Health Boosts

Ghee has many special qualities. This clarified butter is said to carry the medicinals values of whatever it is cooked with deep into the body's tissues. Ghee has a very long shelf life if you are sure not to contaminate it with water or a dirty spoon. Stoke digestive fire, without overheating Pitta. 

Prep time: 30 minutes
Make: 1 lb

Instructions:

  • Melt 1 pound unsalted Organic butter (raw if possible) over medium heat

  • Bring just to a boil & remain at that heat for about 15 minutes

  • You'll know the ghee is ready when the cream-colored milk-solids gather at the bottom of the pot and the ghee itself is a clear golden brown

  • You can let cool slightly, then strain into clean glass jar through several layers of cheesecloth

  • Be mindful & patient in the process. Enjoy the aroma, hum a tune, know you are preparing healing food for your body & soul.

This appetizer recipe is used to stimulate Agni (the digestive fire responsible for healthy metabolism) 20-30 minutes prior to eating. It's great for those back to back holiday meals and for getting back on track in the New Year!

Prep time: 2-3 minutes
Serves: 1

Variation 1 for Pitta Constitution or Tikshna (Sharp) Digestion, prone to inflammation:


Mix the following and drink like a shot or mixed with hot (not boiling) water:

  • Fresh-squeezed juice from ½ Organic Lime

  • 1 tsp. raw Organic local honey

  • ½ tsp. sea salt

Variation 2 for Vata & Kapha Constitution or Vishama (Variable) or Manda (Slow) Digestion, prone to constipation or gas:

Mix the following and drink like a shot or mixed with hot (not boiling) water:

  • Fresh-squeezed juice from ½ Organic Lemon

  • 1 tsp. raw Organic local honey

  • ½ tsp. fresh grated ginger

This Antioxidant Jam is a western version of Ayurvedic Chawanprash -- a nutrient dense supplement made with ghee to carry the herbal benefits deep into your tissues. Add ghee to your smoothies with this version of the jam. Check out my smoothie recipe below!

If you feel at all daunted by this recipe, or are concerned it will go bad in your fridge, consider purchasing the traditional version from Banyon Botanicals

Ayurvedic Kitchari is traditional cleanse food because it is easy for the body to digest. 

I cleanse twice/year, in the Fall & Spring. In the Fall I stick to kitchari for 3-7 days, 3 meals/day. In the morning, I add extra broth, cinnamon and ginger and often opt out of vegetables. At lunch I go all in on the vegetables, rice & beans. In the evening, I often favor just the vegetables and ghee. In the Spring I may opt for a salad for supper and a green smoothie for breakfast. I crave lighter foods and while kitchari is more simple to digest than heavy Standard American Diet foods, it is still heavy. 

For more on how I cleanse, check out groundedhere.com/cleanse