Ayurvedic Recipe - Acorn Squash Delight

 

Ayurvedic Recipe - Acorn Squash Delight
Ayurveda explains a concept of “like increases like” – which means the increased cold quality of autumn and winter for example will also increase the cold quality within; hence the tendency to catch a “cold” during this time of year. Therefore, in order to remain balanced during the season we should consider nourishing warm meals. No better reason to enjoy this delicious Acorn Squash Recipe

Seasonal Considerations:
– eat warming, soothing, and easily digestible meals
– eat foods which are primarily sweet, sour and salty in taste
– drink warming herbal teas such as ginger, cinnamon and cardamom tea
– keep warm and stay out of strong winds
– do regular yoga, meditation, and pranayama breathing exercises

"Acorn Squash Delight"

INGREDIENTS:
1 Acorn squash
1 tbs. of ghee or coconut oil
1/4 cup of pecans or walnuts
1 cup of cooked basmati rice
1/4 tsp. of cumin powder
2 tbs. of raisins
pinch of salt
1/4 onion diced
1/4 tsp. of ginger powder
1/4 cup of cilantro, basil or parsley

PREPARATION:
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees
2. Cut the squash in half and gut out the seeds.
3. Prepare a pie dish or baking dish with 1/2 inch of water.
4. In a small pan warm ghee and then mix all the ingredients, minus the rice, acorn and cilantro etc., sautéing for around 5 minutes on a medium flame.
5. Separately, bring 1 cup of rice with 2 cups of water with a pinch of salt to a boil. Lower the flame and cover. Cook for 20 minutes.
6. Take these ingredients, mix them all together in a small bowl and add them to the halves of the squash. Place the acorn squash into the baking dish and cover with aluminum foil.
7. Bake for 35-45 minutes at 375 degrees.

Test the acorn squash with a fork and when the squash appears soft. Turn the oven off and remove from racks. Let sit for 5 minutes. Garnish  with the cilantro etc. and serve.

Bon Appétit

About The Author: 
Vishnu M.Ayu, BA Psy., LMT, CSP, E-RYT, CS2, is a licensed massage therapist with more than 15 years of experience and Master’s of Ayurveda/Yoga from Hindu University of America. He is the owner of ‘Hidden Health’ Center and offers Ayurveda out of a few locations. To learn more about Vishnu and his practice you can find him at hiddenhealthcenter.com.


Ayurvedic Detox Ingredients + Healthy Ayurvedic Dessert Recipe [Sooji Halwa]

 

Ayurvedic Detox Ingredients
In ancient times food was considered medicine. This being the case, people valued food much differently then. For example, considerations such as from whom and where we buy our food, the state of mind when preparing and eating food all matters and has subtle effects upon our state of health and well-being. Therefore, always seek out locally grown organic sources of food and eat in a peaceful manner in order to help nourish your body and mind.

Likewise, from an ayurvedic perspective, the setting which one eats should be as clean and pure as a sacred temple. This same sense of austerity should also be projected upon oneself [i.e. state of mind] when eating. Also, when eating we should eat with a balanced state of mind in order to appreciate the nourishing qualities we introduce into our body. Finally, ayurveda considers the unique needs of each individual – such as “vata”“pitta”, and “kapha” individuals. Therefore, in order to help maintain health and balance we should learn to eat accordingly to these very needs.

Ayurvedic Detox Ingredients - Guest Anurag Sharma 

"EAT SATTVIC FOOD”
Sattvic food is light and easy to digest. Eating sattvic food brings about clarity to the mind and often desired by individuals who live a life of austerity. Examples of sattvic food is listed at the bottom of the page.

Three Powerful Detox Ingredients:

  1. Black pepper. Modern research suggests that black pepper enhances the uptake and utilization of oxygen by brain cells. Likewise, black pepper helps to improve the quality of digestion – therefore, preventing formation of by-products of poor digestion [ama].
  2. Ginger. Ayurveda describes fresh ginger root as one of the best enhancers of digestion – helping to better assimilate food and prevent the formation of toxic by-products of digestion [ama].
  3. Turmeric. Turmeric is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and antibacterial and has long been used in the Indian system of medicine to treat a variety of conditions.

 

Healthy Ayurvedic Dessert Recipe
~Sooji Halwa~

Halwa is a popular indian dessert that is widely used across many cultures and countries. It is usually made up of flour, sugar, ghee and can also encompass nuts and certain fruits. There are several varieties including almond, carrot, sesame and mung amongst others. Sooji Halwa is made using semolina flour and has many health benefits. It is a great source of vital minerals, nutrients and also yields high energy.

Some health benefits of Sooji:

  • Good for weight loss and diabetics as it has a low glycemic index
  • Provides energy as it is low in fat and high in carbohydrates
  • Low sodium and cholesterol levels and high levels of potassium, vitamins B and E therefore supports good heart and kidney function
  • Phosphorus and magnesium levels in sooji assist in maintenance of healthy muscles, nerves and bones
  • The calcium and zinc content is also helpful in bone health and immunity
  • During cases of fever and upset stomach, sooji can be made into rava kanji which is a light, easily digested type of porridge. It is also very nourishing.

