Did you know that the strength of our digestive fire mirrors that of the sun? This means that our digestive fire peeks at midday, making this the best time to consume raw foods. Raw food such as salads truly helps to stimulate those people who are a little slower in nature. These people often are beautiful to be around, as they are very humble and have a warming smile that lights you up on the inside. These people can tend to resist exercise and favor Netflix and chill every day of the week and are more prone to sinus infections, depression, and slow metabolism.
A prime example of the Kapha body type (Ayurvedic Dosha) is Oprah Winfrey, she’s warm and bubbly yet she is more prone to put on weight easily. Therefore, it is important for Kapha’s to incorporate meals like this into their diet to help provide their body with increased energy, achieve a healthy weight, reduce water retention and relieve a build-up of mucus.
When it comes to using food to bring the Kapha body type back into balance, this recipe really packs a punch. Don’t be fooled by its simplicity as we have allowed the pure goodness of each ingredient to speak for itself. Take a look below to find out the goodness hidden inside this tasty salad.
Red cabbage provides your body with a rich source of vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, potassium, manganese, polyphenols, and glucosinolates. This combination of nutrients provides your body with anticancer protection, digestive tract support, supports healthy cholesterol ratios, energy production, and liver detoxification, as well as, helping to promote glowing skin and healthy eyes.
Filled with antioxidant support to help prevent cancer containing a hefty dose of vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin E, zinc, manganese. Pumpkin seeds also help to build immunity, thanks to their antimicrobial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties, help to prevent diabetes, promote glowing skin and luscious locks thanks to their content of Vitamin C, help to maintain healthy cholesterol ratio, contain serotonin to manage stress and promote restful sleep and promote satiety (feelings of fullness).
Don’t be fooled by this household herb as it contains an abundance of nutrients that are often not acknowledged. Parsley contains anti-cancer properties, helps to manage diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis, provides relief from gastrointestinal issues such as gas, bloating and nausea, helps to strengthen the immune system, reduce water retention, helps to cleanse the blood, boosts metabolism, supports liver detoxification and treats bad breath. If you ever need to get rid of that garlic breath, try munching on some fresh parsley.
Cumin is an incredible source of plant-based iron, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus and Vitamins A, C, E and K. This culinary herb is an incredible way to alleviate digestive problems especially those related to gas and bloating which are related to excess vata. In addition to providing digestive support, cumin helps to strengthen our immune system thanks to its contents of Vitamin A, C, and iron to neutralise those nasty free radicals that cause disease.
Garlic is most commonly recognised for its ability to strengthen the immune system thanks to its antimicrobial, antiviral and antifungal properties derived from its chemical compound allicin. Not only does garlic help to fight off common colds and the flu, but it also helps to control blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and symptoms of dementia. If you are keen to make the most of the incredible healing powers of garlic, try adding it raw to your food. The easiest and most palatable way to do this is to grate it into dressings to toss your vegetables through as we have done in this recipe.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Known as one of the staple foods of the Mediterranean control, but it also provides the body with an abundance of antioxidants to help lower inflammation, depression, anxiety, heart disease, dementia and obesity. Olive oil helps to control insulin levels (a hormone that controls blood sugar levels) to help stabilise our energy, mood, hunger, overeating, and cravings. Not only is olive oil incredible when drizzled over our food but we also love adding it to our baths too for silky soft skin.
Purple Power Salad
1/4 red cabbage thinly sliced
½ cup pumpkin seeds, lightly toasted
1 bunch flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
1 bunch mint, roughly chopped
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil/flaxseed oil
½ orange, zest and juice
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp ground cumin
A good pinch of sea salt and black pepper
- Place the red cabbage, parsley, and mint in a medium-sized mixing bowl
- To make the dressing combine all of the ingredients in a small jar and give it a good shake to combine.
- Pour the dressing over the salad and use your hands to gently combine,