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Fabulous Figs

By Kulmeet Kaur, Canada

Looking for an energy boost? You'll want to include three figs in your daily nourishment. Because figs have a high sugar content, they are great producers of energy, and fig sugars are quickly taken up by the intestinal tract and used by the body. Be warned however: more than three figs a day can make you horny and fat. Seriously not ideal.

But did you know that figs are also a good source of potassium, a mineral that helps control blood pressure? And with more than double the calcium of whole milk, figs also promote healthy bowel function due to their high levels of fiber. They are among the most highly alkaline foods and rank higher in antioxidants than red wine and tea, well known for their polyphenolics, plant-based chemicals thought to play a role in fighting disease.

In The Ancient Art of Self Healing, Yogi Bhajan said that figs can make you a sexual pig!

Fig Tips:

    • Fresh figs can only be refrigerated for approximately 2 to 3 days after harvest.
    • Dipping the blade of your knife in hot water helps prevent sticking when cutting
    • Soak figs for thirty minutes, puree, and add to tomato sauce to sweeten it

Yogi Bhajan’s Fig Recipe

Take 20 to 25 fresh figs and blend them with yogurt and drink. The figs must be fresh, not dried. One cup of yogurt to 10 -15 figs is a good ratio.

For sexual or nervous disorders, a mono diet of fresh figs is important. Be sure to eat the white strings, which cling to the yogurt. You always feel the energy for your creative purpose. It is a creative energy. After all, sexual energy is nothing but creative energy. And don’t mix up these two energies and think one is creative and one is non-creative. Both are creative, it is all in how you use it.

-Yogi Bhajan, The Ancient Art of Self Healing

Ayurvedic Tonic Shake

Try this simple recipe for an Ayurvedic tonic to nourish the body and the mind. This immune-boosting shake is loaded with calcium and omega-3 essential fatty acids (aka brain food), helps with elimination, and tastes surprisingly good. Try it as a morning shake or anytime for an energy boost.

Soak overnight in about 1 1/2 cups water:

3 organic dried figs

6-7 organic walnuts

1 tsp organic raisins

In the morning, combine all ingredients, including the soaking water, in the blender until smooth. Adjust the water quantity to desired consistency. For variety, add 1tsp raw cacao nibs to the blender.

Kulmeet Kaur is an Ayurvedic nutritionist and Kundalini Yoga teacher. You can contact her at: [email protected]   http://www.fearlesscooking.ca