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Cooking with Sun King Winter Recipe Finalist: Wee Sir-an Meat Coma


Saturday, June 08, 2013

Grilling with Sun King Recipe Contest goes until June 14th, 2013. You can enter the contest by visiting Sun King’s Facebook Recipe Contest Page.

To get your grills fired up, we thought that we would share Jake Koeneman’s recipes, one of our Top 5 Finalists from our Winter Recipe Contest. Jake made delicious Osiris bacon brussel sprouts partnered up with Wee Muckle drizzled steak.

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Wee Sir-an Meat Coma (Wee Muckle Drizzled Steak and Osiris Brussel Sprouts)

Wee Sir-an Meat Coma

Wee Sir-an Meat Coma

1 1/2 pounds of Goose the Market Sirlion
1 pound of Brussel Sprouts, cut in half
1/2 pound of thick cut Bacon, chopped
1/2 White Onion, diced
1 can Wee Muckel
1 can Osiris

Pour 4 ounces of Wee Muckle into shake pint glass.

Pre-heat grill on medium heat.

Start pan on stove-top burner at medium heat. Dice bacon and add to pan. Cook bacon until crisp. Once bacon is finished, drink 2 ounces of Wee Muckle and place steak on warmer rack in grill.

Place brussel sprouts in the remaining grease and sear on both sides. Approximately 5 minutes.

Drink remaining 2 ounces of Wee Muckle and flip sirloin.

Pour 8 ounces of Osiris in pan with brussel sprouts, pour other 8 ounces in shaker pint. Simmer brussel sprouts in Osiris until beer reduces to a glaze. Stir occasionally. 12-15 minutes

After 5 minutes, flip steak on grill and check to make sure that it is not getting charred.

After brussel sprouts simmer for 10 minutes, pout 6 ounces of Wee Muckle in sauce pan and begin reduction. Once reduction starts, flip steak again.

Continue drinking Osiris and monitoring all cooking items for 5 minutes.

Check steak. It has been 20 minutes and should be ready to come off the grill and rest. Move brussel sprouts to non-used stove-top burner to congeal, add bacon, and stir.

Continue reduction for 5 minutes as steak rests. Drink remaining Osiris.

Plate steak and drizzle with reduction.

Plate sprouts, pour remaining Wee Muckle into glass, and enjoy!

Shining Bright on Health at Sun King – A Blog about Healthy Living


Friday, June 07, 2013

Shining Bright on Health at Sun King – A Blog about Healthy Living

Healthy Living

Intro:
Summer brings joy, happiness and energy, so make sure you are eating the right combinations of foods in order to support these wonderful sunshine filled days!

Health Tips:
Food combining adds a whole new layer to eating healthy. I know we all have enough to think about in a day, but this can be really important when looking at cleaning out or creating toxins in the body.
The other day I made an apple crisp and a strawberry mint crisp. I have to say, they were both delicious, but my favorite dessert of all time is whipping cream (real, organic, fresh/raw -when possible-, whipped cream)! And I love the combination of crisp and whipping cream… More please!

But I began to notice that after each night of eating this combination, I had really bad bloating and my stomach was off the next day. I was in complete denial that it could have been the combination of foods I ate because I didn’t want to give it up… However, according to Ayurveda, dairy and fruit is a toxic combination that can lead to fermentation in the stomach. Yep, I will confirm it. I ate the crisp, for a third day, by itself and had no problems. Looking back, this combination had always upset my stomach, but I loved the flavors so much I never wanted to consider the thought of it being something that didn’t work for me.

When looking at food combining, here are a few more possibly bad combinations to be aware of:

• Eggs and Dairy
• Seafood and dairy
• Nuts/seeds and Vegetables
• Honey and Boiling Water
• Honey and Ghee in equal parts
• Citrus and Dairy
• Fruit and Dairy
• Fruit with any other foods

The combinations of these foods will leave toxins in the body, creating sluggishness, and digestive issues. This happens because the foods digest at different rates, creating sludge because the body can’t move everything along at the same time. Essentially some food sits and ferments, waiting for the other food to finish digesting. Hint: if you have to add nuts or seeds to a vegetable dish, make sure you soak the nuts over night first, which will make them easier to digest.