 

Ayurvedic Sooji (semolina) Halwa 

Ingredients

  • ½ cup of coconut oil or ghee
  • 1 cup of semolina flour
  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon of cardamom
  • 1 cup of whole milk
  • 2 cups of filtered spring water
  • ½ cup of raisins
  • ¼ cup of sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup of pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ cup of turbinado sugar

 

  1. In a saucepan boil the milk, water, sugar, cinnamon and cardamom together. Let simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, in a separate pan, sauté the flour in the oil until a deep golden color. Keep over medium/low heat.
  3. Add the boiled mixture to the sautéed semolina stirring frequently with care as there may be some sizzling and splashing.
  4. Add the raisins and the seeds and let cook for a further 5 mins. Spoon into a bowl and enjoy!

 

Sattva
Sattva [pure] qualities of the mind are expressed mostly as love and compassion, righteousness, and often describes the kind of person who seeks after truth in life. Sattva individuals tend to be well-mannered with an optimistic and postitve attitude. We can think of sattvic energy within the mind as that being of great clarity.

Examples Of Sattvic Fruit:
– mango
– pomegranate
– coconut
– figs
– peaches

Examples Of Sattvic Grains:
– rice
– tapioca
– blue corn

Examples Of Sattvic Vegetables:
– sweet potato
– lettuce
– parsley
– sprouts
– yellow squash

Examples Of Sattvic Beans:
– mung beans
– yellow lentils
– kidney beans
– lima beans

Examples Of Sattvic Dairy:
– milk
– fresh homemade yogurt or cheese

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Appetizing Ginger Pickle & Super Easy Ginger Tea

Appetizing Ginger Pickle & Super Easy Ginger Tea
Ginger is a well-known and widely used herb. It is used extensively around the world and is an important ingredient in many foods, drinks and herbal remedies. It is a heating herb and can increase the digestive fire and heat in the body. Therefore it is an excellent remedy during cold and flu seasons.  Ginger is generally considered a ‘safe’ herb and is used in many desserts and treats as well as hot drinks such as ginger tea. It is a rejuvenative and is especially helpful in removing toxins from the body. However care must be taken if used in excess.

Ginger ...
Ginger is a holistic digestive aid; helps to maintain good digestion and balanced gas production.

Top Health Benefits Of Ginger Root - Dr. Axe 

"One of the #1 benefits of consuming ginger is that it reduces inflammation. A recent medical study from Denmark in the Journal of Arthritis found that consuming a small amount of ginger is more effective at reducing pain and inflammation symptoms that pain medications given by general practitioners today." - Dr. Josh Axe

PROPERTIES OF GINGER:
Ginger has sweet and pungent tastes and is heating. The post digestive effect of ginger is sweet and when used fresh, it has heavy and oily qualities. Dry ginger has light and sharp qualities instead. The main systems in the body that ginger works on are the digestive, circulatory and respiratory systems.

Some Actions
·        Helps eliminate toxins
·        Kindles digestive fire
·        Alleviates coughs and pain
·        Rejuvenative
·        Carminative
·        Anti- inflammatory
·        Reduces nausea

* It is important to note that using ginger can aggravate certain conditions, so care must be taken when there is high heat in the body, heartburn, high blood pressure and ulcers.

Usage:
There are some compounds that involve ginger to address certain conditions. For example:
·        Ginger with black pepper and pippali to create trikatu
·        Ginger with arjuna and guggulu for congestive heart conditions and poor circulation
·        Ginger with turmeric and rose for menstrual pain
·        Ginger with honey and lemongrass for colds

Some Recipes
Ginger is a delicious herb that can add a spicy and sweet flavor to many foods and drinks. Ginger tea, in particular, is a wonderful tea to help eliminate toxins. Taken before a meal or first thing in the morning it is also beneficial in kindling the digestive fire.

"CCF Tea"
Cumin, coriander, and fennel are famous digestive spices, and when brewed together as a tea they make the perfect addition to an Ayurvedic lifestyle. CCF Tea directly stimulates the digestive system, supporting the body’s natural ability to breakdown ama, or natural toxins, in the GI tract.

 

~ Ginger Pickle Recipe ~

Ingredients:
·        1 inch fresh ginger peeled and sliced
·        1 tsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice
·        ¼ teaspoon of rock salt
·        Pinch of Turmeric
·        Pinch of black pepper
·        ½ teaspoon of honey

1.      Put all the ingredients in a small glass jar and shake well.
2.      Let the pickle sit for an hour
3.      This pickle can be eaten before a meal to help with digestion or with a meal. Enjoy!

 

~ Super Easy Ginger Tea ~ 

Ingredients:
·       1 cup of water
·       1 inch fresh ginger sliced

1.      Boil water in a pan and add ginger.
2.      Turn off the heat and cover with lid. Let steep for 10 mins.
3.      Pour into cup and enjoy!

~ If desired, dry ginger can be used instead of fresh.
~ Honey can be added according to taste & a pinch of cayenne pepper for an even more heating effect.
~ Dry ginger has more heating properties than fresh and has a more potent effect than fresh ginger.

Important note:
As ginger increases the digestion of nutrients it may also increase the absorption of some medications. Therefore it is always recommended to consult with your physician before undertaking any herbal formulation.

References
·        Lad, V. (1999). The complete book of Ayurvedic home remedies
·        Sharma, H. (2011). Ayurvedic Healing. Singing Dragon
·        Lad, V. (2002). Textbook of Ayurveda.
·        Lad, V., & Frawley, D. (1986). The yoga of herbs
·        Pole, S. (2013). Ayurvedic medicine the principles of traditional practice
·        Green, J. (2000). The herbal medicine-makers' handbook a home manual
·        Lad, V. (2012). Ayurvedic perspectives on selected pathologies