June 12, 2017

Hot weather arrived to Chicago so it's time to please the sweet tooth with a nice cooling treat. This desert is my favorite and you can have it as a healthy snack too. It's low in carbs, rich in protein and made of only clean ingredients. Have you ever had carob? It is a nice alternative to chocolate for some as it is caffeine-free and contains antioxidants as well as calcium, iron, potassium, and fiber.

Carob or locust tree, native to the Mediterranean region is a resilient tree resistant to harsh climate and drought. Both, in the Talmud and Bible, it is mentioned numerous times as a St. John's Bread. And it is traditionally eaten for the Jewish holiday of Tu Bishvat and Muslims drink Carob juice known as Kharoub during Ramadan to prevent dehydration.

Interestingly the term "carat" alludes to the practice of weighing gold and gemstones against the seeds of the carob tree by people in the ancient Middle East.

Now to the recipe :) 

It is Vegan, g...

June 7, 2017

Travelling is lot of fun, however, a change of routine, diet, timezone, and climate causes irregularity in the body and mind. Fortunately, Ayurveda provides some smart and simple preparations before you hit the road to ensure that your body and mind will function smoothly.  The main focus is on balancing Vata dosha, which is in its essence dry and light. Therefore lubrication and grounding is the key.  Vata governs all kinds of movements in the body and due to its inherent mobile quality, travel tends to aggravate this dosha and bring it out of its optimal state.  This may cause many unwanted side effects including constipation, bloating, increased anxiety, stress and poor sleep.  Learn about the Ayurvedic Travel Survival Kit for Vata Dosha here.

May 25, 2017

I’ve been craving a dark rich chocolate for a while and had no luck finding a healthy version out there so I decided to make my own using only clean ingredients and it was so easy and satisfying!

You'll need:

1 cup Cocoa butter (Or coconut oil)

1 cup Cacao or cocoa powder (Unsweetened)
Maple syrup or Stevia (Optional)

Nuts of your choice (Optional)

Vanilla extract (Optional)

Himalayan Salt (Optional)

Instructions

  1. Melt cocoa butter or coconut oil over medium heat. 

  2. Once melted, remove from heat and add maple syrup and whisk to combine. When the mixture is completely fluid with no separation, add cacao or cocoa powder and vanilla extract. Whisk to thoroughly combine. 

  3. Taste and adjust sweetness if needed.

  4. Pour the chocolate in a baking sheet with parchment paper and pour the chocolate on top. Top with roasted almonds and sprinkle of salt.

  5. Set in the refrigerator or freezer to harden for 30 minutes.

  6. Once completely solid, break or cut into pieces/bars.

  7. Enjoy!

March 21, 2017

Despite the common belief, not everyone needs and would benefit from performing a popular detox or cleanse.  It is a very individual practice and one should follow the most suitable cleansing regimen and as importantly the best timing.  If cleanse is needed, I would strongly recommend to do so under the trained experienced supervision for safe and optimal results.

Answer these 11 essential questions to discover how much is your body polluted by toxins and what is the most suitable approach to return to your natural state of balance.  Toxins known as "Ama" in Ayurvedic medicine gradually build up and eventually clog the important channels of the body, prevent valuable nutrients from being delivered efficiently to the cells and block wastes from being eliminated from the body. 

If you took the quiz and have discovered you have a build-up Ama, you might want to schedule a wellness appointment to determine t...

February 3, 2017

High-stress jobs, fast-food habits and sedentary living all contribute and lead to one of the most expensive medical conditions to address.  But there are certain things each of us can easily include in our daily routine that can help support good heart health. What are these routines?  What is Ojas and why is it important to a heart health? Click here to read more.

 

January 16, 2017

Skin is our largest organ.  What we apply on it matters.  It digests everything we put on our body and it affects our organs.  Make right, educated choices for your health, be conscious of the hidden toxic chemicals, that may be in cosmetics you use every day.

If you wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin.

Some beauty products contain carcinogens and endocrine-disrupting chemicals that increase breast cancer risk. Every single product you cut from your beauty ritual decreases the number and quantity of chemicals to which you’re exposed.

Most consumers trust if a label says “organic”, “ natural” or “safe”, it must be true. We assume that there are regulations that govern what companies can claim on their personal care product packaging. This assumption makes sense—food labels are highly regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, and many of the same claims appear on both food and cosmetic products. But the ethos of food labels does not extend to cosmetic labels. The...

January 7, 2017

One of the biggest benefits of turmeric milk to me has been during fall and winter, whenever I started to feel like getting a cold or cough. I always prefer taking turmeric milk rather than any other medication for this. I have noticed that since the time I started taking it recurrence of cold / cough/ running nose has dramatically decreased. Yes!!! It is as simple. Especially in the cold time of the year and when seasons change, turmeric is a staple at our home for avoiding illness and keeping our immune systems strong. No more visits to the pharmacy!  

Turmeric is a bright yellow spice that contains Curcumin (up to 3% by weight), which is believed to halt an enzyme that may be responsible for turning environmental toxins into carcinogens in the body. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. It is used to relieve swelling and pain due to headaches and wounds and it also possesses anti-bacterial properties, so it prevents infections and heals wounds. Curcumin also...

January 2, 2017

This stew is such a perfect winter treat! Its spices and ingredients make it a wonderful Vata/Kapha meal your all family will enjoy. It’s so warming and satisfying, perfect for a chilly evening. Spices, garlic, chickpeas, mushrooms, lemon juice and carrots which simmer in a beautiful cilantro infused tomato sauce make a great marriage. I like serving this stew with white quinoa, basmati or brown rice to make it extra hearty.

Serves 6

– 8 carrots

– 3 boxes of mushrooms (about 30 mushrooms/850g)

– 3 cups of boiled chickpeas

– 2 boxes of fresh tomatoes 

– 1 bunch of fresh spinach 

– 2 cups of coconut milk

– 7 tablespoons of tomato puree

– a big handful of fresh cilantro

– 2 lemons plus 3 more to serve

– 4 teaspoons of turmeric

– 4 teaspoons of cumin power

– 3 teaspoons of ground chilli

– 3 cloves of garlic

Peel the carrots, then chop them into pieces. Cut the mushrooms into thin slices.

Place the crushed garlic, turmeric, cumin, chilli, salt and pepper into a...

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