Ayurvedic Recipes - Summer Green Bean Salad

Ayurvedic Recipes: Summer Green Bean Salad

By AOLRC
August 23, 2017

Ayurvedic Recipes - Summer Green Bean Salad

Warm late-summer days are perfect for enjoying the bounty of the season. A fresh summer salad is a great way to take advantage of the wonderful flavor and nutritional value of in-season vegetables,  including an Ayurvedic favourite – green beans.

Regardless of your body type, or dosha, this salad is a delicious delight that will help you balance the effects of the season.

Although most beans are harder for Vata to digest, green beans are one of the exceptions to the rule. This green bean salad, with sauteed squash and red onion, is especially balancing for Vata.

Pitta may be extra aggravated during the summer months, so it’s best to introduce more hydrating and cooling foods. Salads are a summer necessity for Pitta.

Kapha is balanced by cooked, whole foods that are lighter and drier in texture. These foods are ideally served warm or hot. For a summer salad, room temperature or slightly warm cooked whole grains mixed with fresh vegetables are best for Kapha digestion.

   

Green Bean Salad

  • 1 cup of green beans, trimmed
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup yellow summer squash, chopped
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • Optional: 1/4 cup crumbled goat’s milk cheese or chevre 

Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette

  • 1 tsp dijon mustard or brown mustard
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 handful fresh cilantro, minced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 each salt and black pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
 

Directions

  1. Fill a medium saucepan halfway with water and bring to a boil. Add green beans and boil for 3 minutes, or until slightly tender. The green beans should still have a light crunch.
  2. While green beans are cooking, fill a mixing bowl with ice water. When the green beans are done cooking, fill a mixing bowl with ice water. When the green beans are done cooking, drain thoroughly and immediately add to the ice water to shop the cooking process. Drain in a colander. Pat dry and set aside.
  3. To make a vinaigrette, whisk all ingredients together, adding the olive oil last. Set aside.
  4. Heat a teaspoon of oil in a saute pan on medium heat.
  5. Add red onion and cook until just tender and slightly translucent. Add yellow squash and cook an additional 2 minutes.
  6. Take squash mixture off heat and add to green beans. Stir all the vegetables together and add the vinaigrette.
  7. Serve topped with crumbled goat cheese.

For Pitta: Replace the cooked squash and onions with fresh chopped and seeded cucumber. Replace cilantro with mint for extra cooling

For Kapha: Add 1 cup cooked room temperature couscous. For easy couscous, pour 1/2 cup couscous into 3/4 cup boiling water, stir once with a spoon, cover with a lid, and remove from heat. Wait 10 minutes, and then fluff couscous with a fork. Let cool before mixing into the salad.

 
 

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Ayurvedic Recipes: Indian Okra

By Diana Bellofatto
August 2, 2017

Summer is here, and you may be experiencing extreme temperatures and the imbalances that accompany the high heat. One of the most effective ways to regulate body temperature and bring one’s self back into balance is through diet.

Pitta is that which is governed, mainly, by the fire element, and responds well to sweet, astringent, and bitter tastes to bring it back into balance when overheated. Therefore, it would stand to reason that the hot summer is pitta season. We want to be careful not to add too much heat to this already fiery time of the year! Choosing the appropriate seasonal foods will help pacify pitta’s predilection for pyrogenic tendencies.

   

Indian Okra

  • 2 cups okra
  • 1 tbsp ginger grated
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp coriander powder
  • ¼  tsp turmeric
  • Salt (to taste)
  • ½ lime
  • Handful chopped cilantro (for garnish)

Directions

When preparing okra use dry cutting board and knife to avoid okra getting wet.  Heat ghee in pan until melted.  Add cumin seeds until they “swim.”  Reduce heat and add fresh ginger.  Add coriander powder and turmeric.  Combine okra with spice mixture and cook on low for 15 minutes or until tender.  Add salt to taste.  Garnish with a squeeze of lime and fresh cilantro.

     

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Art of Living Retreat Center - Sail Through Summer

Wellness, Naturally: Sail Through Summer

By Diana Bellofatto
July 31, 2017

Art of Living Retreat Center - Sail Through Summer

 

Summer fun – lots of fresh air, sunshine, outdoor activities, and socializing abound, but unless we maintain balance, we may find our energy sapped and tapped from excesses when we over indulge or work hard out in the heat.

 

In spring and the onset of summer, we see lots of vibrantly colored, hearty plants and flowers. Having endured the heat, by August, we may notice that many of the plants and flowers lose their vibrancy and color and begin to wilt.

 

Mimicking what goes on in nature, we also begin to wilt in August if we have been going at it too hard at work and/or play. For many of us, the summer sun, heat and lack of discipline in daily routine take their toll and we start to notice dry, chalky skin, lack of energy, dehydration, irritability, and a need for a more steady daily routine that puts us in a good “head space” for making better choices.

