Bala Balls - the Art of Living Retreat Center

Bala Balls: A Source of Raw Energy

By Diana Bellofatto
December 1, 2018

Bala Balls - the Art of Living Retreat Center

Enjoy a dynamic December!

For many of us, December is an extremely busy time of year. Holiday parties, shopping for gifts, decorating, baking, participating in extra activities with children, and meeting year-end deadlines at work are some of things that take up more of our time.

 

While much of what we experience at this time of year is very fulfilling and happy, the holidays can also be a time when some of us experience sadness and depression. When the sentiments of the season cause us to miss loved ones that have passed on or we lament the loss of love in a relationship, feelings of loneliness can come creeping in.

 

Whether it’s stress or eustress, imbalances created during this time of year have the ability to overwhelm us and leave us feeling depleted and anxious. Tendencies to allow our dinacharyas (daily routines) to fall by the wayside as we strive to keep up with activities, are one of the main reasons why we become imbalanced during a time when we need to feel fortified most!

 

Taking the time to stay properly nourished can be difficult but if we remember to honor our highest good and remain present with even the simplest rituals, we can enjoy the benefits of being balanced!

 

Loaded with protein, fiber, digestive spices, and healthy fat, these balls are sure to support your need for nourishment on the go and can also serve as a delicious treat at this festive time of year.

 

Because none of the ingredients in this recipe are cooked, it can be made ahead of time and kept for days in the fridge, while still retaining prana (life force). Enjoy the bala (strength) derived from these balls with a cup of ginger tea, chai, or hot cider.

 

Bala Balls

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup buckwheat groats, soaked overnight, rinsed, and then dehydrated in a dehydrator or on a baking sheet in a very low-temperature oven (no higher than 150 degrees), about 4 hours, or until crunchy
  • 2 tbsp chia seed
  • 1 cup oat bran
  • 1 cup ground flax seed
  • 1 cup shredded coconut (can be toasted)
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/4-1/2 cup pea protein, or another protein powder of your choice (optional)
  • pinch of mineral salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sunflower seed butter or a nut butter of your choice
  • 2/3 cup raw honey
  • 1/4-1/2 cup coconut oil
 

Directions

1. Mix all dry ingredients together in a bowl. 

2. In a separate bowl, mix all wet ingredients together.

3. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mix well, and refrigerate for a few hours.

4. Roll into balls

Serve at room temperature.

 

NOTE: If your mixture is dry and doesn’t ball up, add some room temperature water to improve the binding consistency.


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Ayurvedic Recipes: Beet Kale Salad

Ayurvedic Recipes: Beet & Kale Salad

By Diana Bellofatto
May 28, 2018

Ayurvedic Recipes: Beet Kale Salad

‘Beet’ the heat and build your blood

Ayurveda tells us that we begin to accumulate heat in the body just prior to the summer, so we want to stay ahead of the game by paying attention to the qualities of foods that can help us maintain balance.

 

Beets are nourishing for the liver. Cooked beets cool and cleanse the blood, strengthen the eyesight, and improve anemia, therefore increasing stamina by bringing more oxygen to the blood cells.

 

Kale is cooling as well. The fiber in kale prompts healthy elimination, while the bitter taste of kale and beets stimulate the flow of bile. This helps keep the gallbladder and liver from becoming congested. As the bile flows, it flushes toxins from the body and encourages healthy lymphatic flow, which detoxifies the body and fortifies immunity.

 

This recipe is proof that eating Ayurvedically does not require time-consuming cooking methods or obscure ingredients. The ease with which this salad can be prepared is very supportive to our modern lifestyles.

 

Beet & kale salad

  • 1/2 cup grated carrots, steamed until soft
  • 1 1/2 cups grated beets, steamed until soft
  • 1 head of kale, chopped, with spines removed and discarded, steamed until soft
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut, toasted or raw
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup flax seed oil
  • mineral salt to taste
  • large handful of chopped cilantro
 

Directions

1. Toss all ingredients together, and voilà, you’re done! You can’t ‘beet’ this for a fast, fresh salad that you can enjoy at home or take on a picnic.

Serves 4

 
 

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Ayurvedic Recipes: Broccoli

Ayurvedic Recipes: Broccoli with Peppers and Herbs

By Diana Bellofatto
April 3, 2018

Ayurvedic Recipes: Broccoli

 

What’s in your garden?

Spring is here, and what better way to celebrate than by reaping the benefits of an herb garden!

