Thursday, February 12, 2015

Best Roots

The light dry air of late winter can make one feel floaty and unconnected.
Experiment with a few ways to get grounded.

Best Rooting Yoga Posture

stand with feet comfortably apart no wider than hip width
draw your shoulders up to ears then let them ease down and back
keep your eyes forward and then close them
lift your toes and lay them back on the ground without gripping
distribute your body's weight throughout the soles of your feet
breathe, relax
notice the energy of the ground (insert grass, sand, carpet) coursing up into your feet 
your legs, hips and back
then release it down to the ground 

Best Roasted Root Vegetables 

3 large parsnips
3 large turnips or golden beets
3 large carrots or 12 baby carrots
6 cloves of garlic sliced thin or chopped
2 T coconut or olive oil
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp fresh or dried rosemary leaves

     Wash all the vegetables and peel the parsnips.  It is not necessary to peel the beets or turnips as the skins are edible or easily removed after roasting.  Cut all the vegetables into equally sized pieces.
Melt 2 T of coconut oil in a 10" x 15" jelly roll pan or roasting pan and toss the vegetables lightly to coat.  I use coconut oil and finish with just a drizzle of olive oil as high heat can damage the nutritive qualities of olive oil. (The effect of heat on its monounsaturated fats)
     Sprinkle with sea salt.  Bake in a 400 degree oven for 15 minutes then reduce temperature to 325.  Add the garlic and rosemary and roast for another 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.  When the vegetables are caramelized and tender they are done!  Enjoy as a main dish, side dish or as a breakfast accompaniment.  

Honor Your Roots - Talk to your Ancestors
     When I was little I was taught to pray and include my grandparents Nick and Annie at the end of each nightly prayer.  After falling away from traditional prayer, I find nearly fifty years later that there is comfort and a power that comes from invoking their names out loud.  I keep their wedding portrait  on an easel on a small table in my bedroom next to the black and white photo of my parents.

Instant Ancestors on Etsy


JD said...

Ahhhhh.... your yoga exercise is JUST what I needed today. Thank you for that relaxing tip! The root vegetables - what can I say but YUM! I love your idea of being grounded, keeping in touch with our roots. A very touching post with perfect timing!

cookie said...

thanks JD! And stand your ground...cold wind gusts of 40 MPH or more predicted for our neck of the woods.