By Jo Marie Scaglia, April 2014
A decade ago, I had a customer come up to me and say, “I feel so good when I eat your food. What do you do to your food that make me feel this way?” I was puzzled by this question at the time because I have always prepared, cooked and eaten fresh food from scratch. I simply responded to my customer that we make everything from scratch at The Mixx, and I let the food do the hard work for me. I have pretty much always eaten fresh and carefully prepared food, ever since I was a kid. This is the way my parents cooked and it’s just a natural part of who I am. Today, people have become more educated and interested in this —and it seems more and more people are striving to find health-minded foods —and The Mixx is a perfect solution.
Recently, I was introduced to the word, “Sattvic.” At first, it was hard for me to say and understand, so I decided to do a little research. Sattvic is a Sanskrit word meaning “pure, essence, nature, vital, energy, clean, strong, courage, true, honest, wise rudiment of like.” They are some strong, great words; I would think everyone would want to possess these qualities, I know I do. If practicing a Sattvic life can accomplish this, I’m in!!!
By no means would I call myself an expert on Sattvic eating and philosophy, but from what I have learned, The Mixx offerings are very Sattvic in style. Who knew?!?! Sattvic foods are whole, fresh, real, natural and unrefined —foods from the earth. In short, food that is good for you. Many of the modern food processes take the “Prana” (another Sanskrit word I’ve just learned, meaning “life force”) out of many foods, resulting in heavy, lifeless and basically “dead food.” Sattvic foods are exactly the opposite; they nourish you. They include mostly vegetarian foods such as nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables. Eating a Sattvic diet over time will result in a health-minded lifestyle with great mind+body balance. Sattvic foods will also help to reduce inflammation and build strong bodies and minds. A perfect compliment to The Mixx’s long-standing philosophy!
“Food is a dynamic force which interacts with the human on the physical body level, the mind emotional level, and also the energetic and spiritual level. The study of nutrition is the study of the interaction with and assimilation of the dynamic forces of food by the dynamic forces of our total being.” ~ Gabriel Cousens, M.D., Spiritual Nutrition and The Rainbow Diet.
It is with all of this in mind, that we introduce you to The Mixx’s new featured salad, which we will be calling…. Sattvic Greens. We want this salad to nourish your mind and body, to be delicious and satisfying, and to actually make you feel like you’ve brought good energy into your soul and system. A tall order, yes, but one we think we can deliver.
It’s kind of funny, but the original “seed”of the idea for this salad came from me wanting to incorporate hemp seeds in a salad. And, after doing some research and playing around with different ingredients, Sattvic Greens was born. And I love it. I love the way it tastes, the way it makes me feel when —and after —I’ve eaten it. And I love how it is derived from Sattvic practices and Ayurveda principles.
The Mixx has been offering our customers clean, whole, natural and healthy food for over ten years now. Kind of ahead of our time for Kansas City. But even before there were buzz words and trends about healthy eating, we knew that good food was just that…good. It is, was and will be good for the heart, good for the mind, good for the soul…good for the mood.
And we’re so excited to introduce this new featured salad to you. After you try it, let us know what you think! I really believe in what I do and what I share with you. Mindful eating lays the foundation for a healthy, happy, and more peaceful life. It is my personal and professional goal to continue to educate myself so that I can share what I learn with you. I truly love and believe in the Mixx food-culture and lifestyle.
Here’s to all of you – stay healthy and happy and peaceful. And, together, let’s try to find time to slow down, nourish and enjoy life. And maybe even add some Sattvic principles into our daily life.