Recipes & Diet

Time Saver for the Holidays Butternut Squash

My passion to feed others delicious, local, organic and easily digestible food has always been present in my life, from my time as sous chef at Yasodhara Ashram in British Columbia to my cooking time in my own kitchen at home. These days, quality family time is of the essence and there’s no time to waste, especially during the holidays.Each year I buy $250 worth of local squash and I place them around my house, which allows me to keep an eye on them. If I see one going off...

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Celebrate Mindfully With This Blissful Holiday Recipe

Celebrate Mindfully With This Blissful Holiday Recipe

Do you find yourself emotionally overwhelmed during the holidays?  If you are living in the USA, your holiday season may look something like this: eating, feasting, and most likely consuming more calories at each meal than you typically need for a week. The emotional overwhelm of the holidays causes many of us to over-indulge with wine, spirits, food- or all three!  This year, try inviting a mindfulness-based practice to your holiday cooking and celebrations.Meditation and mindfulness practices help buffer the gap between holiday emotional triggers and our ability to make...

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Ayurvedic Gut Shots Recipes

Ayurvedic Gut Shots Recipes

Gut shots are a liquid fire starter for your digestion. Once you have your homemade gut shots stored in fancy glass jars in your fridge, you’ll want to pour an ounce into a shot glass. This elixir you custom design to your tastes, to the season, and to your constitution.Fermented foods breed themselves. Once you start making your own gut shots, you’ll notice that you naturally use one batch to start the next. Experiment with these super nutritive fermented agni boosters. Play with colors and flavors. Gut shots are a...

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How To Use Chokecherries: An Ayurvedic Perspective

I lived in the Tetons for 15 years before harvesting chokecherries. I wish I’d known sooner! Chokecherries grow in insane abundance in this part of the world: You can pick pounds in an hour!I asked Indy’s grandparents who are from the area if they’d harvested chokecherries while growing up. When they said yes, I asked how they used them. They responded with nothing out of the ordinary, only mentioning they’d made syrup for pancakes.I’m not that into dousing wild natives in white sugar. So I figured you might want to...

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Golden Milk

MY PREFERRED NIGHTCAP!Golden milk has officially become my favorite nightcap as the weather gets colder and the nights get longer here in DC. It’s one of those delicious treats that taste almost sinful, yet so good for you. I like to end my day with a warm cup of golden milk made with my homemade almond milk (you can find the almond milk recipe in the blog section) for several reasons – turmeric is the ultimate spice, it’s anti-cancerous, anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, relieves heartburn, improves cardiovascular function, helps with brain function,...

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Cinnamon Apple Sprouted Buckwheat Granola

Cinnamon Apple Sprouted Buckwheat Granola3 cups of sprouted buckwheat 1 cup of pitted soaked dates 2 apples Pinch of cinnamon Squeeze of limeSoak your buckwheat overnight. Rinse and drain. Spread out on a flat container to sprout. Leave for 12 hours, shaking a couple of times during that time. Your buckwheat will develop a small tail.Make sure all stones are removed from your dates. Place them in a food processor and use an S blade to process until your dates turn into a paste.Chop/ grate your apples finely by hand or use the food...

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Back to School with Ayurveda

Fall is a time of year when things are changing. For those who have a love of learning, this is a time when the door is wide open for growth and expansion. The seasons are also changing, everything in nature is drying out, and if we don’t take care of ourselves physically, we can leave ourselves vulnerable to lots of minor ailments.Our five senses inform of us the changes, while our mind opens to accelerated growth this time of year. Vata season ushers in the change. It's expansive energy invites us...

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