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.
- 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
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]
Please note: Many of the yogic recipes on this site come from ancient yogic tradition. Nothing in this text should be construed as medical advice. Always check with your personal physician or licensed health care practitioner before making any significant modification in your diet, and before using any of these recipes, to insure that the recipes and ingredients are appropriate for your personal health condition and consistent with any medication you may be taking.