Stocking your Ayurvedic kitchen. Part one



It’s June and we’re back in the kitchen. After all the bank holiday festivities you may be feeling in need of a thorough cleanse ☺️ if that’s you I've got you covered as our 3 Day Summer Cleanse will be available to order from 21 June! Get on the list for a reminder here

Until then why not start preparing by turning your kitchen into an Ayurvedic pharmacy? At it's heart Ayurveda is kitchen medicine so find out your dosha (mind/body type) here and let’s get started,

This week we’ll start with dried foods. Stock up on these Ayurvedic essentials, you may already have some or even all of them. That's great and in that case see this as a reminder to actually use them! It's funny how our cupboards are usually full to the brim but we tend to use the same couple of go to ingredients leaving everything else to go past it's shelf life!

Spice 

Most Ayurvedic cooking starts with cooking spices in oil. This is for several reasons, some help us to digest our food better and others are anti bacterial, viral and anti inflammatory 

Turmeric, mustard seeds and ginger are a good bet for us all. For Kapha other key detoxifying herbs are black pepper, cumin, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves. For Vata cardamom and cinnamon are perfect. Pittas should be using lots of cooling fennel, mint, basil and parsley. Mustard seeds should be used sparingly as they are good for the digestion but are heating for pitta

 

Oil 

Oil is a big part of Ayurveda in food and externally. Many nutrients are fat soluble and even drinking certain types of oil before meals (as we do on our cleanse) can have an amazing cleansing effect. 

Ghee (not vegan), coconut oil and sesame oil are three commonly used oils, all can be used in high temperature cooking and ghee is tridoshic.

Kaphas and Vatas do well with warming sesame oil but just use sparingly for Kapha. Pittas should favour cooling coconut oil. 

Having some tetra pack or glass jarred coconut milk and cream in your cupboards is also great for adding to curries and as a vegan alternative to dairy.

 

Pulses and grains 

Chickpeas, lentils, rice, quinoa are great staples and can be enjoyed by all doshas. Jarred chickpeas are great for a quick meal and better than the aluminium tinned version 


Nuts and Seeds


Nuts and seeds, ideally raw and unsalted are great for a snack or even to use as protein in a main meal. To make these even more digestible and to improve their bioavailibilty you can soak them, rinse and bake at a low temperature and then store, or you can always buy them pre soaked. Look for 'activated' nuts and seedslike this range which I like - no affiliation. Too many nuts can be heavy for kapha so stick to seeds which are of lighter quality if this is your dosha.


Sweeteners


Now it's common knowledge that refined sugar is harmful, many people I speak to are trying to cut out all forms of sweetness from their diet. This is not the Ayurvedic approach. In Ayurveda sweet is one of the six tastes to be incorporated in our diets regularly. This makes sense because we have receptors for sweetness and breast milk, our first food is sweet.

Don't deprive yourself of the sweetness of life! Go for natural sweetness as this doesn't tend to spike your blood sugar or flood your brain with addictive levels of dopamine like refined sugar and artificial sweeteners do.

Raw honey, stevia, maple syrup, coconut syrup and monk fruit sweetener are good options to have on hand in your kitchen. Also always have some medjool dates on hand as these make a nice, quick, caramelly treat as they are or when cut open and filled with nut butter!
 

Enjoy stocking your kitchen or using more of these ingredients in your cooking if you have them already!

Next week I'll be talking about the fresh items to have on your weekly shopping list. These are the things to put on the 'regulars' section of your online shop so you always have them available.

In our busy lives I think the more we can 'automate' our health and wellness by stocking our kitchens, batch cooking and of course doing our seasonal cleanses, the better we feel and the easier everything else becomes! 

I hope you'll be snapping up one of our 3 Day Summer Cleanse boxes available from 21st June! I have some special treats planned for this one so stay tuned and get on the list below.

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