Are you looking for a good way to clean your system in wintertime without having to go on a fruit diet or smoothies (which are both really a ‘no-go’ during these cold months)? Then let me introduce you to the mung bean! Maybe you don’t know it yet, but yes they sell it at your supermarket and it is an amazing little bean!
Its main benefits:
- of all beans it is most easy digestible (I promise: no gas or bloated feeling!)
- good source of protein
- lots of fibers
- anti-inflammatory (can reduce inflammation)
- when the system is cleaned you will have more radiant skin & healthier hair
So what do you do with it? You make a mung bean soup and you eat that soup as a mono-diet for one full day: you can have as much as you want, try to stick to three meal times a day though. This mono-diet for a day gives your digestive system a break so that it can eliminate toxins from your system. And if you are up for it, you can extend this mono-diet up to three days!
Mung bean soup recipe
Here is a recipe for mung bean soup! I got the recipe from Banyan Botanicals. Thank you for that!
- 1 cup green mung beans
- 3 cups water
- ½ to 1 inch ginger root, chopped
- 1 tablespoon ghee (clarrified butter, it you don’t have it use coconut oil)
- ¼ teaspoon coriander powder
- ¼ teaspoon cumin powder
- ¼ teaspoon whole cumin seeds
- ¼ teaspoon mustard seeds
- ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
- ¼ teaspoon mineral salt to taste
- ½ cup assorted seasonal vegetables (optional)
- Cilantro to garnish (optional –> I would do it if I were you!)
Soak mung beans 4–6 hours or overnight if possible.
In a saucepan over low-medium heat, sauté the cumin and mustard seeds in the ghee until they pop. Add the ginger root and all the other spices. Stir together to release the aroma. Drain the beans, and stir them into the spice mixture. Add water and vegetables (optional) and cover. Simmer covered for 30 minutes or until mung beans are soft but still hold their form.
Garnish with fresh cilantro, a squeeze of lime, or an extra spoonful of ghee. Enjoy this dish over rice, paired with flatbread, or on its own for a delicious treat that is nourishing, grounding, and easy to digest.
Ok, it may not look as bright and shiny as pumpkin soup…. But don’t underestimate the mung bean 😉
Alma Yoga – by Amber
Source: Banyan Botanicals – January 26, 2018.