4 Sacred Kitchen Rituals plus a Spring Detox Pesto Recipe


The tiniest, tenders shoots of spring begin to poke their heads above the soil and tempt us with their light, delicate flavors. When you begin to tune in to the natural world by noticing which parts of the plants are eaten at which time of the year, as well as the overall texture and shape of them, then you are truly a seasonal voyager.

Spring plants are in the paler, chartreuse end of the green palette (peas, arugula, fennel, asparagus) and we eat the lacy, delicate leaves, stalks, and tops of the plants this time of year more than the roots. Strawberries, lemons, lettuces are more fragile than the hearty weight of gourds and squashes which come into season when it’s colder and we need their supporting nourishment. Seasonings are minimal to enhance the delicate aromas and tastes on our plates. It’s as if the tentative first steps of nature wants us to go lightly, gently, and easily as we find our footing with this new season.

Read more: 8 Reasons to Start Your Day with Lemon Water 

The Sacred Ritual of Food Preparation

Often we are in such a hurry to throw together something on a plate, pressed to just get fuel in our body, we skip over the importance of using our daily interactions with our nourishment as a moment which can absolutely elevate the energy of body, mind and spirit in an instant.

Here are four things to remember the next time you get ready to eat something:


1. Every time you cook and eat a piece of food, you have an energetic relationship to it so never make food while in a bad mood or angry. Your emotions go into food and are stored in the body of the people eating it. Cook with love and openheartedness.


2. Don’t take in negative information from watching TV or listening to radio news, or from violent programs while you cook. Instead, listen to beautiful music or sing as you cook, or notice the sounds of the environment around you, if alone. With others, engage in respectful and loving conversations.


3. Make mealtimes sacred and peaceful—take the blessing of the food into the body with each bite.


4. Recycle leftovers and waste. Consider this part of your meal to be as important as the others. Try to throw away as little as possible out of respect for those who are hungry in this moment.
 

Read more: 8 Tips to Make Mealtimes Healthy and Fun


Spring Cleaning From the Inside Out

Now is the time of year to do with our bodies what we may be doing with our houses: cleaning out, throwing away what doesn’t serve us anymore, and starting fresh. Here’s a great recipe for a seasonal condiment that may just make it onto your plate for every meal, year round.

 

Spring Detox Pesto Recipe

Cilantro is the Spanish word for coriander leaves. It is a member of the carrot familyIt is thought that the leaves of the cilantro plant can accelerate the excretion of mercury, lead and aluminum from the body. This delicious herb can greatly contribute to a gentle Spring health detox effort. Make sure your leaves are highly aromatic; if there is no aroma, there is no taste.

Ingredients

1 cup fresh cilantro leaves (a good packed cup)

1 cup fresh basil
1/2 cup raw almonds

1 clove of garlic

Juice of half a lemon

2 tablespoons of olive oil

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Directions
Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender until you get a smooth paste (you can make the paste less lumpy by adding hot water). Enjoy on toast, fresh bread, crackers; or toss with fresh cooked organic pasta.


By Randi Ragan| April 17, 2016
Categories:  Live

About the Author

Randi Ragan

Randi Ragan

Randi Ragan is the founder and owner of the award-winning GreenBliss EcoSpa, named one of Los Angeles’ Top 10 Holistic Spas its very first year in business (2006). Prior to this, Randi was a yoga and meditation instructor for 12 years, during which time she led yoga and spiritual retreats in California, Mexico and Hawaii, and formed The Blessing Works, which specialized in the creation of customized healing ceremonies and rituals for its clients. She has just completed her first book, A Year Of Living Mindfully: Seasonal Practices to Nurture Body, Mind and Spirit. It will be published in 2016 by Quest Books. 

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