 

Here are my tips for a sense of elevation, elation, and rejuvenation…

DIET

Continue to eat seasonally and favor sweet, bitter, and astringent tastes. Give special consideration to cherries, watermelon, pomegranate, and apples for their ability to activate heat removal, hydration and lymphatic flow in the body. Eating al fresco is great, just avoid being in direct sunlight and very hot temperatures. Minimize meat intake due to its heating and heavy nature and eat in a calm, relaxed environment whenever possible.

 

LIFESTYLE

Summer can be a very social time of year so, you may be fishing for a little down time at this point. Reel it in by not over scheduling yourself and plan some time for relaxing at home. It is said that music soothes the savage beast. You may want to add ocean sounds, whales, birds, and other soothing sounds to your playlist and enjoy those sounds at home, in the car, or at work if permissible.

 

YOGA

Beat the heat! Favor dissipation over perspiration with yoga. A supine, supported, restorative bound angle posture might be just what you need to cool your jets; along with some cooling breath work such as chandra bhedana, shitali or shitkari. Your yoga teacher can provide instruction.

 

SELF LOVE

Becoming overheated can induce irritability, a judgmental nature, an overall negative attitude and feelings of inadequacy. We can be hard on others but even harder on ourselves. Come in for a landing, sit down, close your eyes, take some deep breaths, scan your body to find areas of tension and restriction and give yourself permission to relax and let go. Finding the balance between “doing” and “being” is one of the most important practices we can have. Some of us tend to value doing over being. Remember, we are human beings- practice compassion for yourself and others.

 

HERBS

The wonderful wisdom of herbs can play a vital role in, what Ayurveda calls rasayana, or rejuvenation. One of the top herbs for this time of year is amalaki. Consult with an Ayurvedic practitioner for the protocol that is right for you, as it is important for your health history to be taken into consideration when herbs are recommended.

 

The methods of rasayana provided by diet, lifestyle, yoga, herbs and compassion for one’s self and others rejuvenate the cytoplasm and protein of plasma, kindle the digestive fire, maintain tone of the tissues, enhance the life span of cells, cellular memory and cellular intelligence, promote normal, healthy psychological function, a melodious voice, strength and stamina, and bring functional synchronicity to the organs. There are rasayana methods for each of the 7 tissues (plasma, blood, muscle, bone, fat, nervous & reproductive tissue) that can greatly improve quality of life.

   

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Ayurvedic Recipes: Sensational Summer Salad to the Rescue!

By Diana Bellofatto
July 3, 2017

Ayurvedic Recipes - Summer Salad

Summer is here, and you may be experiencing extreme temperatures and the imbalances that accompany the high heat. One of the most effective ways to regulate body temperature and bring one’s self back into balance is through diet.

Pitta is that which is governed, mainly, by the fire element, and responds well to sweet, astringent, and bitter tastes to bring it back into balance when overheated. Therefore, it would stand to reason that the hot summer is pitta season. We want to be careful not to add too much heat to this already fiery time of the year! Choosing the appropriate seasonal foods will help pacify pitta’s predilection for pyrogenic tendencies.

 

This light salad is a great way to honor your body’s nutritional needs without feeling too weighed down in the heat. See how the seasonal and light nature of this salad provides a tantalizing, tasty, and nutritionally balanced meal as each of the ingredients pave the way for pitta pacification.

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Art of Living Retreat Center - Summer Ayurveda

Wellness, Naturally: Tips for Beating the Heat – Now That’s Cool!

By Diana Bellofatto
July 1, 2017

Art of Living Retreat Center - Summer Ayurveda

 

Have you ever noticed a shift in your mood and perception when the seasons change? For many of us, the heaviness of spring giving way to the lightness of summer brings with it a sense of lightness in body and mind.

 

Our day to day lifestyles and activities shift when kids get out of school or the company we work for changes to it’s “casual” Fridays or Fridays off policy. It stays light out so that we are able to enjoy time outside after work, the flowers and trees are bursting with color, and birds are chirping away. It’s no wonder that many of us look forward to the summer season and really thrive in it!

 

Luckily, that lightness of being helps to balance out the intensity of the heat in summer, but for some of us, that may not be enough. The summer heat can provoke skin eruptions (think rashes, hives, poison ivy), diarrhea, irritability, and a tendency to be too judgmental.

 

Riding the Heat Waves of Summer in Serenity

Follow seasonal eating guidelines. Bitter, astringent, and sweet flavors are cooling. Take advantage of the bodacious bounty of berries and other fruits available for their anti-inflammatory and cooling qualities.

 

Reduce your intake of meat at the barbecue as its acid qualities are heating. Instead, favor more beans for protein. Load up with liver lovin’ salads for their bitter yet benevolent benefits that promote detoxifying and destagnating/bile thinning effects. Spicy foods such as wasabi and hot chili peppers are, typically, not our friends at this time of year. Carefully explore how much of them you can eat without feeling too much heat. Continue to align with all things alkaline and you will be feeling fine & divine!

