My Vedic Kitchen

Holiday Dietary Tips

Certain foods evoke a fundamental connection with the very best flavors, aromas and textures of nature. One of the beauties of ayurvedic cooking is that it celebrates the health-supporting role of delicious, wholesome, organic foods and enhances them with select spices, each of which brings its own health-supporting role to the party.

The following two recipes feature a medley of foods and flavors dear to ayurveda, and to cultures worldwide. Remember, whenever possible, to choose organic raw ingredients.

Enjoy this simple feast in good health. Happy Holidays.

Saffron Risotto with Asparagus and Zucchini

Stuffed Butternut Squash

Ayurvedic Holiday Dietary Tips

  1. Avoid eating heavy meals in the evening when agni (digestive fire and intelligence) is naturally weaker. Try to plan your holiday dinner for lunch or the late afternoon, and stick to light, nutritious foods such as vegetable soups in the evening.
  2. Eat fresh ginger slices with a dab of salt and lemon juice just before a big meal. Ginger helps stimulate the digestive fire.
  3. Add plenty of fresh ginger, cumin, coriander, fennel, and turmeric to your traditional family recipes. Spices help the process of digestion and add many of the six ayurvedic tastes to each meal.
  4. Avoid cold drinks, especially during meals. Ice-cold beverages retard digestion — and weaken agni.
  5. Minimize the intake of alcohol and caffeinated beverages. Drink herbal teas or Raja's Cup instead.
  6. Sip plenty of warm water through the day to help cleanse the body.
  7. Try to avoid eating leftovers, which are more difficult to digest.
  8. Savor each meal. Sit down to eat, and take a few minutes to sit quietly after the meal.

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