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Food Coach Jasmine Hemsley’s Warming Recipes for Mind-Body Balance

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Food Coach Jasmine Hemsley’s Warming Recipes for Mind-Body Balance

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Food Coach Jasmine Hemsley’s Warming Recipes for Mind-Body Balance

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The moment Jasmine Hemsley learned Ayurveda, it clicked. “It’s a gentle, nurturing 5,000-year-old holistic approach that touches on all the foods I grew up with—freshly cooked, stewed foods that are meant to nourish,” says Hemsley.

Hemsley, who is half Filipino and half English, delved deeper into Ayurveda, absorbing as much as she could, eventually going to India to experience Panchakarmas—monthlong Ayurvedic detoxes. This was when she came to see every meal as an opportunity to refuel the body and increase energy. Her cookbook, East by West, is a tribute to her travels across Sri Lanka and India and her education along the way. The book is divided into three sections: an introduction, which includes the basics of Ayurveda; recipes (including morning milks, soups, stews, and a coconut, squash, lentil, and leek curry that her friends swear is a winner with kids); and finally, a guide to understanding your dosha. If you’re not familiar with this style of cooking, it’s easy to be intimidated. The key, Hemsley says, is to start with something simple, like a kitchari, an easy-to-cook risotto-style dish that you can load up with your favorite veggies.

With a packed schedule that often involves leading Ayurveda workshops and attending wellness festivals, Hemsley saves weekends for trips to the farmers’ market—and time in the kitchen. (“The connection to the provenance of my food keeps me inspired and grounded,” she says.) But during the week, it’s her significant other, Nick, who’s on meal-prep duty. “He’s a great cook,” says Hemsley. “I love his food almost as much as my own mum’s.”

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Jasmine’s Picks

  • Buckwheat Banana Bread with Salty Butter

    Buckwheat Banana Bread with Salty Butter

    “For many of us, freshly baked banana bread conjures up memories of home. This one is slightly malty and not too sweet, and it has a great texture.”

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  • Golden Milk

    Golden Milk

    “Golden milk is nothing new to goop followers, but I love sharing this recipe because it’s such a hit. It’s such a beautiful, easy, and delicious introduction to the ancient philosophy of Ayurveda. A taste-bud-tingling alternative to coffee, this comforting drink is perfect for any time of day.”

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  • Kitchari

    Kitchari

    “‘Kitchari’ means ‘mixture’ in Hindi, and it is a traditional Ayurvedic dish typically made with mung dal (split mung beans) and white basmati rice, delicately flavored with herbs and spices, and cooked with your choice of vegetables. It’s the ultimate comfort food. Kitchari is suitable for all mind-body types (doshas) and adaptable to suit your preference—light and soupy or hearty and filling. It’s my go-to. I could make it blindfolded.”

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  • Soft-Boiled Eggs with Cumin Courgette and Broccoli Dippers

    Soft-Boiled Eggs with Cumin Courgette and Broccoli Dippers

    “After months of traveling, I stayed the night at my mum’s, and we chatted in bed that morning about breakfast—my jet lag didn’t know what it wanted. My brilliant mum came up with this one, and I added the cumin. I was craving eggs, and my body was demanding veggies, and so this recipe was born. It’s nourishing and satisfying.”

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