 

As the fire element pre-dominates in summer, we are aware of the need to stay hydrated so that we don’t burn out. Ayurveda, generally, recommends drinking half of one’s body weight in ounces per day. You can also add 8 ounces of water per hour of exercise or other activity that promotes perspiration.

 

Whenever possible, avoid exercising or working outside in the intensity of the midday sun. Walking “by the light of the silvery moon” is in favor at this time of year. Let go of heating, sharp, penetrating stares. Allow a diffusive gaze at La bella luna to invoke calming and cooling characteristics that transport you to a place of peacefulness.

 

Love the Skin You’re In

If you tend to suffer from skin eruptions, following the aforementioned guidelines can help to mitigate the effects of the heat or even prevent skin eruptions from occurring at all. Massaging the feet with coconut oil at bedtime is super self care for keeping cool. The following are a few additional remedies for common summer complaints:

 

More Summer Remedies

Hot Flashes
Hot flash ‘cocktail’ consists of 1 c. pomegranate juice or 2 tbs. pomegranate concentrate ‘syrup’ with 1 cup water, 1 tsp. natural sugar, 5 to 10 drops lime juice up to twice per day.

 

Poison Ivy/Hives/Bug bites/Rashes

Blend a bunch of fresh cilantro with about 1/3 cup of water. Drink the juice and apply the remaining pulp to the affected area.

 

Apply fresh coconut water to the affected area.

 

Melons soothe the skin too. Eat the melon and rub the rind (not the skin) on the affected area. If you eat watermelon, eat the red part and apply the white part to the skin.

 

Steep 1/2 tsp. cumin and 1 tsp. natural sugar in 1 cup hot milk for about 5 minutes. Drink up to twice per day.

 

Mix together 1tbs. coriander, 1 tbs. cumin, and 2 tbs. natural sugar. Steep 1/2 tsp of the mixture in a cup of hot milk for about 5 minutes. Drink up to twice per day until skin is healed.

 

Summer Yoga

Avoid being “hot headed” and sleep deprived with gentle, cooling, calming forward bends, as well as shitali and shitkari pranayama (breath work). Consult with your yoga teacher for a demonstration.

 

May these recommendations find you floating away on a pool of infinite wellness.

   

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Ayurvedic Recipes - Cucumber Cooler

Ayurvedic Recipes: Cucumber Cooler

By Eloise Ducker
June 2, 2017

Ayurvedic Recipes - Cucumber Cooler

 

Keep your cool this summer with this Ayurveda-approved, nutrient-packed, and tastebud-tantalizing drink! Cucumber calms the Pitta dosha and cools the body, all while hydrating, replenishing vitamins, and aiding in digestion. Coconut water is one of Ayurveda’s top ingredients for cooling, as it contains a natural balance of sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium, making it a healthy alternative to an electrolyte drink. Mint pacifies all three doshas – it’s nutrient-rich, boosts immunity, calms the stomach, and aids digestion. It’s also a great palate cleanser! Again, this is another ingredient that reduces the body temperature, making it a treat during the summer months. Combine all these ingredients and you’re sure to beat the heat.

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Summer Relaxation with Ayurveda

By Debra Locker Griffin
May 23, 2015

Getting Ready for Summer

If the lazy days of summer are looking more like the crazy days, take a few deep breaths and try an Ayurvedic approach to calming down your lifestyle. The word “Ayurveda” comes from two Sanskrit words: Ayur meaning life and Veda meaning knowledge or science. Developed around 1500 BC, Ayurveda is an approach to living in harmony with the universe in order to achieve optimum health.

 

3 Tips for Summer

As you plan your summer schedule, here are three tips to help you have a de-stressing, Ayurvedic season:

 
  • Give Yourself a Massage – Massaging your feet and scalp with warm oil is grounding, supports downward moving energy, and helps soothe the mind. The Shankara Ayurveda Spa team recommends lavender, bergamot and jasmine oils for stress relief and relaxation.
 
  • Try Meditation – Meditation is a life-long practice, but even just 20 minutes can improve the quality of your day.  Two steps to get started:

Generate moments of awareness during the day. Finding your breath and “being present” while not in formal practice helps to evolve your meditation habits.

Listen to instructional tapes and CDs. We recommend Guided Meditations by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

 
  • Catch some Z’s – Trouble falling asleep? A bath and a cup of boiled milk of chamomile tea may do the trick. The drinks are grounding and soothing in nature. If you like, add a pinch of nutmeg, cardamom, and some ghee to the milk.
 

Or visit us on the mountaintop!
Shankara Ayurveda Spa offers workshops, retreats and treatments focused on Ayurveda, one of which is a Panchakarma program. The six-day Panchakarma Cleanse is led by our team of Ayurveda experts and is customized to each person. Offered throughout the year, Panchakarma includes 10 Ayurvedic treatments, cooking demonstrations, yoga, meditation, vegetarian meals, and take-home education & tools

 

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