While spending time at ashrams (a spiritual hermitage or a monastery), which she calls the “ultimate wellness retreat,” she says one can focus on the wellbeing of the mind, body, and spirit -- while also peeling back any layers of imbalance in the body. She believes this can lead to feeling more connected to:
- Optimal self
- Optimal health
- The joy in living
At an ashram, one's time will be devoted to yoga, meditation, breathing exercises, and nutritious eating. A dish you might eat while at an ashram is kitchari soup, which contains lentils, mung beans, rice, and spices (coriander and turmeric), which Mona says have healing properties.
The nutritionist says the soup is a Will Smith favorite. She also created a smoothie for the star and his family that contains berries, greens, spirulina, hemp seeds, coconut water, and a special ingredient -- jicama. She explains the root vegetable is high in prebiotic fiber, which feeds the good quality bacteria in our guts and is one of her favorite superfoods.
"If you heal your gut, you heal your health," Mona says.
Get the recipes for Mona's Ashram Soup and Morning Magic Smoothie, here!