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Asparagus & Artichoke Hearts With Feta, Sage & Lemon Zest

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How to Make Asparagus & Artichoke Hearts with Feta, Sage & Lemon Zest

SERVINGS: 2
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 25 MINUTES
SKILL LEVEL: EASY

INGREDIENTS


SKILL LEVEL: EASY
8 whole
1/4 c
3 c
1 1/2 tsp
1 tsp
1 tsp
1/2 tsp
1/2 whole
1/4 tsp

PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE

1) Chop & stem asparagus. Toss asparagus, artichoke, juice from 1/2 lemon, oil, black pepper, and salt gentle in a small bowl.

2) Bake on 350 for 15 minutes or until asparagus tips start to brown.

3) Garnish with chopped sage, feta, and zest. Heat for another 5 minutes and serve.

How Does This Ayurvedic Recipe Improve Wellness?

CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW

Artichoke hearts & sage decongest the liver and lymphatic system. Asparagus purges excess water weight.

AYURVEDA'S GUIDE TO VITALITY & WHOLESOME NOURISHMENT

Your Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body and your specific imbalances. With an Ayurvedic diet you feel joy and satisfaction because what you are eating truly nourishes and balances you. Disease results from diets and lifestyles that are incompatible with your nature. By eating a personalized diet matched to your body, you experience optimal health. See How it Works.

Is Asparagus & Artichoke Hearts with Feta, Sage & Lemon Zest Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?

Find out by taking this free, easy quiz. You'll learn your body type, and whether 'Asparagus & Artichoke Hearts with Feta, Sage & Lemon Zest' is a good fit. Complete the basic quiz in 1 minute, or go deeper with additional quizzes at your own leisure to learn more about your body.
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INCREASES
Guna Help

Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)

Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics (gunas). Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance. By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick. Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold). You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.

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CLEAR

ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.

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LIGHT

ABOUT LIGHT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Lightness is identified by reduced weight.

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LIQUEFIED

ABOUT LIQUEFIED BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Substances that thin fluids (lower viscosity of blood plasma). These may include blood thinners or mucolytic herbs.

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MOBILE

ABOUT MOBILE BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.

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TASTES
Taste Help

The 6 Tastes

Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food. Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body. Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food. Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods. Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion. Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste. One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes. The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?

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BITTER

ABOUT BITTER BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Bitter taste has cholagogue action - it is cold, clear, light, and stimulating. It increases digestive enzymes, laxative, and drying.

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PUNGENT

ABOUT PUNGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Pungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.

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DOSHAS
Dosha Help

The Three Doshas / Body Types

According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine, people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person. Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness. Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency. Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses. The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.

The 3 functional body types (doshas), are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha). Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry. Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed. Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.

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PACIFIES
Kapha pacifying
AGGRAVATES
Pitta aggravating Vata aggravating
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Subtaste:
Bland

BLAND

Bland means doesn't have much taste. In Chinese medicine, bland taste refers to afood without little macronutrients, such as cabbage, radish or bok choy.

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Crunchy

CRUNCHY

Makes an audible noise when you eat them. Can provide fun texture variation.

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Aromatic

AROMATIC

Herbs or spices with volatile essential oils that present strong aromas. Aromatic oils shock, refresh and numb tissue, with the end result of relaxing, opening and clearing stagnant fluids in tissues.

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HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Asparagus & Artichoke Hearts with Feta, Sage & Lemon Zest
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Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.

Appetite Suppressant

APPETITE-SUPPRESSANT

Suppresses hunger without causing weight gain.

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Stimulates Peristalsis

STIMULATES-PERISTALSIS

An herb that promotes involuntary smooth muscle contractions to facilitate the movement of food and waste through the digestive tract.

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Quenches Thirst

QUENCHES-THIRST

An herb or substance that relieves thirst.

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Strengthens Resolve

STRENGTHENS-RESOLVE

Increases determination and courage by reducing stress and building strength.

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Relaxes Eyes

RELAXES-EYES

Eases tension in eye muscles, so the eyes feel less strained, often by supporting the liver.

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Satisfies Stomach

SATISFIES-STOMACH

Provides a sense of gratification and fullness in the stomach.

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Stimulates Energy

STIMULATES-ENERGY

This category groups thyroid and adrenal stimulating herbs.

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Diaphoretic

DIAPHORETIC

An herb that induces sweating, often by dilating blood vessels close to the skin.

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Refreshes Skin

REFRESHES-SKIN

Flushes the lymphatic system to cool, awaken, and revive the skin.

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Reduces Sweating

REDUCES-SWEATING

Suppresses sweating, often by cooling the metabolism, reducing blood flow to the skin, or closing pores.

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Flushes Sinuses

FLUSHES-SINUSES

An herb that relieves sinus congestion by flushing out mucus.

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Soothes Throat

SOOTHES-THROAT

Soothes throat discomfort, including from a sore or ticklish throat.

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Cardiac Stimulant

CARDIAC-STIMULANT

Herbs that increase the heart rate. Useful in cardiovascular health, blood stagnation, and subjective feeling of heaviness in the chest area.

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Calms Heart

CALMS-HEART

An herb that literally calms the heart. These herbs are helpful in the treatment of anxiety, sadness, depression, or other emotional imbalances in the heart. Related to the Chinese Herbal Category 'calms spirit.'

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Diuretic

DIURETIC

Herbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.

