By Franny Long
In Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga, a digestive system is fundamental for good health. Keeping the Agni or digestive fire strong will not only assist in how you process your food it can also increase your immunity and fend off illness.
Each meal is an invitation to support your mind-body connection as well. Have you ever finished a meal craving something else about an hour later? I could be because you didn’t fulfill the body’s natural craving for all of the "six tastes", as they are described in Ayurveda.
Each taste corresponds with different qualities and has the ability to nourish you on a cellular level. Including each of them in a meal helps you to feel more balanced and whole. The six tastes in Ayurveda are Sour, Salty, Sweet, Bitter, Astringent, and Pungent.
This DIY recipe will encourage you to explore these six tastes in your kitchen. Design a bowl or dish with the following suggestions from this ancient life science. Be mindful while eating. Savor each mouthful. Notice how you feel during and after your meal.
Hearty Foundation: Cooked grains and/or roasted starchy vegetables
Then add: Vibrant Vegetables: Eat the rainbow, steamed, roasted, or raw Plant Power Protein: Legumes, nuts, seeds
And top it off with: Healthy Fats: Avocado, coconut, nuts/nut cheeses, dressings made with nut butter and anti-inflammatory oils
Aromatic Spices: Turmeric, cumin, and classical Ayurvedic spices; optional onion/garlic Brilliant Boosters: Fresh herbs + microgreens, sprinkle of sea salt, squeeze of lime/lemon