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Ayurvedic Recipes: Sweet Carrot Halwa

December 7, 2017

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As the winter weather is upon us and the holiday season beckons, it’s easy to accidentally over-indulge in unhealthy foods. Fortunately, the Ayurvedic approach to healthy living has proven tactics that will help get you back on track for 2018. So what does Ayurveda suggest for the winter months?

If you want to ward off the cold and feel more nourished and energized, Ayurvedic wisdom suggests you should supplement your diet with seasonal root vegetables. With the right type of food, you can improve your digestive tract, experience optimal health, and find the balance you need to live a healthy life when the new year begins.


Carrots: an Ayurveda winter classic

During the winter, we want to avoid getting sick at all costs, which means that you need to reconnect your body with nature’s cycles. One of the ways to do this is to eat seasonal vegetables, such as beets, potatoes, and carrots. These root vegetables are dense, rich in fiber, packed with vitamins, filled with minerals, and of course, loaded with antioxidants to help you get through the winter.


Carrots are an easy to digest vegetable, which makes them perfect for stimulating your system, increasing your energy, and purifying the blood. Did you know that carrots can even have a relaxing effect on your eyes? From helping your complexion to improving your vision and reducing inflammation, carrots are a must-have vegetable for many Ayurvedic winter recipes.

Unless you live in the tropics, during the winter we often feel as if our body is shriveling up in the colder temperature and drier air. Unfortunately, as our skin begins to dry, our sinuses also begin to dry out, which can lead to unwanted infections, colds, or the flu. Even our joints begin to feel as if they’re dry, and creaking all of the time. This is why this Ayurvedic recipe is the perfect thing for the season.


This nourishing dish can be served as a side course or for dessert.

Sweet Carrot Halwa

  • 2 cups finely grated carrots
  • 1 tablespoon filtered water
  • 1/2 teaspoon saffron
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons of ghee
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/8 cup finely sliced almonds
  • sweetener of your choice, to taste (favor natural sweeteners like raw cane sugar or stevia)


  1. Soak the saffron in 1 tablespoon of water for 10 minutes.
  2. Melt the ghee in a large pot over low heat. Once the ghee is melted, add the carrots.
  3. Stir and cook the carrots until they become fragrant. After approximately five minutes, the carrots should become slightly brown.
  4. Add the milk, spices, and soaked saffron to the carrots.
  5. Cook over low heat for 15 minutes, or until all of the liquid is absorbed. Be sure to stir frequently to keep the halwa from burning or sticking to the pan.
  6. Serve in small dishes, topped with sliced almonds.

This winter, make sure that you stay healthy and balanced with a diet that features the right types of foods, courtesy of delicious Ayurvedic recipes.



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Wellness, Naturally: Preparing for Winter with Ayurveda

December 4, 2017

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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.


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