KITCHARI, NOPALES,
AND 
SAVASANA
We often receive questions from our clients about our services, exercise and/or nutrition. Each month, we will feature frequently asked questions, with the answers on our website.

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QUESTION
What is one of your favorite meals during times of cleansing or detoxification?

ANSWER
Kitchari! Mung dal (the split ivory-colored insides of the mung beans) is the base ingredient for this popular Asian dish which is used in Ayurveda for its strength-building, balancing, and detoxifying effects on the body. However, you can also use sprouted mung beans. If you practice mise en place (i.e. preparing your ingredients and assembling the required kitchen utensils prior to cooking), you will find that making kitchari is a quick, culinary adventure. Here is a link to a recipe that you might wish to try: 

https://kripalu.org/resources/kripalu-recipe-nourishing-kitchari?fbclid=IwAR2GvzMrHYhVY8XZ-R-Ojd-WBZvtqYCAzzPWfjDfb0CxaFlVNnMHwMxcMKU


QUESTION
Have you ever eaten cactus?

ANSWER
​Yes. In fact, nopales are featured in the Future 50 Foods list compiled by Knorr and the World Wide Fund for Nature. The Future 50 were “selected based on their high nutritional value, relative environmental impact, flavor, accessibility, acceptability and affordability” – a perfect portal to diversifying your diet and keeping your taste buds happy. Nopales are the young pad segments of the cactus. According to Marcella Kriebel (Mi Comida Latina), they taste a bit like green beans when cooked. She recommends making a nopalese salad or trying them grilled or served warm with onion and garlic. Nopales are rich in vitamins C and E, carotenoids, fiber and amino acids. If you have never tried them before, and are local to Hagerstown, we recommend the vegetarian nopales tacos or the huaraches de nopal at Tacos Carlitos (Premium Outlets) – that’s just how yummy they are!!!


QUESTION
What is one of your favorite exercises?

ANSWER
Aaaah . . . it has to be Savasana! Also known as ‘the corpse’, the goal of this exercise is to promote relaxation in the post-exercise period. (Yoga instructors often refer to it as the final relaxation.) It helps us to ‘still’ the mind and body and – in some instances – to experience a moment of bliss or, at the very least, to be present in the moment. Here is a link to step-by-step instructions: 

https://www.yogajournal.com/poses/corpse-pose
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