It’s National Zucchini Day!
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.
Ayurveda Wellness Healing, LLC loves the below receipe.
Raw Zucchini Noodles with Basil & Avocado Sauce
1 c Avocado
1 tbsp Basil
1/2 whole Lime
1 tbsp Parsley (Fresh)
1/4 tsp Salt (Mineral Salt)
3/4 c Water
4 c Zucchini (peeled and seeded)
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 15 min
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.
2. In a blender, combine two whole avocados, your basil, parsley, lime juice, water, and salt. Blend on high until thoroughly smooth.
3. Combine your noodles with your sauce and toss. Garnish with fresh black pepper, fresh parsley, coconut flakes, nutritional yeast, pine nuts, or all of them! Enjoy!
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“Blockage is disease/Flow is health” 🙂