Honey, for example, becomes a toxin when it is boiled so make sure the water is warm/hot but not boiling, when mixing.

Some of these may be a disappointment to you, (I am a sucker for a cheesy omelet) so just be aware. Notice if you combine these foods, how you feel. If you feel alright, then allow yourself the pleasure every once in awhile. Good digestion or not, if you do combine some of these foods, try to make sure the food you eat for the following meal is light and easily digestible so that you allow your body to properly digest and clean the toxins out so they don’t accumulate.

Yoga in the community:
Tuesday evenings at the Legacy Center downtown (by Arsenal Tech High School) offers a $5 yoga class from 5:30-6:30pm.

Food as medicine:
Need a cold beverage for the summer? Steep coriander seeds in hot water. Allow the seeds to soak over night and then drink the room temperature water throughout the summer day. Coriander has cooling properties and also provides help with headaches, improves digestion, acts as an anti-parasitic plus it is a liver stimulant.

Additional tip:
Rememeber: Ayurveda says “70% & 30%” meaning 70% of the time try to eat clean, healthy, with good spices and good combinations of flavors and types of food. The other 30%, enjoy without any guilt and many thanks. And after you enjoy, eat light and clean to reset.

Namaste,
Staraya McKinstry

If you have additional questions, please email Staraya at staraya@sunkingbrewing.com.

Staraya McKinstry

About Staraya McKinstry:
Born and raised in Homer, Alaska, the western most tip of the United States, was not appreciated by my siblings or myself until we all went out into the world, and found that we grew up in a pretty amazing place. Alaska is a rugged frontier but it has its perks. Eating fresh vegetables from the garden, fish and seafood out of the bay, and a freshly hunted down moose/elk/deer was and still is the way of feeding family there. Fitness is a way of life; hiking, mountain biking, fishing, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and sledding (yes, it can be a great work out when you walk up the mountain) to name a few. The connection with nature seems to be a common understanding when you live in such a beautiful, ever changing environment as Alaska. With that background, I have come to love yoga and the connection it has seamlessly brought me in regards to myself, my family and friends, nature, and healthy living. I have a Masters in Public Health, but the everyday healthy lifestyle I have learned from my mom and dad and those like them back home. I am also currently going to school to train in Ayurveda Medicine (one of the oldest forms of medicine known to mankind), which focuses on healing the body, mind and spirit and maintaining health through food, herbs and exercise. My studies in yoga and Ayurveda are allowing me to bring practical, resourceful and sustainable practices to anyone who wants to learn how to get/stay healthy in mind, body and spirit.

Disclaimer: The entire contents of this blog are based upon the opinion of Staraya McKinstry. They are not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional, and they are not intended as medical advice.

Community Partner Spotlight: NUVO Cultural Vision Awards


Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Annual NUVO CVAs unveiled on June 7

One of the great joys of working at NUVO is the annual Cultural Vision Awards ceremony. I should know. I’ve been privileged to be a part of every one of our CVA ceremonies — and this is our fifteenth year!

Along the way I have met some of Indy’s most amazing people, innovators across numerous platforms of city life, from business to arts to social justice to music.

This year is no different. Join us in a free public event, Friday, June 7 at Indiana Landmarks Center (1201 Central Ave). We’ll get started at 6 p.m. for a reception including drinks, light appetizers, conversation and a performance from previous CVA winners, Time for Three.

The ceremony will begin at 7:15 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

This year’s winners:

Eskenazi Health

This hospital, also called the New Wishard, will open in December of 2013, but we’re already excited to honor what may be the boldest hospital in the entire country. The new hospital will not only be LEED certified for its green design features, it will also feature a sky farm: a 5,000-square-foot rooftop garden, where fresh produce will help feed patients and staff. Specially commissioned works of art will create a significant new public space throughout the hospital, and the Eskenazi Commons, out front the building, will be a public place where human connections and relationships are encouraged and nurtured.

