As many of us have spent more time at home and in our own company over the past several months, perhaps this has encouraged more self-reflection. Have you been prioritising self-care? Do you feel ‘balanced’ and ‘harmonised’ in life? How do you feel from season-to-season, and at different times of day?
Ayurveda teaches us that we’re intimately connected to nature and the qualities and elements around us. Although we’re all made up of the elements earth, water, fire, air and ether, some of us may be more ‘earthy’, whilst others have more ‘fire’ energy in them. Whichever of the elements are most dominant within your body and mind make up your unique ‘dosha’, which refers to your Ayurvedic mind-body type. When you know which dosha you relate to most, you’ll know the best daily habits, foods and herbs to help keep you in balance.
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This is such a simple yet effective DIY face mask, and can transform dry, irritated skin to smooth, moisturised loveliness in just 15 minutes! The ingredients in this recipe are all nourishing, rejuvenating, hydrating and gentle. You’ll have enough in this recipe to use a few times, or to share with someone who also needs a helping hand with dry Winter skin!
I N G R E D I E N T S
1/4 cup oats
2 tsp honey (raw and organic if possible)
2 tbsp milk (again, the quality is important. We use raw and organic milk from a local farm, but if you’re able to get whole milk – not semi-skimmed or non-fat! -, that’ll work well too. The fats are very nourishing and an important part of the rejuvenating properties of milk itself).
Optional: 1 tbsp calendula petals
M E T H O D
Add the oats and calendula (if using) to a blender, and whizz until they’re finely ground
Now add all ingredients to a bowl and mix well to create a thick paste
Spread the mixture over your face, focussing on particularly dry areas, and leave on for 15 minutes
Wash off with warm water, using your hands to gently exfoliate your skin with the oats in a circular motion
Once clean, splash with cold water to refresh your face, and pat dry. Apply a good quality moisturiser afterwards. I love Urban Veda’s Radiance Day Cream to keep skin soft during the Winter months. Use the code emma10 for 10% off your order!
Honestly, if you didn’t know there were high-protein, high-fibre and entirely healthy black beans in this recipe, you’d never guess! We love a healthy dessert in our house, especially if it involves chocolate, and this recipe is satisfyingly chocolatey. If you can’t get your hands on black beans, try cannellini or butter beans instead, as they work just as well. Prep this at the weekend, and you’ll have something delicious, filling and sweet (without being sugary) on-hand all week. You could definitely eat this for breakfast too…
1 can black beans
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 scoop protein powder (optional) – I use Love Life Supplements protein powder, use the code EMMAN-LLS10 for 10% off!
1 tbsp coconut sugar or 2 tsp stevia
1 small handful blueberries
2 tbsp chopped cashews
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
3 – 4 tbsp milk of choice (I used oat milk)
1/2 tsp salt
Add all ingredients other than the blueberries and cashews to a blender
Pulse until the mixture is smoothish
Pour into a baking tin and stir in the nuts and berries
When you’re in need – or simply in the mood – to make yourself something nourishing and truly lovely for yourself, try this easy, milky, non-dairy drink. Inspired by a traditional Ayurvedic drink of blended almonds consumed first thing in the morning, this is a great recipe to help boost your ojas (a word referring to ‘vital essence’, and what I like to call your ‘juiciness’, the stuff that supports your body, your mood and your hormones).
Soak the almonds overnight, then pop them out of their shells before blending to make them more easily digestible. Enjoy warm in winter to reduce the vata dosha (you’ll know you have a lot of this energy in you if you’re feeling scattered, anxious, cold, achy, and ungrounded) or cool in Summer to reduce the pitta dosha (which if excessive, can resent as irritability, inflammation, frustration, acne or rashes, and acid reflux.
This recipe is from the upcoming Ayurveda Inspired e-recipe book, available soon!
I N G R E D I E N T S
5 almonds (soaked and peeled)
1 tsp food-grade dried rose petals
Crushed seeds from 1 cardamom pod
Pinch of good quality salt
1 date (stone removed!)
Optional – pinch of saffron threads
1 cup filtered water
M E T H O D
Add everything to a blender and whizz
Pour into a pan to warm up, or straight into your favourite mug and enjoy.
A festive and filling Winter soup, this is a perfect mid-week dinner recipe or warming lunch. The addition of orange makes the soup a little more Christmassy and zingy, too – plus, it’ll boost your daily intake of vitamin C! I love serving this with warm homemade sourdough bread and lots of local butter. Give it a try! From an Ayurvedic perspective, this soup helps balance all the doshas (mind-body types) and is especially nourishing for the Vata Dosha.
(serves 4, with enough left over for lunch)
1 large butternut squash
1 red or white onion
2 cloves garlic
1 can coconut milk
1 litre stock or bone broth
½ tsp cumin seeds
¼ tsp ground coriander
1 tsp garam masala
¼ tsp asafoetida (or ‘hing’)
¼ tsp Chinese Five Spice
1 tbsp coconut oil or ghee
Zest of ½ orange
Juice of 1 whole orange
Salt and pepper to taste
Prepare the squash first so it’s ready, by chopping into small cubes
Heat half the coconut oil or ghee in a large pan
Peel and finely chop the onion and garlic, and sauté for a couple of minutes
Add the spices and temper for a couple of minutes
Add the butternut squash and the rest of the coconut oil or ghee, stir well to coat with the spices and cook for around 10 minutes. Make sure the bottom of the pan doesn’t burn!
