ALMOND DATE SHAKE WITH CINNAMON
How to Make Almond Date Shake with Cinnamon
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 0 MINUTES
SKILL LEVEL: EASY
INGREDIENTSSKILL LEVEL: EASY
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
For best results, make homemade almond milk, and soak dates overnight.
1. Remove the pit from the dates.
2. Warm the milk in advance, or serve room temperature according to preference.
3. Puree all ingredients in a blender.
4. For a stronger restorative effect, add 1 tsp ghee and substitute milk for almond milk. You may also substitute with coconut milk.
How Can This Ayurvedic Recipe Make You Feel Great?
Frothy Almond Date Shake nurtures and comforts your whole body, making it a the perfect addition to an Ayurvedic diet. Dates add charm and sweetness to the shake, while a slice of fiery ginger and a dash of spicy cinnamon heat up this elegant blend, warming your body to the core. On chilly fall afternoons, a creamy Almond Date Shake with Cinnamon seems to bring you back down to earth, soothing your mind and sweetening your mood.
This silky-soft shake is a lush Ayurvedic tonic for fall exhaustion. In Fall months, your body uses all available energy to build an insulating layer of fat before winter. Meanwhile, low humidity in autumn depletes your fluids. The result is that your blood will be depleted of sugars, fats, and fluids throughout the season, making your muscles feel weak and tired, while your mind becomes anxious and spacey. You may even suffer from insomnia this time of year, or feel as if your bones are weaker. Fortunately, the nourishing sumptuousness of dates and grounding effect of almond milk can help you nourish your blood and rebuild your stamina.
Keeping Calm in the Fall
Colder temperatures refresh your mind, nurturing a welcome reprieve from summer laziness. Exciting new plans and daydreams accompany this boost in mental alertness. Yet, this freshness of mind, when coupled with depletion, can trigger worry and anxiety. The fall is a time where you might feel especially scattered, spacey, and mentally overstimulated. Date sugar is a balm for your nerves, coaxing a racing mind back to earth and helping you to stay grounded. Dates and almond milk work together to strengthen and soothe the liver, reducing the intensity of emotions.
What do cinnamon and dates have in common? They are both demulcent expectorants that can soothe your throat when dry. Paradoxically, demulcents also help you eliminate thick mucus from the respiratory tract. Cinnamon and dates also share astringency, useful for toning the digestive tract. Since dates are heavy for digestion, pureeing and mixing them with ginger makes them more readily digestible. Pureed food is essentially pre-chewed, making it easier for your stomach to break down and absorb nutrients in your food quickly.
Both almond milk and dates are considered ojas-building nourishment. Ojas is the poetic term used in Ayurveda for heartiness. If a person has healthy skin, strong immunity, and "juiciness," Ayurveda says they have good ojas. Ojas are associated with mental stability, endurance, and a calm, grounded presence. They bring peace of mind and bestow strong fertility. Vata and Pitta people can enjoy this tonifying shake on a regular basis to build ojas, while Kapha people - who generally have high amounts of ojas naturally - should save this beverage for special occasions only.
Popular variations of this Ayurvedic recipe include cardamom, fennel, and saffron.
WHY EAT AN AYURVEDIC DIET?
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. Ayurveda shows you your specific body type’s needs and what
should be favored in your Ayurvedic 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.
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AYURVEDIC MEDICINAL QUALITIES
Increases These Qualities (Gunas)
Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main characteristics
Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance.
By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick.
Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold).
You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.
ABOUT GOOEY GUNA
Gooey is identified by anything gelatinous (such as oatmeal), or by mucus congestion.
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ABOUT MOBILE GUNA
Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.
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The 6 Tastes
Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food.
Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body.
Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food.
Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods.
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?
ABOUT SWEET GUNA
Sweet refers to anything builds tissue, including macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
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ABOUT ASTRINGENT GUNA
Astringency is characterized by constriction, drawing together, or drying.
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The Three Doshas / Body Types
People tend to get sick, over and over again, due to similar causes and habitual imbalances that are unique to the person.
Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness.
Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency.
Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses.
The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.
The 3 functional body types
are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha).
Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy.
Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy.
Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass.
Catabolic people tend to be easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry.
Metabolic people tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed.
Anabolic people are heavy, stable and grounded, but if they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion.
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Sattvic foods promote awareness and a refreshed mind by nourishing the body without taxing digestion. Sattvic foods do not stimulate desire or nervous energy. They create clarity instead of drowsiness or heaviness.
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Prana is the Sanskrit word for vital life energy, similar to Qi in Chinese Medicine. Many herbs stimulate your energy, or improve the flow of prana through your body. Generally, prana needs to be increased in spring after a sleepy winter.
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An herb or food that makes the urine more alkaline (higher pH). This herbal action can be helpful for a number of inflammatory conditions.
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Tree Nuts, Allergens
Resembles water (ap) in quality - fluid, sticky, soft, heavy, stable, cool.
LEARN MORE ABOUT WATER
Bland means doesn't have much taste. In Chinese medicine, bland taste refers to afood without little macronutrients, such as cabbage, radish or bok choy.
