Yogi Eats: Sexy Cashew Nut Milk
During a recent workshop at the Ayurvedic Institute in NM, Dr Vasant Lad, one of the first people to bring ayurveda to the North America and the author of multiple books made a very unexpected comment when we were discussing different kinds of milk. Very matter of factly, Dr Lad said that anyone drinking cashew nut milk will feel and look sexy... then he moved on to discuss other herbs.
Hold on, I thought to myself, how can you move on so fast?! I want to hear more! But it was a group full of doctors, naturopaths, and ayurvedic practitioners and they were way more interested in herbal concoctions.
As soon as I got home some research on sexy cashew nut milk was in order. Is it really an aphrodisiac? Well, according to google it is! It also has many other health benefits.
For example, the Brazilians use cashews as an aphrodisiac and a unique natural remedy for such diseases as asthma, flu, bronchitis, diabetes or diarrhea, in Haiti it is used for treating toothache, in Mexico it is used for improving skin, in Panama it is considered to be a good remedy for hypertension, the people of Peru use cashews for their antiseptic properties, in Venezuela it helps to combat throat inflammation, in Africa it is used as an relaxant and a material for making tattoos, etc. Scientific research confirmed numerous curative properties of cashews, including antibacterial, antiseptic, tonic and many more.
If you ever tried cashew nut milk, you know that it taste amazing! It is rich and smooth, with very silky texture. According to ayurveda cashew milk nourishes all tissues in the body.
It is really easy to make cashew nut milk and I prefer it to buying pre-packaged one.
Here is how to make it:
* 1 cup cashews – leave to soak over night
* 1 T agave nectar (or you can use dates instead)
* 1 1/2 cups of filtered water
* (you can also add vanilla seeds from pod for added flavoring)
Place cashews, water, and agave nectar (if using) into the blender and blend until smooth.
How to add it to your diet: Use it instead of your regular milk: in oatmeal, tea, coffee, and smoothies
Mojo Maca (adapted from The Raw Divas)
1 Cup cashew milk
1 Cup water
Vanilla beans, scraped from pod, to taste
2 Dates, stoned
1 Large, ripe, Banana
1 Tbs. sesame seeds
2 Tbs. maca powder
A few strands of saffron
Blend until creamy smooth, insert 2 straws and share with your paramour, like two giddy teenagers in a soda shop.
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