The Green Micro Wave this World Earth Day

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From the desk of Dr Nandita Shah

The situation that we are in right now was quite unthinkable just a few months ago. And even then we have to consider ourselves quite lucky. We do have something on our plates, we do have a place to stay put, and we even have the possibility of being in communication thanks to Internet and cell phones. Our hospitals and farmers are working for us and so are the police. Many of us even have something to do because we are able to work from home. And for the others, it’s time to be with family or get down to those tasks that one has put off for so long – cleaning cupboards, taking online classes, or just reading. For those who have put health off for a long time, here’s your chance! You have to cook and eat at home anyway. And only health can be your saviour in any epidemic.

Those following the SHARAN lifestyle are now worried because organic foods aren’t easily available. And we know that raw is the healthiest, but many people are worried about getting infected through raw food. What should we do? Try your best to get organic. If not available, do the best you can with what you can get. Either way, raw fruit and vegetables are more nutrient dense. If you are worried about it being infected, stay away from it for a few hours before eating it so that the virus is no longer viable. Then wash it well, perhaps in salt water or water with vinegar in it. Remember, if you boost your immunity you are unlikely to fall victim to micro-organisms and parasites.

Finally, use the time you have to grow as much as you can. Herbs and microgreens are something that almost anyone can grow! And sprouts are good too.

Lockdown Earth Day Special – Grow Your Own Microgreens – A Free Event on Zoom on Wed 22nd April 11 am IST. Register now


How to grow microgreens?

Microgreens are super-easy to grow. Find out how from our facilitator Captain Joseph Pinto

Recipe – Tomato Salad with Basil  

Try this simple yet delectable salad with any greens you like, though it tastes delicious with basil. It’s really so easy to be healthy when we relish nature’s foods.


  • 3 tomatoes
  • salt
  • sesame (ground to paste)
  • ground pepper
  • garlic crushed
  • fresh basil
  • lemon juice


Mix lemon juice, sesame, salt and garlic to make the dressing. Cut the tomatoes into slices and pour the dressing over it.

Decorate the salad with the chopped fresh basil before serving.

Serves 4-6

Food for the mind


If you love Facebook, then join us to be supported on your plant based journey. we are offering three possibilities

1. SHARAN India This is SHARAN’s main Facebook page which you can like and follow for getting useful daily updates and news from the plant based health world. You will also get news about the latest SHARAN events, see testimonials, and more.

2. SHARAN’s Vegan Support Group This is an open support group to know more about vegan/plant-based lifestyle. Here you can ask questions and share inspiring stories, tips, recipes, etc.

3. SHARAN’s Plant Powered Health This is the new group only for the past attendees of SHARAN’s events: seminars, cooking classes, retreats or longer programs.

All our doctors and presenters will be here to answer your questions and give you tips. If you have attended our events join this group to be a part of our family.

Please like the main SHARAN page and join the group(s) applicable to you.

Manicuring those green thumbs

You never know whether you have a green thumb or not until you try! So let’s gets started. Here are some reasons why growing your own microgreens & herbs, and making sprouts is simply fabulous:

1. Microgreens can be grown with seeds that you already have

Look in your kitchen! You probably already have some seeds such as mustard, cumin, sesame, flax, moong and other whole lentils, as well as coriander seeds, fenugreek, onion seeds, and chia seeds. Try growing them. Other seeds that give great microgreens are radish and sunflower. Of course the seeds must be raw and whole (not polished).

2. Sprouts can be easily made

From pulses and lentils that you may have at home – moong, masoor (brown lentils) chickpeas, brown chickpeas, dried peas, matki, and other beans, legumes and even raw peanuts – all of these can be sprouted.

3. Microgreens, herbs and sprouts are nutrient rich

Dress your salads, sandwiches, and other dishes with microgreens. They enhance both the look and taste of the dish.

4. Microgreens & sprouts grow in a matter of a few days

You can taste them in just a few days to a week. You will experience the pleasure of watching a seedling grow and eating it. Nothing tastes better than what you have grown yourself.

5. It’s easy to have a herb garden in your kitchen

Herbs are fragile and don’t last long in the fridge. Imagine having basil, coriander, parsley, mint and other herbs growing right in front of you! You can pick them fresh and garnish your food with them or add them to green smoothies.

6. A special microgreen set

AllThatGrows has a lovely microgreens set with lots of different kinds of seeds – including many that you may not find in your kitchen. They are offering 20% discount on all products (seeds, kits, microgreens etc.) except ‘garden supplies’ till September 3rd, 2020. Coupon code to enter on ‘shipping’ step of the ‘checkout’ page: Vegan2020. This of course will be valid once courier services are restored.

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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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