Ayurvedic Rituals to Cultivate Self-Love!

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“It is through the alignment of the body that I discovered the alignment of my mind, self, and intelligence.” ~ B.K.S. Iyengar

To have love to share, we first must cultivate a juicy bank account of love inside of ourselves.

Sometimes this is easier said than done as when there are a million things to be done, children to feed, emails to respond to, appointments to fit in and a plethora of other activities surrounding your day-to-day routine, it can sometimes feel impossible to make time for self not to mention the practice of some juicy daily self-love & care.

This is where the power of setting yourself up with a few simple daily ‘Rituals’ to support you, your yoga practice and your self-love bank account – can make your life a whole lot easier and more delicious!

There is no limit to the amount of daily rituals you can seamlessly weave into your day. You most likely already have a whole bunch such as showering, brushing your teeth and making your morning cup of tea, coffee or green smoothie.

Rituals are magical as they allow us to honour what is sacred. Devoting 10-20 mins of your time morning and night to some sacred ‘you’ time is all it takes. Your body is a sacred temple. When you love your body, it will love you back ten fold.

5 Ayurvedic Rituals for cultivating more self-love on a daily basis

1. The 7 minute Morning Self-love Massage – warm a small bottle of cold pressed black sesame oil or coconut oil up in hot water and massage your whole body for 5-10 minutes before having a shower to move your lymphatic system, boost your immune system, hydrate your skin and give your beautiful body some juicy self care and love.

2. Daily Devotion – Nourish your mind and spirit daily with stillness, surrender and connection. A daily practice of your own form of prayer and meditation is nourishing for your inner self.

3. Create your day – set intentions at the start of each day to create a context for your day that inspires you. We attract what we put out. Start your day with clarity and focus for your body, mind and spirit.

4. Massage your feet – make a habit of massaging your feet with an organic non-toxic body cream, body butter or sesame oil each night before bed. The reflex points in the feet have the power to relax your whole nervous system, which leads to a deeper sleep and soft beautiful feet!

5. Journal + let go, daily! – mental digestion is just as important as physical digestion. Create a habit of writing your thoughts down, expressing your feelings and reflecting on the day before you go to bed. This practice is powerful for cultivating self-love and receiving guidance that will assist you and prevent stress from building up.

Happy nourishing and self-loving!

x Lorien

Wholefood Hazelnut Carob Dream Recipe – The best Chocolate Milk ever!

If you’ve been following me for a while, you may know that I have a major soft spot for Carob that goes back to childhood! It was the ‘chocolate’ of choice that my Mum would buy for me, and amazingly enough the wholefood ingredient of Carob itself is still one of my favourite creamy, sweet wholesome foods when I feel like a treat!

So, what exactly is Carob?  Besides being one of the most delicious earthy flavours/foods on earth, it is a legume ~ a bean that grows on a tree and is native to the Mediteranean and The Middle East. It grows in Australia among other dry warm climates and is one of the only known trees that can withstand severe drought without dying. It is a hearty, strong and resilent tree!

Being a legume, Carob is quite high in plant based protein, making it a great ingredient for Vegans and Vegetarians to incorporate into home-cooked recipes for extra oomph. Aside from it being nutritious, Carob is naturally sweet and creamy and when the bean is roasted and made into a powder, it is the perfect subsitute to Cacao or regular Cocoa powder for making Chocolate. It can even be a great substitute for sugar, as it has such a beautiful natural sweet taste.

Do you or your kids love Chocolate Milk, but want a healthier, cleaner, more nutritious option?

Well my friends, I have just the thing for you!

Hazelnut Carob Dream ~ aka: the best Chocolate Milk ever! 

It’s super simple to make, will keep in the fridge for 2-3 days after making and requires only four ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of soaked hazelnuts
  • 1/4 tsp of sea salt
  • 2 heaped tblsp of roasted carob powder
  • 4 cups of water (filtered water or spring water)
  • *a piece of cheese cloth or a nut-milk bag for straining the milk once blended. (Ask your local health food shop, most shops stock these bags.)

