Phew, I have the feeling it wasn’t that long ago that I ate the last ice cream and Christmas lights are hanging everywhere and Santa Clauses are laughing at me on every corner in the supermarket.
Basically, I really like the Christmas season, but only if I try to shape it according to the original idea. That means cozy evenings and retreat at home with nourishing food instead of the Christmas party marathon and cookie coma. Warm words and a conscious time with the most important people instead of a material battle under the Christmas tree.
To be honest, the hardest thing for me is always to resist the whole calorie bomb. Conscious enjoyment is of course absolutely ok, but I’m talking about automated feeding even though a cookie is actually already somewhere else.
With the following Ayurvedic tips and recipes you can make this special season healthier. As a positive side effect, the taste buds of family and friends are sure to be happy too!
Healing turmeric milk instead of sugary mulled wine
Turmeric is one of the best remedies and a great spice, especially for the cold season. This drink strengthens the nerves and the immune system and tastes wonderfully oriental:
Ingredients for 4 persons)
- 5 cups of oat milk or organic whole milk
- 3 teaspoons of ghee (or coconut butter)
- 1 tablespoon of white almond butter
- A large pinch of cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, clove, anise, cloves, coriander
- 3 teaspoons of turmeric
- Honey for sweetness
Mix all ingredients well in a blender and then heat over medium heat. If you like it a little richer, you can add some whipped (coconut) cream as a topping.
Braised spice bananas instead of a cookie figh
This dessert is particularly suitable for a sociable Advent dinner as an alternative to the classic cookie plate. The bananas can also be replaced with apples.
- Peel and dice the onions
- Slice the beetroot
- Peel and dice the ginger
- Heat the oil in a pan and fry the onion until translucent
- Add beetroot and sauté, add ginger
- Deglaze the vegetables with the vinegar, add the honey
- Pour broth over the whole thing and let it simmer until the beetroot is soft
- Then puree finely
- Chop the coriander and add it to the soup
Fennel and pear soup (2 people):
- 1 large fennel
- 1 small onion
- A small clove of garlic
- 600ml vegetable stock (preferably from a health food store)
- 1 ripe pear (peeled & cut into pieces)
- Wash the fennel and cut into pieces, press the garlic & dice the onions
- Heat a teaspoon of oil in a pan and sauté the garlic and onions (if it dries out too much, add a little broth)
- Add the fennel and cook for a few minutes
- Add pear, stir well for 30 seconds
- Pour in the rest of the broth and simmer for 40 minutes (until the fennel is nice and soft)
- Puree the soup, if necessary add a little more liquid to achieve the right consistency
What are your ideas to consciously make the Christmas season healthier? Please let us know. We look forward to every tip and every inspiration!