Mark and I have been together for over 7 years and in that time it’s not uncommon for me to announce, “I’m making a new healthy drink!”. He’ll cautiously saunter over to the counter where I’m preparing my ingredients, take a look, and declare matter-of-fact like, “I don’t think this is something I’m going to like.” It’s usually because he doesn’t recognize the ingredients since I make a lot of herbal concoctions. He’ll try a sip of my finished product, politely nod his head, put the drink down and begin pouring himself something else.
But I have to say, he’s come a long way, his tastebuds have developed over the years and his palate continues to improve. This didn’t happen by accident. It’s happened because I’ve gotten clever. I’ve begun marketing my recipes to him. You have to understand Mark, he’s kind of a “man’s man”; for example, we have this ridiculous picture in our kitchen.
Conquer? Conquer what exactly? Beat’s me! But if it makes him happy, great. He can be such a Neanderthal, which I love and hate at the same time.
I feel like I’m beginning to understand his male psyche a little more, and therefore I no longer pleasantly announce that I’m making a new healthy drink, instead I look him right in the eye, like a coach, and say something like this, “Mark, I’m making you this kick ass drink, you’re going to love it. It has an Indian herb in it that is called Ashwaghanda. Do you know what “ashwaghanda” means?? Like a horse! LIKE A HORSE!! Now you tell me what man would not want to drink this magical frothy delicious potion??”
Revealing all the other details about ashwaghanda doesn’t hit that spot in his brain that I need to market to. He doesn’t really care that taking this ayurvedic herb on a daily basis is known to improve your immune system, help you get a better night’s sleep, reduce inflammation, increase your energy, and give you the strength, of a horse! Fuck yeah!
I’ve learned a lot about Ayurvedic herbs from a man named K.P. Khalsa. He has a ton of videos and courses on the internet. I’ve simplified his “Immune Building Lassi” recipe he came out with.
Here’s the recipe and the reasons you should be making it for the man in your life!.
1 cup yogurt
1 cup water
1 cup pomegranate juice
2 tsps. of powdered ashwaghanda (has a neutral taste)
½ cup frozen berries (or ½ frozen banana)
Blend it all up.
Health benefits include:
Yogurt provides probiotics. Great for the digestive system and keeping the good bacteria fighting the good fight in your bowel!
Pomegranate juice is high in antioxidants, which means it neutralizes free radicals in your body. (Imagine Pac Man eating up the ghosts.)
Bananas are high in potassium, which could help with leg cramping, and are high in tryptophan, which could improve your mood.
Frozen Berries are also high in antioxidants, and fibre!
Ashwaghanda is an amazing herb and ideally getting 1-2 grams per day for the rest of your life would be a great way to build endurance and strength. Women can take it too, but there is another herb named ‘Shatavari’ that is generally better suited for women. What does the Indian word ‘Shatavari’ mean? “A woman who has a hundred husbands”. But that’s a discussion for another blog…