To make this delicious milk follow the following simple steps:

  1. Add soaked hazelnuts to your blender
  2. Add water
  3. Add sea salt
  4. Now blend on high speed for 2-3 mins
  5. Place your cheese cloth or nut bag over a large jar or jug.
  6. Pour the contents of the blender into the bag/cloth and strain out the fibre, so you just have the milk in the jar/jug.
  7. Once strained, place the solids to the side (you can reuse these in another recipe or compost them.)
  8. Next add the milk back into your blender to ‘Carob-ify’ it! :) Add your roasted carob powder and blend for 2-3 mins until blended and smooth.
  9. Next pour into a clean glass bottle or jar and drink or store in the fridge for when you feel like a smooth creamy snack!

Voila! So simple SOOOO and easy!!  Try this at home!

Nourishing, creamy, healthy and delicious.

Enjoy!!

With love and wishes of goodness to you and your family!

x Lorien

Simple Ayurvedic Split Moong Veggie Dhal!

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Simple Ayurvedic Split Moong Veggie Dhal with handfuls of fresh coriander!

A dhhaaalicious simple, easy and oh so yummy meal to make for friends, family and loved ones for a non-traditional Christmas lunch or dinner that will nourish your belly and warm hearts!

Split moong is a staple in any Ayurvedic Kitchen and can be made into Dhal like this one here or ‘Kitchari’, by simply cooking the rice and split moong together in the 1 pot, (which is the recipe you’ll find inside my E-book.)

I’ll let you in on a little secret, …the cooking process for making Kitchari and Dhal is virtually the same, Dhal is just made without the rice! 

It’s mostly steamy hot, beachy balmy summer days here in Australia for Christmas, there certainly isn’t much snow falling however whether you’re in the tropics or in a winter wonderland right now… This light and nourishing clean wholesome Dhal will likely hit the spot (and the ingredients are super affordable, which is certainly a bonus this time of year!)

Yum! Share the dhall love this festive season! :)  Everything tastes more delicious and nutritious when shared!


Simple Ayurvedic Split Moong Veggie Dhal Recipe       

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup split moong beans soaked for 1 hour and strained
  • 5 cups boiling water from the kettle
  • 1 tbsp of coconut oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp whole coriander seeds
  • 1/4 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp finely chopped ginger
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • A few cracks of black pepper
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh coriander (or more!)
  • 1/2 cup of diced and skinned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup of diced carrots
  • Spoons of your LOVE!

Method:

  1. Warm  coconut oil in a saucepan on medium heat then add dry spices; cumin, coriander and fennel seeds. Stir to lightly toast the spices for 2-3 minutes or until they start to sizzle.
  2. Add fresh ginger and turmeric powder. Sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add the split moong beans and ‘toast’ by stirring the moong into the spices before adding any water.
  4. Next add the chopped pumpkin and carrot. Stir the vegies with the lentils for 3-4 minutes or a bit longer, you’ll know it’s time to add water when the lentils start to get sticky on the bottom of the pot.
  5. Immediately pour your boiling water into the pot at this stage to prevent sticking and bring to the boil for approx 10 minutes.
  6. Add sea salt and black pepper. Stir continuously to bring out the creaminess of the lentils and the veggies.
  7. Turn heat down to medium and simmer with the lid on for approx 20 minutes or until the lentils and veggies become smooth, soft, ‘dhaly’ and creamy.
  8. Once cooked add a generous handful of freshly chopped coriander and stir into the dhal. Serve with a side of steamed basmati or brown rice, a generous garnish of fresh coriander and a squeeze of lemon for extra digestive goodness and tang!
  9. Voila! So easy, so creamy, so dhaaalicious and tummy nourishing!

Enjoy the recipe for this scrumptious dhal and make sure you share the

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by tagging me in your dhaaaalicious photo’s!

Merry Christmas and oodles of love and joy to you and all your loved ones for the holidays! 

x  Lorien 

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Delicious Ayurvedic Coconut Quinoa Porridge Recipe

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This morning I woke up to a winter wonderland outside. Fresh snow 13cm’s deep on the front lawn, backyard and basically everywhere one could look! There was snow on the roof, snow covering the footpaths and snow covering the entire road.

This morning the snow melted my heart with it’s softness and delicate beauty… It is really so so beautiful to see, touch and experience.

Breakfast is always a time of the day that I look forward to and love. It is a time for warming our digestive system, kindling our inner fire and breaking the fast that we gave our body while we slept.