Meanwhile, prepare your stock or bone broth, and the orange zest and juice
Add the broth to the pan and bring to a simmer, then add the coconut milk
Simmer gently for around 20 minutes, then add the orange zest and stir
Continue simmering for 5 minutes, then turn off the heat and add the orange juice
Cool slightly, then blend with a hand blender – taste to see if you want to add salt and pepper at this point too.
Heat again just before serving with a slice of warm bread and butter.
What could be more Autumnal than cooking with apples? As so many of my students know I love cooking, I often receive lots of apples when October arrives, and this spiced apple chutney recipe is where some of the first batch were thrown straight in to!
Chutneys traditionally contain herbs and spices that increase agni (the digestive fire) whilst aiding in smooth digestion too. Lots of chutneys also contain high amounts of refined sugar too however, so having a refined sugar free recipe on hand is a great way to make your own healthy chutney. Have a go at the recipe below (you could also use pears or any other windfall fruit), and let me know how you get on!
(makes 1 large kilner jar or 4 jam jars)
4-5 large apples
1 red onion, chopped
1 thumb sized piece of ginger, grated
1 tsp each of cumin, coriander, fennel mustard and fenugreek seeds
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp ghee or your choice of oil
1 handful of dates (stoned and chopped)
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar with the mother – this adds beneficial cultures and helps it ferment
Heat the oil and spices in a large pan until they become fragrant
Add the onion and cook for a few minutes until soft
Add the apple and ginger and stir well
Cook for 5 minutes to slightly soften
Add the dates, and enough water to cover 3/4 of the mixture
Simmer on a low heat for 15-20 minutes
Remove once the apples are soft and slightly mushy
Transfer to your jar(s) and leave to cool
If you want to make the chutney sweeter, add 1 tbsp of honey here
Once cooled, add the apple cider vinegar and pop in the fridge
This half-hour class is a gentle restorative sequence focussing on releasing tightness in the hips and hamstrings, relaxing the nervous system, and letting go of tension by using relaxing breathing patterns. You’ll need a blanket, a bolster or 2 pillows, and a yoga belt / towel / dressing gown cord. Enjoy!
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A quick and simple recipe to boost your energy levels without the jitters. Whilst many of us turn to coffee for a pick-me-up, it can often lead to a ‘crash’ shortly after. By combining coffee with healthy fats like the peanut butter & coconut in this recipe, the energy boost you receive will be much more steady, and will last longer. In a controversial twist, this recipe does include a tbsp of coffee grounds, but hear me out when I tell you why.
Studies show that consuming coffee grounds (organic, good quality ones) can have a big impact on reducing inflammation and preventing diabetes, due to the high levels of antioxidants, particularly chlorogenic acid (a very good antioxidant..). Coffee beans have also been shown to have anti-cancer properties, and the caffeine from the coffee beans is absorbed faster when consuming the grounds as opposed to the water. You’ll be boosting your fibre content when consuming ground coffee – helping keep you full longer and maintaining regular bowel movements, and by doing all this, you’ll be reducing waste, as the best coffee grounds to use are the ones you’ll use to make the coffee in this recipe for! For more recipes like this, grab my e-recipe book Recipes For Living Well: Sweet Snacks & Healthy Desserts HERE. Use the code ‘sept2020’ throughout September for 50% off all e-books too!
(makes 6 – 8 bars)
1 cup oats
1 shot of espresso + the coffee grounds
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp peanut butter
1 tbsp desiccated coconut
1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
Pinch of salt
3 tsp stevia or honey
1 tbsp cacao nibs, chopped nuts or dark chocolate
Make your espresso (just more than a shot-glass worth) using organic, good quality ground coffee, then soak the dates in the coffee for 10 minutes
Meanwhile, add all other ingredients apart from the cacao nibs into a food processor or blender
Add the dates and coffee last, followed by 1 tbsp of the coffee grounds
Pulse everything a few times until it combines and begins to stick together
Line a baking tin or square container, then press the mixture down, effectively creating one giant energy bar
Scatter over the cacao nibs (you could use chopped nuts or dark chocolate too) and place in the fridge for an hour or so to set
Once set, slice into bars ready to grab one when you’re next in need of an energy boost!
Even as life starts getting busier, it’s more important than ever to schedule in some you-time. A morning yoga practice is a great way to re-set and rebalance your circadian rhythms (the sleep / wake cycle), boost circulation, enhance digestion and metabolism, improve the health of the lymphatic system, and is a powerful way to reduce stress and anxiety. There are lots of live online classes available throughout the week (and it’s so great to see lots of you there!) but if you only have 15 minutes, this is a go-to practice for energising the body and mind, building a little strength and starting the day well. More shorter practices coming soon. Enjoy!