This week we’re going to share a treat for your third chakra – a delicious, soothing polenta bake that’s warm and yellow like your solar plexus, and packed with the kind of carbohydrates that can fuel your cooler fall days.
The third chakra is about self-confidence, energy, action and mental clarity. It’s also yellow, so the first rule of thumb for choosing foods that will boost your solar plexus is to go for the gold. This means you’ll want to eat all sorts of lovely yellow fruits and vegetables like bananas and plantains, lemons, grapefruit, pineapple, yellow apples, star fruit, yellow tomatoes, yellow pears, corn, yellow bell peppers, yellow carrots, yellow string beans, yellow summer squash and zucchini, and Yukon Gold potatoes.
Some other good third chakra boosters are yellow split peas, tan-colored lentils, garbanzo beans, amaranth, brown rice, cornmeal, millet, quinoa, buckwheat and sunflower seeds.
Not surprisingly, spicy foods are also great for magnifying the power of your “fire” chakra. Try jalapenos, red chilis, horse radish, and ginger. And if you prefer to calm the third chakra, drink some soothing, yellow chamomile tea.
Be aware that the third chakra uniquely liberates good quality energy from complex carbohydrates, so a sure way to deplete solar plexus energy is to over-indulge in high starch, refined or sugary foods.
Additionally, overdoing it with good carbs can also lead to imbalance. So temper your temptation, and strive for balance. The solar plexus chakra also responds best to cooked foods (it’s fire, remember?) so if it is imbalanced, avoid a raw diet, as it will probably only aggravate it.
So let’s sum it all up… if a food is yellow, hot, spicy, rich with carbs, or good for digestion (like yogurt, kimchi and ginger), it’ll probably fuel your third chakra. If you feel you need more energy and confidence, or more mental clarity and decisiveness, eat the foods we’ve suggested here, or better yet, try our lovely polenta recipe for a happy tummy and sustained energy.
Creamy Polenta Bake
This dish is not just a treat for your solar plexus and taste buds – you and your dinner companions will love the aromas coming from your oven as it bubbles away!
1.5 C cornmeal (medium grain)
5 C filtered water
2 C fresh or frozen corn kernels
1 yellow pepper, diced
1 zucchini, medium sized, diced
1 small bunch green onions, diced
4 TBSP fresh savory, finely chopped
1.5 C white cheddar, grated
1.5 C Gouda, grated
1/2 Parmesan, grated
1-2 tsp chili flakes to taste
sea salt by the pinch as you’re serving
ground black pepper to taste
1 C bright LOVE & sunshiny smiles
Preheat your oven to 375 F. Bring the filtered water to a boil and rain in the cornmeal while whisking to eliminate lumps. Simmer over medium-low heat, stirring, until tender – about 20 minutes. If a spoon stands up in the middle, your polenta is perfectly done! (It spits as it cooks so monitor the temperature).
Spread half the polenta in a buttered casserole or baking dish and cover with the diced vegetables, most of the herbs, white cheddar, gouda, half the parmesan and some of the chili flakes. Grind some black pepper over this layer and cover with the remaining polenta. Top with the remaining herbs, cheeses and chili flakes, then another grind of black pepper.
Bake 30 – 55 minutes, until you see a bubbly, hot crispy brown surface that is quite firm to the touch (doesn’t jiggle when jiggled). This is a dish that needs to stand 15 minutes or more to set before serving (cover with a towel to keep warm). Sprinkle with salt when cooled enough to serve. It pairs well with crunchy whole grain breads, in keeping with this chakra’s needs. Round out your meal with salads and drinks that include yellow ingredients for an even brighter effect and you’ll all be shining with inner peace and comfort!
That’s it for this week – thank you for joining us!
May everything you eat Feed Your Soul.
Alanna & Vicki