Joyful Noise Recordings

photo by Mark Lee

photo by Mark Lee

This independent record label celebrates ten years of unconventional formats and fascinating local and national artists this year. And there’s plenty of achievements to celebrate in 2012 alone: new acquisition Kishi Bashi was named NPR’s best new artist of the year. The label achieved worldwide distribution and released a celebrated flexi-disc series featuring artists like The Melvins and Sufjan Stevens. But most exciting for Indy residents is the permanent show space-cum-office-cum-record store in Fountain Square’s Murphy Arts Center. Joyful Noise has received acclaim for their dedication to analog formats and high-quality, extremely limited releases. Their support of talented local artists (including Sleeping Bag, Marmoset and Memory Map, among others) is just the cherry on top.

Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene and Marilyn Glick

Years in the making, this visionary, eight-mile path through Indianapolis highlights various icons and landmarks, while giving users a good reason to explore the city. It’s an urban bike and pedestrian path that connects Fountain Square, Indiana Avenue, Mass Ave, the Canal and White River State Park and the Wholesale District, while providing links to the entire Central Indiana greenway system. Led by Central Indiana Community Foundation, among others, the Cultural Trail is a true collaboration, highlighting health, along with appreciation for our ever-growing Downtown. Their May grand opening will invite users to “get down on it,” and will elevate the already-known Cultural Trail to legendary status.

Indy Reads Books

Indy Reads is a laudable, long-standing nonprofit organization dedicated to solving the problem of adult illiteracy in Central Indiana. Indy Reads trains volunteers to tutor adults who come forward to improve their literacy skills. Over the years, Indy Reads has produced a number of programs, from spelling bees to scavenger hunts, in an effort to help people better understand the dimensions of adult illiteracy and to raise the funds needed to address the issue. But they took it up a notch or two with an ambitious venture that literally places Indy Reads on the city’s map: a bookstore called Indy Reads Books. Not only is it a constant, on-going fundraiser for Indy Reads, it’s also the city’s only Downtown bookstore, and a destination for all things written and spoken word.

Indy Urban Acres

The locally grown food movement in Indianapolis continues to flourish, and Indy Urban Acres is an exemplary addition. This eight-acre organic farm donates 100 percent of its harvest to families in need. In 2012, over 35,000 lbs. of fresh organic produce was grown; each one of those pounds represents a main course or a side dish, but also security in a food-insecure world. In addition, over 1,000 kids visited Indy Urban Acres in 2012, seeing for themselves how food is grown — and how to grow their own. Add in the 500 or more volunteers and you can see how this establishment is a true community effort to provide nourishment to those who might not otherwise have access.

People for Urban Progress

Indy’s ultimate re-purposers, PUP’s work can be seen throughout the city. On a grand scale, they take what others would throw away, and turn into useful and meaningful items. Their first project was salvaging the RCA Dome roof, which gave birth to many items – bags, wallets and other accessories made out of roof material, along with shade canopies. Most recently, they salvaged Bush Stadium’s seats and have begun installing them in IndyGo bus stops. But their projects extend beyond that to such endeavors as car sharing, yellow grease recycling, solar panel installation on brownfields, plus infographics that show the common person how they might negotiate our city’s government.

Lifetime Achievement Award winner: Judy O’Bannon

photo by Michelle Craig

photo by Michelle Craig

Mrs. O’Bannon is perhaps best known for her role as First Lady of Indiana (1997-2003), but much of her life has been dedicated to community engagement. A graduate of IU with a degree in social work, she was selected as a Rockefeller Theological Scholar, and was the first woman to attend the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Society. In addition, she holds nine honorary degrees. Mrs. O’Bannon is actively involved in media entities, as Chairman of The O’Bannon Publishing Company (Corydon Democrat and Clarion newspapers) and as host and producer of the WFYI TV public television series Communities Building Community as well as her television series, Judy O’Bannon’s Foreign Exchange. We are honored to shine a light on this extraordinary life lived in service to others.

