RAW ZUCCHINI NOODLES WITH BASIL & AVOCADO SAUCE
How to Make Raw Zucchini Noodles with Basil & Avocado Sauce
PREP TIME: 15 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 15 MINUTES
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
1. Wash your zucchinis well. With a julienne cutter or spiralizer, slice the zucchinis length-wise to create your noodles or "zoodles." You can also use a knife to cut noodle-width strips. Place them in a bowl and set aside.
2. In a blender, combine two whole avocados, your basil, parsley, lime juice, water, and salt. Blend on high until thoroughly smooth.
3. Combine your noodles with your sauce and toss. Garnish with fresh black pepper, fresh parsley, coconut flakes, nutritional yeast, pine nuts, or all of them! Enjoy!
How Can This Ayurvedic Recipe Make You Feel Great?
A rich avocado sauce accompanies crispy zucchini and zesty basil in this fun summertime favorite. Conventional Alfredo pasta simply can't stand up to the fresh vital taste of raw zucchini noodles.You'll receive all the blessings of vegetables from the garden with this light and creamy option. Enjoy on a breezy patio for dinner or as a quick cool-down during lunch. Easy to prepare in under 5 minutes, you'll realize that healthy, gourmet options are truly possible.
Is Raw Food Good for Your Constitution?
Summer is the best time of year to enjoy raw foods. Your body naturally craves the freshness of raw foods this time of year - just in time for ripe garden vegetables! Raw 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. The measure of good food is not just its contents, but its interaction with your 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 or in the summer time.
Among raw foods, zucchini and avocado are not terribly hard to digest when raw. Zucchini is easy to chew, mild and slightly sweet. Adding zesty lime and fragrant parsley to these raw foods further boosts your body's ability to digest and assimilate this uncooked dish.
Noodles in Disguise
Thinly-sliced raw zucchini feels like conventional wheat noodles if cut lengthwise. Make sure to skin and seed your zucchini for this recipe, and any time you plan on eating it raw because seeds are hard to digest. You can use a julienne cutter to do this, or use a spiralizer to give your noodles a sprightly quality.
Few foods from the plant kingdom echo the heavy richness of fine cheeses, creams and butter as does the avocado. Avocado melts in your mouth like brie or ice cream, and provides the creaminess that most associate exclusively with dairy, but is actually an oily berry. Although Avocado is unusually high in fats, it has no cholesterol and is an excellent choice for those wanting to lose weight. Officially it's on the list of foods for kapha types to avoid. However, avocado can be a very satisfying replacement for butter, cheese, and even creamy desserts, moderating your appetite for these less-healthy foods. Plus, it provides the healthy fats your body needs, essential Omega 3's and 6's which are necessary for a healthy metabolism. This buttery green fruit is also packed with vitamins, minerals and even complete proteins.
Fresh Basil and Parsley
Pluck a few leaves of fresh basil or parsley from your yard and crumble their delicate leaves against your palm. Smelling the bright aroma, toss the leaves into the blender with your avocado and add flair to your sauce. These digestives, along with the avocado and lime, create a synergistic combination that cools your blood. This light recipe is especially good on a hot summer day when the environmental heat brings forth a sluggish appetite or irritated GI tract.
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. Ayurveda shows you your specific body type’s needs and what
should be favored in your Ayurvedic 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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AYURVEDIC MEDICINAL QUALITIES
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 COLD GUNA
Cold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.
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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
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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Sattvic foods promote awareness and a refreshed mind by nourishing the body without taxing digestion. Sattvic foods do not stimulate desire or nervous energy. They create clarity instead of drowsiness or heaviness.
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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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Resembles water (ap) in quality - fluid, sticky, soft, heavy, stable, cool.
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Resembles air (vayu) in quality - highly mobile, drying, light, cold, subtle, rough.
LEARN MORE ABOUT AIR
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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Magnesium, Vitamin C, Insoluble Fiber
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:
Kidney & Urinary:
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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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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I am very excited to try this recipe....especially now that zucchini is ready from the garden!
I was very excited to try this recipe, but disappointed, it was very bland, my husband did not like it at all.
I didn't have avocado on hand - so I tried to make the sauce like a pesto. I added in sunflowers seeds, purslane and lambs quarter from my garden. I put this in the fridge and let it sit for an hour, it did oxidize a bit and turned a bit brown. Next time I will wait and do it all fresh.