“Ayurveda” is one of the oldest healing sciences from India. “Ayurveda” translates to knowledge of life and is based on a holistic approach of gaining balance between mind, body, spirit and environment. An Ayurvedic treatment starts with a internal purification process with specific diet, herbs, massages, yoga and meditation.
One of the most detoxifying recipes used in Ayurvedic kitchen is “Kitchari”. A combination of lentils, rice and specific herbs that are used to create a balancing effect on all the three bodily dosha’s (Vata, Pitta and Kapha). It is easy to digest, provides strength and vitality to the body, a complete meal that nourishes the cells and used in cleansing programs called “Panchkarma”.
If you are feeling sick or over indulged during the holidays, try eating kitchari for dinner and see the difference. Most of the Yoga retreats all over the world serve kitchari and is enjoyed with ghee(clarified ghee-not vegan), tamarind sauce, cilantro chutney and yogurt!
“The most creative act who will ever undertake is the act of creating yourself” -Deepak Chopra
Vegan Alfredo Sauce
I am so excited to share my new vegan alfredo sauce with you! I am sure you will love this recipe whether you have been plant-based for many years or just transitioning to dairy free. Cashews provide the perfect richness / creaminess and when combined with nutritional yeast, the sauce imbues a nutty and cheesy flavor!
This vegan alfredo sauce is quick to prepare ahead of time and pairs beautifully with fresh tossed pastas or vegetable lasagnas. When I make mac and cheese for my kids using this sauce, they love it too!
Cashews are rich in protein, calcium, vitamin K, potassium, and magnesium. Most traditional alfredo sauces are made with butter, heavy cream, and cheeses. By consuming animal fats, plague starts to build up in our arteries leading to heart disease. Including healthy fats in our diets like cashews and avocados leads to much better cardiovascular health.
Next time you are planning to do a pasta night or thinking to bake a lasagna, give this delicious sauce a try. Use your creativity to add vegetables and herbs of your choice to make it your own. Enjoy!
Sunshine salad with Ranch Dressing
Salads are great energy boosters and when packed with nutritious ingredients, it’s one step closer to healthy eating. Our family love eating salads for lunch everyday. They are high in fiber and antioxidants but low in calories and fats( when no extra oil is added). I absolutely love making artistic salads everyday using colorful and well balanced fruits and vegetables. Salads are a great way keep hunger satisfied much longer yet giving a full dose of nutrition.
Sunshine salad is a simple, crunchy and colorful salad. When tossed with herb ranch dressing it’s very creamy and satisfying. Sprouts are superfoods that keeps our immunity strong and heart healthy. There are many types of sprouts available in the market for adding variety to your plate. Cutting fruits and vegetables into different shapes or using spiralizer makes eating salad a fun and trendy experience in all age groups.
The ranch dressing is a great addition to the kitchen recipes. It can be made in seconds ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator. For a variation, try adding different types of herbs like cilantro or basil. For a kick of spice try adding little serrano pepper to the ranch dressing!
“When we eat mindfully, we pay more attention to what we eat and savor every bite”