What I’ve Been Eating This Week: Smoothies, Soups, & Kitchari

I’m not a consistent “What I Ate Wednesday”-er, but I think Vegan MoFo is an excellent reason to post pictures of all the vegan food I’ve been eating, don’t you? This week is a fun and special week of eating because I’m doing a mini-CLEAN/auyrvedic-inspired cleanse. Every once in a while I like to stick to an eating routine that gives my digestion a bit of a break. I love the CLEAN program because you still get to eat actual food, but the first and last meal of the day are always in liquid form (soups, smoothies, or juices). For my solid lunches I decided to make kitchari from my auyrvedic recipe book Eat Taste Heal.

I’ve written about ayurveda before, and if you’re not familiar with it, I definitely encourage you to look into this alternative healing practice. The first thing to know about ayurveda is that we all have a dosha, or a constitution. I invited my friend Michael over to share in food prep for the week, and we both decided to answer the questions in the book to determine our doshas.

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Michael and our score cards!

I knew I was a strong pitta, but this round of self-analysis revealed that I am actually pitta-kapha. (Still more pitta, but more kapha than I had ever been before). I found this really interesting, partly because I had previously leaned more toward pitta-vata. The cool thing is that I have consciously done things to balance my vatta (anxious energy, in particular), and apparently it’s working, because I wasn’t registering that high on vatta! Cool!

Kitchari is a staple dish in ayurvedic cooking. There are many variations, and this was ours:

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millet, mung beans, coconut milk, turmeric, mustard seed, red pepper, cilantro, ginger.

My breakfasts and dinners have been a variety of soups and smoothies:

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On days that I feel hungry after lunch, I’ve been snacking on my favorite snack, carrots and almond butter.

It’s only been a few days, but I always feel great almost immediately when I do the liquid/solid/liquid plan.

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What have you been eating lately? xo 

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4 thoughts on “What I’ve Been Eating This Week: Smoothies, Soups, & Kitchari

  1. FoodFeud says:

    Cool! I’ve sort of researched my ayurvedic dosha before… I think I lean kapha too., but I’ve never really planned out meals around it – I was just interested in knowing. Is it supposed to fuel yr body more effectively? Or help with digestion or something?
    The kitchari looks so good! mung beans are awesome.

    • raechel says:

      It’s supposed to create balance in your body. So, for examples, pittas are naturally more “fiery”/”heated” so it encourages more cooling foods. Vattas have nervous energy, so eating *less* raw foods is helpful because cooked foods are grounding. That’s been a big one for me. I get wicked Vatta if I’m eating all-raw for more than a couple days. And yes, it helps in digestion too!

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