By Jim Poyser | Managing Editor | jpoyser@nuvo.net

Grilling with Sun King Recipe Contest - Round Two


Saturday, May 25, 2013

The second round of Cooking with Sun King Recipe Contest is kick off this Friday, May 24th…just in time for Memorial Day Weekend!

We thought that we would mix things up this round and make Round Two the Grilling Edition! As you know, we do a lot of cooking and eating at Sun King. Grilling just happens to be a favorite of resident Chef D and the SKB Crew.

Grilling with Sun King challenges you to create an original dish using any variety of Sun King beer; the sky is the limit! Whether you grill on the Big Green Egg, slow cooker, gas, or on charcoal grill, we want you to get outside and grill up your favorite dish.

Do you think that you have what it takes to be crowned the “King’s Chef”? We will be kicking off the contest today, Friday, May 24th via our Facebook contest page. Prizes will be awarded including Sun King swag, gift cards, as well as, gift cards to local restaurants. Please visit and like our Facebook page for entry and contest details. We cannot wait to see if you’ve got what it takes to be crowned the “King’s Chef”.

Here’s a perfect summertime grill recipe from Chef D to get you excited about our contest. Get your grills fired up, chef’s apron on, and prepare your tastebuds ready for this enticing dish.

Grilled Radicchio Salad with Stupid Sexy Flanders Vinaigrette

Grilled Radicchio Salad with Stupid Sexy Flanders Vinaigrette

Grilled Radicchio Salad with Stupid Sexy Flanders Vinaigrette

The bitter bite of the Radicchio combined with the tartness of the Flanders, sweetness of the strawberries, saltiness of the Parmigiano and the crunch of the pistachios make this a perfect grilled salad.

Salad
3 heads of radicchio quartered with core intact
Pint Fresh strawberries diced
1 cup roasted and salted pistachios chopped
¼ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano shaved (could substitute Goat Cheese or Gorgonzola)
Olive oil
Salt
Pepper

Prep grill for direct grilling over medium-high heat
Oil, salt, & pepper the radicchio quarters
Grill on all sides for 1:30-2 minutes
Remove cores and chop into bite size pieces

Vinaigrette
¼ cup Balsamic Vinegar
¼ cup Stupid Sexy Flanders
1 teaspoon Dijon
1 teaspoon Honey
Juice of half a lemon
Salt
Pepper
¼ – ½ cup Canola Oil

Combine Balsamic, Stupid Sexy Flanders, Dijon, honey, lemon juice, salt & pepper in the work bowl of your food processor or blender. With the machine running slowly add Canola down the feed tube until an emulsion forms. Taste for seasoning.

Toss Grilled Radicchio with strawberries, pistachios, Parmigian-Reggiano, and vinaigrette

If you have questions regarding the contest, please email contests@sunkingbrewing.com

Contributions to a Fallen Soldier's Family


Thursday, May 16, 2013

I am former Army Infantry Sergeant Rob Malad, and current Sun King employee. My former unit, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, is currently on a nine month tour in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. It has been a long and difficult deployment, and the life of a dear Brother was taken December 10th, 2012.

Staff Sergeant Wesley Williams, of New Carlisle, OH, was one of the finest leaders of men I have ever had the pleasure of knowing, and an even better human being. He is survived by his wife, Krista, and their now 20 month old daughter, Faith. Krista is also currently pregnant with a second daughter, due July 21st.

Staff Sergeant Wesley Williams

Because of my dedication to my unit and my loyalty to my Brother, I am heading a collection of donations for the arrival of their second daughter. Accepted donations any, and all baby materials (non-parshable), to include, but not limited to: diapers, baby wipes, baby powder, gift cards (Walmart, Baby’s R Us, etc.), as well as cash donations. The cash donations will go directly to the Wesley Williams Scholarship Fund for the Junior ROTC Program in New Carlisle, OH. All donations will be collected at Sun King, Thursday, May 23 – Saturday, May 25.

