After a three-day Yoga Loft retreat in Sonoma County, my body had become a holy angel of purity. Yours would, too, if you were eating nothing but raw vegetables, soaking out gnarly toxins in a hot tub with intermittent splashes in a cold pool, meditating for an hour at 7a, hiking in glorious forests….oh, and doing ass-kicking yoga from morning to night. And guess what?
Although my experience didn’t quite achieve party-on, platonic polyamory, I easily discerned the potential for a yoga retreat to be the new sexy. Really. Imagine frisky coed camping, except instead of drugs and alcohol, it’s just tons of bright and shining healthy-ass people without body-image issues and emotional baggage.
With my body wrung-out (not strung-out), I couldn’t bear the thought of indulging in my usual Sunday-night favorite: red wine, Roquefort, and water crackers. Sugar-free and wheat-free ways were awaitin’. In a stroke of macrobiotic madness, I threw together a fifteen-minute meal. The goods?
Brown rice, prepared in just fifteen minutes using my pressure cooker—-a metal pot with a sealed-fast lip and lid. Once its water reaches boiling, the pot whistles like a tea kettle, meaning it’s time to turn off the heat and let the pressure and steam perform its randy rice-magic. With only a few minutes’ worth of gas or electric energy necessary for the preparation of rice, pressure cookers are a best-bet green alternative to conventionally cooking rice for up to an hour.
Mild miso-and-onion soup with minced ginger and garlic, along with parsley flakes. A seemingly simple soup, it’s in fact an immune-system-boosting and organ-cleansing combo.
Miso: With an impressive nutrient profile, this fermented soybean paste offers vital B12 vitamins and a healthy dose of zinc, a mineral that addresses everything from the common cold to properly healing wounds.
Onion: Anti-microbial, tear-triggering, and delicious!
Ginger: Promotes proper digestion by soothing and relaxing the intestinal tract.
Garlic: Aromatic and pleasingly pungent, a tiny clove of garlic offers 25-percent of your daily nutritional intake of manganese, a mineral that creates enzymes necessary for metabolizing food.
Parsley: Freshens the breath and can be drunk as a tea.
Happy supping, lovelies!