Archive for the ‘Recipes, Diet, Nutrition’ Category

Blueberry Lemon Muesli

When is breakfast food only a breakfast food? In my mind, never! These false labels deprive us of enjoying perfectly wonderful food any time we want. And that is how I see muesli—breakfast, lunch, supper, snack, lightly sweet and luscious dessert, family food, company food.

Fresh, plump blueberries and lemon are heavenly together when they bond with a little honey. With an abundance of summer blueberries, Blueberry Lemon Muesli (GF and can be vegan) has become our family favorite this year. It takes  about 10 minutes to assemble and keeps for 4 days in the fridge.

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 Cool fab food can be quick and bursting with flavor just right for the warm weather. No sweating over a stove and just 10 minutes! These recipes, with a few simple ingredients, work well for everyday meals, lunch boxes, and for company. We love them on lightly buttered and toasted bread (also good with bread lightly brushed with olive oil and toasted) accompanied by a bowl of hot or cold soup. Both recipes are vegan and gluten-free. There are several soup recipes on Mahasri Yoga.


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With the holidays approaching, especially Diwali, Suhasini’s Date and Nut Roll can be a quick, elegant dessert. This is essentially a two ingredient gluten-free, vegan recipe (instead of ghee to lightly grease hands when rolling, use cashew butter or coconut oil)–simply dates and nuts. It takes 10-15 minutes to make it.

Date and nut rolls don’t have to be just for festive occasions. Instead of expensive store bought fruit and nut bars, make a batch of these as they keep well in the fridge for a few days. They are excellent for a quick snack and boost of energy. Dates and nuts are considered to be warming winter foods. Suhasini has graciously shared this delightfully easy recipe. For the recipe, visit  http://mahasriyoga.com/recipes/desserts/DateNutRoll.html

Our warmest wishes for Diwali to all our Indian readers!

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With this incredibly warm weather we have been having, it is not too late for a last taste of summer.  The pairing of watermelon and mint is perfect. The colors are simply gorgeous. This is one quick, elegant juice. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Some of these juices can also be served as soups—so you can serve in a glass or a bowl!

For the recipe, visit http://mahasriyoga.com/recipes/appetizers/WatermelonMintJuice.html.

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Free Fall Pictures - Yellow Trees is a printable photo

Source: http://freebigpictures.com/autumn-pictures/fall-yellow-trees/

Spring and autumn are times to reset the body and mind by doing some type of cleanse. This post is about a specific program from www.rebootwithjoe.com developed by Joe Cross (he made the documentary Fat Sick & Nearly Dead). I heard about it from Rajen P. and he has generously shared the information. We have seen how visibly this program has worked. But that does not mean that it is for everyone. As always, please consult your doctor before undertaking a specific diet.

Reboot offers several programs ranging from 3 to 15 days. There is a shopping list for the ingredients, recipes, and a guide to choosing the right juicer. The site also has numerous recipes on soups, salads, smoothies, and main courses. The food is all plant-based–so it is vegan and gluten-free (from what I have seen so far!)

Another good resource from Rajen is Forks Over Knives–a documentary and also a website with tons of recipes.

Some readers may want to review previous blog posts on fall and spring cleaning–these include the digestive and respiratory systems as well as the mind. Here is a link to one:


Guided meditations act as mental diets to nourish and clean the mind. They complement the food diets. There are several free audio tracks on www.mahasriyoga.com/pranayama and www.mahasriyoga.com/meditation/index.html (for Yoga Nidra and Trataka).

Happy Autumn!

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With many requests for my mother-in-law’s cake recipe, Seeta’s Orange Walnut Cake, it has been added to the website www.mahasriyoga.com.

The recipe is over 60 years old and she got it sometime during their stay in New York in the late 1950s. It is a simple, moist cake with a refreshing orange flavor, and no icing–making it perfect for the summer when it can sit gracefully at the table without wilting.

After the family returned to India, the town they lived in (as most towns in India) had no bakeries. Most people did not eat eggs and cakes were not part of the cuisine. Having acquired the taste and the Western ritual of birthday cakes, she baked it at home for every family birthday. When she visited family in the US decades later, she baked the cake for her sons and grandchildren.

And in her memory it was baked for a big family birthday–hence the longing and requests for the recipe.

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Obesity is now considered to be a medical condition. A huge population in the US is obese or overweight according to the June 2013 issue of the National Institute Health newsletter–more than two-third of adults and a third of the children. A scientific survey was done on the effectiveness and dangers of various complementary treatments.

Yoga and Meditation

Possibly helpful are yoga and mindful meditation and there are no side effects.

According to a 2013 review of the current evidence base of yoga for weight loss, overall, therapeutic yoga programs can be frequently effective in promoting weight loss and are a potentially successful intervention for weight maintenance and prevention of obesity.

The programs are therapeutic, require regular practice over an extended period of time, have a yoga diet component, as well as residential program component with an understanding of yoga.

Therapeutic yoga was also considered a possible tool for those at high risk for diabetes 2. Yoga also looks promising for the reduction of “cardiometabolic risk factors”.

Meditation is generally considered safe. However, there may be some risk to people with psychiatric issues.

Dietary Supplements

Acai berry, bitter orange,  and ephedra indicate no scientific evidence of weight loss. In fact, studies indicate they can be quite harmful.

Green tea is safe but there is no statistical proof of weight loss.

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