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Recipe of the Month – Mung Dal Kitchari (Vata)

Recipe of the Month Mung Dal Kitchari

This kitchari recipe was donated by Ayurvedic Practitioner Rachel Collins and can be eaten by all doshas but is especially good for Vata Dosha, want to know what we mean by that make sure to check out Ger’s Monthly Update! And although this dish may look like a bowl of scrambled egg it is actually quite tasty and comforting so don’t let it’s look deceive you.

Ingredients

1 cup Basmati Rice
1/2 cup Split Yellow Mung Dal
3 tbsp Ghee
1 tsp Black Mustard Seeds
1 tsp Cumin Seeds
2 pinches Hing (Asafoetida)
1/2 tsp Turmeric
1/2 tsp Salt
4 cups Water

split mung dal recipe of the month

Method

Wash the rice and mung dal well. If you have time let the mung dal soak for a few hours before cooking, as it helps with digestibility. If you have a particularly difficult time digesting beans, you may want to precook the beans for 20-30 minutes using the 4 cups of water.

In a saucepan over medium heat, heat the ghee and add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds and hing. Stir a moment until the seeds pop.

Add the rice, mung dal, turmeric and salt and stir until well blended with the spices.

Add the water and bring to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes uncovered, stirring occasionally.

Turn down the heat to low and cover, leaving the lid slightly ajar. Cook until tender, about 20-25 minutes

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New and Notable

The idea with this blog is that it will grow month by month.  Each month Ger will pick a couple of new products that have come in store that he thinks are worth highlighting!

Kaqun Water Only Natural

Kaqun Water

From Hungary, Kaqun oxygenated water. Feed every cell in your body with oxygen. €3 for 500ml

Nature’s Plus Vegan Power Meal protein powder

An innovative, organic blend of protein from sunflower, quinoa and peas fortified with food state vitamins, minerals and enzymes to ensure optimal absorption. Ideal meal replacement during illness and convalescence. On promotion at €28.68 for 630g.

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Hand Cream Only Natural

Dr Hauschka Regenerating Hand Cream

New to the Regeneration range – gives mature skin an even looking skin that feels silky, supple and nourished. Rich and creamy texture that it absorbed quickly and leaves a feeling of protection. RRP €29.95

Better you Magnesium Gel

Amazing after exercise, another super easy way to replenish those magnesium levels in a hurry or on the go. 150 ml. €17.39

Magnesium Gel Only Natural
Paleo Protein Only Natural

Nature’s Plus Paleo Protein Powder

A super combination of organic protein powder from coconut, flax, pumpkin, almond and sunflower. Easy to mix without a blender, tastes great, 20gr of protein per 45gr serving. 675gr promotional price €26.36

BetterYou Turmeric Oral Spray

All the anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric in a highly absorbable oral spray (one month’s supply) €17.95

BetterYou Turmeric Only Natural
Blackwood Toothpaste Only Natural

Blackwood Whitening Toothpaste

With charcoal, the ingredient that gives Blackwood its black colour, whitens, absorbs smells and removes stains to leave teeth feeling fresh and clean. Juniper extract promotes gum health. The toothpaste significantly and safely whitens teeth, fights plaque buildup and maintains long-lasting fresh breath. €9.97

Mark McCue Ceramics

Beautiful and affordable traditionally hand crafted ceramics from County Mayo.  Beautiful gifts, tea pots and sets, neti pots and oil buners. Prices range from €14.95 – €27.95.

Gifts Only Natural
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Viridian’s new Curcumin Latte Tasting Instore

Curcurmin Latter imageNew to Viridian and instore – Viridian’s Organic Curcumin Latte is a contemporary take on the traditional turmeric latte also known as ‘Golden Milk’ or ‘Haldi Ka Doodh’. Originating from South East Asia, Golden milk has a rich history of use and is a blend of turmeric root powder with aromatic spices such as ginger, cardamon and chilli stirred into warm milk. Viridian’s Organic Curcumin Latte features turmeric root extract with enhanced levels of the active compound known as curcumin.

Holly from Viridian will be instore on Tuesday 18th April from 2pm to 4pm offering tastings of this wonder drink and telling all about the multiple health benefits of turmeric.

