From Nature, With Love
About eating a balanced diet + our favorite Ayurvedic recipe.
The traditional Indian medicine called Ayurveda believes that balance in our diet is modeled on nature and its 5 elements. In order to reach and maintain a healthy diet, our plates should provide all these tastes so that our body feels content and our mind at peace.
- Sweet food (sweet potatoes, beets, dates) are associated with Earth and Water
- Sour food (lemon, cheese, tomato) have Earth and Fire
- Salty food (salt, seaweed) is Fire and Air
- Pungent (Ginger, onions, chilies) contain Fire and Air
- Bitter (coffee, chocolate) has Air and Space
- Astringent (chickpea, parsley) is Air and Earth.
Ideally the food should have some moisture, be a bit crispy and soothing, be salty, sweet, and spicy. It should be balanced.
Your food should also provide nourishment! As a result, your body should feel satisfied and energized, not sluggish and bloated.
Here is a favorite recipe for you to balance all the senses:
Sautéed Golden Beets with Pistachios and Creamy Coconut Masala
- 4 golden beets
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 2 yellow onions sliced
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon minced fresh coriander
- 2 teaspoons crushed pistachios
- 1 can of coconut cream
- 1 ½ teaspoon Curry powder
- 1 ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1 ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- a splash of lemon juice
- Peel the beets and cut into small squares pieces. In a non-adhesive pan warm the coconut oil and the onions.
- Let them get brown then add the beets and ¼ cup of water. Cover and let it cook for 5 minutes.
- For the masala: Put the can in the fridge for a day. Open and keep the creamy part on top with a little of the watery part.
- Add all the ingredients in a blender and mix well. It should be creamy and less runny than the coconut milk.
- Serve the beets with the masala, crushed pistachios and fresh coriander.
Anne-Sophie is a French born adventurer who grew up skiing, dancing and cooking. She started making her own beauty products at age 17 and since then has been passionate about health, beauty and nature. She lives in New York City where she practices yoga and meditation and enjoys the eclectic restaurant scene of the city. As a teacher she is very curious and loves learning new skills.