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Downward-moving (Adho Gati Marga) substances move food downward in the GI tract, settle the nervous system, and relax muscles.
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Experiences are Personal
Experiences 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.
Stimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward.
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Energy Vitality Strength:
A tonic herb strengthens tissue, often restoring healthy function. Tonics usually target a specific organ, tissue, or system ie: brain, muscle or respiratory tonic.
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Heart & Circulation:
Herbs that increase the heart rate. Useful in cardiovascular health, blood stagnation, and subjective feeling of heaviness in the chest area.
LEARN MORE ABOUT CARDIAC-STIMULANT
Liver & Gall Bladder:
An herb that strengthens the liver. It is helpful for people with a history of substance abuse, chronic liver issues from hepatitis and hemolytic anemias.
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Lung and Sinus:
Herbs that coat or form a soothing film over a mucous membrane, relieving minor pain and inflammation of the membrane.
LEARN MORE ABOUT DEMULCENT
Mind, Stress & Sleep:
Eases tension in eye muscles, so the eyes feel less strained, often by supporting the liver.
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Encourages feelings of stability and heaviness. Makes you feel settled, mentally relaxed. Mildly sedates the nervous system to ease stress. Can bring a spacey or anxious person back to earth.
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Herbs that increase sexual arousal through various actions including increased circulation, relaxation, stimulation, or tonics that strengthen glandular health.
LEARN MORE ABOUT APHRODISIAC
An 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).
LEARN MORE ABOUT PROMOTES-FERTILITY
Herbs which stimulate blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus. They are used to increase scanty menstruation, relieve menstrual pain, and other functions.
LEARN MORE ABOUT EMMENOGOGUE
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About the Author
John 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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So it's okay to add the fruit with the milk in this case? Normally, I thought you "should" separate fruit from your meals....dates might be different then?
- Ashley 09-17-12
In love with this recipe. It feels so good to drink it! thank you!
- Emily Wishnick, Philadelphia, PA 09-24-12
Ashley - Yes, normally you separate fruits from meals - however in this case it is pureed which successfully blends the food into 'one substance'. Plus, dates have alot of complex sugars, which unlike most fruits makes them more compatible with heavier foods.
Gloria - Try hitting the substitute button. Raisins, figs, persimmons come to mind.
Puneet - Warmed up is certainly preferred. I will add this note to the recipe. Thanks!
I have another question regarding the fruits with meals: would it be okay to cook fruit with grains? Say, if I put oats and apples together in the slow cooker for breakfast? I've done this a few times and have found that it sits well with me but am not sure if it's creating something I can't recognize.
- Jess, Allen park, MI 12-26-12
Yes - as long as your digestion remains strong, many 'poor' food combinations are ok.
Ah, date and almond shake - a favourite! Rather than shop-bought almond milk I soak blanched almonds overnight in a mug of water, then in the morning simply add the dates and cinnamon (and I always use cardamon) and blend. Thanks for the idea of heating it up. Re your image, I notice you use almonds with the skin on, but I was taught to never ever use these as the skin is hard to digest and slightly toxic.
Enjoy the shake as a healthy dessert!
- David McKaig, Swannanoa, NC 09-05-13
This is the best tasting shake ! I used organic coconut milk, a sprinkle of cinnamon and cardamon with the dates and pressed liquify on my blender. Turned out perfect ! Even has a nice creamy top, almost like a latte top, except better ! Thank you
Delicious ! ! !
overwhelming urge to throw in an apple, but i'm guessing that's too much fruit w/ milk..
- Kristy Meyer, St. louis, MO 02-17-14
This is one of my favorite things to make and with many variations. Date shakes are the best...with cinnamon, ginger, saffron, or a chai blend. Even add a banana and/or lime. For those who are sensitive to dairy milk and want a very close-tasting alternative, try making Macadamia nut milk. I'm telling you the taste is so rich and "milk" like and it makes the best date shakes!
- Jess, Allen park, MI 09-10-14
Macadamia Nut Milk ?? Want to give us our recipe Jess?
- Faith, Oakland, CA 12-12-14
Amazing! I know you make great recepies.... I will have to stop eating only wild and go the conventional route. My body is very happy for this tasty treat! I will be making this again soon.
Almond milk is fine for vata. Kapha can substitute rice milk.
- Kimberly Kubicke, Asbury park, NJ 03-21-16
Soaked the dates overnight, warmed almond milk to slightly warmer than room and blended all ingredients. So yummy. With homemade almond milk the consistency was much more creamer, and tastier, to me. Thank u for this wonderful, luscious recipe.
Love this drink, will try the brown rice for a light meal substitute especially in the evenings heartily but not too heavy for a evening meal, any thoughts on this idea? Vatapitta Dosha.
Absolutely delicious! This satisfies any craving for sweets without compromising blood sugar. Next time I'll try adding ghee.
- Mitt, Trotwood 01-23-18
You could maybe add agave honey or another natural sweetener that is suitable for Your dosha that you can find on the website :) I'm vata body type and I'm excited to try this !
- Lauragreen95 01-31-18
Absolutely delicious and comforting. I will make this a go to shake, for sure. I made my own almond milk and added a dribble of pure vanilla extract. Very tasty!