A small gesture of compassion and kindness can go a long way, and together we can help ease the suffering of a family who lost their hero too soon.

Collection jars will be placed in the Tasting Room at Sun King Brewery and a donation box for baby items will be placed in the Front Office. Please stop by during open business hours, Thursday, May 23rd (10am-7pm), Friday, May 24th (10am-7pm), and Saturday, May 25th (1pm-5pm).

God bless,

SGT Rob Malad

Save Your Tabs Collection Challenge Benefitting Ronald McDonald House


Thursday, May 09, 2013

Save Your Tab Collection Challenge

What do you think of when you think of a can tab?

An can tab is not just a piece of aluminum that helps open up your delicious Fresh•Loca•Beer, to the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana, one of Sun King’s Community Partners, it is a valuable resource. For over 10 years the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana has been collecting aluminum tabs to recycle them and generate much-needed funds to cover operating costs and support all of the families served.

Who is the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana and what do they do?

Every year approximately 1,400 families stay at the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana while their children receive life-saving treatments at Indianapolis-area hospitals, primarilyRiley Children’s Hospital.

The Ronald McDonald House focuses on those families with critically ill or injured child. The Ronald McDonald House is the only organization in Central Indiana that provides low-cost, short-to-long-term lodging to these families.

Tab Collection Challenge

How can you help?

Start collection your tabs! It doesn’t have to just be beer can tabs, it can be soda can tabs too… Challenge your co-workers, your neighbors and your friends or collaborate with them and collect as many tabs as you can over the summer. The Save Your Tab Collection Challenge started on May 1st and goes until Saturday, August 3rd when you bring your tabs to Sun King. We will weigh your tabs and reward you with prizes, and then we’ll deliver the bounty to the Ronald McDonald House where it will go to help those in need!

Prizes are detailed below:

1 to 4.9 lbs: $5 Gift Card

5 to 9.9 lbs: $5 Gift Card and a SKB Pint Glass

10 to 19.9 lbs: $10 Gift Card

10 to 49.9 lbs: $10 Gift Card PLUS one entry in a drawing for a $75 SKB Gift Bag

50 to 99.9 lbs: $10 Gift Card, one entry for $75 SKB Gift Bag PLUS one entry in a drawing for a Private Brewery Tour/Tasting for up to 10 people

100+ lbs: $10 Gift Card, one entry for $75 SKB Gift Bag, one entry in a drawing for a Private Brewery Tour/Tasting for up to 10 people PLUS $25 Gift Card with access to the SKB Private Cellar (full of specialty cans not generally available).

If you want to feel even better about cracking open a can of Fresh•Local•Beer then please join in the fun and help Sun King and The Ronald McDonald House of Indiana help families in need.

For more information about the contest, please contact Heather Hall, heather@sunkingbrewing.com. If you would like more information about the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana, please visit: http://www.rmh-indiana.org

Sun King Community Partner Spotlight: Camp Delafield


Friday, May 03, 2013

Camp Delafield, a summer day camp for children with dyslexia/specific learning disabilities, is heading into its 24th summer. In order to ensure that Camp Delafield has enough scholarship dollars for campers (well over 50% of campers receive scholarships each summer), Sun King Brewing is partnering with Camp Delafield for a Cheers to Camp! event on Wednesday, May 15th from 4:30-7pm.

Founded in 1990, Camp Delafield was the first program conducted by the Dyslexia Institute of Indiana (DII). Camp Delafield is a day camp for youth ages 7-12 with dyslexia – 60 campers attend over two four-week sessions each summer. The camp is located at Jenn Park, in Lawrence, and includes a pond, nature trail, and a building with a full kitchen and plenty of room for academic and recreational activities.

