It’s no secret that what you put into your body is as important as what you put on it. Just ask Kate O’Donnell, author of The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook, who has been following an Ayurvedic diet since her teens.
“My travels to India introduced me to Ayurveda as a natural modality for healing the gut,” Kate says. “I found the Ayurvedic diet of vegetarian proteins, local produce, and spices a natural fit.”
The regimen is less focused on dos and don’ts than it is on eating in sync with nature. With this in mind, we asked Kate for a simple juice recipe that features some of the good-for-you ingredients—namely ginger, that is a key ingredient in our Tulasāra™ Renew Morning Creme, and grapefruit, which is featured in the Pure-Fume™ aroma.
“The penetrating quality of this bright drink clears your head and gets you pumped up without caffeine,” Kate says.
It’s known to be great for those who experience congestion upon waking. Drink it first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach, then wait at least 30 minutes before eating.
“Ginger is revered in Ayurveda for its ability to stimulate and warm all body types, without causing any imbalances. In Ayurvedic tradition, it’s known to detoxify and refresh the skin,” she adds. “If you find the drink too acidic, use lime instead of lemon juice and leave out the cayenne pepper.”
Juice of 2 oranges or grapefruits
(about 2 cups juice)
1 ½-inch piece ginger root peeled
1–2 tsp raw honey
Juice of 1 lemon
Dash of cayenne pepper for the adventurous
Process 1 cup of the orange or grapefruit juice and the gingerroot in a blender until well combined. Keeping the blender running, drizzle the honey through the feeder, then pour in the rest of the orange or grapefruit juice, the lemon juice, and the cayenne pepper, if using. Churn for 1 minute. Transfer to 2 glasses and drink right away, before the spices and pulp settle.
Optional: If you’re not in the mood for juicing, peel the fruits, section them, pull out any seeds, and add all the ingredients at once, blending to a smoothie consistency.
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