Entries by Divya Alter

Cauliflower Soup with Almond Cream

  “Cauliflower is nothing but a cabbage with a college education,” said Mark Twain a long time ago. I find this statement so charming.   As a cruciferous vegetable, cauliflower is excellent for balancing the Earthy/Kapha and the Fiery/Pitta, but it may aggravate the Airy/Vata. Even if you are one of those people who have […]

Cauliflower

“Cauliflower is nothing but a cabbage with a college education,” said Mark Twain a long time ago. As a cruciferous vegetable, cauliflower is excellent for balancing the Earthy/Kapha and the Fiery/Pitta, but its high phosphorus content can be gas forming and aggravate the Airy/Vata. Cauliflower is easier than cabbage for people with diabetes to eat. […]

Barley

Barley is an ancient grain that has been prepared by cooks throughout the world for thousands of years. Barley flakes or hulled (not pearled) barley are most nutritious. Ayurveda includes barley in remedies for numerous conditions including weight loss, water retention, weakness, recovery from prolonged illness, ulcers, dull complexion, sore throat, cough, and loss of […]

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are one of those compelling vegetables: you either love them or hate them. With their bitter, pungent, and sweet tastes and heating qualities, Brussels sprouts are ideal for busting sluggishness in late winter and early spring weather. This petite cousin of cabbage is medicinal in many ways: Excellent source of folic acid, vitamins […]

Kale

Would you ever guess that kale is in the cabbage family? Known to humans for more than four thousand years, today kale is available on the market all year, but it is most abundant through late fall and winter. The many kinds of kale vary in color and leaf texture—be bold and explore them all! […]

Moringa

I am so pleased that scientific and health circles finally paid attention and stirred a buzz around moringa. Known to Ayurvedic practitioners for thousands of years, moringa (Moringa oleifera) is one of the most nourishing and detoxifying plants on the planet. Most nutritionists recommend it as super food but are unaware of moringa’s powerful detoxifying […]

Cilantro

With its sweet, pungent, astringent taste and cooling effect, cilantro is always balancing no matter how you feel. It also:   Strengthens digestion Calms hyperacidity in the stomach Relieves coughs and fever Acts as a powerful binder of environmental toxins, especially heavy metals Thins the blood Works as a mouth freshener   Cilantro is a […]

Detox Protein Shake

Asparagus, daikon radish, moringa, cilantro, parsley, turmeric, and kulthi are all champion cleansers. A natural side effect of this cleansing process is reduced inflammation and increased physical and mental vitality. Enjoy this shake two to three times a week. (NB: This shake is not for pregnant or nursing mothers.)   Serves 1 or 2              Prep: […]

Warming Protein Shake

This shake has a tomato-like color and taste, with a pungency that will pinch your tongue in a pleasant way. It is very satisfying for when you’re feeling more Airy/Vata or Earthy/Kapha. It is also a blood builder and a great tonic for the liver.   Serves 1 or 2              Prep: 2 minutes          Cook: 3 […]

Soma Salt

  According to Charaka Samhita (an ancient text on Ayurveda), the best salt is Soma Salt (aka saindhava) or white Himalayan rock salt, as it is rich in minerals but less heating than other varieties. Available in-store at Divya’s Kitchen and online.