Ayurvedic Diet & Digestion Made Easy
These bars boast a high protein content in an easy-to-munch package. Amaranth and almonds are both great sources of sustaining energy that is great for trail hiking, or simply a long day.
Discovered at the Santa Fe Farmer's Market, Keegan Crumpacker Catering, New Mexico.
|8 whole||Apricot (dried)|
|8 whole||Dates (dried)|
|1 c||Popped Amaranth|
|2 pinch||Salt (Mineral Salt)|
1. To pop the amaranth use a very hot frying pan without oil. Heat the pan on high for 2 or 3 minutes then test a few grains of amaranth. If they pop immediately, the pan is hot enough. Put in enough amaranth to just cover the bottom of the pan. Then put on a lid and shake the pan. This prevents burning the amaranth and keeps the amaranth in the cooking pot. When you hear the popping is slowing down (as in popcorn), pour it into a dish and repeat until you have enough popped amaranth.1/4c Amaranth yield 1 cup popped amaranth.
2. Coarsely chop dates, apricots, and almonds. Mix honey, salt and chopped ingredients with the amaranth. Place 1.5c of the mixture onto parchment paper and shape into a bar. A delicious and light snack.
Increases These Qualities (Gunas)
Ayurveda helps you assess how you feel through the 20 main therapeutic feelings or qualities called gunas. Through the gunas you can articulate, experience and develop sensitivity to the signals your body sends you. Imbalanced gunas are the root of your imbalances. Every guna has an opposite which balances is (i.e. hot balances cold). You create balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite guna.
The 6 Tastes
Taste has meaning in Ayurveda, and brings physical and emotional changes to your body. Taste is experienced on the tongue and is your body's reaction to foods much in the same way that your emotions are mental reactions to experiences. Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion. Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste. One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes. The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below? Food and herbs with the following tastes could aggravate your symptoms.
The Three Doshas / Body Types
Your body type shows how your strengths, as well as how your body typically goes out of balance. It also shows how your body responds to the environment. Your body type is comprised of certain qualities and affects every part of you - your physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses. This is because your body type is based on how your body uses energy. Ayurveda has 3 body types (doshas), called Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Vata spends energy. Pitta burns energy. Kapha stores energy. Vata people tend to be easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry. Pitta people tend to be hot, focused, driven, and easily inflamed. Kapha people are heavy, stable and grounded, but if they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion.
HAS THE FOLLOWING
|EFFECT Sattvic, Ojas, Prana, Alkalizing|
TYPE Nuts-Seeds, Grains
CONTAINS Tree-Nuts, Allergens
ELEMENT Air, Earth
NUTRIENT Vitamin-C, Vitamin-A, Protein
|Energy Vitality Strength||Stimulates-energy, Nutritive, Tonic|
|Heart & Circulation||Blood-Tonic|
|Reproductive Health||Promotes-Virility, Male-Tonic|
About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.
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