Wednesday, March 07, 2007
RECIPE ~ Vegetable Tea
I've just learned that the levels of acidity in our body affect our health greatly -- too much acid in our systems leads to illnesses, aging, and gives cancer cells the perfect environment to grow. According to my naturopath at Wellness Guru, most of our everyday foods are too high in acid, so not only should we avoid those foods, we should increase our alkaline intake. This recipe is an alkaline broth that I've been making almost daily and sipping on throughout the day. Give it a try! Your health will benefit enormously.
4 cups filtered water
1 celery stick
1 small or 1/2 a large zucchini
1 cup fresh parsley
1 cup string beans
1" piece of fresh ginger
Bring the water to a boil in a medium-sized pot. Meanwhile, chop all the vegetables and slice the ginger; add to the pot. You can also add a few slices of lemon, or squeeze in the juice of a lemon wedge at the end. Simmer on a low boil for half an hour. Store hot in a thermos and consume throughout the day. Makes about 4 cups.
NOTE: I call this a vegetable "tea" instead of a broth because it's almost flavourless, except for the lemony ginger and only a slight hint of vegetable taste. Have plain, or experiment trying with a bit of honey, or alternatively a dash of salt and pepper, up to you.
FOR INDIVIDUAL DOSHAS
Great for all the doshas!
VATAS benefit from sipping hot or warm water, tea or broth throughout the day everyday
PITTAS will do better cooling this tea down and sipping throughout the day everyday
KAPHAS benefit from not too much liquid throughout the day, so consume this tea (hot or warm) in place of juice, tea, etc.