The third chakra is all about boosting self-esteem and nurturing self-love. When I have had a particularly challenging day, one that leaves me feeling discouraged and unsuccessful, like a lot of people I am drawn to those foods that comfort me most. I can always tell when I look to food to soothe me.
Instead of unconsciously diving into whatever I can find, I take a moment to understand what is going on and to feel the very real emotions I am having. I know I need to soothe my third chakra energy center, and then I make choices that encourage healing, instead of following impulsive choices that lead to guilt and further discouragement.
Third Chakra Foods that I Love
Grains, Nuts and Seeds: pastas, breads, granola, rice, flax seed, sunflower seeds, cashews, almonds and walnuts
Dairy or dairy alternatives: milk, yogurt, and cheese (I try to avoid dairy, so I look to homemade almond milk as my milk choice)
Spices and flavors: ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, chamomile, turmeric, cumin, fennel, and garlic
Sweeteners: Maple Syrup and raw honey
Yellow and Orange Fruits and Vegetables: summer squash, carrots, beets, sweet potato, corn, peppers, cantaloupe, papaya, and mango
Cheesy Cashew Cream Pasta with Veggies
My sister taught me to make this meal last summer and every time I eat it I feel it’s nurturing healing qualities deeply soothe me.
- 1 bag of cashews
- nutritional yeast
- 2 lemons
- sea salt and pepper
- 1 head of broccoli or cauliflower
- 1 lb. regular pasta or quinoa pasta
For the sauce:
Soak 1 cup of cashews in water up to the top of the cashews and let sit for 2-3 hours. Strain them and keep the water. Put the cashews into a blender and pour a small amount of the water into the blender and mix. You want a cream-like consistency, so pour as much water in as you need to get this consistency. Then add the juice of a whole lemon and ¼ cup of the nutritional yeast. (I add a bit more; you determine how much you like.) Finish with salt and pepper to taste.
For the pasta:
Steam your vegetable of choice. (I usually do a whole head of broccoli or cauliflower and break it into small bite size pieces.) Cook a whole pound of the pasta and mix it with the vegetables. Then pour as much of the cashew cream over the pasta-vegetable mixture as you like.
I like it pretty creamy, but David likes less, you decide. It tastes very much like macaroni, vegetables, and cheese, and it is really delicious. Hope you enjoy it!