Our chakra balancing journey continues with a look at the relationship between food and the solar plexus chakra.
As one might expect given the color of is chakra is yellow, the wide variety of yellow fruits and vegetables like pineapple, summer squash, lemons, corn, and more can help bring this chakra back into alignment. Cheeses and herbs like lavender, bergamot, and rosemary can also help with healing.
Traditionally, the food grouping associated with the manipura is carbohydrates. Now, before you run away screaming and lamenting the evils of carbohydrates, I invite you to take a breath. Carbohydrates are a source of energy and are an important part of brain health, they are not evil. Yes, in western societies, we eat too many refined and processed carbohydrates. The key to eating carbs, as with all things, is to choose wisely and use moderation.
That being said, the idea I’m sharing today is probably not the most healthy one you will find on the internet but it’s fun and tasty. If you want to try it, maybe don’t indulge every day and don’t eat everything all at once. And, guess what? You don’t have to eat try it at all if you don’t want to. Isn’t the freedom to make choices grand?
Sweet and Savory Popcorn
Popcorn is a wonderful whole grain food. I like to pop mine on the stove top and avoid the microwave versions. Some find it yummy plain and it’s certainly more healthy that way, but I also like to play with toppings. You might go with just a little sea salt, Parmesan cheese, or a seasoning mix. I like the seasoning set of mixes from The Spice House (I’m not associated with them in any way, just love their products). You can also make your own mix. I like to combine about 1/8 cup of sugar, 1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder, and 1 teaspoon of sea salt and sprinkle to taste over just-off-the-stove popcorn. It tastes like spicier version of kettle corn.