This Tahini Dressing will help to get the essential minerals your body needs like Calcium. There are a multitude of good sources in the plant kingdom where calcium is found. Figs, kale, mustard greens, and sesame seeds are staples found in the “Mediterranean diet” which is from a region on Earth where osteoporosis rates are among the lowest in the world. The recommended daily intakes of calcium, the most prevalent mineral in our body, change as we move through the life cycles.
Ayurvedic Tip: Chew on a teaspoon of black sesame seeds every day followed by a glass of water to strengthen the teeth and nourish the gums.
Making the Choice for Organic
Celery is another wonderful resource for trace minerals. Eaten raw or steamed, it is a versatile addition to many recipes. Beware, however as it also falls among the “Dirty Dozen” of foods high in pesticides. The Environmental Working Group is an organization that monitors pesticides in the food supply. Each year they alert consumers to the top twelve fruits and vegetables that have been found to be high in pesticides from conventional farming. Organic celery is now readily found in the organic produce sections of large chain grocery stores and definitely worth the extra cost. Farmer’s Markets are another good resource for locally grown organic food. To find the farmer’s market nearest to you check out www.localharvest.org.
Celery as a Micronutrient Resource
The ratio of nutrients to calories for one cup of raw celery is quite high with only 16 calories in 1 cup of raw celery. Very rich in alkaline organic sodium (not sodium chloride), it is characterized in Ayurveda as having an “Astringent” taste. Once ingested, celery works to support water balance in the body and functions to cleanse the mind and prepare for meditation. No part of the stalk needs to be wasted as you can rub celery leaves over your cutting board to remove odors thus demonstrating that on many levels nature’s garden offers all that we need to be vibrant and healthy.
Yogi Bhajan Tip: 1 oz. of rice bran syrup a day for a non-diabetic woman over 18 can provide calcium and many other trace minerals.
This is the rice bran syrup I grew up eating. Bernard Jensen was my father’s naturopathic teacher and his products are excellent. We were vegetarians, so we supplemented our diet with this syrup to get our B vitamins. We would eat it with our whole plain homemade yogurt and it made it sweet, delicious and extra healthy!
Now time for our Tahini Dressing recipe.
- 1 cup roughly chopped celery
- 4 green onions or 1 shallot
- 2 Tbs apple cider vinegar
- 1 (more if you like garlic) clove garlic
- 1/2 c raw sesame tahini
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- Juice of one lemon
- 2 Tbs Braggs/tamari
- 3 Tbs cilantro chopped
- 1 Tbs ginger grated or roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup water
Blend together for several minutes and serve over fresh greens, steamed carrots, on a sandwich or as pasta sauce. Covered in the refrigerator, it will keep for 2 -3 days.
This recipe is from Siri Chand at http://www.luminousfoods.com/