Ayurveda is an ancient, holistic science of health, well-being and inner balance of body, mind and spirit—also known as the “sister science of yoga.” Ayurveda is a vast and remarkable knowledge base that offers us incredible wisdom to not only be free from disease, but to experience optimal health, vitality and longevity.
Ayurveda teaches us is that diet and lifestyle are considered the most important forms of medicine.
So here is a delicious, deeply nourishing, comforting oatmeal recipe with great healing and nutritive properties to balance the Doshas, one’s individual elemental constitution, cultivate a calm, peaceful and clear state of mind, and increase Ojas, the vital life force energy responsible for vitality, longevity, energy immunity, softness and glow.
This recipe is great anytime of the day, or in any season, however, this bowl is particularly nourishing on rainy days, for yogis wanting great health and well-being body & mind to receive the most from their everyday practices, or for those needing some additional nourishment to aid recovery from mental or physical stress, illness, physical overexertion or fatigue.
Comforting and satisfying, yet light and fresh, grounding and easy to digest, this delicious recipe contains a the perfect blend of flavours and aromas. Aromatic rose and vanilla, combined with the creaminess of coconut and almond, and sweetness of dates and honey – your taste buds will be simply delighted!
SERVING: 1-2 (depending on hunger) 😉
1 cup Rolled Oats
2 cups Water
4-6 Dates (Pitted & Chopped)
2 tbsp Shredded Coconut
1/2 Organic Ghee or Coconut Oil
1/8 tsp Cardamom (Ground)
1/8 tsp Vanilla Powder
1 tsp Dried rose petals (optional)
1 tsp Almond Butter (optional)
Dash of Salt (aids digestion)
Honey or Maple Syrup (to taste)
- Boil the water then reduce the heat to low. Add the rolled oats and chopped dates.
- Cook the oats on low head for 5 minutes (covered – leaving a slight crack to avoid overflow.)
- Remove from heat and add the cardamom, vanilla, coconut, ghee/coconut oil, almond butter and rose petals. Stir until everything is mixed.
- Serve, and when the cooked oats are cooled a bit, add the honey or maple syrup to taste.
- Eat mindfully, enjoy nourish and revitalize!
ADDITIONAL NOTES TO BALANCE YOUR DOSHA
+ For Vata Dosha (people with an abundance of air & space elements in their constitution,) try adding a dash of nourishing organic milk, cashew or coconut milk, and adding a pinch of warming and grounding cinnamon, ginger and allspice!
+ For Pitta Dosha (people with an abundance of fire & water elements,) add some cooling herbs like fennel seed, and go heavy on the vanilla and coconut! Choose cooling maple syrup or agave nectar over honey to sweeten, and consider omitting the salt!
+ For Kapha Dosha, (people with an abundance of earth & water elements,) eat in moderation only, and omit the ghee & almond butter to avoid heaviness. Spice it up with some invigorating herbs like cinnamon, ginger and clove spice!
+ Cook when you’re in a calm, peaceful, quiet state of mind to infuse your food with these qualities. Bonus: Chant mantra over your food before you eat to supercharge your food with positive energy and divine qualities – turn your food into medicinal nectar for your body, mind & soul!
+ Buy organic when possible for the greatest healing and nutritive effect!
+ Avoid drinking too much with meals, especially cold drinks which dilute and distinguish our digestion fire. Consider drinking a small herbal tea instead best for balancing your Dosha.
+ For variety or preference, rolled oats can be swapped for white basmati rice – another very easily digestible grain known to increase life force, and promote a calm, peaceful or Sattvic mind. Another incredibly tasty dish!
Did you like this recipe? Check out these “5 Ayurvedic Eating Habits for Optimal Health & Vitality” to get the most from the food you eat here!
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