Recipes & Diet

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 Granola 3 cups of sprouted buckwheat 1 cup of pitted soaked dates 2 apples Pinch of cinnamon Squeeze of lime Soak 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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Senses, Santosha, and Time to Refresh

Dear You, Thanks to those who emailed me after the Intuition/Resistance piece from last week. Lately, I’ve taken to pointing my awareness to sensory pleasure. I’m not sure why exactly this is a big breakthrough for me. I know I’ve been “taught” about accessing the now through fully taking in through the senses. This subtle shift occurs when we indulge the senses all that they take in, without paying attention to mind racing into the future, sorting through the past, or chasing it’s tail in circles. I must admit I love the thinking...

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Chocolate + Ayurveda: the inside scoop

In this interview I talk to Justin Polgar of Yes Cacao! about: How chocolate become his educational art project. Why chocolate is well suited as an herb delivery mechanism (anupana) The difference between what you're eating and his chocolate What WILD chocolate is all about What we mention in this Episode Why Justin is more curious about the future of chocolate - and what we want from it. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="666"] CHOCOLATE AND AYURVEDA[/caption] * What chocolate can do for us. * What we can do for chocolate Links from...

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