by - Lisa Dorfman, MS, RD, CSSD, CCMS, LMHC, FAND-Chef Nutritionist The Running Nutritionist®
Take a deep breath, stay calm and relax, the holidays are over, this is YOUR year to strive for optimal health in 2020.
While holidays are considered a time of joy, laughter and love, for many it brings additional stress beyond the normal responsibilities of everyday life. As an Integrative health practitioner, sports nutritionist, psychotherapist and chef, I am a firm believer that optimal health and performance is a sum of all parts. If our bodies are weak, our minds, emotions and sometimes our faith are tested.
I also believe food has the power to heal, restore, reenergize and reboot the body, so get ready to reboot with these delicious, superfood ingredients and recipes including Pride of India’s Papadums, Garbanzo Beans, Indian Bean & Lentil Superfood, Organic Ashwagandha, Basal, Garlic and Turmeric Ground Powders.
To appreciate why I selected these specific ingredients for today’s recipes, it helps to understand how stress physically affects the body. Stress initiates a cascade of physical, emotional, & hormonal reactions— a nonspecific symptom or set of symptoms experienced uniquely by everyone. Ultimately, stress can lead to inflammation which in the short term can impact how you feel throughout the day, to developing chronic illness like heart disease and diabetes down the road.
The recipe’s garbanzo beans and superfood lentils replenishes depleted energy stores in the form of low glycemic, high fiber carbohydrates in muscle and liver; essential amino acids—plant base building blocks of protein and muscle, and key nutrients like the mineral magnesium which impacts over 300 chemical reactions your body needs for energy, protein synthesis (muscle building) nerve and immune function; maintenance of blood pressure and blood sugar. (source)
Some studies suggest that herbs like turmeric, basil and garlic may have anti-inflammatory properties, while the root ashwagandha shows promise for physical and cognitive performance, in addition to reducing anxiety and improving sleep although more and larger research studies are needed for confirmation. (source)
Includes: Pride of India garbanzo beans, papadums, garlic powder, ashwagandha and Turmeric
Serves 2-4 (appetizer or main course with fresh greens)
Serves: 8 ‧ Total Prep/Cook time: 20 minutes
Lisa Dorfman, MS, RD, CSSD, CCMS, LMHC, FAND known as The Running Nutritionist ® is an award-winning nutrition expert based in Miami, Florida. The ’19 recipient of the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition’s Community Leadership Award & ’17 Dietitians in Functional Medicine National Excellence in Practice Award, Lisa has built a global integrative culinary sports nutrition & performance private practice & corporate consulting business working with Olympian athletes, Fortune 500 corporate executives, movie actors & actresses, politicians, and prestigious luxury resorts such as Ritz Carlton, Sandals & Norwegian Cruise Lines. The author of 8 books, Lisa designs, writes, and presents delicious dishes, menus and diets for more than 3 decades and travels worldwide sharing the “gospel” of good food, fresh tastes and plant-based cuisine. Her passion for food, fitness, emotional balance and for life is contagious and she shares that passion with the Pride of India community of friends, delicious food devotees and life enthusiasts. Lisa is a wife and mom to 3 children and her dog Cookie, and is an avid former professional athlete devoted to running, swimming and all activities which nourish her body, mind and soul.
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Thanksgiving Day arrives with the rustle of fallen leaves underfoot and a symphony of colors in the trees. Families and friends gather, their smiles mirroring the warmth of the hearth. As the meal begins, laughter and stories weave through the room, a testament to the bonds of kinship. It's a day of gratitude, a feast for the senses, and a reminder that in the company of loved ones, we find the true meaning of Thanksgiving.