How to Make Acorn Squash with Ghee & Maple Syrup
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 60 MINUTES
1. Cut whole acorn squash in half. Place in 8x8 casserole dish.
How Can Acorn Squash with Ghee & Maple Syrup Make You Feel Great?
Nourish & Reassure Your BodyAs the temperatures dip in mid-October you might feel an urge to soothe yourself with comfort food. In autumn, your body naturally craves the reassurance of sweet, rich foods like Acorn Squash with Maple Syrup & Ghee. The healthy fats of ghee increase your strength and protect you from the fall chill, as they create an insulative layer of cozy warmth. Vata constitutions, who tend to be dry and easily depleted, are particularly nourished by the warming softness of this recipe.
Sweetly SafeAcorn squash is smooth and easy to mash, making it an excellent comfort food that is even suitable for infants without molars. Although Acorn Squash is somewhat bland on its own, it sweetens with cooking. That makes it a natural choice for a dinnertime treat that won't cause a sugar rush, or leave you with a sweet tooth for dessert. Acorn Squash with Ghee and Maple Syrup can even be served as a gently sweet dessert.
High fiber foods like acorn squash are preferred to refined flours and sugars. Although their sweetness slightly aggravates Kapha, fiber makes these foods hearty and satisfying alternatives to wheat and dairy, and reduces its glycemic index. The natural sweetness of acorn squash also means that a small dab of maple syrup is often enough to satisfy your tongue. Ghee is much lighter than butter, and is safer for those with higher cholesterol. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, its time to start polishing your Ayurvedic baking skills with this safely sweet dish.
Mineral Rich MapleThe mere taste of Maple Syrup's rich aroma transports you back to nature, to the calm and cool serenity of the forest. The full bodied taste let's you know this is a whole food. Its earthy impurities add a rustic component that is likely to be rich in minerals. Maple syrup literally comes from the sap of maple trees, juice that is the very nutritional lifeline of the tree. Consuming it can nourish your body as well. As it digests more slowly than other sweeteners, maple syrup is a favorite in Ayurveda that won't create a sugar buzz.
WHY SHOULD YOU EAT AYURVEDICALLY?Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. An Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body type and the specific imbalances you are working with at any given time. Foods that supplement your specific body type’s needs and digest easily create your menu. Watch as you eat less but feel more satisfied because what you are eating truly nourishes you. Since Ayurveda believes all disease begins in the digestive tract, food is your first medicine. By eating a healthy diet that’s ideal for your body, you experience optimal health.
Is Acorn Squash with Ghee & Maple Syrup Good for Me?
Experiences are PersonalExperiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Energy Vitality Strength:
Heart & Circulation:
REBUILDS-FLUIDSHerbs or substances that create moisture in the body and increase fluids.
ALTERATIVELiterally, an herb that restores the proper function of the body. In practice, alteratives are usually blood cleansers and blood chemistry balancers. They were traditionally used to revitalize and detoxify after a long winter.
Liver & Gall Bladder:
CHOLAGOGUECholagogues stimulate the release of bile from the gall bladder for improved digestion.
LIVOTONICAn herb that strengthens the liver. It is helpful for people with a history of substance abuse, chronic liver issues from hepatitis and hemolytic anemias.
Lung and Sinus:
SOOTHES-THROATSoothes throat discomfort, including from a sore or ticklish throat.
PROMOTES-FERTILITYAn herb that promotes fertility. Generally used by women who wish to become pregnant. These herbs may also help with menstrual problems of deficiency, such as amenorrhea (lack of a period).
PROMOTES-VIRILITYEncourages virility and potency.
BUILDS-SEMENHerbs that increase the production of semen, often by rebuilding fluids in general.
RELIEVES-BURNINGHerbs that soothe a burn or reduce an internal burning sensation, such as aloe vera.
GENERAL-LAXATIVEPromotes a bowel movement. General laxative is an umbrella term that refers to several different types of laxatives...
STOOL-SOFTENERAn herb that softens stool that is hard and difficult to pass. They are the safest and most gentle type of laxative. Some foods are even stool softeners, such as warm milk with ghee.
MUSCLE-TONICHerbs that strengthen and tone muscle tissue. Helpful for people recovering from long term illness and debility, or after a sprain.
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How to Use Food AyurvedicallyHOW DOES EATING AYURVEDICALLY MAKE YOU FEEL?
Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. Food digests with ease when right for your body type (dosha). Healthy digestion is seen as the cornerstone of well-being in Ayurveda. Healthy digestion generally prevents illness. If you do get sick, a strong digestive fire reduces the severity of illness and increases your resilience. It also improves your mood. Once you begin eating Ayurvedically, you will feel refreshed, vital and strong.
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