Ayurvedic Tips and Reminders

I am always asked what I cook. Here are few things I have started to make for Spring that I’d love to share. All very simple! Later on today you will receive the Spring Ayurvedic Grocery list to make shopping and planning easeful.

Easy crock pot cooked fruit- add all kinds of berries, one tsp maple syrup, cardamom to taste,  cinnamon,or just apples including peels, cook on low for a few hours. Can also combine raw. Eat in morning  or afternoon for snack. Researchers from the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University and University of Maryland Baltimore County are studying the protective effects of berries on brain function, particularly their ability to help the brain clear toxic accumulation.

Dressing for salad or steamed veggies-  1/2 cup flax, sunflower, safflower or olive oil, 1/4 apple cider vinegar ( can also mix with red wine vinegar), enough raw local honey to make it sweet, pink salt and black pepper and a few dried red chili flakes. Great for arugula, kale and salad.

  1. Flaxseed oil contains both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are needed for health. Flaxseed oil contains the essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which the body converts into eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil.

Tahini dressing– Approximately two TBSP Tahini ( sesame paste)- one lemon squeezed- garlic- add enough water so it becomes a dressing texture- blend in blender and use over steamed asparagus, or any veggies.

Health benefits of tahini:
  • It’s rich in minerals such as phosphorus, lecithin, magnesium, potassium and iron.
  • It’s a good source of Methionine, which aids in liver detoxification.
  • It’s one of the best sources of calcium out there.
  • It’s high in vitamin E and vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5 and B15.
Breakfast of cooked barley– Soak barley overnight in water- cook in morning on stove with salt til done. I add cashew milk, maple syrup or honey. Recent research says that consuming whole grain barley regulates blood sugar to a great extent. The health benefits of barley are mostly attributable to the eight essential amino acids which it contains, meaning that it represents a complete protein in our diet.

Cooking with lots of leeks , ginger, garlic and mushrooms – can add to eggs in morning with spinach and goat cheese.

Leeks are versatile, tasty, and easy to prepare, so don’t let their relative unfamiliarity deter you. Leeks have much to offer in the way of good health and, like garlic, it’s thought that much of their therapeutic effect comes from its sulfur-containing compounds, such as allicin.

Allicin is not only anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal, but research has revealed that as allicin digests in your body, it produces sulfenic acid, a compound that neutralize dangerous free radicals faster than any other known compound.

 Turkey Cutlets– wash and dry- smear with tumeric, cumin, salt and pepper or a curry seasoning organic- Put in shallow baking dish in preheated oven 450 degrees. On bottom of pan put some chicken broth and white wine about 1/4 inch up sides of pan. Bake about ten to twenty minutes til done. Serve with cooked vegetables of your choice or salad.

Roast Fennel Bulb– slice and roast at 400 with little olive oil, s & p for about twenty minutes- delicious taste and great for digestion.

Cancer: The raw vegetable itself has been extensively studied in regards to cancer protection, but the fennel seed extract has, and the findings regarding cancer protection are quite impressive. It shows that the extract can not only inhibit the growth of tumors, thanks to its concentrations of flavonoids, alkaloids, and phenols, but that it can even be somewhat chemo-protective against the harmful effects of radiation during cancer treatment. Fennel seed extract has been found to be preventative of various breast cancer and liver cancer strains.

Spring is the time to change it up, inside and out, from the previous season. We don’t want to get stuck eating the same foods. Variety is key to good health using the six tastes, five senses and four seasons.

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Reminder- To begin promoting healthy digestion,  you may want to eat sitting down at a beautiful table, perhaps serving friends and family, and chew the food thoroughly and mindfully; being present for the event. Make the plate colorful and cheerful as digestion begins with the eyes first then the mouth.

“Know your true nature, live with the essence of the seasons and discover your life purpose… this is Ayurveda, this is health.”

Best regards,

Gedalia Genin

Ayurvedic Health Specialist