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Everyday Ayurveda Cooking for a Calm, Clear Mind


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ABOUT Everyday Ayurveda Cooking for a Calm, Clear Mind

Eat your way to increased energy, balanced emotions, and an overall state of calm and relaxation. In Ayurvedic medicine there are said to be three main energies that affect our mind:

sattva, the state of contentment and calm;
rajas, the state of reactivity and excitability; and
tamas, the dull, slow, and stagnant state of mind.

The good news is that there are direct ways of bringing these states into balance through what we eat. The recipes in this book are simple, seasonal, and delicious, while bringing the traditional foods of Ayurveda into the modern kitchen. Everyday Ayurveda Cooking for a Calm, Clear Mind uncovers the true potential of food to heal not only our bodies, but our minds too.

About the creators:

Kate O’Donnell is a nationally certified Ayurvedic practitioner, Ashtanga yoga teacher, and author of The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook: A Seasonal Guide to Eating and Living Well

Cara Brostrom is an artist and photographer, living the ayurveda-inspired life. She developed content and recipes for this book as well as The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook.



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All-Healing Turmeric Milk

Also known as “golden milk,” this evening tonic is well known in the Yoga and Ayurveda traditions for a long list of benefits, namely as an anti-inflammatory, bone nourisher, and immune booster. This synergistic combination of turmeric, coconut, ginger, and pepper is... read more

Butternut Kichari

This is a fall favorite of mine. The roasted squash stirs into the body of the kichari for a sweet, creamy, orange festival in a bowl. Make sure you cook this stew to an absolute puree for the best results.   Butternut Kichari   1 small butternut squash... read more

Chocolate Layered Ojas Bars

Dates, pecans, almonds, and coconut are all foods known to support ojas, the nutrient cream of the body. This substance is our storehouse of deep energy and immunity, and it is a major player in building energy, long-term health, and stability of mind. Here, dense,... read more

Nourishing Carrot & Dal Soup

While I do love creamy carrot ginger soup, I rarely take the time to make it because I’m still hungry after I eat it. An all-carrot base is too light for me. This soup is my answer to the hunger challenge. The quick-cooking split mung beans add creamy texture as well... read more

Roasted Cauliflower & Kale Salad

The creation of this warm salad at home will transport you to a bistro, much like the one in New York City that inspired this recipe. That one had cheese and garlic on it, which I have replaced with tahini and hemp seeds, for a rajas-relieving version. What a nice way... read more

Spicy Turmeric Lemonade

The last thing you want to do when you feel lethargic is drink alcohol. Alcohol, excepting the occasional few ounces of medicinal wine or spirit, dulls the mind by overwhelming the body with simple sugars. Having other beverages to choose from, especially when... read more


“As the scientific community keeps validating what Ayurveda has been teaching for millennia, namely, that our diets have a profound influence on our minds and hearts, Everyday Ayurveda Cooking provides a delicious way to turn eating into a path of living wisdom.”

Scott Blossom

Traditional Chinese Medical practitioner, Shadow Yoga teacher and Ayurvedic Consultant

“Building on her achievement with The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook, Kate O’Donnell turns her focus onto the modern mind, exhausted by overstimulation. This new cookbook lays out in tasty detail how a healthy diet can promote lucidity, and how unwise food choices can compromise mental acuity. Using recipes whose ingredients and preparation methods have been adapted for today’s conditions, O’Donnell offers friendly and detailed guidance to all who are willing to expand their culinary capabilities in a mind-improving fashion.”

Robert Svoboda

Ayurvedic physician, author of Prakriti: Your Ayurvedic Constitution

“Equal parts practical and inspirational, Kate’s presentation of Ayurvedic wisdom and gorgeous recipes will change the way you think about cooking and eating, and gently guide you towards your healthiest self.”

Natasha Rizopoulos

internationally acclaimed yoga teacher


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