7 Ingredients to Create a Chakra-Activating Salad

Ready to make a nourishing, beautiful, and delicious salad that gets your spirit, body, and chakras aligned?
Well, here it is – a fun recipe to activate your chakras, body, and taste buds: a kundalini salad.
I invite you to receive the recipe with an open mind and heart and enjoy experimenting with foods you never thought you’d combine. The secret is to create a variety of color in your combination so your salad contains the maximum amount of vitamins and minerals.
What exactly is kundalini?
Our kundalini is stored at the base of the spine right above our root chakra. In fact our root chakra, or “muladhara” means “root support” or indirectly, “the support of the kundalini.” Defined as our spiritual energy, shakti (primordial cosmic energy) and divine mother, our kundalini is often represented as a goddess or sleeping serpent.
Ideally, practicing the spiritual aspects of yoga, we can activate our kundalini so it rises through our central channel when our 6 chakras are in balance. When it finally reaches the highest chakra (#7), the sahasrara (located above our fontanelle bone), we enter thoughtless awareness and leave the ego behind.
The goal of meditation is to uncoil our kundalini so we can enter into who we truly are. Reaching enlightenment can be metaphorically compared to a seed germinating and becoming a plant . . . which brings us to the secret ingredient in this recipe: sprouts.
Sprouts represent the beginning of new life and research shows their energy at this stage makes their vitamins and minerals more potent than any organic dark green leaf. Since they can be grown indoors, they are a perfect to eat during the winter months.
Have fun including my choices but also feel free to include your own ingredients based on my suggestions. The important thing is to make the salad colorful and taste bud enticing!

Here are 7 ingredients for a savory-sweet balance of the chakras:

Lets start with sprouts: mung beans and alfalfa are my preference, but you can sprout seeds too (*see germinating a kitchen garden below).
1st chakra
I chose radishes, red beets and carrots. The muladhara, our root chakra, is represented by the color red and also orange as it flows to the second sacral chakra. Other suitable root vegetables for salads are jicama, daikon or bulbs like onions and garlic. Protein-rich foods like beans and peanuts are also 1st chakra foods.
2nd chakra
I tossed in some slivered almonds and pomegranate seeds, the symbol of fertility in the sacral chakra. All sweet orange fruits can be used, such as melons and mangos if you want to add more sweetness to the salad.
3rd chakra
I used sunflower seeds, quinoa and fresh fennel, all perfect for the third chakra. Fennel aids in digestion, the super grain quinoa for energy, and of course the sunflower is the perfect protagonist to offer its seeds to the solar plexus. If you don’t care for quinoa, try something edgy like buckwheat groats. Spelt grain is also great in salads.
4th chakra
I love raw cabbage and oregano for the anahata, or heart chakra. Green is the color of this chakra and all cruciferous green vegetables are a good choice as well as celery. Other healthy herb options are basil, cilantro and parsley.
5th chakra
The key ingredient for the throat chakra is a good salad dressing since our throat thrives off saucy. I mixed tahini (sesame butter), olive oil, lemon and Himalayan salt. If you eat dairy, yogurt dressing is great too. If you want to add some more fruit, throw in sliced apples and pears.
6th chakra
With violet as the third eye chakra color, I picked my favorite red-leaf lettuce and red radicchio. Dried purple fruits also stimulate this chakra like raisins and/or cranberries.
7th chakra
Usually a food-less area associated with fasting and pure joy (don’t forget this ingredient when preparing any meal), I chose to include an ingredient to make the dish complete: Belgian endive. With its petal-like nature resembling a lotus flower, it makes a delicious, decorative and functional addition to the kundalini salad.
Line the endives around the edge of your plate, filling the other ingredients in the middle so you can scoop up the medley with a spoon accompanied by chopsticks in your other hand. Unlike metal forks, wooden chopsticks actually have a vibrational nature when putting food in your mouth. Not to mention they help you eat in smaller bites.
An extra tip for balanced energy channels: proteins always enhance the energy channels, while carbohydrates from grains help you stay balanced. Try not to be too excessive with one or the other. If you’re vegetarian or vegan, you can always eat plant-based protein.
*How to sprout a garden in your kitchen:
Growing your own sprouts is a great way to get into “kitchen gardening.” Just like keeping herbs on our table, making space for containers of sprouts is an inexpensive, nutritious and delicious way to keep a quick ingredient on hand for all sorts of meals.
To make your own sprouts, try these simple steps with any bean or seed:

  1. Soak the beans or seeds in water overnight with 2/3 water to 1/3 beans ratio.
  2. The next day, drain them in a colander and rinse.
  3. Lay them on top of a cotton cloth or a kitchen towel and keep them away from sunlight.
  4. Spray fresh water on them 2-3 times a day. After the first day, they will start sprouting and will continue to sprout up to 3 days to a nice desired length.
  5. After that keep, them in the fridge for up to 3 days and enjoy!

Cooking should be an enjoyable experience that you look forward to. The beauty of cooking is that it empowers you to create and consume the food YOU want and the food that you know your body needs. You can take your cooking and your health to a whole new level by incorporating chakra-activating ingredients for a delicious, nutritious, and unparalleled eating experience!
Questions or comments about cooking for the chakras? I love to talk chakras – and cooking! Reach out in the comments below, and happy cooking yogis!

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Maria Moscato

Maria has been an expat Californian living in Bologna, Italy for 18 years. After her two trips to India, she started yoga during her pregnancy 13 years ago and has been a yogi ever since. An artist, writer and innovative cook, she integrates her love for yoga and meditation into her work, including a line of yoga clothing based on the spiritual foundation of selenite, a crystal gypsum used by the Romans.

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