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Eat Ayurvedic at Curcuma

My sister, who lives in Albuquerque, NM, recently opened my eyes to Ayurvedic eating. Her and her husband have actually made their own large batches of Kitchari and undergone a three day Ayurvedic cleanse. 

Are you wondering what all these words mean? The term “Ayurveda” combines the Sanskrit words ayur (life) and veda (science or knowledge). Ayurvedic medicine, as practiced in India, is one of the oldest systems of medicine in the world. Ayurvedic lifestyle focuses on the digestive system as being the root of good health. Food is considered as powerful as medicine. 

According to ayurveda, each meal should contain all six flavors: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, astringent, and pungent. The dominance of the flavors will be based on our predominant dosha  makeup. You can of course eat Ayurvedic meals as you please, but if you’re truly trying to cleanse your body and kickstart proper metabolism, a cleanse would be ideal. You can find more information about meal prep, portions, benefits and meal timing is a specific timing here . 

If you choose to partake in an Ayurvedic cleanse you will eat light, yet nourishing foods such as oatmeal or kichari, and drink lots of warm water through the day. As for beverages, sip detox tea or ama pachana water. Fresh, sweet juicy fruits are excellent cleansers. The focus is to reset metabolism, develop good eating habits and focus on a mindful being. 

Curcuma (located at 2207 E Cesar Chavez) is a 100% plant based food truck inspired by Ayurvedic. During my visit, I ordered Curcuma’s iced ‘Golden Mylk’ (blend of turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, date & coconut milk) and the Kitchari Bowl (quinoa & mung beans seasoned with Ayurvedic spices, topped with massaged organic spinach, avocado, pickled red onions, ginger chutney, pepitas & turmeric tahini dressing). I was sincerely impressed by both my drink and meal!

The Kitchari bowl was a perfect representation of all six tastes and incredibly fresh. The amazing thing about Kitchari, is it tastes so delicious you forget you are eating such nourishing healthy fuel for your body. I don’t know about you, buI I have undergone juice cleanses before and become a hangry person who craves mostly junk out of pure lack of being satiated. On the contrary, if I were to partake in an Ayurvedic cleanse and eat Curcuma’s Kitchari bowl for every meal, my body would be completely satisfied! 

If you’re curious in Ayurvedic flavors, give Curcuma a try! This food truck truly understands the connection between food and holistic well being and fuels itself on sending positive energy to it’s customers. 

#kitchari #Ayurvedic #Austin

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