October Potluck and Cooking Class Recipes

October Potluck and Cooking Class Recipes

Hi Optimal Body Balance friends and family,

We hosted a potluck at the clinic and a cooking class at Whole Foods earlier this month. If you couldn’t make one or both events, here are some recipes for you!

From the potluck:
Baked Carnival Squash with Apples
Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Salad

From the cooking class:
Orange Jicama Salad with Citrus Cumin Vinaigrette
Chicken Salad with Herbs in Radicchio Cups
Almond Flour Molasses Cookies
Vegan Chocolate Fondue with Fresh Fruit

October Potluck and Cooking Class Recipes

Cooling Foods Cooking Class

Hi everyone! Here are the recipes from the cooling foods cooking class. Hope you enjoy them!

Photo: Con Poulos, wholeliving.com

Photo: Con Poulos, wholeliving.com

Photo: Johnny Miller, wholeliving.com

Photo: Con Poulos, wholeliving.com














Melon, Mint and Cucumber Smoothie
Creamy Summer Squash Soup
Steamed Vegetable Salad with Macadamia Dressing
Mussels with Corn, Cherry Tomatoes and Tarragon
Berry Almond Crisp
Cardamom Custard

Here is some information about Ayurvedic cooling foods:

Stay Cool: Balancing Pitta Dosha
Pitta is one of the three psycho-physiological elements that govern the different activities of mind and body. Composed of fire and water, Pitta dosha governs metabolism and transformation in the body, including digestion. Pitta is associated with heat, and its effects are especially felt during the hot summer, from July to October. Whether you have a lot of Pitta in your constitution or not, you need to pay attention to pacifying Pitta during the summer.

Signs of an aggravated Pitta include excess stomach acid, heartburn, skin eruptions and irritability. Following a Pitta-pacifying diet can help keep this fiery element in balance.

A Pitta-pacifying diet
What’s the first thing you reach for on a hot summer day-a cold drink? We instinctively know that cool drinks and cool foods help balance Pitta and replenish fluid levels in the body. But if a drink is ice-cold, it will douse your digestive fire and disrupt digestion, so it’s best to avoid iced drinks, especially during meals. Also stay away from carbonated drinks because they slow down digestion. Freshly blended fruit juices and nectars drunk at room temperature are nutritious, satisfying and delicious. Grapes, sweet pineapple and water melon are some refreshing choices.

To keep Pitta in balance, favor the sweet, bitter and astringent tastes and avoid salty, sour and hot spicy foods. Sweet foods include rice and bread. Milk, butter and Ghee are all cooling foods. Fully ripe sweet juicy fruits like melons, cherries, grapes, pears and mangoes, and vegetables such as cucumber, broccoli, zucchini and asparagus are pitta-pacifying. Minimize yogurt, sour cream, citrus fruits and spicy foods like cayenne. Also avoid vegetables with heating properties such as tomatoes, hot peppers, radishes, onions, garlic and spinach.

Cook with cooling spices such as fennel, mint and coriander, and reduce hot spices such as dried ginger and mustard seed.

Favor foods that are liquid rather than dry, and cool or lukewarm rather than hot. Lentil soups flavored with Pitta Churna make a nutritious pitta-pacifying meal.

Drink lots of room temperature or cool water and sip 2-3 cups of Pitta Tea during the day. Pitta Tea contains cooling spices and rose petals, renowned in ayurveda for cooling down the mind, body and emotions. Fresh fruit juices and the water from young coconuts are wonderful pick-me-ups on warm sultry days.

Source: www.mapi.com