 

If you tend towards a vata tummy (gas/bloating) when it comes to broccoli, you’ll be happy to know that the warming herbs and ginger in this recipe will aid in digestion.

 

The herbs in this recipe have an affinity for helping to balance kapha (earth & water), which is abundant during spring. They are warming and stimulating, diaphoretic, nervine, and they improve memory and relieve depression, congestion, asthma, and insomnia.

 

You can enjoy plucking this mélange of herbs for the recipe if you do have an herb garden. It’s a great way to connect more deeply to your food and the earth. If you don’t have access to fresh herbs at this time, you may substitute about half the amount of dried herbs for this recipe.

 

Broccoli with peppers & herbs

  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh minced rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 5 cups broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • mineral salt to taste
  • black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons to 1 tablespoon of lemon or lime juice
  • * Optional – toss in toasted nuts or seeds at the end for added protein.

Directions

1. Heat the ghee in a pan. Add the rosemary and ginger and sauté over low heat until the ginger is soft and slightly browned. If you are using dried herbs, sauté them at this time as well.
2. Add the broccoli and bell pepper, sprinkle lightly with salt.
3. Stir, cover, and sauté on low to medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender. You can add a little bit of water to the vegetables if they start to stick to the pan.
4. Turn off the heat, stir in all of the other herbs. Add the lemon or lime juice.
5. Sprinkle with toasted nuts or seeds of your choice.

Serves 4 to 6. 

 
 

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Wellness, Naturally: Preparing for Winter with Ayurveda

By AOLRC
December 4, 2017

Art of Living Retreat Center

 

Winter has finally arrived. Everywhere you look, the world is going dormant. Now is the perfect time to examine and redirect your energies. One way to make winter more enjoyable is to apply the principles of Ayurveda to your daily life.

 

Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest forms of medicine. This ancient practice originated in India more than 3,000 years ago. Ayurveda focuses on the mind-body connection, and is more than just a way of treating illness; it is a science of life.

According to Ayurvedic principles, everyone has three energetic forces of nature, or doshas — pitta is the energy of digestion, vata is the energy of movement, and kapha is the energy of lubrication. When these three doshas are out of balance, it can wreak havoc on health and wellness. The rhythmic cycle of the seasons affects the doshas, causing them to go out of whack.

 

Following an Ayurvedic lifestyle will help you stay healthy and vibrant. By making just a few lifestyle adjustments this winter, you can keep your energies in balance. This will help you feel vibrant all season long!

Nourish your Body

During the winter, your digestive fire is the strongest. Your body needs more fuel to stay healthy and warm during the winter months. The cold weather helps ignite your digestive capacity. Your body needs a more nutritive, substantial diet this time of year. A winter diet will help give your body warmth, comfort, and hydration. Here are our favourite tips to nourish your body this winter with Ayurveda.

 

Avoid processed foods

Although you might be tempted to eat processed foods, especially during the busy holidays, avoid doing so. Processed food can contain pesticides and chemicals that affect well-being. Choose natural foods that are closest to their natural form.

 

Choose foods higher in fat

Your body needs more fat during the winter due to greater digestive capacity. Try to choose foods high in healthy fats, like coconut and olive oils.

 

Drink warm beverages

Avoid chilled or iced drinks in the winter. They can aggravate vata and kapha energies. Instead, choose warm teas, milk, and other drinks. You can try adding ginger, cinnamon, and clove to your warm tea — this will improve circulation and heat, and help clear out your nasal passages. Combine cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger with a cup of warm milk — this soothing recipe will help you feel warm and comfortable no matter how cold it is outside. Drink warm water throughout the day to help remove toxins from your body.

 

Choose hardy vegetables

Nutrient-dense root vegetables like onions, carrots, and sweet potatoes are more dense and rich in vitamins and antioxidants — which is perfect for boosting your immunity throughout the winter.

 

Add some spice

Spices like cayenne, nutmeg, chili, black pepper, and ginger are an important part of a winter Ayurveda diet. These spices help you feel full and raise your inner temperature. They keep the body and soul warm and balanced during the bitter cold months.

 

Nourishing your body with the proper food and drink will help keep your doshas in harmony this winter. When your doshas are balanced, you’ll feel a greater sense of well-being and peace.

Sources:

https://yogainternational.com/article/view/your-winter-wellness-guide
https://www.webmd.com/balance/guide/ayurvedic-treatments


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