How to Make Raw Zucchini Noodles & Mint Walnut Pesto
PREP TIME: 15 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 15 MINUTES
SKILL LEVEL: EASY
SKILL LEVEL: EASY
1. In a medium frying pan, heat one tablespoon of olive oil. Toss in chopped onion and garlic and saute until they are soft and transluscent. For added richness in this sauce, allow onions to fully caramelize. Puree mint, parsley, lemon, salt, water and remaining olive oil with the onion & garlic. Finely chop walnuts and add. Simmer your sauce over medium heat for ten minutes.
How Can Raw Zucchini Noodles & Mint Walnut Pesto Make You Feel Great?
Digestion and Raw FoodRaw food offers nutritional benefits but is more difficult to digest, often causing gas and bloating. If raw food gives you gas, the burden of toxicity caused by flatulence outweighs the nutritional benefits. Indigestible food is considered poison in Ayurveda, no matter how many vitamins and nutrients it contains. Many undercooked foods are hard and chewy, and hard to chew usually means hard to digest. The measure of good food is not just its contents, but its interaction with our body. The real answer to the cooked vs raw debate depends on the digestive strength of the individual. Pitta people have the strongest digestive strength and can tolerate more raw foods than other doshas. Raw food is also relatively cooling, which makes it a good choice to pitta.
Zucchini is among the foods that are not terribly hard to digest when raw. It is easy to chew, light and slightly sweet. Thinly sliced raw zucchini feel like noodles if cut lengthwise. Make sure to skin and seed your zucchini for this recipe and any time you plan on eating it raw. You can use a julienne cutter or a spiralizer if you have one.
WHY SHOULD YOU EAT AYURVEDICALLY?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.
Is Raw Zucchini Noodles & Mint Walnut Pesto Good for Me?
Experiences are PersonalExperiences 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.
CARMINATIVEStimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward.
STOMACHICAn herb that increases appetite or settles a nauseas or nervous stomach. These generally increase the digestive fire, therefore relieving symptoms of sluggish or difficult digestion.
Heart & Circulation:
VASODILATORA vasodilator is an herb that widens the blood vessels by the relaxation of smooth muscle cells within the vessel walls, thereby increasing circulation systemically or to a local area.
Liver & Gall Bladder:
CHOLAGOGUECholagogues stimulate the release of bile from the gall bladder for improved digestion.
Mind, Stress & Sleep:
NERVINEHerbs that specifically go to the nervous system and brain. They can help with stress, memory, early alzheimer?s, even chronic pain.
Skin Care & Beauty:
DIAPHORETICAn herb that induces sweating, often by dilating blood vessels close to the skin.
ANTIPRURITICAntipruritics are herbs that inhibit itching that is often associated with itching skin conditions such as sunburns, allergic reactions, eczema, psoriasis, chickenpox, fungal infections, insect bites, or contact dermatitis (as in poison ivy exposure.)
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How to Use Food AyurvedicallyHOW DOES EATING AYURVEDICALLY MAKE YOU FEEL?
Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. Food digests with ease when right for your body type (dosha). Healthy digestion is seen as the cornerstone of well-being in Ayurveda. Healthy digestion generally prevents illness. If you do get sick, a strong digestive fire reduces the severity of illness and increases your resilience. It also improves your mood. Once you begin eating Ayurvedically, you will feel refreshed, vital and strong.
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