So, what's the deal with nightshades? There's much controversy around them. Are they good? Are they bad? Are they going to make my guts explode? Truthfully? I'm not completely against them. Do they have "bad" qualities? Sure--just like many other foods. But there's just something about a juicy tomato in the summer time. I remember the tomatoes that my dad would grow in our garden growing up. They really were the most amazing things.
Nightshades are inflammatory, and aren't the best vegetables for a lot of people. So, what to do? Well, one, you can decrease your intake. Two, cooking them can help to lessen the effects. And three, using certain spices can help the digestion process a little better. Nutrition is a very simple science--and I really love it.
What's the secret? Cumin. Cumin can help reduce the inflammatory effects of the tomato, and of course make it easier to digest. So, try this pasta recipe with the freshest tomatoes you can find!
Enjoy this delicious dish with all your loved ones!
So, it's safe to say I love cookies, and sweets, and baking in general. It's so fun experimenting with different grains and sweeteners in the kitchen to create something that's tasty but also healthy. This week, I ended up buying some spelt flour. I know I'm probably really behind on this bandwagon, but, I fell in love!
Spelt is so great. It's an easy grain and flour to work with as far as baking goes. I pretty much used it like I would any wheat flour. But the best part is, its chalk-full of nutrients. It's packed with B vitamins, manganese, iron, and fiber. The best part is, is that it is water-soluble. What does that mean? Well, it essentially makes the nutrients easier to absorb into our bodies.
On top of all of these amazing things, spelt is pitta pacifying--meaning that it is super cooling and light. It's perfect for the summer time to use as your go-to grain.
Without further ado, here's my recipe for spelt cookies. I decided to use fig, because one, I'm loving fig lately. And two, fig is also great for pitta, i.e. summer time.
These cookies are super soft and airy--the perfect afternoon treat to calm and cool yourself down. Enjoy!
I love arugula! This slightly bitter leafy green is packed with vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. It's a great veggie for the liver, which will indirectly help cleanse your blood. It also works great to give you a mild detox in your lymph system. From an Ayurvedic perspective, the bitter taste works as a cleanser in the body to help push debris out of the system. Summer is such a great time to get boatloads of arugula, and that is exactly what I did. I ended up with 3 bags of arugula--more than I really knew what to do with. So, I decided to make a yummy arugula pesto that can sit in the fridge for up to a week (longer if you freeze it).
Enjoy this healthy pesto on your pasta, as a base sauce for pizza, in your summer salads, and so much more!
This is a quick and easy pesto to make if you have arugula lying around that you don't want to toss away because the leaves are getting yellow. It's also a great way to get those nutrients in and sneak in healthy veggies into your family meals.