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Cholagogue

CHOLAGOGUE

Cholagogues stimulate the production & release of bile from the liver & gallbladder. This refreshes and cleanses these organs, as well as increases bile in the small intestines.

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Hypolipidemic

HYPOLIPIDEMIC

Scrapes fats / cleanses blood vessels by 1) purging bile, 2) strengthening the liver's ability to metabolize fats, 3) by increasing uptake of cholesterol in the liver, and 4) by inhibiting fat cells.

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Constituents:
Rutin

RUTIN

Rutin is a flavonoid with anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. Commonly used to treat conditions such as varicose veins, hemorrhoids, and high blood pressure.

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, Vitamin C, Tannins, Folate, Potassium,
Saponins

SAPONINS

Can be used to make soap. Saponins stimulate mucus membrane secretion, liquefying mucus for easy removal (expectorant).

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, Vitamin K,
Aromatase Inhibitor

AROMATASE-INHIBITOR

Blocks estrogen synthesis by inhibiting conversion of progesterone and testosterone into estrogen.

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, Soluble Fiber,
Magnesium

MAGNESIUM

Helps muscles relax. Laxative.

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, Sodium,
Rosmarinic Acid

ROSMARINIC-ACID

Inhibits autoantibodies from binding to TSH receptors in the thyroid.

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Polyphenols

POLYPHENOLS

Polyphenols are powerful antioxidants seen in many fruits and vegetables. There are more than 8,000 types.

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Flavonoids

FLAVONOIDS

Flavonoids are a colorful type of polyphenol. As all polyphenols, they have a strong antioxidant effect. Many flavonoids have an anti-inflammatory, and/or antiallergen effect.

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, Fats

Foods with a Similar Nature to Asparagus & Artichoke Hearts with Feta, Sage & Lemon Zest

Mustard

Mustard has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, Stimulates-energy, Diuretic, Strengthens-resolve, Cardiac-stimulant, Flushes-sinuses, Wakes-you-up

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Lemon

Lemon has these Actions in Common

Calms-heart, Quenches-thirst, Relaxes-eyes, Cholagogue, Refreshes-skin, Wakes-you-up, Diaphoretic, Refreshing

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Mustard Powder

Mustard Powder has these Actions in Common

Strengthens-resolve, Cardiac-stimulant, Flushes-sinuses, Wakes-you-up, Diaphoretic, Stimulates-energy, Diuretic

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Grapefruit

Grapefruit has these Actions in Common

Hypolipidemic, Stimulates-energy, Quenches-thirst, Stimulates-peristalsis, Cholagogue, Refreshing, Wakes-you-up

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Daikon Radish

Daikon Radish has these Actions in Common

Cholagogue, Flushes-sinuses, Diaphoretic, Refreshing, Cardiac-stimulant, Diuretic, Stimulates-energy

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Horseradish

Horseradish has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, Refreshing, Cardiac-stimulant, Diuretic, Wakes-you-up, Cholagogue, Flushes-sinuses

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Wasabi

Wasabi has these Actions in Common

Refreshing, Cardiac-stimulant, Diuretic, Wakes-you-up, Cholagogue, Flushes-sinuses, Diaphoretic

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Mustard Seed

Mustard Seed has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Flushes-sinuses, Wakes-you-up, Diaphoretic, Stimulates-energy, Diuretic, Strengthens-resolve

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Orange

Orange has these Actions in Common

Cholagogue, Refreshing, Quenches-thirst, Stimulates-energy, Refreshes-skin, Wakes-you-up

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Spanish Black Radish

Spanish Black Radish has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, Hypolipidemic, Cardiac-stimulant, Diuretic, Cholagogue, Flushes-sinuses

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Ajwain

Ajwain has these Actions in Common

Hypolipidemic, Wakes-you-up, Cardiac-stimulant, Refreshing, Diuretic, Stimulates-energy

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Asparagus & Artichoke Hearts with Feta, Sage & Lemon Zest

Regular exercise

Regular exercise has these Actions in Common

Stimulates-energy, Strengthens-resolve, Wakes-you-up, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Refreshes-skin, Refreshing

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Shilajit Tonic

Shilajit Tonic has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Diuretic, Hypolipidemic, Refreshing, Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up

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Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)

Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Hypolipidemic, Refreshing, Stimulates-energy

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Bitter Orange Peel

Bitter Orange Peel has these Actions in Common

Wakes-you-up, Cardiac-stimulant, Refreshing, Stimulates-energy, Stimulates-peristalsis

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Hyssop Powder

Hyssop Powder has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Refreshing, Stimulates-energy

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Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru)

Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru) has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Diuretic, Refreshing, Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up

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Punarnava

Punarnava has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Cholagogue, Diuretic, Hypolipidemic, Stimulates-energy

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Amalaki

Amalaki has these Actions in Common

Quenches-thirst, Refreshing, Relaxes-eyes, Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up

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Long inhale, short exhale

Long inhale, short exhale has these Actions in Common

Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up, Cardiac-stimulant, Refreshing

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Cold Shower / Bath

Cold Shower / Bath has these Actions in Common

Refreshing, Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up, Cardiac-stimulant

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Nasya Oil

Nasya Oil has these Actions in Common

Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up, Flushes-sinuses, Refreshing

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About John Joseph Immel

About the Author

John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.

John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.

John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 7 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.

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