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Nua Naturals Instore Tastings

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NUA Naturals are an Irish Health food company who supply and produce raw, organic health and superfoods across the globe.  And on Friday 3rd February Fabrizio from Nua Naturals will be instore from 10am until 1pm doings tastings of some of their fabulous new products!

Fabrizio will have samples of their new Turmeric Lattes and also their Smoothie mixes.  Not only do these products taste great they also do a world of good and Fabrizio will be able to give you the low down on exactly what they do.

So make sure to pop in for a chat.

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Product Review – Pukka ManPlus

Product Review Pukka ManPlus

ManPlus is one of Pukka’s unique range of supplements based on the venerable Ayurvedic medicine system from India. As a ‘male tonic’ I think it has so much to offer. The combination of ingredients strengthen, nourish and rejuvenate. They offer circulatory stimulant and heart tonic properties, reduce inflammation and alleviate stress. Which man couldn’t benefit from that kind of boost. Low vitality, low libido, prostate inflammation, erectile dysfunction, frequent urination, relentless stress and adrenal exhaustion can all be combatted by its impressive list of ingredients.

Among them are :

Turmeric and Aloe Vera for their anti inflammatory properties.
Red Ginseng and Hawthorn for energy and heart tonic properties.
Spirulina, a microscopic algae to offer nutrition including iron and b vitamins.
Cinnamon and ginger to stimulate the circulation.
Cordyceps, a mushroom to improve oxygen availability and rejuvenate the reproductive system.
Broccoli and cabbage seed sprouts which can have a positive effect on prostate swelling.
Pomegranate and Holy Basil which are potent antioxidants.
Maca is a reputed aphrodisiac, thought to increase sperm production and motility.

Featured Product Red Ginseng

ManPlus has a combination of ingredients to nourish and rejuvenate the male body including the heart and the reproductive and hormone systems, to reduce inflammation while boosting the circulation and kick starting the libido. It makes for an effective all round male tonic.

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Healthy Heart Naturally – more than COQ10 and Fish Oils Supplements?

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As Ireland continues on the road to becoming Europe’s most obese nation avoidable deaths and diminished quality of life due to heart disease are still part of our health climate. Better heart health is achievable through lifestyle choices and, where applicable, preventative and remedial supplementation. Coronary heart disease involves damage and narrowing of arteries and veins resulting in the heart having a more difficult job to fulfill its function of pumping blood around the body resulting in an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Firstly reduce your exposure to the risk factors that predispose to heart disease. These include being overweight, smoking, excessive stress, insufficient exercise, raised cholesterol and diabetes.

A heart healthy diet includes lots of whole grains and vegetables, healthy fats from fish and vegetable sources, soluble fibre to both regulate the digestion and reduce cholesterol (oats and oat products like oat bran and oatcakes come to mind here) and heart healthy herbs such as garlic and turmeric.
Hawthorn is a very effective and quick acting remedy for high blood pressure.
If elevated cholesterol is a problem due to lifestyle or hereditary causes Red Yeast Rice (taken with COQ10 which is sometimes included in the supplement), Plant Sterol tablets (Irish made brand Zerochol comes to mind) and Soya Lecithin can all be beneficial.

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Nichola on the Radio

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Join Nichola this month on The Morning Mix with Alan Corcoran on Friday 27th May at 11.15am.  This month Nichola will be talking about ever-increasing popular Turmeric.

Turmeric has a long history of traditional use as a treatment for inflammatory conditions. However as one of the most thoroughly researched spices, turmeric holds impressive findings in depression, cognitive function, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and in chronic disease prevention.

If you like the sound of this wonder spice make sure to tune in this coming Friday at 11.15am!

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Recipe of the Month – Ollie’s Fuel Food Veggie Bake

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As we get closer to our cookery demo day with Oliver McCabe in Murphy’s Barn on Saturday May 7th we’re enthusiastically trying lots of recipes from his book. Both Ruth (full credit to her for these beautiful images of her creation!) and I cooked his Fuel Food Veggie Bake and were in agreement that it was hearty, comforting, wholefood at its best so it’s the recipe we want to share with you now. What can I say? If you don’t have the book it’s well worth the purchase (we have signed copies for €20) and if you’d like to take it a step further, meet Olly and hear about his unique food philosophy at first hand then put Saturday May 7th in your diary right now.

I was so impressed with the use of millet in this recipe and felt this powerhouse grain needed looking into more, want to know more on millet, just click here.

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