How to Make Cultured Cashew Cheese
PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 0 MINUTES
1. Soak cashews overnight.
2. In the morning, drain soak water and rinse cashews. Blend in high powered food processor until completely smooth. You may need to add 1-2tbsp of water.
2. Add yogurt and salt and blend once more to combine, scraping down the sides as needed.
3. Leave to set for 24 hours in a clean air-tight container at room temperature.
How Can This Ayurvedic Recipe Make You Feel Great?
'Cultured Cashew Cheese' may sound like a handful, but it's surprisingly simple. With just two main ingredients (plus a pinch of salt and a drop of water!) you can create this creamy, tangy spread. Those who are intimidated by culturing (aka fermenting), foods can rest easy. This vegan friendly option is a perfect starting point for beginners.
Get Some Good Bacteria
The process of culturing occurs when bacteria, such as lactobacilli, feeds on sugar as its energy source creating lactic acid. Culturing the cashews in this way with coconut yogurt preserves the vital nutrients, creates enzymes which aid digestibility and puts those all important probiotics back into your digestive system, creating a blooming gut flora. You'll feel vibrant and well year round.
Ayurveda has a strong tradition of enjoying fermented foods including wines, chutneys and the all important digestive lassi. In excess, fermented foods can create a dull, heavy feeling in the body due to length of time the food has been fermenting. But in the right quantities, fermented foods boost vitality, energy and are sattvic in nature, promoting clarity and lightness of body and mind.
This recipes makes a smooth blend. You can make a firmer 'Cashew Cultured Cheese' by straining out the excess water with a cheese cloth. Mix and match your favourite herbs and spices to create a whole new cheese each batch. Make sure to get the unsweetened, unflavored coconut yoghurt to achieve the desired result.
WHY EAT AN AYURVEDIC DIET?
Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. An Ayurvedic diet is
tailored to your individual body type and the specific imbalances you are working with
at any given time. Foods that supplement your specific body type’s needs and digest
easily create your menu. Watch as you eat less but feel more satisfied because what you
are eating truly nourishes you. Since Ayurveda believes all disease begins in the digestive
tract, food is your first medicine. By eating a healthy diet that’s ideal for your body, you
experience optimal health.
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Increases These Qualities (Gunas)
Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main characteristics
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.
ABOUT HOT GUNA
Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.
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ABOUT HEAVY GUNA
Heavy is identified by sedation, sluggishness, or increased weight.
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ABOUT DRY GUNA
Dry is identified by lack of moisture, lack of fat, or anything that causes diuresis.
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ABOUT DIFFICULT GUNA
Difficult refers to anything that is difficult to digest, or takes a long time to digest.
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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?
ABOUT SWEET GUNA
Sweet refers to anything builds tissue, including macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
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The Three Doshas / Body Types
People tend to get sick, over and over again, due to similar causes and habitual 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
are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha).
Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy.
Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy.
Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass.
Catabolic people tend to be easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry.
Metabolic people tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed.
Anabolic people are heavy, stable and grounded, but if they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion.
HAS THE FOLLOWING
An herb or food that makes the urine more alkaline (higher pH). This herbal action can be helpful for a number of inflammatory conditions.
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Rajasic foods stimulate desire or nervous energy. Red meat, high protein food, garlic and onions stimulate desire. Rajasic foods include chili peppers, coffee, and anything that stimulates movement.
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Ojas is the essence of healthy tissue, immunity, stable energy and happiness. Substances that improve ojas are recommended after long-term illness, debility, emotional and physical trauma, and even sadness.
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Tree Nuts, Allergens
Protein, Magnesium, Fats, Zinc
Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
The list of actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Energy Vitality Strength:
Promotes strength, endurance and resistance in the body. Rebuilds weak tissues after a time of depletion.
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About the Author
John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a
healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda.
His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful.
His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week
provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands.
John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda
, which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition.
John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his 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.
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It reminds me of Ricotta cheese!!!!!! How quickly should it be consumed?
Fermented foods generally last longer. We suggest using it within 7 days.
Perfect, thank you!
- Daniela Friedrich, Albuquerque, NM 05-01-17