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Revitalize Your Body with This Ayurvedic Asparagus Lemon Cleansing Recipe.

Updated: Apr 29

Good for all doshas, this mildly laxative vegetable is a delicious addition to Saumya Ayurveda spring cleaning theme. Quick and easy to prepare, this well-known anti-oxidant promotes detoxification.

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Asparagus Benefits According to Ayurveda


Asparagus is not only delicious, it offers many benefits:


  • The qualities of asparagus are astringent, sweet, cooling and a diuretic.

  • With seasoning tailored to each dosha, asparagus is balancing to Vata, Pitta, Kapha.

  • Asparagus is high in saponins and potassium which result in its diuretic qualities. Kapha issues and constitution benefits from this drying action.

  • Soothes inflammation (It coats and soothes the mucus membranes of the GI tract and urinary system. Think of apply aloe gel to a burn).

  • Asparagus is an ideal early spring food for eating seasonally.

  • Reduces puffiness (puffy, eyes, feet and hands).

  • Detoxifies the blood.


As spring arrives, you start to crave (yes, there are healthy cravings!), refreshing, light, bitter foods like fresh asparagus and bitter greens. These light, fresh foods, bring balance to heaviness of winter, Kapha season, and balances Kapha dosha.


"Asparagus contains glutathione, a well-known antioxidant that promotes detoxification. It is also a good source of fiber, folate, iron, and vitamins A, C, E, and K, as well as being beneficial to those with high blood pressure. Asparagus is also known to promote kidney and bladder function." (Patient First)

According to Medicinenet, "Kidney health: Asparagus can act as a natural diuretic, helping the body excrete excess salt and fluid, making it especially good for people suffering from edema (swelling) and high blood pressure. It also helps flush out toxins in the kidneys and prevent kidney stones."


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Have you wondered why your urine stinks after eating asparagus?


According to the Cleveland Clinic, "When asparagus is digested, asparagusic acid gets broken down into sulfur containing byproducts. Sulfur, in general, is not very pleasant to smell.



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Ayurvedic Asparagus Lemon Cleansing Recipe.


Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of asparagus (If you're looking for color, use all three varieties: white, green and purple.) Hold the asparagus in both hands, and give them a little bend. They will snap where the woody section is, and discard that.

  • 4-8 spring onions thinly sliced

  • 1-2 Tablespoons olive oil

  • Black pepper (not the stuff that doesn't taste like anything, but with a little bite to it.)

  • A little red Alaea Hawaiian salt (or other high quality salt you have on hand)

  • Crumbled feta cheese (How much? How much do you love feta? At least 1/4 cup.)


LEMON VINAIGRETTE

Lemon Vinaigrette:

  • About a half a cup olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

  • 1 teaspoons Dijon mustard

  • 1-2 cloves finely minced garlic

  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives

  • Red Alaea Hawaiian salt

  • Black pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon honey or maple syrup--optional!

  • Whisk it together and drizzle.

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Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F .

  • Place the asparagus on a baking sheet in a single layer.

  • Toss with the olive oil. Sprinkle on some salt and pepper.

  • Roast for approximately 15 to 20 minutes. You know the asparagus is ready when it bends slightly but doesn't droop over.

  • If you like a bit of crispiness, cook the asparagus longer.

  • Top with feta cheese.

  • Drizzle the lemon vinaigrette.

  • Garnish with chopped green onions.



Tweak Our Recipe to Match Your Doshic Picture.

Follow these easy modifications and provide yourself with a meal that becomes medicine.


How to customize this recipe to balance Vata

For spicing for Vata, the overall spiciness is important to help aid in digestion. Don't hold back as Vata types tend to have weaker digestion and benefits from more spice. Use more garlic and freshly ground black pepper.


How to customize this recipe to balance Pitta

For Pitta to optimize this recipe by adding coconut milk or coconut cream for its cooling qualities and sweet taste. Garnish with chopped cilantro and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.


How to customize this recipe to balance Kapha

Kapha needs to be invigorated as it may tend to be slow, sluggish, and dull. To customize the recipe for Kapha dosha--turn up the heat. In general, add more volume of spice. Increase freshly ground black pepper and use pepper with some real kick to it. Use more garlic and make sure it's strong.

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