How to Make Raw Zucchini Noodles with Basil & Avocado Sauce
PREP TIME: 15 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 15 MINUTES
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.
How Can Raw Zucchini Noodles with Basil & Avocado Sauce Make You Feel Great?
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 DisguiseThinly-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.
AvocadoFew 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 ParsleyPluck 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 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 with Basil & Avocado Sauce Good for Me?
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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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