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Food & Recipes – Spring fever

September 1, 2011

Spring fever.

 

Dear Yogis,

It’s spring and spring means renewed life, spontaneous growth, lovely sunshiny days outside and yes, the inevitable spring clean. But this can be a good thing. So often we store up things we don’t need or use anymore – and this may extend to more than your closet!  Think of old emotions, buried deep inside or old grudges that you’ve carried around for so long that you’ve become accustomed to their weight. Why not take this month as an opportunity to invite fresh energy and renewed life force into your home. There are many ways in which this can be done and I guarantee they’ll all leave you feeling lighter, invigorated and ready for a new season. Here are five things you can try doing:

  1. Detox. For one week, cut out all preservatives, all animal derived foods, all soy products, alcohol, sugar, coffee and tea, (except of course herbal teas, as long as they don’t have preservatives). Try starting each day with the amazing smoothie on our recipe list this month and then have as much fruit and vegetables as you like. And remember to have lots of water! Hey, it’s a week out of your life. It’s completely doable and will leave you feeling great. Don’t be discouraged if you feel pretty awful the first 3 days. Just keep at it and see what it does for body, mind and spirit.

  1. Literally clean out your closets. Give away clothing and products you don’t use or need anymore. It will make more space in your life and brighten someone else’s day.

  1. Check in with your emotions. Let go of any grievances. Call up people if you need to. Forgiveness is grace for yourself. It is always the key to healing.

  1. Get back into your yoga routine! I know winter makes one slumpy but there is no better time to get back into your yoga class than today. Find time to do this. You will feel your energy returning to you in no time.

  1. Try something new. Go to a live music show, have a hot oil massage, join a running group, whatever. It doesn’t really matter what you do, but doing something new gets you out of your routine and excited about being alive again.

Have a great time finding the spring in your step this month and enjoy making these recipes!

Namaste`

Chantelle

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Vita C Vooma

Ingredients
½ papaya or 1 papino
2 granadillas
1 orange, juiced
1 grapefruit, juiced
Ginger, about 1cm or 5ml organic ground ginger
A generous pinch of dried buchu leaves
A generous pinch of goji berries
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1 Tbsp maca root powder

Chia seeds and maca root powder can be obtained from any health shop under the Superfoods label, or visit www.superfoods.co.za for more information and online shopping. These ingredients are both excellent sources for increased energy and endurance. I make this smoothie before every ashtanga yoga session and also before long runs.

Method
Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend till smooth.
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Raw Vegan Sushi

Ingredients (Raw rice)
1 large parsnip, peeled
2 large turnips, pealed
1 large white sweet potato, peeled
200g macadamia nuts
15ml lemon juice
10ml olive oil
Salt to taste
Black sesame seeds

Method

Place all the ingredients, except the black sesame seeds, in a food processor and blend until it looks more or less like rice. Now place in a bowl and stir in some black sesame seeds. If you want, halve the rice and add cayenne pepper to half for that wasabi kick.

Ingredients (Sushi)
Sushi mat
Raw nori sheets
Carrots, thinly sliced
Cucumber, thinly sliced
Chives
Avocado, thinly sliced
Tamari sauce

Method

Place a nori sheet on a sushi mat with the shiny side down. Now cover the nori sheet with raw rice except for a 1cm strip at the top. Place a selection of each of the ingredients about 5cm from the bottom of the nori sheet. Now roll from the bottom up, using the sushi mat to help you. When you get to the end, wet the clean bit of nori sheet with water and stick it closed. Now cut 1.5cm rolls. These can be dipped in the tamari sauce while eating.

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Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

Ingredients

500ml brazil nut milk (other alternatives such as soy milk or rice milk can also be used)

½ cup brazil nuts

½ cup macadamia nuts

½ cup agave nectar or honey (please make sure your honey is ethically farmed if you opt for this)

50ml raw cacao powder

50ml cacao nibs

100ml coconut oil

1 punnet fresh blue berries

Raw cacao powder and cacao nibs can also be bought from Superfoods.

Method

Blend all the ingredients together until smooth. Now place it in a container in the freezer for 8-10 hours. Force the ice cream through a sieve so that all the ice crystals are removed. Now give the mixture a good stir and place in the freezer again for 4-8 hours. Serve with blue berries.

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ChantelleChantelle Roelofse teaches yoga in Muizenberg and co-owns a vegan restaurant, CLOSER, in the area as well. When she isn’t in an asana or thinking about food, she runs, plays piano and writes. She is interested in the philosophy of yoga and how we can incorporate it in modern living. Chantelle supports ethical living and veganism.chants_za@yahoo.com

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