Lunch the Ayurveda Way
The most important thing to remember about the ayurvedic approach to diet is that our meals should be warm, cooked meals. Eating warm food is nourishing and balancing to all the doshas. It is possible to prepare a warm lunch while you are getting ready to go to work or at work. The following tips will help you find alternatives to sandwiches and fast foods.
- Invest in a stainless steel thermos. Nissan makes a special thermos that is shorter and wider, to hold warm foods. In the morning, cook some fresh vegetables, dhal and a whole grain. Pour into the container. Pack some ready-made chapatis, flatbreads or matzo crackers. Take some Quick Thermos Lassi with you to work with the other items, and you can have a warm, healthy lunch.
- If the dining hall at your workplace has a kitchenette, then keep a slow cooker there. Assemble all the ingredients at home for a hearty vegetable bean soup. When you get to work, just put the already-cut vegetables and measured-out beans, spices and grains in the slow cooker with water. Take along some flatbreads and lassi. Your lunch will be done by the time you are ready to eat, and it will be fresh and hot. Don't forget to turn the slow cooker on, though.
- The Council of Maharishi Ayurveda Physicians recommends avoiding the commercial flavored yogurts. Fresh homemade yogurt is best because it has fresh lactobacilli in it that help keep the intestinal flora healthy. Commercial yogurts are cold and difficult to digest. They also may have been sitting on grocery shelves for weeks, with the lactobacilli dead and worthless. Many people eat these as snacks, and colds, congestion, and weight gain may result from this type of yogurt in your diet.
- For snacks, eat dates with the pit removed and a bit of ghee inside where the pit was. Almonds and raisins, and plenty of fresh, sweet juicy fruit such as pears or plums, are also excellent choices for energy and balance. Warm milk with a little Raja's Cup is great for your "coffee" breaks.
For a special snack, try almond butter on crackers. If you are feeling a bit irritable or frustrated, try eating a spoonful of Organic Rose Petal Spread. This delicious preserve helps to balance Sadhaka Pitta, which governs our happiness quotient.
The following are some recipes for take-along lunches:
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