Greens

 
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From the desk of Dr Nandita Shah

In my years of practice, I have seen people hesitate to make a green smoothie because they simply cannot think of combining fruits with green leaves. It took me a while too. But once you get into it, there is no going back. That's because it takes just a few minutes to prepare a big jar. The fruity sweetness masks the green. It’s as sumptuous as a full meal, filling and delicious!

Green leaves hold their nutrients in little cellulose packages that are not released until the leaves are broken. Since we consume primarily soft greens, and that too cooked, we forget to chew on them as much as is required to break those cellulose packages. So we do fail to absorb all the benefits. Running the leaves through a blender ensures that all those packages are broken and all the nutrients delivered. Our traditional Indian diets included green chutneys, and these were ground on a stone for this very same reason. 

The best part about eating greens is that they are high in nutrients and fibre, and low in calories. They are filling but don’t cause weight gain. They can be made available in almost any season because they can be grown easily in your balcony or kitchen. And for those very hot summers when they are almost impossible to find, you make do with organic green powders that are now available almost everywhere.

Did you have your greens today?
 

 
 

Smoothie with SHARAN

https://youtu.be/mV1OI6ESVyk?list=PLv3ThRqVlKLOu9L9ta1Otu1sPMF9a8Pm1

In our 21-day retreat, we serve green smoothies every day. We also share a smoothie recipe daily. Check out our ‘Smoothie with SHARAN’ series and do try out the recipes shared at the end of the video.

Popeye 

Not exactly Popeye's  tin of spinach but just as good for your health.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup curry leaves
  • ½ cup coriander leaves
  • ¼ cup mint leaves
  • 4 – 5 spring onions
  • ¼ inch piece ginger
  • salt to taste
  • ¾ tsp date paste
  • ¾ tsp lemon juice
  • 4 – 5 green pepper corns (use black pepper
  • corns if green is not available)
  • 1  green chili
       

Method

Wash the greens well. Clean the ginger. Grind all the ingredients (except lemon juice) to a smooth paste with enough water to get a sauce like consistency. Add lemon juice, mix well and serve with dosas, idlis, chappati or rice.

Serves 3-4

Food for the mind

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Green is the colour of every season     

And that has a valid reason!

Leafy greens contain the ultimate source of natural nutrition that each of us can benefit from. They are packed with calcium, protein, vitamins and minerals. They provide direct energy from the sun. Since leafy greens contain fibre, they do a complete internal cleanse, washing away the toxins in our body. They make our skin healthier, and boost our energy. Since greens add enzymes to our body, our digestion improves considerably. Equally important, they help build our immunity levels.

From mint, spinach, basil, kale, betel, fenugreek, herbs to moringa, amaranth, micro greens, curry and lemon leaves, to name a few – all of these are Mother Nature's gift to us. However, we need to ask ourselves if we gracefully and gratefully accept this bounty on a daily basis? Here are some ideas on how to deliciously sneak in greens into your family meals every single day:
 

1. Green smoothies

Start your day with this superfood. It's easy to whip up and tasty too! Check out some recipes on https://sharan-india.org/drinks/

2. Lemongrass tea

If something warm is what you crave, help yourself to the aromatic lemongrass infusion. Add in other flavours if you wish, like ginger, basil or cinnamon.

3.  Chutneys & Spreads

The corriander chutney is a staple in Indian homes and it’s wonderful if it can be had with every meal. However why not add greens like curry leaves or spinach to your coconut or tomato chutneys?  Also make pestos, green pates and add maybe add spinach to your hummus. Get more recipes on https://sharan-india.org/chutneys/

4.  Salads

Chop mint ot basil or spinach on your salad. You could also blend them into your dressings. Make lettuce wraps. Get more recipes on https://sharan-india.org/salads/

5.  Green rotis

Knead pureed spinach, fenugreek or coriander leaves into your chappati dough, or into your rice for that matter! You can also bake breads with herbs.

6. Green vegetables

Ensure at least one meal includes a green leafy vegetable like spinach, fenugreek, amaranth. You can also add greens to your bakes, hummus or spreads. If greens can be incorporated in both meals, nothing like it! 

7. Green drinks

Our lemon basil drink is a hit! So is a minty lemonade. Even mint infused water is refreshing. Have fun trying out tasty drinks with greens. What’s more, pani puri water is also a healthy drink!

8.  Green soups

Make a green soup at least twice a week. Garnish your other soups with greens like coriander, basil, mint or even celery. Get recipes on https://sharan-india.org/soups/

9.  Grow them

It so simple to grow greens and even micro-greens at home. Pluck your own greens and use them – the feeling is exceptional! Try it out.

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This newsletter was compiled by SHARAN Head of Mumbai, Reyna K Rupani, She facilitates the Six Weeks to Health Gain & Weight Loss program and also conducts health talks for schools, groups, corporates and more.

Edited by Vasanti Sundaram, Bangalore who has also benefitted from the SHARAN programmes, and now spreads awareness of plant based lifestyle through her talks.

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