Helping Your Belly Heal
Recently, many of my friends were complaining of increased bloating and digestive un-ease. Not a pleasant feeling but quite expected during the cold windy Fall! While there are some effective bloating-busting tricks, food is one of the main ones. During the times when your belly feels overtaxed and not happy, one of the ways to help it heal is to be kind to it. Easy-to digest food made with foods that combine well together and spiced with digestion stimulating spices is the best way to go!
When the climate gets cold, our bodies need food that is warming, grounding, and soothing. Ayurveda tells us warm foods with sweet, sour, or salty tastes calm and balance out vata—the cool, dry, restless energy that tends to become excessive in the fall. Your body knows this intuitively, which is why a steaming bowl of soup and a piece of fresh bread is so appealing on a chilly autumn evening. A warm soup is a great dinner choice since, our digestive fire weakens towards the end of the day. Keeping dinner light will improves the quality of sleep and free up energy for the body to cleanse and repair itself. Dense cauliflower makes a great base for a hearty but easy soup. Keeping the ingredients simple and few ensures easier digestion.
Try this soup and share other favorite easy to digest dishes that your belly loves!
Yields 4-5 cups
1 large head cauliflower, chopped
1 large handful of arugula leaves
1 tbsp ghee (substitute for sesame seed or grape seed oil for a vegan version)
¼ inch fresh ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups water
2 tsp curry powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
3 tbsp hemp seeds
3 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
Sea salt and pepper to taste
Flax seed crackers or good quality whole grain bread
1. Heat the ghee in a large pot over medium heat. Add garlic and chopped ginger, stirring, until translucent. Add the curry powders, turmeric, and salt to taste. Cook for 1 minute. Add the cauliflower and stir to mix well. Add enough water to cover the cauliflower; bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes, or until the cauliflower is just tender.
2. Using a blender or food processor, puree the cauliflower mixture with hemp seeds and toasted sesame seeds. Add more hot water if the soup is too thick. Transfer back to the pot and bring to a simmer and season with black pepper. Add chopped arugula and mix
5. Serve over crumbled flax seed crackers or a toasted piece of bread.
Happy Belly – Happy You!