Ayurvedic Porridge is my go to. I have adapted the original Ayurvedic porridge recipes that my teachers tought me over the years to suit my body, digestion and the food quality and lifestyle we have available to us today in modern day society.

Traditionally Ayurvedic porridge is often made with lots of ghee, un-homogenised organic milk, semolina and jaggery to sweeten. These are all beautiful ingredients and substances in their essence, for the qualities and nourishment they represent however in this day and age the quality of these ingredients is not always reliable and for many can create feelings of bloating, congestion and heaviness after eating.

The recipe that I made this morning is very very similar to the Ayurvedic Porridge recipes in my E-book, (which is full of recipes and lifestyle wisdom that is sugar-free, vegan-friendly & gluten-free!) For those who have my book, you can use the same recipe as in the book however adapt it slightly to add these new elements of coconut milk and pumpkin seed butter!

This porridge recipe is VEGAN. GLUTEN-FREE. WHEAT-FREE & DAIRY-FREE! :) …Yes, I really just want you to feel FREE to enjoy your day and your tummy after eating it!

So, let’s get to the recipe!!!

Delicious Coconut Quinoa Porridge Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp of coconut oil
  • 1 cup of quinoa flakes
  • 2 cups of boiling water (boil in your kettle)
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp of cardamon powder (or 3 whole pods)
  • a pinch of fennel seeds
  • a pinch of himalayan pink salt
  • 5-10 juicy thompson raisins
  • 3 blanched almonds
  • 1 tsp of pumpkin seed (or almond) butter
  • 2 tblsp of coconut milk
  • your love!!!

Creation Process:

  1. On a medium heat melt the coconut oil in the bottom of your porridge pot
  2. Add the quinoa flakes and stir continusly, toasting the flakes in the coconut oil and bringing out their goodness and flavour! (Don’t leave the flakes or they will burn.)
  3. Once toasted to your satisfaction, stand back and pour boiling/hot water into the pot to moisten and hydrate the flakes. Stir continusly until the water and flakes are mixed.
  4. Add your spices; cinnamon, cardamon & fennel and stir.
  5. Add the raisons and stir for another 5-10  mins until the quinoa flakes are cooked and the porridge is a smooth creamy consistency.
  6. Once ready, take away from the heat and serve in your favourite breakfast bowl.
  7. Pour coconut milk around the bowl, add a dollop of pumpkin seed butter and finish with a few blanched almonds for extra yumminess!

Voila! You did it! A delicious sugar-free and vegan wholesome nourishing brekky for Wintery mornings in the snow OR summery mornings at the beach! :)

…That’s the beauty of porridge, you can eat it any time of the year and any time of day for that matter!

With love from snowy Toronto, Canada!

Oh, and if you want to dive into more wholesome simple recipes this festive season, make sure you check out my 108 page E-book, Simple Ayurveda in the Kitchen! It is a complete guide to intuitive eating, digestion, food combining, self-love and Simple Ayurvedic Cooking to suit this modern day and age!

x Lorien

Simple Ayurveda in the Kitchen E-book is here!!

Simple Ayurveda in the Kitchen ebook by Lorien Waldron available now!

Special Announcement & Hooray!!!

Today’s the day I have been dreaming about, since beginning to write this e-book 3 and a half years ago. 

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I am beyond excited to finally be able to share the beauty of Simple Ayurveda in the Kitchen with you, no matter where in the world you are. 

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This book is a practical guide to living in balance and in harmony with your true nature, based on the wise and practical science & art of Ayurvedic Medicine, organic whole food nutrition & my own life experience of  practically applying this way of wholesome nourished living with ease.

It’s all about being empowered, confident & creative in the Kitchen! 

There are 108 pages of colour, inspiration, empowerment and support to guide you and be a wholesome friend in your kitchen!  

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These staple recipes will nourish you, inspire you, and be a foundation for your cooking legacy.

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…I’m so excited, and grateful for the opportunity in life to put this bundle of love and goodness together for you – it’s a dream come true! 

With love,

x Lorien 

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Why having a good ‘bottom’ is an attractive physical feature… my thoughts!

