ayurvedic Cooking for Westerners”)
-Vata, 0Pitta, mildly +Kapha
Makes 2 cups


 Ingredients
3 Tbsp almonds
2 cup water
Pinch Ground cardamom
And/or pinch Saffron
½ tsp honey

Equipment
Bowls
Strainer
Measuring cup
Blender or food processor
Fine-mesh nut bag or cheese cloth
 

How to prepare almonds for children


Almonds have a warming nature and a sweet flavour.   They are excellent for vata children.
  • Relieves stagnant qi energy of the lungs, transforms phlegm, alleviates cough, and lubricates the intestines.
  • Builds ojas, (vital fluid in the body)
  • A sattvic nut, (increases mental calmness and spiritual attunement)
  • Alkalizes the blood
  • Great for the skin