Wednesday

Kichdi Recipe


Spices are essential for healing the body from the inside out. This recipe allows you to play with many, but this is my favorite recipe.

Kichdi - (kitch-dee, AKA kitchardi, kitchdi)
Basmati Rice and Moong (Mung) Beans

  • Nourishing and healing
  • Easily digestible
  • Complete protein and meal
  • Tri-doshic
  • Gluten free

I like to eat this (and this only) for 5 to 7 days at least once a year, during Spring. It helps the body release any old toxins that may be disturbing the beautiful body.

Let's get to it!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Basmati Rice
  • 1 cup Moong Beans
  • 6 cups of water
  • 1 inch of fresh Ginger, grated
  • 1 cinnamon stick (optional)
  • 2 tsp ghee/butter
  • 1/2 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1/4tsp Salt and Black Pepper/or to taste
  • Fresh Cilantro leaves

Preparation

  • Sort and rinse rice and lentils twice
  • Place in pot with 6 cups of water, ginger and cinnamon
  • Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer for 20 minutes
  • Meanwhile, in a saucepan, saute the seeds in the ghee or butter until they pop (about 20 seconds on medium high heat), and immediately add the remaining spices 
  • Stir for about 15 seconds, until you smell the spices, then, add to pot of  rice and lentils. 
  • Cook for 20 minutes
  • Top with cilantro leaves, a squeeze of lime and serve

En-Joy!

Tuesday

Ignite the Agni Tea


Spring has arrived and brought all that pollen and the loosening of all that mucous we store during Winter. If you were smart (unlike me), you stayed away from toxic food, and your body didn't create any extra mucous to release. 

But my body did. My "allergies" are going ham!

So I help my body burn up that mucous from the inside, by drinking tea. A real simple, and delicious tea.

Let's discuss what's in the tea.

Ginger
  • effective in aiding and alleviating symptoms of gastrointestinal disorders
  • increases the natural fire (agni) in the digestive system
  • an anti-inflammatory food, helping reduce inflammation, from which many dis-eases begin.
Cinnamon
  • Anti-microbial purifying the body
  • Heating to the body, increasing the agni
  • Anti-inflammatory
Cardamom
  • Anti-carcinogenic battling all the bad radicals in the body
  • Anti-inflammatory
  •  Great for digestion, teeth, spasms, it's a must!
Star Anise
  • Great for PMS, as it has properties akin to Estrogen
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Exporant, opening up the respitory

Ignite the Agni Tea Recipe

2 Cinnamon sticks
3 one inch slices of Ginger
1 Star Anise
3 Cardamom pods or 10 Cardamom seeds
2 cups of Water

Place all ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil for 5 minutes. Turn off and let sit for 10 minutes. Strain and add sweetner of choice. I am trying to reduce my sugar intake and didn't add sugar.

Drink often and feel free to add or remove any ingedient that doesn't resonate with you. 

En-Joy!

Thursday

Blueberry Chia Chocolate Shake


I'm turning 40 this year and it's like a switch was turned on, I can't stop obsessing on getting and being healthier. I feel like I want to kick life's ass in a gentle and healing way, if that's possible.

A few things that I'm feeling and resonating with:

1. Eating better, and improving my digestion. As a person with more Water and Earth elements, my digestion gets sluggish during the Spring.
2. Being more active, so I'm going to start running with some local peeps here on the mountain. Starting today.
3. More recipes! I am having a ton of fun in the kitchen lately. Creating food that heals and nourishes is not only a physical gain, but also a mental one.
4. Expanding my yoga practice. I'd like to master handstands this year, and wheel!
4. Having fun! I have spent the first part of my life doing what I'm supposed to, and I'm tired. Now it's my turn, my highway, my dreams. Dreams or bust!

I began with food, of course. I love to eat and was craving something sweet but hadn't had breakfast. I was inspired and whipped up this Blueberry Chia Chocolate Shake and it was oh so yum! Madre mia, it was more than I imagined it could be, so I'm sharing!

I made a cinnamon and cardamom tea this morning, with 2 cinnamon sticks and 5 cardamom seeds. I reused those same sticks and seeds to boil 1 cup of water and the dates. Just a little background.

Blueberry Chia Chocolate Shake
2 scoops of chocolate protein poweder (I used Neolife)
1 banana
1/2 c. frozen blueberries
4 dates (boil with cinnamon and cardamom seeds)
Chia seeds

Boil the dates in 1 cup of water with cinnamon sticks and cardamom seeds for 2 minutes, then turn off and set aside.

In the blender add, 1 sliced banana, 2 scoops of protein powder, the dates and water (do not add the cinnamon sticks, cardamom seeds are okay), and chia seeds. Once blended place in glass and drink. Yum!

I'm hooked.

En - joy!

Pray For Me


It's like I wrote that last post and then hid in my cave.

But I'm back!

With lots of great news!

I'm teaching yoga again, and cooking! I'm offering cooking classes based on Ayurveda. I've noticed a lot of food shaming talk about healthy food going on and I decided to do something about it. I started teaching cooking classes in my neighborhood. My cooking classes teach people how to use affordable veggies and fruit to make whole, nourishing meals.
It's you'd like more information, shoot me an email -  breathflowthrive@gmail.com.

I also moved! Off The grid! We are officially off the water, and gas lines. We have a huge water tank and a reasonably sized propane tank, and I was (probably still am, tbh) freaking out because we are a family of 5! Universe knows what It's doing with us and I willingly follow along. This is a whole new level of conscious living as I am watching our water and gas intake and use. 

My first change - I've been filling the sink with water for The Dishes (capitalized by auto-correct, but that's how I feel about them), instead of washing as we go, they soak now. 

I'm also collecting the bath water

Biggest change - not flushing the toilet. Do you know how much water is wasted that way?!!!!! Up to 4 gallons in an old toilet!  So in this house if it's yellow, we let it mellow. You know the rest. 

On average, one person uses 80 - 100 gallons a day. We purchased 3k gallons for $260...and I'm praying it lasts all month, hahahahahahaha hahahaha
There's 5 of us....at 80 gallons per person, that's 400 a day. A day! However, there are 3 children in the home who can't reach the faucets, so I'm safe there. Phew!

But seriously, this made me realize how PRIVILEGED we are to live in a country that has running water That we flush it down the drain. We can wash our hands 100 times a day. We can shower and bathe, and not be worried about it running out.
And then I thought, it's already running out. Here in California we are experiencing a devastating drought, and I can't help but think it's inevitable, we will have to ration water.

When that happens, I'll be ready, for I've started my journey to being self sufficient, off the grid, and independent of "The System"

My descent onto the path of a revolutionary has begun and I'm taking you all with me!

Also - pray for me - this conserving water and gas is the unknown for me, and I'm (trying to) happily embracing it! The views help compensate, that's for sure!

xxoo