In a world of levi jeans, yoga tights, brazilian bikinis and bum-hugging cut-off denim shorts, it is a fairly well known fact (my observation & un-researched assumption) that having a tight, perky, round, well defined and nicely toned ‘but’ is deemed by the majority of the human race to be an attractive physical feature for one to behold on their be-hind! :)

Whether you like a but that is small, round or large ~ the unspoken assumption is that a nice but is a sign of something good! (On an instinctual level!)

So, it may seem totally off topic and strange that I’m writing about ‘buts’ on my wholesome – ayurveda health and lifestyle blog. You might be wondering if you clicked on the wrong link… :) even as I use the word ‘but’ while I write this I feel it’s a bit off character… there is a very poignant reason that I write about this though… this topic of attractive bottoms, behinds, bums, buts!

If you’ve been following my blog for a while now you will know that digestion and health are two things that I write about, talk about and post about a-lot! As an Ayurvedic Health & Lifestyle Coach + Yoga teacher, the topic of digestion is one of my weak spots. As in, when I start to explore an area of the body related to digestive health, nutrition, the mind or the nervous system – I get just a tad excited, curious and passionate! My eyeballs enlarge, my heart starts to skip and my neural pathways start firing in curious fascinating, interest and hunger to understand the topic deeper. So you get it. I’m nerdy-digestion forensic-passionate about how the body works, the miracle of its energy and learning to care, love and look after our precious bodies in the best ways possible. :)

Back to the buts… (no pun intended!)

As humans its fair to say, a toned healthy bum is an attractive physical feature! 

We often look at our own bum, sum up its status/tone/appearance in our tight jeans and we look at other people’s bums too… without even knowing it!

In Ayurvedic medicine and most health systems it is well known that in order to have a healthy body and feel great – we must have a healthy digestive system and in turn, healthy bowels. This means that when you eat your appetite is clear and strong, your are satisfied after a meal, you know when your full, the food breaks down efficiently and provides you with energy and at the other end… you have a good poop!

Poo, passing stoole, going to the bathroom to empty your bowels. This is important for health and a sign of proper nourishment and healthy tissues.

In order to have good poo – you must have a healthy digestive system and your bowels need to be well lubricated, toned and relaxed. 

Poo is essential for health and though it is often a ‘dirty’ thing to talk about in public, it is vital to understand what a good poo looks like. See my ‘good-poo’ indicators listed at the bottom.)

What you may not know is that your mouth and your bum (as in your actual anatomical bum-your anus) are connected. The digestive system starts at your mouth and with your tongue and travels all the way down your body as one open channel that ends at your bottom. The health of your mouth and the health of your bum are related due to this connection.

My hypothesis is that as humans we seek health and longevity. We are instinctually attracted to people, places, ways of living that we see will allow us to eventually find a parter and procreate. We want to procreate with a healthy mate, someone who is vital, intelligent, fit and well. We are programmed for this. On an unconscious level we are looking for someone with a healthy digestive system, someone who is fit and healthy, which means we are looking for someone who has good poop – as strange as that sounds! :)

Obviously we can’t (and wouldn’t want to) take a close look at the actual ‘anatomical-bum’ of a prospective husband, wife or partner! What nature perhaps gives us as a gage though is the outward physical appearance of the buttocks – which brings us back to the beginning of my thoughts on ‘why we as humans are attracted to good bums and how this relates to having good bowel health.

This means that there may be more reason to take interest in having healthy, toned, sexy ‘buttocks’ than just superficial outward appearance. Having a good bum generally means that you are moving your body through regular exercise, that your drinking adequate water to flush toxins from your cells, that your muscles are toned and that you have good blood flow and circulation and that you have strength in your body and are connected to your power. Louise Hay say’s that the buttocks are “the seat of your power” on a metaphysical level.

I don’t so much care about wearing tight, bum-hugging cut off short denim shorts… having a healthy, well toned, happy digestive system and bowels – I do care about though.

Sometimes a shift of perspective and the inspiration that comes from getting nerdy and creative about the link between healthy digestion and human behaviour… can offer something new to ponder next time you see a pair of tight shorts, levi jeans or brazillian bikinis on the beach.

As always, beauty starts from the inside ~ out!

