Adapted from Joanna Wolczyk of Sublime Ayurveda
Ayurveda encourages a conscious lifestyle starting with our first medicine : food. Unlike the latest diet or detox program, the foundation of it is based on the tangible idea that you are not only why, what, where you eat, but more importantly, how you eat. Therefore food should be eaten mindfully, with gratitude, it must be fresh, of the highest quality when possible (organic), digestible, deliciously satisfying for the senses and prepared with love.
The science of life, Ayurveda, teaches that Spring is ruled by Kapha Dosha (water + earth). During Kapha Season, we can see this in Nature while the earth is transitioning from the rigid winter to soft spring. The predominant qualities are heavy, muddy and wet. To remain or find balance, eat more foods that are astringent, bitter, pungent (spicy), light, dry and warm such as steamed veggies, brothy soups & brown rice. Eat less foods that are sweet, salty, sour, heavy, cold, oily such as ice cream, fried foods, heavy dairy & breads.
Now, for our Spring Superfoods, carrots and celery, here’s why they are so beneficial during this season : carrots increase blood flow and lymph and reduce swelling, inflammations and liver conditions. High in calcium, makes them great for bones, muscles and teeth. Also, carrots are rich in beta carotene which your body converts into vitamin A. This nutrient promotes good vision so this is important to consider since as a society, we spend a lot of time on various screens. Celery is a well-known diuretic and blood purifier as well as a tonic for the nervous system and good for blood pressure. High in mineral content, rich sodium, potassium and sulfur. Lastly, celery is a highly alkaline food good for neutralizing acids.
- 2 cups of carrots, cut into small 1/2-inch piece
- 2 cups of celery, cut into small 1/2-inch pieces
- 1 small red or white onion or a few shallots
- 2 tablespoons of butter or coconut oil
- 2 1/2 vegetable broth
- 1 1/2 cumin powder
- 1 tablespoon of maple syrup
- Himalayan salt
- Fresh pepper
- Zest of lemon
- Finish with plain yogurt and basil to decorate
- Makes 4 servings
Using a blender to find your preferred consistency and voilà!