Camp Delafield is a unique experience, as it has an academic focus, as well as a recreational focus. Every morning, campers rotate through four one-hour academic sessions: one-on-one Orton-Gillingham tutoring, written expression, applied mathematics, and art. Two times each week, Theater of Inclusion joins Camp Delafield in place of art to work with the campers on goal setting, time management, team building, social skills, and motivation. The afternoons provide a nice balance to the academic mornings. Campers participate in field trips, swimming, sports, activity groups, mystery guests, ropes course work, and much more! Camp Delafield’s goal is to affect the whole child – not only are academics gains made – campers leave camp with an improved self-confidence and attitude.

So what is dyslexia? The International Dyslexia Association defines dyslexia as a “specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and reading abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede the growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.” To simplify the definition, dyslexia is difficultly with language, and no two individuals with dyslexia experience the same difficulties. It is estimated that 15%-20% of the population has dyslexia, although the severity varies.

The statistics tell a scary story when it comes to learning disabilities. The dropout rates of children with learning disabilities is incredibly high – 44% of females and 57% of males (National Adult Literacy Survey). 50% of juvenile delinquents tested were found to have undetected learning disabilities (National Center for State Courts and the Educational Testing Service). Early intervention is crucial and that is what makes Camp Delafield such an important step in the road to success of a child with dyslexia. In just four weeks, campers can see improvements in reading and spelling of one grade level!

The Dyslexia Institute of Indiana (DII), the parent nonprofit of Camp Delafield, is the number one provider of dyslexia services and information in the state of Indiana. DII’s services include one-on-one Orton-Gillingham tutoring, educational testing, school support services, training, information nights, parent support group, and kids’ group.

For more information on DII’s services and resources or to make a donation, visitwww.diin.org or call 317-222-6635.

Community Partner Spotlight Event: 2nd Annual Spring Fever Bike Ride


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Here are a few updates as bike month approaches and the weather warms…

Mayor Ballard will lead his 2nd annual Spring Fever Bike Ride on Saturday, April 27th. People can start showing up at the Big Car Community Service Center at 3:00pm to check-in, get your free t-shirt if you are one of the first 200 to register on-line (please note: they go fast!) and to just mingle with fellow riders while checking out the great facility Big Car has put together. All of these important details can be found here: www.indy.gov/springfeverride

Spring Fever Ride

The ride will be about 12 miles long through some of the great neighborhoods around the Service Center, winding along the White River and ending back at the Center. There are two small hills….but the majority of the route is actually downhill. There are plenty of wonderful restaurants in the area to grab a bite pre or post ride, so please keep that in mind as you consider a late lunch before or dinner afterwards. You can start planning here.

As always, I want to say a special thank you to our community partners who really help make these rides happen.

The wonderful Georgetown Market and Big Car (despite the name, I promise they love bikes).

Also, the word on the street is that Sun King Brewery will have a special presence as well.

A few other upcoming events that might interest you:

• The Cultural Trail Ribbon Cutting on May 10th and 11th-you won’t want to miss the ribbon-cutting on the 10th and then all the activities on Saturday the 11th, including 2 Wheels 1 City

• Bike to Work Day – While for some this is a title that could be applied to any day of the week, we will be celebrating it with the rest of the country on Friday, May 17th.

• The Mayor’s Bike Ride – the perennial activity for June’s first Saturday (June 1st this year)…stay tuned for more details, but mark your calendars!!

Apologies for the long note, but we have a lot going on…which is a great thing!

Oh….one last thing. If you want to see some of the great press that is getting out on the national level, take a look at a few of these videos:

http://www.streetfilms.org/voices-from-the-national-bike-summit-2013/
http://www.streetfilms.org/streetfacts-1-bike-lanes-not-just-for-big-cities/

**The Streetfilms crew will be here during the Cultural Trail ribbon-cutting, so make sure you are around for your chance to be on the video!

Ride safe!