These are my top 3 signs of having healthy bowels via health poo:

  • regular bowel movements at least once a day first thing in the morning before eating brekky. (Constipation is considered to be going longer than 1 day without a bowel movement.) 
  • easy and comfortable to pass (no pain, pushing, discomfort, sitting on the toilet for hours…it ought to come easily and naturally.)
  • well formed; comes out as one piece, is not too sticky, hard, broken up or rough. We’re looking for smooth healthy toned bowels and this means smooth healthy – well formed poop! 

*(If you currently experience anything other than the above or feel you need to get your bowel health into check – I advise you to consult with a health professional to see how you can work with your diet, lifestyle and even the use of herbs to get things moving again! It is so vital.)

Enjoy moving that beautiful bum of yours!

To health and fantastic elimination!

x Lorien

An Online Ayurveda Summit! So exciting!

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Hello beautiful ones!

Ayurveda is a sacred beautiful science that looks at health from a holistic perspective – dealing with you as a whole being acknowledging your body, mind and spirit as being important equal factors that need nurturing and attention.

This science is vast, expansive, endlessly wise and deeply nourishing… deeply!

There a many great teachers of Ayurveda in the world, however sometimes it can be hard to know where to start when you want to begin learning, growing, understanding and delving into the magic (and yumminess within) that ayurvedic medicine has to offer.

I am often asked what books or teachers I recommend to study with. I feel it is a very personal, individual journey and that finding the right teacher/mentors to suit you as an individual is vital in that learning process. Trust your intuition and see who you are drawn too.

The first book on Ayurveda I ever read (and still love to open up and read to this day) is a beautiful little book by an incredible Doctor and teacher, Dr. Vasant Lad. I have admired and devoured Dr.Lad’s writing for years now… his text books are incredible and everything of his that I’ve ever read, watched or listened to has inspired me deeply.

If you want to know where to start on your Ayurvedic journey, I highly recommend his book; “Ayurveda: The Science of Life”. It’s an easy, inspiring and beautiful read.

There are many, many other great teachers and Doctors who I have sat with, listened too, watched, marvelled at and read.

Coming up this week – starting tomorrow is a super exciting and great event happening online – globally called The Ayurveda Summit.

A bunch of the most inspiring, wise and experienced Ayurvedic practitioners and Doctors are presenting over the Summit that goes for the next week and all the talks can be streamed online for free!

I just found out about this great even happening and for the love of Ayurveda – I just had to post about it to let you know incase you would love to tap into what they have on offer.

The link to register for this amazing free event is here – click below and prepare a nice cup of warm turmeric chai (recipe on my blog!) and sit back to receive the goodness on offer. :)

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{Click this link to register for this amazing online event}

Dr.Vasant Lad (one of my Ayurvedic hero’s!) is presenting a talk during the summit along with one of my current teachers in Ayurvedic Digestion & Nutrition, John Immel from Joyful Belly Ayurveda, Dr.Robert Svoboda (amazing), Dr.Cladia Welch (incredible) and many many more super Ayurveda wise men and women!

Ayurveda is so magical. I personally fall in love with the wisdom and beauty present within Ayurveda more and more each day… and I started off head over heals (over 10 years ago now!) …the love is still growing, the inspiration is still dripping from my wholesome kitchen walls and …well, only God knows where this sacred, divine, nourishing and inspiring love affair with the knowledge and science of life will grow to as the love continues to grow… :) This science is endless – infinite and goes straight to the core of why we are here, what we are doing, our purpose, our health, wealth, love, relationships, food, nutrition and connection to the divine.

Perhaps we will share in some virtual sips of chai from our cosy homes during the next week of the Summit… :) Enjoy if you get to tap in and listen.

P.S. I have some juicy exciting ‘Wholesome Loving Goodness’ news for you real soon and a free webinar coming up that I will be announcing soon where we can sip chai together and talk all things digestion, ayurvedic cooking, nutrition, self-love, health, lifestyle and soul ! Keep your eye on your inbox! :)

Much love! :)

x Lorien

Rainy Day Hot Chocolate Cravings & the Simple Solution! :)

Wholesome Vegan Rainy Day Hot Chocolate in a earthy hand made cup!

It is raining today and this cold change has got me craving a warm hot chocolate ~ though not just any kind of hot chocolate from a café will do. I want something real, smooth, creamy and chocolaty!

