A Healthy Holiday Treat
The holidays are just around the corner and it’s the perfect time to bond with family, friends, and loved ones. It is also the season to enjoy your favorite foods. Is it possible to enjoy the holiday treats without the guilt of gaining weight? Yes – just indulge sensibly and consider more healthy holiday options. In fact, holiday foods don’t have to be unhealthy. Consider for the holidays, a simple and delicious Indian dessert – “Seviyan Kheer” which is often made on religious and auspicious occasions.
First – Digesting Our Holiday Experience …
Nothing brings out the holiday spirit more than eating amongst friends and family in a joyous and pleasant manner. According to Ayurveda, the act of cooking and eating in a positive atmosphere – free from stress, is essential to healthy digestion and overall health. This holiday season make sure to give special attention to all things worth celebrating. Therefore, consider giving thanks before eating, and consider eating quietly or simply having a pleasant yet calming conversation … your digestion will thank you for it later.
Seviyan Kheer – An Indian Sweet Dessert
1/2 liter Milk
1/3 cup roasted Vermicelli (Seviyan)
1/2 cup Sugar
1/2 tbsp Ghee (Clarified Butter)
1/2 tsp Cardamom Powder
1 tbsp Raisins
– Heat Ghee in a pan and roast the Vermicelli for a couple of minute
– Add the milk, stir it and let it cook for about 7 – 8 Mins till the the milk reduces to half its quantity
– Add sugar, stir and cook it for another 5 – 6 Mins
– Add raisins, almond flakes, cardamom powder and stir everything well.
– The dessert is ready to be served chilled in serving bowls
Holiday Health Tip – Enjoy All 6 Tastes
Sweet might be the taste of choice — but we know we can’t eat just sweets! Ayurveda identifies six tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent, and astringent. For each of our meals we can strive to include all six of these tastes. This will tend to make us feel more satisfied and ultimately have fewer cravings. The vpk® by Maharishi Ayurveda Churnas are excellent spice mixes that include all the six tastes, and as an added bonus they also improve digestion.
The holidays are a time to enjoy. We can use nature’s intelligence, ayurvedic herbs, to support agni. We can increase our appetite and gastric juices by occasionally drinking warm water, ginger water or cumin tea, or by eating a thin slice of fresh ginger with a pinch of salt before meals. Or for the sake of convenience, balance and promote digestion with one or two Herbal Di-Gest tablets before a meal.
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