Entries by Divya Alter

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.

Vegan Protein Shakes: Introduction

We live in the age of shakes and smoothies: We grab a cold smoothie for breakfast or whenever we don’t have time to cook. As convenient quick blending of food is, it is important to select not only high-nutrient foods, but also compatible foods. A lot of the vegan protein shakes on the market include […]

Kulthi Detox Protein Powder

Wildcrafted kulthi beans that have been dry toasted, de-husked, and stone-ground.  Pre-toasting makes the kulthi lighter and easier to digest, without losing its pranic energy or healing benefits.  With a rich and distinctive nutty flavor, this powder gives the properties and benefits of whole kulthi without the cooking hassle.  This powder requires no cooking!  Mix in […]

Kulthi Beans

Kulthi beans are little known to most Western cooks, but they are extremely beneficial for detox and weight management. Sold in Indian grocery stores as horse gram (Macrotyloma uniflorum), these brown beans have been used in Ayurvedic healing protocols for thousands of years. I fell in love with them one autumn, when I ate kulthi […]

Vegan Protein Powder

Made from split, skinned, and roasted black chickpeas (kala chana). This high-protein powder is ideal for shakes, smoothies, or as a thickener. It is a low-calorie but nutrient-dense dietary supplement and it helps build strong bones (calcium), build blood (iron), form strong muscles (protein), fortify immunity (iron and folic acid).  It is particularly nourishing and […]


Astringent, sweet, cooling, and diuretic, asparagus is good for everyone. Although seasonal in spring, I like to include it in my diet at least once or twice per month throughout the year because of its many benefits: Supports the reproductive and urinary systems Encourages elimination of toxins via the urinary tract Reduces water retention Strengthens […]

Daikon Radish

Thin daikon radish deserves our acknowledgment today the way Ayurveda recognized it thousands of years ago. Although pungent and heating, because it pulls out hot toxins, daikon ultimately reduces acidity. It also: Calms the nervous system Supports digestion Reduces water retention Cleanses the kidneys, gallbladder, liver, blood, eyes Relieves hemorrhoids Clears the vocal cords—great for […]

Bitter Melon

It is important to include bitter melon in our diets because of its high nutritional values and powerful detoxifying properties. Here are some of its benefits: Cleanses the liver and pancreas, purifies the blood, and improves blood circulation Lowers blood sugar and hypertension Enhances digestion Reduces inflammation When applied topically, the juice of bitter melon […]

Taro Root

Taro (Colocasia esculenta) is a root vegetable that resembles a hairy potato. It is used in many cuisines throughout the world, and it even grows as a decorative plant in the city gardens of New York. You can use taro as a potato substitute for almost every recipe. Taro surpasses potato in taste, nutrition, and […]

When Detox Is Not a Good Idea

I was one of those detox enthusiasts who for years jumped into intensive cleansing procedures with raw foods, juice fasts, liver and colon flushes, master cleanses, you name it. Most of these procedures improved my energy levels in the short term, but made me feel worse after a few weeks or months. Later on I […]