Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Yoga Recipes

I enjoy a healthy diet and eating healthy foods and there are so many Yoga recipes I would like to share with you. Following a good Yoga diet helps your mind, body and soul.
Practicing mindful eating inspires a sense of gratitude, so try and consume foods that benefit your body in healthy amounts, appreciate your food and where it comes from and savor each and every mouthful

Healthy Yoga Recipes

Smoothies are so easy to prepare, put all the good foods into a blender , pulse and enjoy. all the health benefits. Pineapple Smoothie which is rich in vitamin C and manganese, thiamin which is have great anti inflammatory, anti cancer and healthy heart properties.

Below is a Minty Green Tea can help you burn calories as green tea reduces your appetite and the mint is a pain reliever and reduces bloating and flatulence.

Turmeric Bombs are a wonderful way to get the health benefits of turmeric, this little spice should be in everyone's daily diet as it is a powerful anti oxidant and potent anti inflammatory and aids heartburn and indigestion.

Try the Pumpkin Macadamia Nut Pancakes below , they are a tasty treat as pumpkin is rich in fiber which slows down you digestion, Macadamia nuts  are a rich source of Vitamin A, irons and folates all which promotes good health.

Spicy Black Bean Soup  is high in fiber which helps lower your cholesterol and decrease your risk of heart disease, this soup also contains Vitamin B1 and B6, black beans are one of those wonder beans.

check out the Tart Cherry Elixir below it is a wonderful drink after your workout, try this recipe with tart cherry juice this drink tastes like a treat, not a treatment. 

Minty Green Tea Cooler

Green Tea has so many health benefits including cancer prevention and cardiovascular disease prevention. So here is one is my favorite summer iced tea. It requires some preparation but you can make a big batch and drink it over the course of a few days.

For optimal health benefits, add a squeeze of lemon to your green tea. Catechins are the uniquely powerful anti-cancer substance in green tea, but they can be difficult for the body to absorb. Adding citrus (or vitamin C) has been shown to boost absorption — one study showed that the rate of absorption was 5 times higher with a bit of lemon juice.
I recommend steeping your green tea for 10 minutes (again, for optimal health benefits).
If this makes the taste too strong for you, steep for only 5 minutes instead or adding a bit more agave nectar.
4 cups of water
4 teaspoons of loose jasmine green tea or 4 tea bags
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped mint, plus more for garnish
3 teaspoons agave nectar
Sparkling water
Lemon and mint for garnish
1. Bring the water to boil in a saucepan.
2. Turn off the heat and add the green tea, agave, and mint.
3. Cover and steep for 10 minutes.
4. Pour the tea mixture through a strainer into a sturdy glass container.
5. Refrigerate for at least an hour, and then serve over ice and sparkling water with a squeeze of lemon and few mint sprigs. I like to do half of the tea mixture and half sparkling water.

 Tart Cherry Elixir

This combination of tart cherry juice, ginger and turmeric is a health drink that will knock your socks off and its so good for you.

  • 1 cup tart cherry juice
  • 1 tsp raw ginger
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
Pour 1 cup tart cherry juice.
Add 1 teaspoon raw ginger and 1/2 teaspoon turmeric.
Enjoy this flavor full elixir

Pineapple Smoothie

The most delicious refreshing Pineapple smoothie when fresh pineapples are in season. Pineapples have so many health benefits, they are rich in anti oxidants which helps prevent cell damage and protect you against heart disease and various cancers. Pineapples are rich in vitamin C which will reduce the common colds and pineapples also contain manganese which helps strengthen bones.

  • ½ pineapple, peeled, cored, and cut into chunks
  • ½ cup cashews, soaked
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • ¼ cup coconut meat
  • 2 tablespoons coconut cream
  • 2 dates, pitted (optional for sweetness)
1 lime, cut into wedges
  1. Add pineapple chunks, cashews, coconut water, pineapple juice, lime juice, coconut meat, and coconut cream into a high-speed blender and process until smooth.
  2. Add dates, for optional added sweetness.
  3. Pour into glass and serve with lime garnish.

    Pumpkin Macadamia Nut Pancakes

    These are Gluten-Free Pumpkin Macadamia Nut Pancakes, pancakes are enjoyed by most people, so I have found a healthier version for you to enjoy, these are delicious.

    • 1 cup Gluten Free pancake mix
    • 1/2 cup milk
    • 1 cup pureed pumpkin with pie spices
    • 1 egg
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil or melted butter, for a richer taste
    • 1 cup chopped macadamia nuts
    This makes about eight good-sized pancakes, or 12 dollar-sized. (Of course, for my family I have to triple this recipe.)

    Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until smooth. Put a little coconut oil on your griddle (just to add another layer of flavor) and drop your batter on. Then cook, flip over and serve with fresh berries and plain Greek yoghurt.