Ojas Recipe

Ojas ayurveda drink

Happy ojas day! Ojas is pronounced "oh-jaas" rather than "oh-haas" and there isn't a national day for it, but should be. Ojas is Ayurvedic word that means vitality or health reserves. When ojas is strong, we have endurance, happiness, glowing skin and a vibrant energy. When we become over extended, we tap into this special reserve and start to feel the opposite: tired, sad, dull and weak. We can build ojas by spending time doing the things we love, not having too many goals and being with good people. Certain foods also build ojas like almonds, dates, ghee and homemade almond milk.

Pictured is an ojas drink. I used homemade almond milk, 1 date, 1 tsp vanilla and cinnamon. I blended it all up in a blender and then warmed on stove. You could add a little ghee, some shatavari or ashwagandha or your favorite fall spices!

Seasonal Eating

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Seasonal eating helps us keep a balance with what's happening with our weather and our earth and can put us a step closer to resetting our circadian clocks (if you have trouble sleeping or are low energy, try eating seasonal foods). It's an inexpensive and completely conservative way of self-care. It doesn't have to be confusing or time consuming. If you can slice a pear and turn on an oven, you've got this. 

Heat oven to 375 F. Line a baking pan with parchment paper. Slice 3-4 pears in half (Anjou, Asian and Bosc are excellent for cooking). Scoop out the seeds. Place sliced side up in pan. Drizzle with maple syrup, sprinkle with ground cinnamon, cardamom and place star anise in the center. If you consume dairy or are ghee-gan (totally a made up name for me and a friend who are vegan but sometimes eat ghee medicinally), you can add a 1/2 tsp of ghee to the center before placing the star anise on top. Baked until tender which will be about 40 minutes.