Tea, Food and Community

Tea, Food and Community

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Passiflora will be Closed on Sunday, May 29th for Memorial Day!

In the Meantime, Let's Delve into Our Springtime Instincts 
(article by Kerry Newton)

The sense of spring is in the air. The winds are picking up to move out the cold heaviness of winter and usher in a gentler season. Days grow longer, and birdsong becomes more noticeable, buds appear and grow on trees, and shoots of springtime bulbs appear bright green in gardens, lawns, and roadsides. Forsythia, pussywillow, magnolia, cherry and dogwood branches are clipped and brought inside to speed the season’s early blooms, and offer a glimpse of the beauty to come. The world feels as though it’s waking up, and I can’t help but feel a parallel sense of reanimation with the rush of energy springtime offers. 

This is my favorite time of year, because it calls me to be more present and appreciative without much thought. Once summer rolls around, I’ve already become accustomed to longer warm days, green grass and leaves on trees, flowers in bloom, and that higher vibrational energy of functioning. But during spring, all these things feel new, and so very welcome. Green leaves turn a rainy day into something so much less grey and gloomy, and I really notice the extra daylight each week. I feel so much more aligned with the rhythm of the natural world, and it’s exciting to notice that connection. So why not take it deeper, by eating seasonally, and following this energy out the door to walk or run and explore. 

Winter is a great time to live inside. We can take time to meditate and explore the depths of our hearts and minds, or simply take it easier, sleep more and focus on indoor activities. Our circle of awareness might shrink a bit in winter, even now, we are still feeling the call to be cozy, but the call of spring will draw us out. This now, begins the time to expand, and explore outdoors; outside of ourselves, and to do this in a more physical sensory way. Let’s engage our senses and allow our bodies to align with the season. 

It’s a great time to get active, as we are naturally feeling a bit more energy. The days are growing longer and it feels like we have more time in each day, so let’s make use of it to help ourselves. It doesn’t have to be a big thing- we can simply walk a few blocks when we wake in the morning or after eating dinner. Interval running is a great quick energizing workout recommended by ayurvedic practitioner, John Douillard. Begin by walking at a comfortable pace for a two minute warm up, then run to get your heart rate up for a minute, walk a minute to recover, and continue alternating each minute for 7 more cycles, making sure you’re able to breathe through your nose (you shouldn’t be so winded you need to open your mouth to breathe) the entire time. Cool down by walking for another minute or so. The entire workout takes only 12 minutes and does wonders for your metabolism, stimulates your lymph, gets your heart pumping, and is just as energizing as a longer workout. Just getting out in nature feels good, and invigorating. 

We’re also approaching the time when fresh greens will be available locally. Our bodies are ready to lighten up a bit and don’t need so much of the heavier stuff we eat in winter. It’s a bit early to go full into cleanse mode, but we can start to transition by making ourselves simple grain and vegetable “buddha bowls.” These meals are a favorite of mine because they are still warm food, which I still crave in these in between temperature days, and they are very versatile. You can put anything you like in. Start with cooked rice or quinoa, or any other favorite grain, add in a protein, like beans, lentils, chickpeas, tempeh or tofu, then steam or roast your favorite vegetables like broccoli, turnip, carrot, or beet with your favorite seasoning. You can top with avocado, sesame seeds, nuts, and/or nori and a simple light sauce like tamari or a miso-tahini dressing. Be sure to add in some lightly steamed greens to whatever combo, and you’ll be setting yourself up well for a healthy spring. 

Tune in, and listen to your body at this time of transition, and it will send signals for what it needs. Now is such a great time to live more externally and fully inhabit our physical bodies and environment. Spring is coming, nature is awakening, and our bodies are responding to this natural rhythm. 


Springtime Tea to Drink: Cleanse 


This is one of our delicious proprietary teas, full of beneficial herbs that'll help keep your system functioning like a well-oiled machine. This tea has bitter roots of dandelion, burdock, and chicory, all of which help curb sugar cravings. They also stimulate bile production which is super beneficial because bile transports toxins out of the body. The echinacea in the tea supports immune system response by activating T-Cell renewal and production of antibodies which aid in blocking viral infections. Cinnamon helps moderate blood sugar levels, orange peel has flavonoids and phytonutrients which are good for digestion, licorice root helps tonify all the organs in the body, and nettle leaf which contains minerals essential to a healthy system. These herbs all work together to help our bodies work at their best, all in all this is a great daily tea for system support, and regular, gentle detoxification. Stop in for a cup or a bag of loose tea to take home!

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