I got the inspiration while I was out and about picking something up from the post office… I could have orderd a hot choc from the local café and I didn’t… I wanted to alcehmise my own delicious intuitive brew at home so I asked my hot choc urge to be patient until I got home and this is what I came up with – and it’s deeelicious, scrumptious, smooth, creamy, chocolatey and naturally sweet (with love!) – nothing else added!

Enjoy this cosy, warming, sugar-free, beverage to fulfil your secret (or not so secret) rainy day hot choc fantasies!

You will need:

  • 1 cup of your choice of milk (coconut milk, almond milk, rice milk or unhomogenised dairy)
  • 1 tbsp dark carob powder
  • 1 tsp raw cacao powder
  • ½ tsp Ceylon cinnamon powder
  • Your juicy, creative hot chocalicious love!

To Brew: Pour your milk into a pot and add carob, cacao and cinnamon. Stir with a small whisk to blend powders together nicely or use a spoon or fork. Bring to a gently bubbling boil until your chocy drink gets a little frothy (frothy is good!) then turn it off, find your favourite mug, get your blanky, a relaxing – sumptuous song to listen to (like Sade) and sit… and sip… and drink your uber smooth, creamy, wholesome and real divine home made hot choc and think of how fun it was to make your own brew!  Yum!

Enjoy!

For more recipe join my mailing list on the right (look for the cardamon pods!) and stay tuned for the release of my first ever recipe ebook that will be dancing into a kitchen near you soon!

x Lorien

Feeling Tropical! Vegan Black Rice Porridge Recipe

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My aaaaalllllll time favourite food while growing up was this – (apart from its fruity counterpart: fresh papaya!)

I was first introduced to this nourishing, exotic, delectable pudding while on holidays in Indonesia with my mum. I also grew up close to an authentic Indonesian restaurant called ‘Masakan Indonesia’ on the Gold Coast ~ my love for black rice pudding was sustained between our family trips to bali and our family dinners at Masakan. :) Such happy , yummy memories! I’m smiling just contemplating those precious black rice days!

Mum and I made it at home also ~ as with anything delicious, it is fun to explore making it for yourself and this also adds to being able to appreciate the subtlety and elegance that chefs go through in order to master their recipes. I loved the ones we made at home and I loved the ones we ate either in Bali or at Masakan.

I recently discovered ORGANIC black rice for sale at my local health food shop. Excitement! :) One of the reasons I had not made my black rice pudding in a while was because I could only find black rice at specific exotic asian grocery stores – and this was not always convenient to find and I really do prefer to eat organic whole foods for optimum nutrition and care of myself and planet, so buying the non-organic heavily transported type turned me off a bit.

The second reason I stopped buying or making black rice pudding is because the bought ones in restaurants often have loads of sugar in them (as delicious as they are!). This turns me off. I have a new respect and awareness of sugar these days since reading ‘Sweet Poison’ by David Gillespie (great easy read!) and also since studying nutrition and the way food affects our immune system, mental functioning and emotions. Black rice tastes so good with sugar – these days I like to use WHOLE-FOOD sweeteners as much as possible.

My Favourite Wholefood Sweeteners:

  • Medjool dates
  • Maple Syrup
  • Carob 
  • Honey (not for baking or cooking)

If I’m ever going to use sugar I will choose the most ‘whole’ form I can get such as coconut sugar, rapadura sugar or jaggery. In my ayurvedic studies I learnt that these whole forms of sugar can be good for the body and this is true – at certain times and in certain instances, some whole sugar can be medicine. On the whole though – for me personally I feel cleaner, clearer and have more energy when I keep to my natural WHOLE FOOD sweetness listed above as even though whole-sugars still have minerals intact, they can still affect the body in a similar way to regular processed sugar as if you think about it – they are still concentrated condensed crystals of energy. It is easy to be addicted to sugar these days so I choose to get myself hooked on more sober tastes and flavours when I want a sweet hit and the list mentioned above generally always does the trick! :)

Organic Sugar-free Black Rice Pudding is now well and truly back on the menu in my kitchen! :)

If you feel like having some tropical ‘Indonesian’ black-rice pudding fun at home, here is my sugar-free + vegan black rice recipe for you to have a play with! :)

Wholesome Vegan Coconut Black Rice Pudding Recipe

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup organic black rice
  • 3 cups of boiling water
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp maple syrup (optional)
  • 2 cups of coconut milk
  • shredded coconut (to toast and add as a garnish!)

