Kitchari

Khichari is a potent blood purifier and supports proper kidney function. In Chinese Medicine, mung beans are used to strip pesticides out of the system, which is especially helpful for the reproductive organs, liver, and the thyroid. This dish is extremely healing for the digestive system. I recommend consuming 3 times a week to reap the benefits. It makes a hearty lunch that will keep cravings away too. 

Kitchari - Print Recipe

1/2 cup White Basmati Rice (optional, can be left out if eating grain-free)|
1 cup mung beans (or any lentils)
4 cups water if using rice, 2-3 cups for lentils only
2 tbsp. organic ghee
1 tbsp. Organic Khichari spice mix
2 Tbsp. grated fresh ginger
¼ - ½ tsp salt
½ and avocado (for garnish)
Fresh cilantro for garnish (liver cleanser)

Any of these cut vegetables: green beans, carrots, parsnip, burdock root, leafy green vegetables, zucchini, broccoli, squash – can be added to the khichari or made separately.

1.    Soak rice and lentils in warm water for 5-10 minutes up to 8 hours. (makes it easier to digest)

2.    Wash the contents until the water runs clear.

3.    Add water and cook on medium heat for 10-15 minutes.  You will notice a white foam building on the top of the pot that you can skim off.   You may have to do this a few times 

4.    Turn the heat down a little and continue cooking for another 5-10 minutes until the ingredients are soft.  Add more water if you like.  You can add some fresh ginger and salt here.

5.    In a separate pan, use 2 tsp of ghee, let it melt and heat for a minute.  Add spice mix. Let that cook for a minute. 

6.    Add 1/2 Spanish onion and cook until translucent (about 3 minutes)

7.    Add vegetables if you'd like. My favorite is zucchini and spinach. 

8.    Combine vegetable mix with the cooked lentils and rice and let simmer for 5 minutes uncovered. 

9. Garnish with cilantro, add a little bit of ghee and enjoy!   If you are watching your fat intake or are cleansing this week then leave off the extra ghee.

XO Jaclyn Renee

** A core principle of the Jaclyn Renee Wellness program is to choose organic whenever possible. This includes all fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, flours, nuts, and even spices. Reducing your exposure to pesticides and chemicals is a major part in healing your body and preventing disease.

P.S. I'd love to hear from you! Let me know how you liked them. Did you add anything or try a different spin? Is there something you'd like me to post? Share the love! If you post your healthy creation make sure to tag me in it on Instagram @jaclynreneewellness and #jrwapproved

 

Almost all of my dry ingredients come from Thrive Market and I get them at a fraction of the cost of what I'd pay at other stores. If you want to save money and score some of the great things you see on this blog, check them out! 

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The Green Goddess (or God) Smoothie

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Looking for the secret to slow down the aging process? Look no further. This smoothie is full of anti-oxidants and anti-aging ingredients. Replace this smoothie for breakfast or add it in post-workout and you will begin to glow within days. The spinach will give you a huge dose of iron to restore muscles.  The avocado and nuts will supply you with healthy fats to boost the metabolism and provide energy. I've included an orange to boost vitamin C and ginger for anti-inflammatory benefits. But where do you get the protein? The secret ingredient... Collagen. I'm sure you've been hearing this buzz word around town and may be wondering, what can it do for me?

Around age 35, our natural collagen begins to decrease causing poor digestion, achy joints, fine lines, wrinkles, and dull skin. Taking collagen will help boost your glow and beauty from the inside out which is the key to lasting vitality and health. Collagen is literally the "glue" that holds together our bones, muscles, cartilage, tendons, and digestive system and is the most abundant protein in our bodies. 

According to Parsley Health, collagen may be the one major missing ingredient in our diet, especially for vegans. Here are some health benefits that they have listed that supplementing collagen provides:

  • Repairs leaky gut (glutamine)
  • Reduces the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks 
  • Reduces anxiety (glycine)
  • Protective for heart disease (proline)
  • Improves alcohol related liver damage
  • Reduces joint pain
  • Boosts metabolism

Boost your collagen production by incorporating 2 scoops into your smoothies or mixing into oats, yogurt, or stews. It's completely tasteless, but boasts 10 grams of protein per serving. My favorite brand is Vital Proteins. I bounce back and forth from the Beef Collagen and the Marine Collagen. Currently I am adding the Marine Collagen to this smoothie and consuming post-workout 4-5 times a week. 

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Ingredients**

2 cups spinach
1 cup water  
1/2 an orange
4 mint leaves
1 lime squeezed
1/2 inch ginger
1/2 cup soaked almonds (optional)
2 scoops Vital Proteins Marine Collagen
1/2 avocado  

Blend and Enjoy!

XO Jaclyn Renee

** A core principle of the Jaclyn Renee Wellness program is to choose organic whenever possible. This includes all fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, flours, nuts, and even spices. Reducing your exposure to pesticides and chemicals is a major part in healing your body and preventing disease. 

P.S. I'd love to hear from you! Let me know how you liked the smoothie. Did you add anything or try a different spin? Is there something you'd like me to post? Share the love! If you post your healthy creation make sure to tag me in it on Instagram @jaclynreneewellness and #jrwapproved 

Almost all of my dry ingredients come from Thrive Market and I get them at a fraction of the cost of what I'd pay at other stores. If you want to save money and score some of the great things you see on this blog, check them out! 

Click here to save 20% on your first 3 orders!

 
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