Jamison Hutchins
Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator/ Office of Sustainability
Office of Mayor Greg Ballard – City of Indianapolis
Jamison.Hutchins@indy.gov

Shining Bright on Health at Sun King – A Blog about Healthy Living


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Shining Bright on Health at Sun King – A Blog about Healthy Living

Springtime means spring-cleaning. Not just your home, but your body too. Here in the United States we tend to go over board with cleanses, but if you want to jump on the wagon, now is the time.

Health Tips:
Lets look at how we can clean the system. There are many cleanses out there but not all are safe and not every cleanse works for every body. When cleansing you need to make sure that you are fully able to dedicate the time and attention that is needed to do it right and effectively. If you need to go to work, just make sure you are able to carve out time to eat slowly and mindfully and try not to over tax your system. Follow the suggestions below for a successful spring-cleaning by sticking to a mono diet of Kichari.

• Decide if you are going to do a one-day, three-day or 5-day cleanse
• Make sure you purchase everything for a few rounds of kichari (recipe below)
• Upon waking to your first day of your cleanse, drink hot water with lemon.
• Make and then eat breakfast (kichari) around 8am. Eat mindfully.
• Throughout the day reserve your energy. Take it easy. Read, do gentle yoga, meditate or take a walk.
• Eat lunch and dinner (kichari) at regular times. Pay attention to eating.
• No snacking
• Drink plenty of water (warm)
• Take a bath or sauna
• Go to bed early
• Be gentle

Make sure that if you are doing more than a one-day cleanse, that you make fresh kichari daily or every other day. Food looses its vitality and nutrition after 24 hours of being prepared.

Eating kichari allows the body to focus on more of a mono diet, which is less taxing to the system. Plus there are great reasons that kichari is detoxifying (see recipe below).

Yoga in the community:
Check out Lululemon for their Saturday yoga schedule. The classes are free!

IWFM + Yoga classes are offered by-donation to raise funds to support the IWFM and Growing Places Indy in the ongoing work to cultivate wellness through urban agriculture, food awareness & access, and practices for empowered living. Suggested donation for Yoga is $10.

Kichari Cleansing Recipe:

This recipe makes enough to last you for 3 or 4 meals. You can play with the mixture of spices. Many people prefer this recipe when the spices are doubled (or even tripled).
1 cup Split Yellow Mung (Moong) Beans* (see for ‘weak digestion’ below)
¼ – ½ cup White Basmati Rice
1 Tbsp. Fresh Ginger Root
1 tsp. each Black Mustard Seeds, and Cumin and Turmeric powder
½ tsp. each Coriander powder, and fennel and fenugreek seeds
3 Cloves
3 Bay Leaves
7-10 cup Water
½ tsp. Salt (rock salt is best) or Bragg’s Liquid Aminos.
1 small handful Fresh Chopped Cilantro Leaves
You can add any fresh vegetables to this recipe to switch it up. Stay away from starchy ones like sweet and regular potatoes.

It’s important to get SPLIT MOONG DAL beans because they are easy to digest and due to their cleansing qualities, they pull toxins from the body. They are available at Asian or Indian grocery stores or through LifeSpa. Different spellings include “mung” and/or “dahl.” Please note that you do not want the whole moong dal beans, which are green, or yellow split peas.
Wash split yellow mung beans (dal) and rice together until water runs clear. Heat a large pot on medium heat and then add all the spices (except the bay leaves) and dry roast for a few minutes. This dry-roasting will enhance the flavor.

Add dal and rice and stir again.
Add water and bay leaves and bring to a boil.
Boil for 10 minutes.

Turn heat to low, cover pot and continue to cook until dal and rice become soft (about 30-40 minutes).
The cilantro leaves can be added just before serving.

Add salt or Bragg’s to taste.

* For weak digestion, gas or bloating: Before starting to prepare the kichari, first par boil the split moong dal (cover with water and bring to boil), drain, and rinse. Repeat 2-3 times. OR, soak beans overnight and then drain. Cook as directed.

