Effortless, wholesome and refreshing, mango sorbet has won my heart as one of my favourite breakfasts this summer. Yes, breakfast! I’ve taken to weekly visits to our small run, local store which keeps over-ripe fruit marked down on a sales rack for mango savvy scavengers such as myself to snatch up and take home. Unbenounced to the customers with their eyes on the “new” produce, this sunny fruit is at its sweetest and juiciest when fully ripened and soft to the touch, rippling slightly across the skin. A word of caution: they are so juicy that I have tie dyed a number of my white shirts in spatters and streaks of vibrant (and very noticeable) yellow. I come home with a couple of bags of ripe mangoes, slice them up, eat some of course, and store the rest in the freezer for a couple of days worth of mango smoothies, salads and sorbet. Who knew a healthy diet could incorporate mango sorbet for breakfast!
~ The simplicity of health ~
Life is amazingly good when it’s simple and amazingly simple when it’s good. ~Terri Guillemets
One of the greatest routines we can give ourselves is to set aside an hour of peace each morning. Doing so first thing in the morning will set a powerful intention for the rest of the day to come. It’s a time to drink lemon water, read, write, go for a walk in the quiet streets, watch the sunrise creep over the rooftops, meditate, become silent. Whatever it is you need, let it be peaceful. For me, this is a sacred time. I typically wake around 6am (which is the optimal rising time in Ayurvedic principles) to watch the day renew itself with the sunrise while the streets are quiet and still. It’s peaceful and blissful. In accordance with this principle, our diet should follow suit, consisting mostly of very simple meals.
Why eat simply
- Simplicity allows for easy digestion. Digestion is one of our body systems that uses the most energy, which is why when we’re stressed and our bodies are prepping for a potential need to run, digestion is one of the first things that is compromised. It’s all about energy! By conserving our energy resources, our body puts the energy towards healing, detoxifying (which we are always doing), and supporting our activities throughout the day. This is, in fact, one of the keys to anti aging.
How to eat simply
- One way is to eat only a few ingredients at one meal. My brunch this morning was what’s called a monomeal, simply meaning a one ingredient meal. In truth, there’s two other ingredients but there’s just a little bit, still very simple.
A second word of caution: it’s important to be incorporating variety into your diet so be sure to be eating all different foods no matter how simple your meals. I may enjoy my mangos a lot, but I switch it up at least every three days.
- Eating monomeals is one way to eat before a workout. Being easily digestible, they won’t weigh you down while exercising. Basic banana smoothies are one of my pre workout go tos offering energy sustaining carbohydrates and potassium to avoid muscle cramping. Note: not everyone digests bananas well. If they cause bloating or stomach upset, this would not be a good pre-workout option for you.
Mango sorbet made… simply!
Not only quick and easy to make, this sorbet is a refreshing jolt of nutrition on a blistering summers day (for which today is not, yet it was delightful none the less).
Here is why this sorbet is simply holistic:
- Both mangos and limes are rich sources of vitamin C: the miracle vitamin to be consumed in abundance as it increases our defense against infections, is a powerful antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory.
- Mangos are a great source of B vitamins for increased energy to help you become a morning person!
- Limes are known to increase the secretion of digestive juices leading to better digestion thereby helping to conserve your energy
Mango Sorbet Recipe
(Adventurous scale: Level 1)
1 Frozen and cubed mango
2-3 Tsp fresh lime juice
Stevia to taste
(The stevia is optional but I use about 2-3 drops)
Leave the mango cubes out of the freezer to soften slightly (about 10 minutes). Put in your blender and blend until smooth and creamy, adding both the lime juice (which will help it blend) and stevia to taste. The more powerful the blender, the less time it will take to reach this smooth consistency.
One last word of caution: your humble garden bumbles may want in on this too!
To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter… to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring — these are some of the rewards of the simple life. ~John Burroughs
To a simply sobert kind of day,