Besides Asanas (yoga postures), yoga offers us a rich philosophy and set of principles for optimal living. Applying the Yoga Sutras, which are ancient Yogic texts, to our daily lives can take us deeper into our physical practice, as well as better inform us on how to take our yoga off the mat. Included in article are the five Niyamas; Niyamas are rules
or guidelines that apply specifically to how you conduct yourself on a personal level and includes activities that lead to healthy living and achieving peace of mind. Saucha is one such principle, and is Sanskrit for purity and cleanliness. This includes purity of the mind and the body. It is thus of particular relevance to our relationship with food and what we put in our bodies.
Fast forward to modern day reality and we’re challenged with a world full of industrialized foods, the perception of time scarcity and a myriad of ‘unclean’ food temptations. What’s a modern yogi to do? YogaHawaiiMagazine.com supports you on your path to wellness, and will be sharing simple and delicious clean-eating tips in each edition.
To set you up for success, we’ll be sharing our favorite healthy substitutions…so that you can enjoy the taste of your meals AND the many benefits of Saucha. Enjoy!
1. Say no to refined carbohydrates and sugar by replacing flapjacks or waffles with this super easy, yummy whole-foods recipe. Simply mash 1 ripe banana with 1 pasture-raised egg and a touch of cinnamon. Stir mixture, heat 1-2 tablespoons coconut oil in a medium sized pan and slowly pour the mixture into the pan– either all at once – makes one huge flapjack or spread out into four mini flapjacks. Eat as is or top with a drizzle of pure grade maple syrup and fresh berries.
2. Instead of ice-cream – try Creamy Fruit Sorbet – a delicious clean-eating alternative. To make: blend 2 frozen, peeled bananas, 1 ½ cups frozen organic blueberries OR frozen mango chunks and 1 cup (boxed or canned) coconut milk – until smooth. Serve immediately in two medium bowls and enjoy this guilt-free bowl of goodness.
3. In place of mashed potatoes – for a more nutritious, lower glycemic alternative try creamy cauliflower mash. Cut 1 head of cauliflower into small pieces. Steam cauliflower until soft (the trick here is to make sure it is super soft so that the final product is creamy and smooth). Blend the soft cauliflower pieces in a blender or food processor. While blending, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, ¼ teaspoon sea salt and ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper. Remove from blender, serve and enjoy – just as you would mashed potatoes.And, if you want to have a little fun with this – serve it to family members, without mentioning it’s actually not mashed potatoes and see if they even notice!
4. Bread…oh dear bread…So many of us struggle with bread – although we love bread, bread doesn’t seem to love us! You may be surprised to learn that bread – even whole-wheat varieties – has a glycemic index higher than table sugar! A healthy, simple alternative comes in the form of Flaxseed Flatbread. Here’s how to make it: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees* Fahrenheit mix 2 cups of ground flaxseed with 1 cup of water and a pinch of sea salt, until an even dough forms. Spread the dough evenly, about a ¼ inch thick, on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Pre-cut the dough into squares. Bake for 20 – 30 minutes. Our favorite toppings include mashed avocado, hummus or almond butter and banana. Yum!
A nutrition coach, registered yoga teacher and IIN (Institute for Integrative Nutrition) ambassador. Certified as a holistic health practitioner by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners; Kamala is passionate about sharing the art and science of what we put in our bodies and how we live, as a conduit to lasting transformation.
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