Food as medicine:
Spices like turmeric help cleanse the blood and are also anti-inflammatory. Black mustard seeds and ginger are heating to the digestive fire, therefore amping up your metabolism. Cilantro is a great detoxifier and works at the cell level.

Workout tips: 
When you are on a cleanse your workouts should be gentle. Think about taking walks or go to a gentle yoga class. Look for the words yin, restorative, relaxing etc when looking at near by yoga classes. Workout your mind by engaging in meditation daily. This is a great way to clean emotions and thoughts from the mind, giving your entire body, mind and spirit a spring-cleaning! You can go to www.YouTube.com for many guided meditations.

Additional tip:
If you get really hungry on your cleanse, have a glass of fresh pressed vegetable juice with a little bit of lemon or lime. If you feel like you need to take a nap, take one. Give your body the time it needs to detox. And then when your cleanse is over, don’t reach for all the starchy, sugary foods in the house. Instead choose to introduce different foods slowly back into your diet. And mindfully notice if a food makes you feel great, or not so great. Use this time to realize what foods work well with your body, so that you can make smart decisions in the future.

Namaste,
Staraya McKinstry

Staraya McKinstry

If you have additional questions, please email Staraya at staraya@sunkingbrewing.com.

About Staraya McKinstry:
Born and raised in Homer, Alaska, the western most tip of the United States, was not appreciated by my siblings or myself until we all went out into the world, and found that we grew up in a pretty amazing place. Alaska is a rugged frontier but it has its perks. Eating fresh vegetables from the garden, fish and seafood out of the bay, and a freshly hunted down moose/elk/deer was and still is the way of feeding family there. Fitness is a way of life; hiking, mountain biking, fishing, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and sledding (yes, it can be a great work out when you walk up the mountain) to name a few. The connection with nature seems to be a common understanding when you live in such a beautiful, ever changing environment as Alaska. With that background, I have come to love yoga and the connection it has seamlessly brought me in regards to myself, my family and friends, nature, and healthy living. I have a Masters in Public Health, but the everyday healthy lifestyle I have learned from my mom and dad and those like them back home. I am also currently going to school to train in Ayurveda Medicine (one of the oldest forms of medicine known to mankind), which focuses on healing the body, mind and spirit and maintaining health through food, herbs and exercise. My studies in yoga and Ayurveda are allowing me to bring practical, resourceful and sustainable practices to anyone who wants to learn how to get/stay healthy in mind, body and spirit.

Disclaimer: The entire contents of this blog are based upon the opinion of Staraya McKinstry. They are not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional, and they are not intended as medical advice.

Indiana Landmarks Rescue Party April 27th


Thursday, April 18, 2013

LANDMARKS RESCUE PARTY

The 2nd Annual Rescue Party, benefitting Indiana Landmarks’ Endangered Places program, is a night full of fun including an iron chef-style mixology competition, live auction, art show, dancing to the Impalas, and delicious hors d’oeuvres prepared by Indiana Landmarks Center’s house caterers. The event takes place on April 27th from 6 to 11 pm at the Indiana Landmarks Center.

Sun King’s The Eternal Promise of Spring beer will debut at the event. Sun King and Time for Three, the Indianapolis Symphony’s resident artists and a string trio, collaborated to create music that inspired the brewing of this one of a kind beer.

The evening includes the announcement of the 10 Most Endangered for 2013, presentation of the annual Cook Cup for Outstanding Restoration and during the Rescue Party, artist Brock Cagann will be working on a painting in the center’s 1201 Gallery, where his show Coloring Historic Indiana will be on display.

The live auction will feature getaways in historic places, with special “can’t be bought” additions including tours of private sites not open to the public. One unusual auction item is chance to sing with The Impalas at the event.

Tickets are $75 each ($125 for patrons). Dress is festive casual.

For information visit the website, www.IndianaLandmarks.org. You can register online:www.rescueparty2013.eventbrite.com.