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The BEST Alternative To Butter Is? Butter, Clarified. A Yogic Diet Oil.

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I bet your surprised to hear that.

Technically were talking clarified butter…also known as Ghee, an important oil in the yogic diet.

It is so easy to make and when you make your own you save a lot of money.

Here’s what you need to make your own ghee:

Equipment:

  • A saucepan, preferably one with a heavy bottom, one with a spout is every helpful
  • A large spoon
  • A fine meshed sieve and/or cheesecloth to line your sieve (I find this step optional)
  • A large bowl or glass measuring cup (preferably one with a spout)
  • One or two glass or ceramic bowls jars to store the ghee

Ingredients:

The best quality UNSALTED* butter you can find – organic, grass fed etc.  Must be UNSALTED!
I buy 4$ organic grass fed butter blocks from Market Basket.

Directions:

Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat. You’ll see thick, white foam start to form at the surface. With a large spoon begin to scrape this foam off and put into bowl or container to collect and eventually throw away. This is the milk fat solids you want to get rid off.

Notice the butter is still rather opaque and milky after a few minutes. Keep scraping off the foam! Stir the butter as it simmers every couple minutes to prevent burning and keep the milk solids from sinking to the bottom of the pan.

As more bubbles and foam form, and you continue scraping the milk solids from the top and sides you’ll notice that the foam will become thinner and the bubbles will become more clear. Continue to scrape the sides of the pan to prevent the milk solids from sinking to the bottom.

The butter will become more translucent as you take out the milk solids, the foam will eventually disappear. When tiny clear bubbles form in the butter, and the butter is clear it is done. You can let this cool slightly and pour through a cheese cloth lined sieve to catch any milk solids that sank to the bottom.

I can usually poor the Ghee directly into my glass jars without using a sieve because I scraped most of the solids out as it ‘cooked’., which also helps it from becoming browned butter. What solids are left tend to stick to the bottom of the pan.

This process takes between 8-15 minutes depending ton how much butter you clarified.

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Ghee does not need refrigeration and will keep for up to 1 month. If you fear you did not get all milk solids out you may want to keep in the fridge.  I pour mine into a ceramic tea pot and leave on the counter, except when it is hot in the summer.

Enjoy your healthy essential fats! I have been using Ghee for two years and I would not go back to butter! it is easier to digest and has a special taste. I feel much less guilty lathering this golden deliciousness onto my food by the heaping spoonfuls!

 

My Favorite ‘Secret’ Smoothie For Yogis

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I am not usually resistant to try anything that could benefit my health and wellbeing, clearly since breathing funny and making strange sounds and yawns while waving my arms around in the air (Kundalini Yoga) is a normal way for me to elevate myself. I had heard of a special smoothie, sounding something of a miraculous concoction, fountain of calm and serenity, with the shining ingredient that made all this possible easily obtained at the grocery store. A few of my friends made reference to it, and they spoke with such praise, but still, doubt prevailed.

This divine drink was made for me after Sadhana (our early morning yoga practice) one frigid winter morning. My brow still raised in skepticism, melted with the sweet taste of apple, banana, honey and nutmeg delightfully springing around on my tongue.

It is quite a simple drink, it’s base being an apple, banana and milk. I use raw milk or fresh almond and nut milk.

Blend the banana, apple, and the milk. Pour the blend in a sauce pan. I try to avoid boiling the mixture, but just warm the drink. You can add spices – cinnamon, cardamon, and a little honey. The crowning jewel that makes this secret drink reach it’s perfection – freshly grated nutmeg.

Nutmeg is a beneficial herb for the nervous system, digestion, aids in bringing on a relaxed state, and helps in sleeping. It must be freshly grated and of good quality! *Be warned, when it is taken in excess it can cause nausea, vomiting, hallucinations, and low blood pressure!

After having this smoothie for the first time I was only regretful I had not tried it sooner. I try and make it part of my routine, sometimes a little snack before bed so I wake up the next morning feeling calm, or at the start of the day for breakfast. It has been especially helpful for my overactive thyroid, when I feel like a runaway freight train. I have many yogic techniques I can use to reset myself, this being one of the most tasty.

I encourage you to try this drink and to share this recipe with friends. If you have any anxiety, jitteriness, and lack of focus, this drink is especially helpful.

Again, It can cause drowsiness if you have too much – start small and build up to the amount that works best for you. It is important to note nutmeg works in conjunction with the banana, and it is vital you keep the banana in the recipe. Nutmeg, when used with banana, is a tonic.

Smoothie (or banana ice cream) 4+ servings:

1-2 cup of milk
3 bananas
1 apple
honey
Nutmeg! – grind fresh two whole nutmegs
Cinnamon (for ice cream) Freeze mixture and eat for ice cream*

For a single smoothie I use:

1 banana
1 apple
1/2 cup of milk’
1/4-1/2 tsp of freshly grated nutmeg
honey
garnish with cinnamon and cardamon

*AMENDMENT and TESTIMONIALS*

“This recipe is strong. Start at a 1/8 tsp. for real Ayurvedic benefits, according to Dr. Vasant Lad, and see what your system gives you as feedback. Sat Nam”
“A 200 lb man with high blood pressure anywhere from 1-3 nutmegs will lower it for a couple days. 1 tsp or less can be daily or so for a short time while you eliminate the dietary causes of hbp. Check out the book Stop Inflamation Now, if you want to change your health.”
“People with low blood pressure can die from nutmeg. Too much can also stupify the brain, which can be good for those who are up tight. A 120 lb woman can relax with 1/2 nutmeg or less.”

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