Creation process:

  1. Rinse your black rice and boil the kettle (it’s always good to give your grains a rinse prior to cooking).
  2. Place your rice in your pot and add approx 3 cups of  boiling water to steam the rice.
  3. Bring to a boil and place the lid on. Cook until the rice is soft and the water has absorbed.
  4. Remove from the heat once steamed and add 2 cups of coconut milk, a dash of maple syrup, 2 tsp’s of cinnamon and your love!
  5. Serve your pudding warm in your favourite bowls and garnish with some fresh banana, papaya, toasted coconut and or a few cheeky raisins.

Voila! So easy, black rice pudding in a flash with whole food ingredients to make this sweety treaty nourishing and delicious! :)

Happy creating in the kitchen! 

Love,

x Lorien

Spring Moong Bean Kitchari Recipe with fresh parsley & creamy salted avocado! Gluten Free / Vegetarian / Vegan / Wholesome!

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The best nutritional path to take in life is the one that suits you most!

We are all unique and this means that our bodies and digestive systems are unique as well! (Yay! how beautiful is that!)

Our bodies thrive when we can listen and be intuitive about our food & lifestyle choices.

Instead of following the latest food trend or getting overwhelmed by varying food philosophies – ask your body what it wants, what it needs and then listen. You are not like anyone else. Doing what everyone else does will never be truly nourishing.

In order to really nourish yourself – you must listen to the call of your tummy, your feelings, your passions and your inspirations.

Ask yourself these questions… Which foods feel amazing in your tummy? & Which foods make your heart and mind sing? and move towards those things… experiment, play and explore!

Often creating this inner connection with self is all that is needed to soothe, calm and rebalance the intelligence of our body, heart and mind. 

It’s exciting, it’s fun and it’s delicious to open up, to explore your body and to listen to what foods your body wants, loves and needs.

Master your eating and you will master your mind… this is what the Ayurvedic sages of India share with us.

“Quality of mind depends on quality of food.” ~The Vedas 


Ingredients:

  • 2 cup whole moong beans (soaked overnight)
  • 1 cup basmati or brown rice (washed 3 x and strained)
  • 1/4 pumpkin chopped into cubes
  • 1 cup green beans chopped into small pieces
  • 8 cups of boiling water
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil or ghee
  • 1 tbsp freshly chopped ginger
  • 1 clove of garlic finely chopped/pressed
  • 1/2 a red onion finely chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds, 1tsp coriander seeds, 1/3 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp himalayan salt & a few cracks black pepper
  • 1/2 ripe avocado & some fresh parsley or coriander
  • your love! :)

So easy to digest, nourishing & in Ayurvedic texts said to be a ‘complete protein’!

Creation process:

  1. Add 1 tblsp Ghee or Coconut oil to your pot
  2. Once melted, add 1/4 teaspoon of Cumin seeds & Coriander seeds. Allow to toast.
  3. Add Ginger, garlic and onion to the spices & toast. (Garlic & Onion is optional).
  4. Add 1/3 teaspoon of turmeric powder & stir.
  5. Add 2 cups of soaked & rinsed whole moong beans.
  6. Add 1 cup of rice.
  7. Stir & toast in the spices for a few minutes to lighten the lentils & rice for improved digestion.
  8. Place your chopped pumpkin and green beans in the pot.
  9. Add 8 cups of boiling water & stir. Allow to gently boil.
  10. Add a pinch of Himalayan salt and a few cracks of black pepper.
  11. Continue to stir regularly – adding your juicy love! :) Cook for approx 20-30 minutes on a medium heat.
  12. When Rice & Moong become creamy, turn off the heat and serve with an extra spoon of ghee or coconut oil on top, 1/2 an avocado sliced and salted and a fresh garnish of parsley or coriander!

Voila!

A super delicious nourishing vegetarian and vegan (minus the ghee!) complete protein dish! Yum! This is such an easy meal to make during the week when it’s hard to come up with creative ideas for the family and you want something fast, nourishing AND delicious! :)

Bon appetite! :)

x Lorien