Ever since writing 'mindful eating for the mindful soul', I may have become a little obsessed with ayurvedic cooking. As a vegetarian family, we already eat predominantly Indian inspired foods (nothing like you'd get at an Indian restaurant, I assure you), but I wanted to get back to the basics- using less ingredients, making my own homemade masala with a mortar and pestle, and drinking homemade teas and lassis. Although we eat mindfully on a regular basis, I have been feeling a little drained and run down as of late- in part because of the seasonal changes in the air and also simply because I am pregnant with a young toddler on my hands (oh, how so many of you can sympathize!). When I get run down, I tend to get very hungry (I know many people are the opposite) and if I don't have a plan established to satisfy my hunger, all sorts of yucky decisions are be made (chocolate has been particularly poisoning afternoon pick-me-up- never a good food for pregnancy).
According to ayurvedic belief, roasting seeds and spices, grinding them by hand and cooking with them mindfully helps to curb unwanted and unhealthy food cravings. I am going to write a series of ayurvedic inspired posts, but in the meantime, I highly suggest this simple and soothing lassi.
Lassis have been used for centuries as a digestive aid. Although in ayurvedic tradition yoghurt eaten by itself is thought to be horrible for digestion, lassis- with added water, herbs and spices that are mixed together are thought to be a powerfully healing food. As my baby grows I am only able to eat smaller amounts more frequently, or the heartburn sets in. I have found this concoction especially soothing as of late. Don't add acidic fruit to your lassis if you're looking to relieve heartburn, and make sure to add some warm water- this changes the acidic properties of the dairy. Lassis should be consumed after meals and you should leave an hour before and after you drink one before consuming anything acidic (fruit, raw veggies, vinegars, pickled things etc).
lassi for heartburn in pregnancy
(or as a digestive tonic)
1/4 cup almond milk
1/4 cup organic whole yoghurt
1/2 cup warm water
dash each of- cinnamon, cardamom powder, ground cloves and ground nutmeg
1 tsp raw honey
Put all ingredients together into a small bowl and using a hand whisk, mix until smooth and bubbles begin to form. Try to avoid using an electric blender as it takes away from the whole sensory and organic experience, (and is also much more of a pain to clean up)!
If you're interested in finding out more about ayurveda I highly suggest all of Bri Maya Tiwari's books. Her story and literature is truly inspirational. Reading her books makes you feel more whole and connected to your true self.