Alright guys! This one is GOOD!
We are making tacos for dinner tonight, and I wanted to try out my hand at a yummy roasted garlic tomatillo salsa! I do want to give a few heads up. Tomatillos are part of the tomato family--making them nightshades. Now, nightshades are not a super amazing thing in Ayurveda, and I am FULLY aware of this. I'm not saying we should go out and eat nightshades the rest of our lives.
Nightshades can actually be pretty inflammatory to our bodies. It's said that nightshades have elements in them that are actually dehydrating to the lubricants in our body. Again, this all makes complete sense to me. I completely recognize that it's hard to eliminate nightshades altogether from our diets. And, just to be completely honest, a sweet and juicy tomato right off the vine is just to irresistible to me.
Luckily, there are ways to combat the effects of nightshades slightly. Of course, like all things Ayurveda, there should be moderation in everything that we consume physically, mentally, energetically, everything So, we should always keep this in mind when making anything that is going to have affects to our body.
The warmth from the cumin and garlic will help mitigate the affects of the nightshade quality.
This salsa recipe is great for just a dollop of tanginess and spice on top of your Mexican/Spanish fare. Enjoy this tasty sauce--especially now as the colder months are upon us!
Voila! Your salsa awaits. Enjoy!
I've spoken about the health benefits more than once on the blog and the newsletters. How it's important to get 1/2 your body weight in ounces daily, how you should drink room temperature water and not freezing ice cold. We've talked how hydration is key for so many normal functions of the body such as proper digestion, hydration of the skin, and lubrication of the joints.
It's no mystery that water--the substance that is 75% of our bodies and 75% of our planet--is crucial to our over health and well-being. Unfortunately though, it is still so hard for many to have the right amount of intake every day. And I get it, to some it's not the tastiest thing. Some can't stomach the idea of drinking room temperature water. I've heard a million different reasons in my practice and with my friends and family.
With that said, there are always solutions! Fruit infusion water bottles are all over the place these days. When I walk into work I can count at least 7-10 people who have some sort of fancy bottle that allows for them to infuse fruit to help with their water intake. And when I ask them if it works, they are so quick to say that yes, in fact it does. So, I thought, why don't I try it as well?
I happened to be at Target, and found the Define Bottle. It's a beautiful double walled glass bottle with a bamboo top. It comes with a little cage for loose teas that separates if you want to put in just water and fruit.
I'm not going to lie, I probably drank at least 4 bottles of my infused water and tea, plus the other plain water I was drinking. People are definitely onto something.
Below are my top 5 fruit and tea infusions that I made. Try them out! Tell me what you think! I've also posted what the ingredients are good for from an Ayurvedic perspective. If you're curious to see what ingredients would
*Quick note: when I say mashed blue berries, I just barely squeezed the berries in my fingers so that the juice can slightly be released into the water to obtain the flavor. They weren't completely mashed into a mush.
Try these out and let me know what you think.
Here's to healthy hydration! Cheers!
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